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The 2016 Calendar of Events for the International Wildlife Refuge is now online. Check the dates for an event...


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The 2015 Annual Report is now available to be viewed and downloaded online.

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IWRA Board Secretary, Roberta Urbani, presents the winner of the Great Lakes Freighter Adventure raffle...

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Upcoming Events

May 14, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh 12pm – 3pm
Includes naturalist led early morning (7:30am), mid-morning (10:00 am) and mid-day (12:00 pm) bird hikes with family friendly bird activities (12:00 – 3:00 pm). The first open house of the season is an extra special day with guided tours highlighting and celebrating the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds as they return to their nesting habitats in North America after their tropical winter vacation.

May 14 Saturday
International Wildlife Refuge Alliance Benefit Dinner 5pm – 10pm at Ford Yacht Club

May 20, Friday
Guided Birding Program (Gibraltar Bay Unit, Grosse Ile) 5pm – 7pm
Join the Visitor Services Team on the Gibraltar Bay Unit for a guided birding event. Walk the trails and discover the beauty of this refuge unit! Come for a portion or the entire event.


May 20-22, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Grosse Isle Island Fest
Islandfest, is a time to celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy some small town fun.  The week-end-long event features arts & crafts, a fine arts show, children's activities, a midway, live music featuring 50 Amp Fuse, parade, car show, Friday evening fireworks, historical tours, aircraft displays and rides, a variety of foods and beverages for all ages, monster truck rides, and so much more.  Islandfest is a free, fun, family oriented event where all are welcome. Come join the fun! Visit www.islandfestgrosseile.com/ for more details.


June 4, Saturday
Guided Forest Program (Gibraltar Bay Unit, Grosse Ile) 10am – Noon
Join the Visitor Services Team on the Gibraltar Bay Unit for a guided wonders of forests event. Walk the trails and discover the beauty of this refuge unit! Come for a portion or the entire event.


June 4, Saturday
Taste of Stewardship Volunteer Work Day (Humbug Marsh Unit) 9am - Noon
We will be offering a morning of learning and working on the refuge open to the public to anyone willing to work hard and learn. From 9:00am-12:00pm we will take you out on the Humbug unit of the refuge and show you how our stewardship crew manages the habitat. Registration required.
June 4, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh 1pm – 4pm
Come visit Humbug Marsh trails for an afternoon, visit the gem at your backdoor. Bring the whole family. Enjoy the trails at your own pace or take a guided forest hike.  



June 11, Saturday
Kids FREE Fishing Day 8am - Noon
Rivertown Detroit Kids Fishing Fest at Milliken State Park & Harbor. This free event is designed to give families in the greater Detroit area the opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing along the Detroit riverfront while building community, creating family memories, enjoying the great outdoors, and learning about water stewardship and sustainability. 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI. (Michigan FREE fishing weekend all day Saturday and Sunday. No licenses needed to fish throughout the state.)


June 11, Saturday
National Get Outdoors Event at Greenfield Village 10am – 4pm
With the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service, this annual event encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. A full schedule of activities planned: an environmental program in the Village Pavilion, an afternoon nature hike, presentations by a historic forest ranger on horseback. The usually closed William Ford Horse Barn will be open for tours, as well as a wide range of hands-on activities. So come to Greenfield Village and enjoy the out-of-doors.

July 4, Monday
City of Gibraltar Fourth of July Celebration and Parade 10am
Parade starts at the Gibraltar City Hall.  Events, food and entertainment will be happening all day at Hy Dahlka Park behind the Community Center, winding up with the fireworks display at 10PM!

July 9, Saturday
Taste of Stewardship Volunteer Work Day (Humbug Marsh Unit) 9am - Noon
We will be offering a morning of learning and working on the refuge open to the public to anyone willing to work hard and learn. From 9:00am-12:00pm we will take you out on the Humbug unit of the refuge and show you how our stewardship crew manages the habitat. Registration required.

July 9, Saturday
Guided Tour of Refuge Units 9am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm
Take a guided tour of four refuge units: Refuge Gateway, site of the future visitor center and fishing pier, Humbug Marsh, Strong and Brancheau. Learn how managers are removing invasive species, getting ready for self-guided visitation and managing hunters. Bring your binoculars and your questions. Possibly Osprey viewing at one of the units! Registration required. Limited to 30 participants per tour.

July 9, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh 1pm – 4pm
Come visit Humbug Marsh trails for an afternoon, visit the gem at your backdoor. Bring the whole family. Enjoy the trails at your own pace or take a guided forest hike.  The Wyandot of Anderson tribe will have artifacts and regalia on display at the education shelter.

July 14, Thursday
Guided Lotus Hike (Gibraltar Bay Unit, Grosse Ile) 5pm – 7pm
Join the Visitor Services Team on the Gibraltar Bay Unit for a guided lotus viewing hike. Walk the trails and discover the beauty of this refuge unit! Come for a portion or the entire event.

July 29, Friday
Kayak the Detroit River
Learn about the refuge as you paddle by in kayaks! All equipment provided. Bring personal gear you may need. $20 fee and registration required.

August 6, Saturday
Wildlife Skills Event (Gibraltar Bay Unit, Grosse Ile) 10am - Noon
Join the Visitor Services Team on the Gibraltar Bay Unit for a variety of wildlife skills games. Walk the trails and discover the beauty of this refuge unit! Come for a portion or the entire event.

August 6, Saturday
Taste of Stewardship Volunteer Work Day (Humbug Marsh Unit) 9am - Noon
We will be offering a morning of learning and working on the refuge open to the public to anyone willing to work hard and learn. From 9:00am-12:00pm we will take you out on the Humbug unit of the refuge and show you how our stewardship crew manages the habitat. Registration required.

August 6, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh 1pm – 4pm
Come visit Humbug Marsh trails for an afternoon, visit the gem at your backdoor. Bring the whole family. Enjoy the trails at your own pace or take a guided forest hike.  A variety of family friendly wildlife skills games will be available for everyone to test their knowledge.

August 13, Saturday
Gibraltar/Rockwood Rotary Rubber Duck Race
Gibraltar Recreation will be providing an afternoon of children’s activities.
September 17 & 18, Saturday and Sunday
Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, Brownstown, MI.  
Enjoy a Michigan tradition of games, raffles, food, and prizes – Goose & Duck Calling, “Jump Dogs”, Midwest Decoy Contest, Wildlife Art & Craft show are just a few features of the two-day event. To learn more, go to www.miwaterfowlfest.org.


September 17 & 18, Saturday and Sunday
Annual Hawkfest Weekend at Lake Erie Metropark
A two-day celebration of the annual fall migration of birds of prey – hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Each September, tens of thousands of broad-winged hawks pass over this area designated as one of the premier hawk watching sites in North America. Typically, 200,000 birds of prey migrate over Lake Erie Metropark from September through November on their southward journey.  The event will be held at the Marshlands Museum and Nature Center of Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township. (A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter Lake Erie Metropark $5).  For more information, visit www.metroparks.com.


September 24, Saturday
Monarch Event (Gibraltar Bay Unit, Grosse Ile) 10am - Noon
Join the Visitor Services Team on the Gibraltar Bay Unit for a variety of monarch and pollinator games. Walk the trails and discover the beauty of this refuge unit! Come for a portion or the entire event.

September 24, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh 1pm – 4pm
Come visit Humbug Marsh trails for an afternoon, visit the gem at your backdoor. Bring the whole family. Enjoy the trails at your own pace and enjoy a variety of monarch themed activities. Local butterfly expert, Karen Hoffman, will have a number of local butterflies in all stages of metamorphosis. Visitors will be encouraged to take an up close look and discover ways they could create pollinator habitat in their own yards.

October 4, Tuesday
Film Screening and Discussion at the Trenton Village Theater



November 18, Friday
Owl Prowl 7pm – 9pm
Join Park Ranger, Jennie Braatz, as she “speaks” the language of owl. A guided walk on the unit trails will hopefully be accompanied by many calls. Fun for the entire family. Registration required. Limited to 30 participants.

 
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