Wetland Day program at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

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Wetland Day program planned at Muscatatuck

Everyone who enjoys wildlife is invited to celebrate spring at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday during a special Wetland Day program.

There will be a bird walk leaving from the visitor center at 8 a.m., and volunteer educators will be present on the Chestnut Ridge Trail from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free wetland coloring books and “Children’s Field Guides to Muscatatuck” for youngsters, along with wildlife resource information for teachers. At 1 p.m. (weather permitting), there will be a Wetland Walk leaving from the visitor center.

The 112th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System also will be celebrated Saturday with birthday cake at noon at the visitor center.

Muscatatuck is one of three National Wildlife Refuges in Indiana. The other two are Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Federal Duck Stamps, the purchase of which fund land acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System, will be on sale Saturday (along with Junior Duck Stamps), and a collectible whooping crane poster will be given to all purchasers of duck stamps during the day.

Mid-March is usually a good time to find visiting waterfowl on the refuge as the spring migration is underway.

Information: 812-522-4352 or email Muscatatuck@fws.gov.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.