On Saturday, October 13, Sacramento and Delevan National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) will be celebrating their 75th and 50th anniversaries. Visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the activities, demonstrations, wildlife observation, behind-the-scenes tours, and more from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The day will include many fun-filled activities for the whole family, as well as heavy equipment displays, airboat demonstrations, carving and duck drawing demonstrations. The winning art from the California Junior Duck Stamp Program will be on display throughout the day near the visitor center at Sacramento NWR. Staff and volunteers will be at the auto tour platform with spotting scopes to assist visitors with wildlife viewing.

At 11 a.m., a presentation will be given about the History of the Civilian Conservation Crew on the Sacramento NWR. Afterward, participants will be able to view some of their remaining structures. At 12:15 p.m., local artist Kateryna Elson will unveil a special anniversary edition print of the Sacramento NWR.

Visitors will have the chance to go on behind-the-scenes bird watching tours to areas not typically open to the public. The tour on Delevan NWR will be from 10 a.m. – noon and Sacramento NWR’s tour will be 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. A special photography talk and tour will be given from 9 a.m. – noon. These tours are limited in size and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Come out and celebrate your local refuges as millions of birds begin to arrive after their journey from the north. Visit the Refuge’s website for more details at http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges/ or call 530-934-2801 to sign up the tours.

Logo courtesy U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

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