The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (1963-2013) and the 10th anniversary of several refuge events. To celebrate these anniversaries and to connect people with nature, many activities, programs, and special events are planned. The refuge is open every day one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in designated areas. Also, the Visitor Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekends, the Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December through March and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through November.
Upcoming events in December
Go to www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook/ or call 302-684-8419 to learn more about other events and programs throughout the year.
At 8 a.m.,Thursday, Dec. 5, is a Birding Field Trip. Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year. Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the refuge office. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours.
From 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, is Star Gazing. Join the Sussex County Astronomy Society and discover the stars that brighten the night sky. Featuring hands-on viewing, this program will give participants a new appreciation for astronomy. Come prepared for the weather and enjoy some hot chocolate. Program is free and open to the public. Meet at the refuge office.
Nature Photography Contest Exhibition continues through Dec. 22. Photographs highlight the Beauty of Prime Hook, Delmarva Scenery, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Native Flowers and Plants. Visitors to the exhibition can vote on their favorite photograph as part of the People’s Choice Award. The photos will be on display at the refuge auditorium. Photos can be viewed from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no admission charge. The annual contest is sponsored by the Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information visit www.fws.gov.