Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will observe National Wildlife Refuge Week Oct. 15-20 with a series of events free to the public.

Festivities begin Monday, Oct. 15 with a “Find Your Way” scavenger hunt. Entry forms can be downloaded by visiting fws.gov/refuge/Necedah.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16 refuge staff will conduct a tour of the refuge from 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with local county departments of aging. Local departments in Monroe, Juneau and Adams county are offering rides to the refuge. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 608-339-4251.

“Wellness in Nature” is set for Wednesday, Oct. 17. Visitors are encouraged to drop by the visitors center any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a tai chi demonstration. There will also be a conservation-inspired meditation walk afterward.

“Friends Day” is Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. There will be a guided caravan auto tour of the refuge conducted by Friends of the Necedah Wildlife Refuge with birding and field stops to view various conservation activities. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the group will host a potluck lunch in the visitors center.

The week wraps up Saturday, Oct. 20 with the theme “Become an Outdoor Family.” From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the refuge will host the following activities:

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Herpetology Society. Meet live reptiles and amphibians of Wisconsin.
  • Waterfowl ID and field sketching. View migrating waterfowl and learn how to start a field journal.
  • Backyard bass. Learn to cast a fishing rod and compete in a fishing game!
  • Ecocaching. A refuge twist on geocaching. GPS and naturalist provided for the activity.
  • Ducks Unlimited Greenwing. Information on Ducks Unlimited and youth involvement in the organization.

The main entry to the refuge is located four miles west of Necedah on Hwy. 21. For more information, call the visitors center at 608-565-4403 or visit fws.gov/refuge/necedah.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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