In Maryland, a number of activities will be held in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week 2012.
Patuxent Research Refuge will host a variety of activities Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will feature live animals, kids’ crafts, tram tours ($3), scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Participants will learn how endangered whooping cranes and sea ducks are raised and studied.
On Sunday, October 14, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge will participate in the "The Big Sit!" bird count.
The activity will be held at the Tubby Cove Observation Platform, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the event, teams count and report bird species seen or heard from a 17-foot-diameter circle.
Each year in October, The Big Sit! bird count is held at a number of refuges across the USA.