Are you looking for a beautiful wilderness sanctuary to go for a long walk, photograph wildlife and fishing and boating? All across America National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, is being celebrated with events this week. Fall is the perfect season for a nature hike or canoe trip in a wildlife refuge.
In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt designated Pelican Island on Florida’s East Coast as the first National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). NWR are designated wildlife sanctuaries preserved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect these ecosystems and wildlife for future generations. Across the US, 700 types of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 kinds of reptile and amphibian and more than 200 types of fish inhabit these wildlife sanctuaries.
A NWR has clean air, clean water and abundant wildlife in a multitude of environments, such as wetlands, prairies, coastal and marine areas, and tundra and forests, etc. Wildlife thrives in NWR and you can see it on a visit to a refuge for bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting and photography. There are also some state wild refuges sprinkled throughout the U.S. too.
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with a visit to one to experience the great outdoors. Some of the wildlife refuges you may have visited before, and some of them may be new to you—a new area to explore. Sometimes bad weather occurs and trails are closed, so check before you travel.
Happy trails to you and don’t forget to take a few pictures.
A map with location of National Wildlife Refuges.
A list of National Wildlife Refuges.