Several July events set at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

Among upcoming events scheduled at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge are Blue Goose Day, kayaking adventures and archery shooting. Blue Goose Day is a family event set for July 17.

According to Jackie Jacobson, Aubudon NWR visitor services manager, the focus of Blue Goose Day is to provide outdoor activities that educate youth and their families about wildlife conservation and outdoors skills. Four 30-minutes programs will be presented beginning at 5:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.

Programs scheduled are Build a Combination Nest Box/Bird Feeder, Archery Range, Exploring Animal Signs and Air Rifle Target Shoot. Participants will construct a pre-cut nesting box or bird feeder, shoot bows and arrows at animal targets and balloons, make a plaster cast of an animal track and learn how to safely handle and shoot a firearm.

The Douglas Sportmen’s club will provide a picnic supper. Prizes and educational materials will be given to all youth participants. There is no charge or pre-registration for the event. In case of rainy weather, field demonstrations will be moved indoors where possible.

Audubon NWR has also scheduled Kayaking Adventures days July 9 and 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants will take a guided kayak trip on Lake Audubon. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Each trip is limited to eight participants.

Pre-registration is required by calling 442-5474, ext. 110. The minimum age requirement is 9 years. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Archery shooting is set for July 15-16 at Audubon NWR. The fundamentals of shooting a bow will be taught by a qualified instructor in a safe environment. Participants will shoot at circle targets, animal targets and balloons. Pre-registration is not required. Hours of the event are 9 to 11 a.m. both days. Participants are asked to meet at the Audubon NWR Visitor Center.