We are the Friends group for the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Our mission is to be an advocate for the Red River National Wildlife Refuge by promoting and participating in the conservation, enhancement, and appreciation of our native wildlife communities through education, fund raising, development of partnerships, and development of onsite projects for volunteers.
Our vision is to be a growing, diverse group of engaged and informed supporters who assist the refuge in reaching its full potential.
We are a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
We are an affiliate member of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
A SUCCESSFUL 9TH ANNUAL REFUGE CELEBRATION
The weather was wonderful and the turnout great for the 2014 Refuge Celebration, an annual open house and festival, which was held Saturday, Oct. 18 at Red River NWR.
An estimated 700 to 800 attendees took part in bird walks, booths, demonstrations, hayrides, cart tours, a native plant walk, canoeing, kayaking, archery, fly fishing demos and live critter displays. They viewed Bossier Sheriff’s rescue boats and bloodhounds, participated in a “Be a Bear” obstacle course and toured refuge exhibits and trails.
Light morning refreshments were served free while food items and yogurt were for sale at the Counter Culture Food Truck. Nature-related items were for sale with special discounts in the Nature Store, with proceeds benefitting educational projects at the refuge.
The event is almost always on the third Saturday of October each year at the end of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Mark your calendars for next year!
COMING EVENTS in 2014
Board of Directors Meeting, Friends of Red River NWR — 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in the Environmental Education Building
Annual Pot-luck Dinner and Friends General Membership meeting – 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 in the Environmental Education Building
Holiday Open Houses in the Nature Store, next to the Visitor Center Exhibit Gallery — two will be held; dates and times to be announced; great gifts for nature enthusiasts and children!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please see posts by both the Red River NWR and the Friends of Red River NWR on Facebook or visit the Red River Refuge’s website at www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/RedRiver where you will see maps and lists of regulations as well as refuge history and general information.
Directions to the Headquarters Unit: The Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit and Visitor Center is located along the Red River .75 mile south of the Jimmie Davis/70th Bridge at 150 Eagle Bend Point in Bossier City. The Refuge is accessed via a dedicated exit from the new Arthur Ray Teague Parkway extension.