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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.

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Weather & Turnout Great for 9th Annual Refuge Celebration

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, …

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Native Plant Tour Starts at 11 a.m. at Refuge Festival

Ever wonder just what that is growing in the woods? Thought about planting some native species? Master gardener Janet Creech will lead a native plant walk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during the annual Festival and Open House at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. The tour will consider the numerous natural plantings …

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Decorate Pottery, Use Reproduction Caddo Tools at Refuge Celebration

Another interesting booth at the Red River NWR Festival and Open House this Saturday (10-18-14) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum has a collection of pottery from the Caddo Nation, which is known for the high quality of design and execution. Saturday’s activity, targeted for pre-k through elementary students, explains …

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Hold a baby alligator; view a bald eagle; try out canoeing, fly fishing & archery; check out native plants & more at Saturday’s Festival at Red River National Wildlife Refuge

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA — Hold a baby alligator, view a bald eagle up close, try out canoeing, fly fishing, archery and more at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge’s Festival & Open House Saturday, Oct. 18. The event celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week and it’s designed to introduce the area public to a local resource …

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At the last Red River NWR annual Festival, Rusty Scarborough of Walter B. Jacobs Park displays this magnificent Bald Eagle that was saved following an injury.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week Locally with Food, Fun, Festivities at Annual Refuge Festival — Saturday, Oct. 18

Who:  RED RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE What:  Annual Festival & Open House Celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week When:  Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014; Festival: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Bird Walks start at 8 a.m. Where: Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit 150 Eagle Bend Point Bossier City, LA 71112 (about 3/4ths mile south of Jimmie Davis …

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