I hope you didn’t get too worn out celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, because there’s more celebrating to do all this week for National Wildlife Refuge Week. This week, Oct. 12-18, go enjoy a national wildlife refuge and take pride in the fact that there are 548 nationwide!
National wildlife refuges are made to conserve fish and wildlife populations and their habitats in this ever-expanding, ever more unnatural world. This year, the Refuge Week also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Federal Duck Stamp and the 50th anniversary of the Small Wetlands Program — both of which have helped expand the Refuge System to its 97-million-acre size.
So, go out and celebrate America’s wildlife! Check out a list of the events for this week, or just go straight to your local refuge. You can find the one closest to you here.