Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to experience the wonders of Ohio’s wildlife and their habitats up close in September.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, Naturally Speaking, a free speaker series, features a program on Lake Erie natural resource issues and how you can help make your lake a healthier lake.
Auto Tour dates are September 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. The Auto Tour offers a glimpse of wildlife up close on the seven miles of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that are normally closed to the public. The new entrance from the Visitor Center parking lot opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
From 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, those who have made reservations will be able to explore the lives of beavers, with an intro on beaver biology at the Visitor Center and then a drive out to known beaver lodges to observe them in their natural habitat. Call 419-898-0014 to make a reservation.
On Saturday, Sept.15, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Magee Marsh Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center, Hike the Dikes features butterflies. September is a prime time to look for butterflies and hike around the refuge. Hike the Dikes is a cooperative program with Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
All events are free of charge and are held at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Call 419- 898-0014 for information or to make reservations, or visit the refuge's website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.