Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is offering a variety of nature programs throughout the summer. All programs are offered free of charge and while organizers would like who is coming, no advanced registration is needed.
• Night Hike — meets at the bird center at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2
• Parents of preschoolers will want to mark the following Fridays on their calendars: June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27 and Aug. 3 and 24. Special activities from “Growing Up Wild” will be held at the Bird Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Each session will include going outside.
• Kids like to fish? Bring them out to the pond at the Bird Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, for a Kids Fishing Day. Bring a chair; poles and bait will be provided. The marsh will have some folks available to show you how it’s done. You may keep the fish you catch or return them to the pond. Also on June 16 will be the monthly Hike the Dikes walk. Meet at the Bird Center at 9 a.m. to explore the summer residents of the marsh. Attend three Hike the Dikes walks to earn a hickory walking stick.
• Interested in butterflies? A butterfly ID session will be held June 23 in partnership with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, neighbors just to the west of Magee Marsh. From 1-3 p.m., we will cover basic bird identification and then head out into the field to see what butterflies we can find. Free butterfly ID booklet will be provided for all participants.
• The July Hike the Dike walk will be July 14 and the theme is marsh plants. Meet at the Bird Center at 9 am. Also on July 14th, is the annual North American Butterfly Association count. Participants will attempt to count all of the butterflies found at Magee Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. You don’t have to be an expert; everyone is welcome to take part in this Citizen Science project that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for all or part of the day. Meets at Magee Marsh Bird Center.
• Feeling a little buggy? Bring the family out to learn about the fascinating world of insects at Bugfest. Visit all five stations, including Create-a-Bug, Buggy Bingo, Butterflies, Aquatic Insects (where you get to wade in the water) and Bugs up Close to earn your degree of bugology. Musical Mark will be on hand with Buggy Songs and the Friends of Magee Marsh will be serving up root beer floats. Fun lasts from noon to 4 p.m.
• Hike the Dike for August will take a look at shorebirds. Meet at the Bird Center at 9 a.m. Aug. 11.
• Come to the beach Aug. 18 for the Lake Erie Wonders program. This fun new event meets at the Wildlife Beach at 10 a.m. for hands-on activities about our great natural resource: Lake Erie. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Coastal Management.