When the temperature drops, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR) offers a different experience of the wonders of Ohio’s wildlife and their habitats.
Red fox tracks and muskrat huts are commonly seen in the refuge.
Saturdays are for the kids on the first weekend of every month. Nature Tots, a program for children ages 3-5, is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Swampers, a program for children ages 6-10, is from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Nature Tots will explore “What’s Wild” and Swampers will discover “Tracks, Scat and Furs”.
The annual Winter Open House is between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. A partnership of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, the Winter Open House encourages visitors to stop by all three places to get a stamp to be entered in a drawing for one of three baskets full of goodies. ONWR is hosting family nature craft demonstrations and having a guided winter wildlife walk at 1p.m.
The Auto Tour will be open Dec. 2, 15 and 16, so you can catch a glimpse of wildlife up close by driving through seven miles of ONWR 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.
All events are free of charge and are held at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Call 419- 898-0014 for further information, or visit the refuge’s website, http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on the north side of Ohio 2.