The annual Patuxent Wildlife Festival celebrates what may be the nation’s most important wildlife research center. On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the festival will be marking 82 years of habitat protection. A family-friendly event, there will be live animal displays, children’s crafts, tram tours, and research exhibits. Attendees can also take the special tour letting them view endangered whooping cranes.
History of Patuxent
Patuxent Research Refuge was founded in 1936 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order. Renamed the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, it is the only American wildlife refuge that sponsors wildlife research. Wildlife and habitat protection has been Patuxent’s chief mission from the start, and the USGS (United States Geological Survey) conducts most of its research there.
Situated between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on the Patuxent and Little Patuxent Rivers, the wildlife refuge is located on 12,841 acres divided into the three major areas below as described by the organization:
1) North Tract, which offers hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, trails, and many interpretive programs.
2) Central Tract, where the offices and study sites of the many research biologists are located at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
3) South Tract, where the National Wildlife Visitor Center and its trails are located. The National Wildlife Visitor Center and North Tract are the only areas open for visitor activities.
Native & Migratory Species
Native and migratory species enjoy the protection of the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl of many kinds flock there during the fall and spring migrations for sustenance and shelter.
Scientists have recorded more than 270 species. Patuxent is one of the largest forests in the mid-Atlantic, and it is a crucial sanctuary for nesting and breeding for species impacted by development woodland fragmentation in the region.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Court, Laurel, MD
Admission: Free for all ages.
Refreshments: Available for purchase.
Your Inn Near Patuxent Wildlife Festival
The National Wildlife Visitor Center is only about a 35-minute drive away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.