Hagerman sets ‘Second Saturday’ program

Owls will be the topic of the “Second Saturday” program on Feb. 9 at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.The program starts at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the refuge’s Visitors Center. It is free and open to the public.

Making the presentation will be Dr. Wayne Meyer, an associate professor of biology at Austin College. Meyer says that great horned owls, eastern screech owls, barred and barn owls can all be seen at the refuge. He adds that a lot of what people think they know about owls are “myth-conceptions.” He will be discussing “stranger truths” about owls and teach attendees how to identify the owls of Texoma by sight and by sound.

For youngsters ages 5 to 10, the free Second Saturday program will be entitled “Who Pooped in the Woods?” The program will run from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the Friends of Hagerman Center at the refuge. The discussion will be on information that can be learned from various animals’ “scat,” such as species, predator or prey, diet and health status. Andrea Gowans will lead the program and reservations are requested. Parents must accompany children age 6 and under. For reservations, call 903-786-2826.

The refuge is located on the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. For more information, call the refuge or visit www.friendsofhagerman.com.