Refuge hosts films, nature walks
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round-trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and leave dogs at home. Admission is free.
Visitor center hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.
Other upcoming events include:
“Time Travel through the Taiga” Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga) Aug. 27.
“Pioneering the Kenai Peninsula” Discover why people immigrated to the Kenai Peninsula over a century ago through learning about the life of Andrew Berg, Alaska’s first registered big game guide Saturday.
The refuge headquarters also shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. Films include:
“Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First” (10 minutes) The film shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s wildlife story and the refuge’s recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon and 4 p.m.
“Alone in the Wilderness” (55 min.) The life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years. The film is shown at 1 p.m.
“A Mystery in Alaska” (55 minutes) Discover the world of humpback whales, salmon and brown bears and solve the mystery of why Stellar sea lions are declining in the waters of eastern Alaska. The film is shown at 2 p.m.
“Sled Dogs” (55 min.) Experience the drama and magic of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The film is shown at 3 p.m.
Refuge sponsors birding hotline
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hotline for rare or interesting bird sightings. If you have spotted a rare bird or would like to hear what other bird watchers have seen recently, call 262-2300.
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