August events at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge listed

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge has many activities, programs, and special events are planned this year. Anytime is a good time to visit the refuge, which is open every day from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in designated areas.

The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from December through March and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April through November.

Below are upcoming events in August. Visit the refuge’s new website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook or call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 to learn more about other events and programs throughout the year.

• Nature Photography Contest – The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Inc. is now accepting entries for the 11th Annual Nature Photography Contest, which showcases some of the best and most talented nature photography on Delmarva.  The contest is open to all photographers, including separate categories for students. There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities. Categories include the Beauty of Prime Hook, Native Flowers Plants, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Delmarva Scenery. Photographs will be on display from Oct. 18 to Dec. 14, and the exhibition is kicked off with an opening reception for the artists and the general public Saturday, Oct. 18. Viewers decide the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.  For a complete listing of the contest rules, go to www.friendsofprimehook.com or visit the refuge office.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Nature Photography Workshop Featuring professional photographers Jay Fleming and April Abel – 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested in improving nature photography skills? This program will feature two professional photographers, Jay Fleming and April Abel, who will share their journeys in professional photography and provide tips on taking better photographs. Fleming will present on underwater photography, including his underwater work from Delmarva and around the world.

Abel will focus on the elements and choices that go into taking quality photographs and will also open participants’ eyes to the beauty of Delaware’s natural areas, including Delaware State Parks, wildlife refuges, and preserves. Fleming and Abel will also provide the criteria they use when judging photographs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their photographs to be critiqued by the guest speakers. Space is limited and preregistration is required; call the refuge office at 302-684-8419.

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