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Texoma Treasures: Hagerman Wildlife Refuge

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    WELCOME BACK TO OUR SPECIAL..."TEXOMA TREASURES."  I'M KATY BLAKEY
     NESELTED AWAY -- IN A PEACEFUL CORNER OF GRAYSON COUNTY -- LIES A TRUE TEXOMA TRESURE: THE HAGERMAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.
     HOME TO OVER THREE HUNDRED SPECIES, AND A BIRD-LOVERS PARADISE, THIS NATURAL HABITAT IS OFTEN OVER-LOOKED.
     AS I FOUND OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH...IT'S A UNTOUCHED JEWEL JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED.


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     FOR OVER SIXTY YEARS THE HAGERMAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENTER HAS PROVIDED REFUGE FOR ANIMALS, AND HUMANS ALIKE.

(Dick Malnory) You can come out here and it's nothing but serenity here.

     FOR THE DUCKS....THE GEESE....AND HUNDREDS OF CRITTERS...IT'S HOME.
     FOR VOLUNTEER DICK MALNORY, IT'S AN ESCAPE.

(Dick Malnory) You forget all your problems.//this is the place to come because it's absolutely wonderful out here.

     DESPITE BEING JUST OUTSIDE THE SHERMAN CITY LIMITS, AND A SHORT DRIVE FROM THE METROPLEX, THE REFUGE REMAINS RELATIVELY UNKNOWN, AND *UNEXPLORED.

(Rick Cantu) it's common to have locals come in and say 'you know I lived here for 20 years and never knew this place was out here.'

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     VOLUNTEERS ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT.
     OFFERING WEEKLY VAN TOURS AND MONTHLY PROGRAMS, THE FRIENDS OF HAGERMAN ORGANIZATION IS SPREADING THEIR PASSION FOR THE PROPERTY.
  
(Nancy Collins)  It's just kind of a jewel in the rough here.//(Nancy Collins) It's a nice place to get away and to see nature and to see birds we don't noramlly see in our backyard.

(Rick Cantu) Natl wildlife refuges were created for wildlife first. //Not to say that we exclude the public,// but everything we do on the refuge must be compatible with wildlife and we are a winter and waterfowl refuge so now is the time of year to come out.
    
(Stand up) One of the neatest attractions is this...Some 8-10,000 geese call Texoma and Hagerman their home during the wintermonths.

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(Dick Malnory) I don't know how you can go through here and not see something.

     THAT'S WHY DICK MALNORY KEEPS HIS CAMERA CLOSE --
     SNAPPING AWAY...AT A GRAZING DEER....A SLOW-MOVING SWAN...AND ONE FAST MOVING CRITTER.
     IT'S THAT THRILL OF SEEING SOMETHING NEW...THAT KEEPS VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS RETURNING.

(Rick Cantu) Every time I go out it's a different adventure - and it's so close! You don't have to watch the discovery channel. Come out here and you can see it live. >

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     YOU CAN CATCH ONE OF THE **FREE WILDLIFE TOURS EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING *NOW THROUGH JANUARY 12TH.
     FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FREE EVENTS AND EVERYTHING HAGERMAN HAS TO OFFER..
     GO TO OUR WEBSITE KTEN-DOT-COM.