. . . gotten out while you still can. As the season begins to color the trees, it's a perfect time to take in the migrating season at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Inside, a series of exhibits examines the plight of threatened ecosystems and endangered wildlife. And outside, a network of trails loops through woods and around lakes so visitors can get a closer look at the real thing. Stop in now, before the weather heads south.
Mario Gonzalez, 4, communicates with an owl at the wildlife visitor center.
(Lois Raimondo -- The Washington Post)
National Wildlife Visitor Center
Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. A variety of programs, including seasonal tram tours and children's events, are offered. For details and directions, call 301-497-5760 or go to patuxent.fws.gov.
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