MONTHLY BIRDING OUTINGS are resuming at Crab Orchard NWR! The first one is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 8:15 AM to noon. Beginning to advanced birders are welcome. The outing is limited to 15 participants, so reserve your spot soon. Call or visit the Refuge Visitor's Center to add your name to the signup sheet. As always, the tour is led by experienced volunteer birders and binoculars are available for checkout from the Visitor's Center. We will meet at 8:15 in the Visitor's Center, have a brief introduction, and board two Refuge vehicles. Stops will be made at several good viewing sites in both the open and restricted areas, and scopes will be set up for use by all. And the Pelicans are back! This great photo was taken by Christian Schoeffel and was the winner of the youth devision of the 2013 photo contest.