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STOCKTON FWO:  Stockton Office Put on Strong Presence in Exhibit at  2011 California State Fair

Region 8, July 30, 2011
Beth Campbell of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps children learn about fish as they paint a fish print at the California State Fair.
Beth Campbell of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps children learn about fish as they paint a fish print at the California State Fair. - Photo Credit: n/a
Kate Erly of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service informs children about the plants and animals that occur in California.
Kate Erly of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service informs children about the plants and animals that occur in California. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Beth Cambell and Jerrica Lewis, Stockton FWO

The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office (STFWO) had a strong presence at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) exhibit at the 2011 California State Fair, which was held from July 14 through July 31 in Sacramento. Participants included Kes Benn, Rick Burmester, Beth Campbell, Gonzalo Castillo, John Netto, Lori Smith, Jack Ingram, Jerrica Lewis, Greg Nelson, John Speegle, Phil Voong, Jon Thompson, Angie Bourandas, Amber Aguilera, Jolene Willis, Kate Erly, Crystal Castle, Carlie Jackson, Dustin Dinh, Scott Porter, and Kyle Fronte. These staff represented all three Stockton FWO programs – Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, and Aquatic Invasive Species Program.

The USFWS partnered this year with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Bureau of Land Management to follow the recent presidential initiative to help inform the public about “America’s Great Outdoors.” This is always a fun and exciting task for staff because California offers such a great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems – including freshwater, estuarine, and saltwater habitats populated by a diverse variety of plants and wildlife.

Activities at the USFWS exhibit this year included outdoor-themed tattoos, painting fish prints, making wildlife masks, coloring nature printouts, and playing “bird bingo.” These provided an opportunity to teach the public about fish and wildlife biology. Making water cycle bracelets also was fun and informative; concepts such as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation were discussed and tracked with beads of different colors. Various posters and displays throughout the exhibit were enjoyed by young and old alike.

The Green Screen photography was a real attraction to get families together. Participants could pick out which National Monument or National Park background they wanted for their photo. This was a fun way to let the public know about “America’s Great Outdoors.” Staff reported that the USFWS exhibit was well attended, and that it was great being able to have face time with so many members of the public.

Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov