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GET OUTDOORS 2012 EVENT – AT THE SAN JOSE MISSION

Region 2, March 13, 2012
Awesome exhibits at the Service’s both!
Awesome exhibits at the Service’s both! - Photo Credit: n/a
Skins and mounts from Law Enforcement were a source of great interest to visitors.
Skins and mounts from Law Enforcement were a source of great interest to visitors. - Photo Credit: n/a
Participants at the event gather around to get a better look.
Participants at the event gather around to get a better look. - Photo Credit: n/a
Check out that crowd!
Check out that crowd! - Photo Credit: n/a

On Saturday, March 3, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in the fourth Annual Get Outdoors Event at the San Jose Mission in San Antonio, TX. The Event was sponsored by the San Antonio River Authority, the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Service. With over 4,000 visitors to the Event and more than 60 local, state, NGO and federal participants the Event was a HUGE success.

 

The Service’s Booth was a major hit with visitors. Several items such as brochures, pencils and coloring books for the kids were handed out. Multiple Service Divisions were represented including the National Wildlife Refuge System, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, Migratory Birds, Law Enforcement and Ecological Services. In addition, the Service was joined by two volunteers from the Balcones Canyonlands Refuge -Dub Lyon (President of the Friends of Balcones Canyonland Wildlife Preserve Group) and Ruth Lyon. Adults and children alike were fascinated by the salamanders and fish in the aquariums that Patricia Caccavale brought from the San Marcos Fish Hatchery. The skins and mounts from Law Enforcement were also a source of great interest to visitors. Over 1,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds, including Native Americans with generations reaching back to before the San Antonio Missions were established, stopped by to talk with us.

Other attendees at the event included: FOIA and Records Coordinator for Texas, Sandra Coney-James; Sr Fish and Wildlife Biologist Allison Arnold; Fish and Wildlife Biologist Charlotte Kucera; Region 2 Dive Officer Patricia D. Caccavale and her fiancé Howard.

We are very fortunate to have been part of this year’s Get Outdoors 2012 Event and feel like we were able to convey to visitors the important work of the Service, educate them about the our programs and facilities and hopefully spark their interest in conservation.

Contact Info: Nicole Haskett, 505-248-6457gov, nicole_haskett@fws.gov