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Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Entrance Gets a New Look

Region 3, May 14, 2012
The area before the changes as it has looked for several years.
The area before the changes as it has looked for several years. - Photo Credit: n/a
Several of the volunteers along with Volunter Workcamper Dick Brunner putting the plants in.
Several of the volunteers along with Volunter Workcamper Dick Brunner putting the plants in. - Photo Credit: n/a
The Jessen Family of Laclede, MO putting their green thumbs to use.
The Jessen Family of Laclede, MO putting their green thumbs to use. - Photo Credit: n/a
The planting crew.
The planting crew. - Photo Credit: n/a
The finished product after all the plants were put in.
The finished product after all the plants were put in. - Photo Credit: n/a

This past Saturday, May 12 2012, 11 volunteers helped Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Manager Steve Whitson plant 173 native wildflowers in the new pollinator garden. The entrance to the Swan Lake visitor center had been a gravel bed around the flagpole for many years. With the recent landscaping and plantings the area now has more than 30 different species of native Missouri wildflowers that are beneficial to pollinators throughout various times of the year.

The project was funded entirely by the Friends of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The plan is to expand the pollinator gardens completely around the visitor center and around other visitor use facilities in the next few years.

Contact Info: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323 ext. 13, steve_whitson@fws.gov