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Beadle Students from Omaha Visit DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, November 27, 2012
Students measure replica museum artifact while learning how to catalog museum artifacts.
Students measure replica museum artifact while learning how to catalog museum artifacts. - Photo Credit: n/a

Thirty students in the Beadle Middle School High Ability Learners Program in Omaha, Neb. visited DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for lessons designed to expose them to the variety of conservation work on the refuge.

Students learned about the Steamboat Bertrand and how museum items are cataloged and conserved. They practiced cataloging replica museum items to get a feel for the job of the museum curator and specialist. Students completed a GPS scavenger hunt that tied wildlife needs (food, weather and shelter) with GPS surveying. After lunch, students learned about bird identification and completed a bird count at several points around the refuge. The students showed an enthusiasm for learning about the refuge and wildlife conservation. Refuge staff plans to continue to collaborate with Beadle Middle School educators to reach out to students from the Omaha metro area.

Contact Info: Ashley Danielson, 712-388-4800, ashley_danielson@fws.gov