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Bringing the Refuge to the Great Outdoors Sport Show

Region 3, February 15, 2013
Middle Miss River staff introduced children of all ages to the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Middle Miss River staff introduced children of all ages to the National Wildlife Refuge System. - Photo Credit: n/a

Almost 4,000 outdoor enthusiasts turned out for the Great Outdoors Sport Show in Cape Girardeau, Mo., over the weekend of February 15th. Staff from the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge fielded questions concerning the Proposed Refuge Hunt Plan, volunteer opportunities, the Middle Mississippi River Partnership, Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers Confluence and Heritage Area, as well as specific Illinois and Missouri hunting and fishing regulations.

The highlight of the event was introducing youngsters to their National Wildlife Refuge System. The Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge was established in response to the Great Flood of 1993, whereby more than 8,000 acres of flood prone land has been protected for waterfowl, migrating songbirds, big river fishes, endemic wildlife, and for compatible wildlife dependent recreation.

Learn more about Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/middle_mississippi_river/.

Contact Info: Robert Cail, 618.763.4420 X12, robert_cail@fws.gov