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YUKON DELTA: Bethel, Alaska, Library "goes wild" for Refuge Week!
Alaska Region, October 9, 2004
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Libraries are usually quiet places. But not on October 9th when the Bethel, Alaska public library went ?wild? as staff and volunteers from Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge took over the Saturday afternoon reading program. Parents and children from the 6,000 person community were treated to stories from Environmental Education specialist Donna Hanley. Afterwards the group was visited by ?Honker? the blue goose and his emperor goose friend, the latter a common species on the Delta. The afternoon was topped off with fruit "totem poles" to celebrate the first day of Refuge Week and a rainy Saturday afternoon. Located within the Nation's largest national wildlife refuge, the 20-million acre Yukon Delta Refuge, Bethel is the hub for 56 Native villages and the center of Yup?ik Eskimo culture.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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