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Refuge Staff Volunteer in Local Community
Southwest Region, April 30, 2006
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             In recent weeks, staff at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, have shown their community spirit by volunteering for a variety of projects with the local schools.

Volunteer Karin Urban helped out at the Zimmerly Elementary school by volunteering to be a judge for their annual science fair. Urban is a retired teacher who volunteers with the Refuge’s EE program. This is the second year she has been a science fair judge. She enjoys seeing what science topics interest the students.

Refuge manager, Terry Tadano also helped students with a science project. Tadano lent a hand to students at the Socorro High School who wanted to build a solar converter. In recent years the Refuge has converted all of its windmills to solar power. Tadano helped the students collect the supplies and equipment that they would need for their project.

Heavy equipment operator, Ken Wolf even caught the volunteer spirit. Ken helped out another group of Socorro High School students who participated in an Earth Day litter clean-up. In addition to hauling away the trash that the students collected, Wolf also manned the grill, making lunch for 75 hungry teenagers!

ORP Kim King-Wrenn helped the local girl scout troops plan for their comencment to the next scouting level by cutting invasive species and removing them from the Refuge. Exotic salt cedar is the bane of riparian area managers in New Mexico, but the colorful and sturdy trees are often used to make rustic furniture, or in the case of the girl scouts, a ceremonial bridge.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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