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2006 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
Southwest Region, August 27, 2006
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Refuges booths at Expo
Refuges booths at Expo - Photo Credit: n/a
OK Refuges Booth up close
OK Refuges Booth up close - Photo Credit: n/a
Eating like a bird - trying out different types of beaks.
Eating like a bird - trying out different types of beaks. - Photo Credit: n/a
Learning the Water Cycle by making a bracelet (early Friday was the only time there were this few people around!)
Learning the Water Cycle by making a bracelet (early Friday was the only time there were this few people around!) - Photo Credit: n/a
Honker kept pretty busy and had to be restocked with Junior Refuge Manager Badges from time to time.
Honker kept pretty busy and had to be restocked with Junior Refuge Manager Badges from time to time. - Photo Credit: n/a

The 2006 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo went off without a hitch over the August 25,26,27 weekend. The FWS was well represented with booths from Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma Refuges and the Ecological Services division. These were easily some of the more popular booths with environmental education and fun, interactive activities.

Through the weekend, the OK Refuges booth was staffed by personnel from Salt Plains, Tishomingo, Little River and Washita NWRs. Visitors to the booth were put to the test with a bird nest id quiz. A question board with bird pictures opened to give clues about the nests displayed in the booth. Represented were the woodpecker, house wren, barn swallow, oriole, American robin and ruby-throated hummingbird. Younger visitors participated in either the water cycle bracelet or the bird beak activity on the other end of the booth. Approximately 600 water cycle bracelets were made throughout the weekend and several teachers stood by writing each step down for in-class activities. Kids were able to explore bird beaks by trying to eat gummy worms, fruity pebbles and peanuts with the tweezers, pliers and spoon beaks.

One highlight to the weekend was the special appearance of the Blue Goose on Saturday. Throughout the morning, Honker passed out junior refuge manager badges to visitors, posed for pictures and handed out hugs.

In addition to the activities, the booth handed out the Oklahoma FWS Fact Sheets, Tishomingo Hunting and Fishing Day fliers, 400 selenite crystals and information cards, various brochures, junior refuge manager badges, bookmarks and over 1000 2005 NWR Week posters.

It is estimated the the FWS booth saw around 3000 visitors during the 2 and a half day expo.


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



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