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WICHITA MOUNTAINS VISITOR SERVICES
Southwest Region, November 6, 2007
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Twenty special programs and three special events were held at the Refuge this month. On October 25, 2007, the Refuge and many partners celebrated the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of bison to the Refuge with a celebration. Also incorporated into the celebration was the dedication of the expansion of the Wichita Mountains State Scenic Byway.  The Association of the Friends of the Wichitas hosted 5 Bugling Elk tours, the Comanche Nation Youth Program conducted an Elk Ecology program, and Langston University participated in a three day event at the Refuge.  Schreing-Plough Animal Health Services hosted an event at the Refuge Visitor Center on October 8.  The Refuge participated as a partner in the Comanche County Memorial’s “Spirit of Survival” footrace events on October 14th and 15th with portions of a 5k, half marathon, marathon relay and full marathon passing through the Refuge.  Randy Hale and Nick Plata hosted a booth in Medicine Park for children participating in the children’s marathon on October 14.   On October 25, 2007, the Refuge and many partners celebrated the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of bison to the Refuge with a celebration.  Also incorporated in the celebration was the dedication of the expansion of the Wichita Mountains State Scenic Byway.  On October 27, 2007, M.J. Alexander, author of “Salt of the Red Earth: A Century of Wit and Wisdom from Oklahoma’s Elders,” provided a presentation and book singing at the Refuge Visitor Center.

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



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