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COLUSA NWR: Refuge Dedicates New Visitor Facilities
California-Nevada Offices , May 10, 2008
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Ernie Ambrosini, Colusa Resident and Retired Fish and Wildlife Service Equipment Operator, “cut the ribbon” to the new facilities at the Colusa Refuge in front of visitors. (USFWS photo by J. Stockton)
Ernie Ambrosini, Colusa Resident and Retired Fish and Wildlife Service Equipment Operator, “cut the ribbon” to the new facilities at the Colusa Refuge in front of visitors. (USFWS photo by J. Stockton) - Photo Credit: n/a
Sarah Johnstone, CWA Education Coordinator, gets ready to explore the Discovery Trail with Burchfield Primary students by teaching them about animals that are found on the Colusa NWR. (CWA photo)
Sarah Johnstone, CWA Education Coordinator, gets ready to explore the Discovery Trail with Burchfield Primary students by teaching them about animals that are found on the Colusa NWR. (CWA photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Jennifer Stockton, Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Services Specialist, helps Burchfield Primary students discover the differences between soils during the Marsh Muck activity at Colusa NWR. (CWA photo)
Jennifer Stockton, Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Services Specialist, helps Burchfield Primary students discover the differences between soils during the Marsh Muck activity at Colusa NWR. (CWA photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Jennifer Stockton, Colusa NWR

Refuge staff joined members of the local Chamber of Commerce and visitors from San Francisco, Sacramento, Colusa, Chico, Washington, and Canada to celebrate the opening of new visitor facilities at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, May 10. The improvements include a new observation deck, parking area, bathrooms, picnic tables, a widened bridge, and walking trail enhancements.

 

Ernie Ambrosini, a local resident and retired Fish and Wildlife Service equipment operator, “cut the ribbon” to officially open the area.  Mr. Ambrosini worked at the Refuge from 1960 until his retirement in 1991.

 

“We are really excited to offer improved wildlife viewing opportunities for our visitors and local school groups,” said Refuge Manager Mike Peters.  The local schools got a chance to use the new facilities recently when Service partnered with California Waterfowl Association to provide 40 third grade students from Burchfield Primary School with a free Marsh Madness Field Day at the refuge.  The students spent the day learning about wetland plants, marsh muck, animal tracks and scat, and bird identification, and even had the opportunity to taste wetland foods such as duck, goose, venison, cranberries, mint, blackberries, and wild rice.

 

The grand opening event was timed to coincide with the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, as well as our volunteer recognition. With over 75 people and over 3,000 hours, these hard-working dedicated volunteers are an important part to the refuge and the staff wanted to honor that with awards and a barbeque. 

 

The new refuge visitor facilities are open year-round. Visitation is free. For information, call the refuge at 530-934-2801, or visit us on the web at: http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges.


Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov



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