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STILLWATER NWR: Tadpole Rodeo at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
California-Nevada Offices , May 13, 2008
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Second Graders view wildlife with binoculars at Stillwater Point Reservoir. (USFWS Photo: Carl Lunderstadt)
Second Graders view wildlife with binoculars at Stillwater Point Reservoir. (USFWS Photo: Carl Lunderstadt) - Photo Credit: n/a
Second Grader Austin Lunderstadt prepares to capture a tadpole. (Photo: Kristi Lunderstadt)
Second Grader Austin Lunderstadt prepares to capture a tadpole. (Photo: Kristi Lunderstadt) - Photo Credit: n/a

Carl Lunderstadt, Stillwater NWR
Over 60 second graders from West End Elementary School in Fallon, Nev., along with their teachers and several parents visited the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge on May 13, 2008 for a morning of fun activities aimed at learning about refuge habitats and wildlife.  The students participated in events such as wildlife viewing with binoculars, a butterfly migration game similar to musical chairs but with a lot more arm flapping, Wildlife Jeopardy, and a wildlife and habitat treasure hunt.  But the hands down favorite was a fish tank full of big, slimy bull frog tadpoles that the children were able to scoop up and hold in their hands as biologists explained the frog’s lifecycle.  The grand finale was launching a rocket net over a set of duck decoys.  While not quite as spectacular as fireworks, the rockets still made everyone jump out of their seats!

Staff from the Stillwater Refuge and the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office planned and orchestrated the event which was such a huge success that both offices are collaborating on future events for local school children.  The best part though, was seeing the smiles on their faces as the students were learning about northern Nevada’s natural resources.


Contact Info: Carl Lunderstadt, 775-423-5128 x235, carl_lunderstadt@fws.gov



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