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NEVADA FWO: Wings And Wildlife FestivalOf Southern Nevada
California-Nevada Offices , July 14, 2009
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Christiana Manville points out birds to participants of the festival on a Colorado River pontoon boat ride. (photo: USFWS) 
Christiana Manville points out birds to participants of the festival on a Colorado River pontoon boat ride. (photo: USFWS)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Mark Olson discusses endangered Colorado River fish at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. (photo: USFWS) 
Mark Olson discusses endangered Colorado River fish at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. (photo: USFWS)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Christiana Manville (left) and Jeri Krueger (right) answer questions about migratory birds for participants at the Festival (photo: USFWS)
Christiana Manville (left) and Jeri Krueger (right) answer questions about migratory birds for participants at the Festival (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Jeannie Stafford, Nevada FWO
The first Wings and Wildlife Festival of Southern Nevada was held in Laughlin, Nevada, on March 13-16, 2009. The festival was organized by the Southern Nevada Birding & Wildlife Trails Partnership, a non-profit group composed of over 20 agencies and organizations, to promote wildlife tourism and environmental education. Over 250 individuals participated in one or more of the festival’s field trips and educational seminars. The festival attracted visitors from as far away as Canada, New York, Wisconsin, Montana, and Texas. Over 100 bird species were observed, along with many other kinds of desert animals. The partners were pleased with the turn out and hope to reach more people in upcoming years.

Christiana Manville and Jeri Krueger of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with staff and volunteers from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, participated in all aspects of the festival. These Service employees assisted in planning the events, led field trips, presented a seminar on burrowing owls, and staffed educational booths. The festival also featured field trips to two Service facilities; Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.


Contact Info: Jeannie Stafford, 775-861-6300, jeannie_stafford@fws.gov



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