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Building Houses For Birds and Kids
Southwest Region, July 8, 2009
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Teaching a New Generation
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The 2009 Youth Conservation Corps and Chickasaw summer youth programs have come to an end, however, the lasting impressions these summer interns have left will not be forgotten anytime soon.  Four students selected through the YCC program and two students recruited by the Chickasaw Summer Youth Program began their first jobs with the Fish and Wildlife Service this year.  The eager interns experienced a large variety of on the job training from painting, litter patrol, trail and goose blind maintenance, facility upkeep, trimming and watering trees, assisting in setting gates to teaching.  These six youth assisted refuge staff in patiently working with kids half their age to create small homes for weary travelers.  Birdhouses of course!  For the groups of enthusiastic young visitors it was a special treat to take in the sights and sounds of the refuge and in addition create their own masterpieces with nails and wood.  Reversing this role was a bit intimidating for a couple of the interns, however they proved to be of great assistance in these endeavors.  Throughout the community of Tishomingo these varied silhouettes and colorful dwellings can be seen in the yards of children.

In addition, to the hard work these interns accomplished on the refuge; they also left with a better understanding of the Fish and Wildlife Service, made new friends and enjoyed the educational field trips taken to the Wichita Mountains NWR, Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery, Denison Dam and Lake Texoma.   


Contact Info: Melissa Holder, 580/371-2402, melissa_holder@fws.gov



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