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STONE LAKES NWR:2,500 Visitors "Walk on the Wildside!" During Refuge Festival
California-Nevada Offices , May 9, 2009
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Animal presentations by Wild Things Inc. entertain and educate hundreds of visitors at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge annual event 'Walk on the Wildside!' - USFWS
Animal presentations by Wild Things Inc. entertain and educate hundreds of visitors at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge annual event 'Walk on the Wildside!' - USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Children discover a hands-on 'mini wetland' at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge booth and activity area at the refuge's annual event 'Walk on the Wildside!' - USFWS
Children discover a hands-on 'mini wetland' at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge booth and activity area at the refuge's annual event 'Walk on the Wildside!' - USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

by Amy Hopperstad, Stone Lakes NWR
Warm spring weather and soaring hawks welcomed the annual ‘Walk on the Wildside!’ festival at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and local conservation successes with many refuge partners and supporters.  Held at the Beach Lake Picnic Area on the north end on the refuge near the town of Freeport, California, over 2,500 visitors enjoyed
this free family-oriented day in the country hosting lively entertainment and up-close and personal views of many wildlife species.   

 

Highlights of the event included:

 

·         Live wild animal presentations by Wild Things, Inc.

·         Live falconry demonstration by Karl Kerster

·         Live folk music by Horse Sense

·         Children’s puppet show by Jason Adair

·         Petting Farm by Elk Grove High School FFA (Future Farmers of America)

·         Guided and self-guided tours of wetlands and heron rookeries

·         35+ Conservation exhibitors

·         Special presentations

·         Children’s activity center, games, and prizes hosted by local Girl Scouts of America

·         USFWS Blue Goose mascot ‘Puddles’ & Sacramento County mascot ‘Ollie Otter’

·         Outdoor BBQ hosted by Elk Grove High School FFA and Elk Grove Rotary Club

 

One of the few urban refuges in the system, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located just 10 miles from the State capitol in Sacramento. Visitors were able to explore restored wetlands and an old riparian forest trail on their own or with a guided tour, and discovered the rich natural history right in Sacramento’s own backyard including an active heron rookery.  Adults and children were able to experience a fun peaceful outdoor event with many activities and live ‘edu-tainment’.  Children won prizes by participating in fun activities run by the local Girl Scouts of America and watched live wildlife during special presentations by Wild Things, Inc. Over 35 exhibitors interacted with the local community as people enjoyed a BBQ and listen to toe-tapping folk music by Horse Sense.

 

This fun outdoor celebration of International Migratory Bird Day highlighted local efforts protecting and restoring native Central Valley habitats and wildlife and offered a great opportunity to access normally closed wildlife areas.  Many thanks goes out to the over 40 Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge volunteers who committed their time and expertise to help make this event run smoothly for all to enjoy.


Contact Info: Amy Hopperstad, (916) 775-4421, amy_hopperstad@fws.gov



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