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YUKON FLATS: These Alaska Kids Love T-shirts, Even Below Zero. . .
Alaska Region, December 16, 2009
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Sheila Dufford (left) and Nicole Gustine (right) prepare to distribute the T-shirts to students.  
Photographer: Delia Vargas Kretsinger in Fort Yukon on December 15, 2009.
Sheila Dufford (left) and Nicole Gustine (right) prepare to distribute the T-shirts to students. Photographer: Delia Vargas Kretsinger in Fort Yukon on December 15, 2009. - Photo Credit: n/a
Sheila Dufford, Yukon Flats NWR GIS Specialist explains the results of 'Oh Moose' to Fort Yukon students.
Photographer: Delia Vargas Kretsinger in Fort Yukon on December 16, 2009.
Sheila Dufford, Yukon Flats NWR GIS Specialist explains the results of 'Oh Moose' to Fort Yukon students. Photographer: Delia Vargas Kretsinger in Fort Yukon on December 16, 2009. - Photo Credit: n/a

On a cold December day just before winter solstice, Yukon Flats Refuge staff and a volunteer visited the Fort Yukon School to lead students in moose educational activities and hand-out new T-shirts featuring a moose mural painted by students in 2007.  Fortunately, everyone was gathered in the warm cafeteria.

 

A hundred T-shirts with the message, “Leave the Cow Moose—Leave Our Future Healthy” were distributed to students and school staff as part of the ongoing refuge outreach effort to involve village residents in the need to protect cow moose from illegal harvest and grow the moose population.  The winning slogan by student Frederick James was picked in a contest.

 

Of course, students were excited to get out of class and immediately put on their new shirts.  They watched a moose video and participated in moose-related activities including “Mooseopoly,” a board game that helps students understand the life history of a cow moose.   

 

The moose mural project, t-shirts and games were produced by Yukon Flats Refuge volunteer Kimberley Maher and former Environmental Education Specialist Shannon Nelson.  In coming months refuge staff and the School District will distribute shirts to 30 students and teachers.

 

Over the next few months refuge staff will continue to work with the Yukon Flats School District to distribute shirts to over 300 students and teachers.


Contact Info: Nicole Gustine, 907-456-0386, nicole_gustine@fws.gov



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