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Evening With Wildlife
Midwest Region, March 31, 2010
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On March 31, 2010, Great River National Wildlife Refuge staff members Gary Poen and Carolyn Gregory participated in an “Evening with Wildlife” at the Knox County Schools near Edina, Missouri. The annual event gave opportunity for natural resource and conservation organizations to reach out to approximately 520 local students and the public.

Carolyn and Gary participated in the event to inform the public about the lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with particular attention focused on the nearby Fox Island Division of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge.

The event lasted from 6 pm to 9 pm, during which time they distributed pamphlets, answered questions, and conversed with people throughout the evening. However, the most popular element of the exhibit was the button-making machine. Children, and adults alike, could choose from one of six different animals to color and then create their own pin or magnet as a keepsake from the evening. Buttons were produced non-stop for the entire three hours! Even the reigning Miss Missouri, Tara Osseck from St. Charles, took a break from greeting visitors to make her own button.

In addition to Miss Missouri and Great River NWR staff, there were 35 exhibits set up in the school’s gymnasium. This family-oriented community event has been described as an indoor fair with an outdoor theme, educating the public about wildlife, natural resources, and the outdoors.

Contact Info: Candace Chambers, 573.847.2333, candy_chambers@fws.gov



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