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June was Connecting People with Nature Month!
Midwest Region, July 1, 2010
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Columbia FWCO spreads the word about fish and the environment at a local outdoor festival. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Columbia FWCO spreads the word about fish and the environment at a local outdoor festival. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Throughout the month of June, Columbia FWCO employees were busy meeting with the people young and old alike to tell them about nature.  Although this is an activity we are always engaged in, this month we participated in numerous events around the theme of connecting our local community with nature. 

Some of these events included DeSoto Refuge Fest, eXtreme Wilderness 2010, Family Funfest, Hallsville Aquatic Day and the Floody Muddy Educational Day.  Each event created unique opportunities to interact with our local community, but more importantly it helped to connect all ages of participants with nature. 

As a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO), we often take our fish sampling gear and boats along with us to these events, but in the end, live fish always steal the show.  It is an amazing experience to see a young child’s eyes light up as they hold a fish for the first time or to answer questions from interested and inquisitive adults.


Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov



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