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Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Outreach Efforts Take Flight
Southwest Region, December 16, 2009
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In Decemer, the Blue Goose flew into Harrison County, landing at the Michelson Museum of Art where he was the guest of honor at a reception exhibiting the works of "Ding" Darling, creator of the Wildlife Refuge Logo. The collection of Darling's conservation art work was loaned to the Caddo Lake NWR by the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society in Sanibel, Florida. The exhibit, scheduled to be displayed only a month, was held over four extra months by popular demand from public and private schools systems.

Hundreds of adults and area school children viewed the exhibit. Grade school age children visiting the exhibit received a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge System coloring book and crayons provided by the Refuge, Caddo Lake Institute and the Friends of Caddo Lake NWR.  The Blue Goose assisted with the collection of toys and food items donated by art show guests for holiday distribution.

The Blue Goose had another December public appearance when he was asked to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade. The Blue Goose delighted on-lookers and children throughout the parade route with dancing, waves and honks. The honks were actual recorded goose honks that were played from a speaker system on the refuge truck along with the song Blue Christmas.

Contact Info: Jason Roesner, 903-679-9144, jason_roesner@fws.gov



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