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HOPPER MOUNTAIN NWRC: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Connects Kids with Nature at Santa Barbara Science Day at the Zoo
California-Nevada Offices , September 25, 2010
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Jen Lachuga engages kids and parents alike in learning about local wildlife. (Chris Briggs/Santa Barbara Zoo)
Jen Lachuga engages kids and parents alike in learning about local wildlife. (Chris Briggs/Santa Barbara Zoo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Kim Valverde teaches kids to use telemetry equipment for tracking California condors. (Chris Briggs/Santa Barbara Zoo)
Kim Valverde teaches kids to use telemetry equipment for tracking California condors. (Chris Briggs/Santa Barbara Zoo) - Photo Credit: n/a

On Saturday, September 25, Kim Valverde (STEP student) and Michael Woodbridge (Public Affairs Officer) from the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (HMNWRC), along with Jenny Marek (Biologist) from the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (VFWO), hosted a booth at the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Science Day at the Zoo.  Two other VFWO employees also stopped by the booth to help connect kids and teachers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wildlife conservation efforts.

This is the second year in a row the Zoo has held a Science Day for area students and teachers.  The goal of Science Day at the Zoo is to get children and their families excited about science through the use of interactive hands-on activities.  The event took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s booth included a number of activities for the kids.  Older children had the opportunity to learn about telemetry technology and how staff working on the California Condor Recovery Program use this equipment to track condors in the wild.  Younger children played the habitat game, where they could match plants and animals with different habitat types.  There were also opportunities for children and parents alike to touch animal hides, bones and feathers and look at pictures of California condors and other wildlife.

Last year more than 1,700 guests attended Science Day at the Zoo.  This year, building on the success of the first Science Day, the event had nearly 2,000 guests in attendance.  The Service enjoys hosting a booth at the Zoo’s Science Day and appreciates the chance to educate children, families and teachers about the agency’s wildlife conservation efforts taking place right here in the greater Ventura County area.


Contact Info: Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445, michael_woodbridge@fws.gov



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