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TETLIN: Refuges Shines at Visitor Center Open House
Alaska Region, August 17, 2011
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The event kicked off with opening comments and a brief summary of the Exhibit Renovation Project, followed by recognition of project contributors. H. Timm, Tetlin Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11
The event kicked off with opening comments and a brief summary of the Exhibit Renovation Project, followed by recognition of project contributors. H. Timm, Tetlin Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11 - Photo Credit: n/a
Locally crafted spruce burl plaques were presented to those who made important contributions to the Exhibit Renovation Project. M. Mollnow, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11
Locally crafted spruce burl plaques were presented to those who made important contributions to the Exhibit Renovation Project. M. Mollnow, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11 - Photo Credit: n/a
For Cora Demit's very popular demonstration on Use of Traditional Plants,she served cooked berries,fry bread and labrador tea - yum! K. Odle-Moore, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11
For Cora Demit's very popular demonstration on Use of Traditional Plants,she served cooked berries,fry bread and labrador tea - yum! K. Odle-Moore, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center Deck, 7/6/11 - Photo Credit: n/a
Kay Lynn Odle-Moore lays out lots of interesting items for her informal program on caribou. A. Lavender, Tetlin Refuge Vistor Center, 7/6/11.
Kay Lynn Odle-Moore lays out lots of interesting items for her informal program on caribou. A. Lavender, Tetlin Refuge Vistor Center, 7/6/11. - Photo Credit: n/a
Regional Director Haskett watches as Youth Conservation Corp enrollees put up a tree swallow box just before the start of the Open House. H. Johnson, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center, 7/6/11
Regional Director Haskett watches as Youth Conservation Corp enrollees put up a tree swallow box just before the start of the Open House. H. Johnson, Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center, 7/6/11 - Photo Credit: n/a

On July 6th isolated rain storms dispersed and the sunshine was brilliant for the Open House at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge’s  Visitor Center.  People came from far and wide to join the Refuge in celebrating the new exhibits at the Center and view the new refuge film “Valley of Great Migrations”. The exhibits and film illustrate the boreal forest landscapes of the Upper Tanana Valley and their value to wildlife and people. Specific focus was given to the significance of plants and animals to the Upper Tanana Athabascan culture as well as the refuge science being done to monitored migratory birds and changes in the boreal forest over time.

The two part event began with opening comments from Refuge Manager Ryan Mollnow and a welcome for Regional Director Geoff Haskett. Recognition was then given to individuals who were instrumental in developing the exhibits, including a number of elders from the village of Northway, with presentation of unique spruce burl plaques with Athabascan beadwork. Afterwards, many of the refuge staff was on hand with displays to discuss the refuge’s efforts with migratory birds, phenology, and furbearers studies and the recent Fire Training Academy.  Interpretive talks were also given on caribou, traditional uses of local plants, and building a traditional fish trap. Young people enjoyed learning about butterflies and dragonflies and making beaded dragonfly necklaces. 

The Refuge invites travelers to stop by the Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center to view the new exhibits and film. The Center, located 8 miles from the Alaska/Canada Border, is open 7 days/week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until September 15th. For more information contact us at (907)883-5312 or tetlin@fws.gov. You can also visit our web page at http://tetlin.fws.gov


Contact Info: Heather Johnson, 907/883-9417, heather_n_johnson@fws.gov



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