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Four Local Schools Participate In Archery Day Event at Havasu NWR
Southwest Region, March 9, 2012
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Maintenance Worker David Eck and Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Burtka, provide instruction to young archers at the event.
Maintenance Worker David Eck and Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Burtka, provide instruction to young archers at the event. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Linda L Miller
Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Burtka provides archery instruction to youth at the event.
Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Burtka provides archery instruction to youth at the event. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Linda L Miller
Firefighter Benji Stewart from Imperial NWR explains the parts of a fire engine to participants at the event.
Firefighter Benji Stewart from Imperial NWR explains the parts of a fire engine to participants at the event. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Linda L Miller
Staff from the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office retrieve arrows from the bowfishing range.
Staff from the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office retrieve arrows from the bowfishing range. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Linda L Miller
Refuge Volunteer Jan Richmond, from the Prescott Audubon Society, assists participants in bird identification at the event.
Refuge Volunteer Jan Richmond, from the Prescott Audubon Society, assists participants in bird identification at the event. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Linda L Miller

On March 9, 2012, one hundred and fifty-three students, nine teachers, and thirteen adult chaperones from four local area schools in Mohave County, Arizona participated in an Archery Day event at the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The students and teachers were from Starline, Topock, and Yucca elementary schools and Havasu charter school.

 

This was the Refuge's second archery event and it was nearly twice the size of the previous event. Students were given an archery safety and orientation course and had opportunity to shoot on a 3D target range, a games and skills range, and a bowfishing range. During the event they also received information regarding the importance of hunting to wildlife population management (Arizona Game & Fish Department); Search and Rescue operations (Mohave County Sheriff Departments Mobile Command Center); wildland fire fighting operations and fire equipment (Imperial NWR); and bird identification and watchable wildlife (Prescott Audubon Society). The event also had a First Aid station, manned by two EMT's from the Mohave Valley Fire Department, in the event of injuries.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated the Archery as an Outreach program in 2011 in an attempt to encourage youth to engage in outdoor activities. Stations were manned by personnel from Lake Havasu NWR Complex, Havasu NWR, Imperial NWR, Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and refuge volunteers, as well as event partners already listed and staff from Lake Havasu City Parks and Recreation Department. All partner agencies joined the effort to provide for a quality learning experience.


Contact Info: Linda Miller, (760) 326-3853 ext. 22 , linda_l_miller@fws.gov



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