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A Great Evening at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge as Almost 200 Turn Out for First Friday Program
Midwest Region, May 4, 2012
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Parker and Clayton of Wheeling, Mo. learn How Water Affects the Landscape in the Streambox Activities
Parker and Clayton of Wheeling, Mo. learn How Water Affects the Landscape in the Streambox Activities - Photo Credit: USFWS

After several days of rain, the sun finally came out at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Friday May, 2012 as did 197 people to attend the First Fridays at the Refuge program. Hot dogs were provided by volunteers of the Brunswick/Mendon Lions Club. The big hit of the evening was the new stream box, which is a large sand box that has water running through it where kids learn about stream dynamics.

Another popular activity was canoeing on the small lake around the visitor center. Lots of other activities were going on as well including archery, hayrides, tower tours and a fishing game. As the evening came to a close, the new amphitheater was filled near capacity for the Animal Wonders program presented by Dan Cowell of Independence, Mo. Cowell had many animals on hand for viewing and touching including a small alligator that he uses in his program to talk about the differences between native wildlife in Missouri and exotic species.


Contact Info: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323 ext. 13, steve_whitson@fws.gov



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