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June First Friday Event at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Soars with the Eagles
Midwest Region, June 5, 2012
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Phoenix the American bald eagle entertains the crowd of more than 200 at the Swan Lake First Fridays at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge in June.
Phoenix the American bald eagle entertains the crowd of more than 200 at the Swan Lake First Fridays at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge in June. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Tammy Pontious and her daughter Anna enjoyed a view from above at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge viewing tower open during the First Fridays at the Refuge program in June.
Tammy Pontious and her daughter Anna enjoyed a view from above at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge viewing tower open during the First Fridays at the Refuge program in June. - Photo Credit: USFWS

It was a beautiful summer evening for the June First Friday event at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The festivities started early on the first night of June with 226 visitors attending the evening’s programs! There was a free hotdog dinner provided by the Sumner American Legion Auxiliary, with a variety of activities that the visitors could participate in, such as archery with compound bows and 3D targets, a duck wing identification maze and the usual tower tours and tractor-drawn hay rides around the refuge.

Dave Byers provided some great music in the amphitheater for anyone who wanted to simply relax and listen to music. The stream box continued to be a success. Children knelt in the sand and dug out rivers, lakes and dams to change the flow of the water running through the box. Towards the end of the evening, everyone gathered in the amphitheater to see the Dickerson Park Zoo’s live Eagles and Raptors program. Zookeepers brought a Bald eagle named Phoenix and a Golden eagle named Akila to the event and explained what makes a bird a raptor, how each eagle came to the zoo, and the important characteristics of both bald and golden eagles while the birds themselves perched on one keeper’s wrist and occasionally called or flapped their huge wings. Overall, it was another great First Friday at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

The next First Friday event at the refuge will be on July 6, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until dark. It will feature the usual hayrides, tower tours, as well as archery and the stream box. There will also be a Turtle Tank where visitors can touch turtles from the refuge ponds and an insect scavenger hunt. The Currey Korn Family Bluegrass Band will be returning to play their traditional Bluegrass music and Mad Science will be coming from Kansas City to create explosions, bubbles and other amazing chemical reactions around 7:00 p.m.


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



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