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Nature'Ology at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Southwest Region, June 19, 2012
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Nature'Ology Campers identify and collect data on fishes with biologists from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Nature'Ology Campers identify and collect data on fishes with biologists from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. - Photo Credit: Kathy Whaley

On June 14, 2012, 65 local youths ages 8-12 came to the Refuge for "Nature'Ology": a full-day of educational, hands-on,outdoor events. This partnership effort, coordinated by the Friends of Hagerman, involved several groups and organizations including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (research through electrofishing), Austin College (The Water Cycle), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (the role of reptiles in our environment, including live snakes and an alligator), a Ray Roberts State Park Ranger (beaver'ology), The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (interpretive programs on live birds of prey), and Refuge Volunteer Jack Chiles who demonstrated using computers, smart phones, and apps for birding. SCEP Student Vance Wolf led guided hikes where he talked about the National Wildlife Refuge System and identified Refuge plants and animals along a trail. A Texas Master Naturalist provided information on butterflies and helped the campers make native plant "seed bombs" to take home to their yards while local artist worked with the kids to create sand-art paintings of their favorite critters and a volunteer helped attendees make a take-home terrarium. The many hours of time and dedication provided by our wonderful Refuge volunteers made this first-time event a huge success and plans for a 2013 Nature'Ology are already in progress!


Contact Info: Kathy Whaley, 903-786-2826 x222, kathy_whaley@fws.gov



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