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First Friday's at Swan LakeNational Wildlife RefugeBeats the July Heat
Midwest Region, July 12, 2012
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The Professor conducts and experiment with a volunteer during the Mad Science Program.
The Professor conducts and experiment with a volunteer during the Mad Science Program. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Agirservices of Brunswick, in partnership with the Freinds of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, served over 250 hotdogs during the July First Friday at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Agirservices of Brunswick, in partnership with the Freinds of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, served over 250 hotdogs during the July First Friday at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: USFWS

A 105 degree evening did not stop people from enjoying the July First Friday’s at the refuge event at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge! The event took place on July 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., and 184 people braved the hot temperatures. There were the usual hotdogs and cookies courtesy of the Friends of Swan Lake. Tower tours and hayrides were in full swing at the event, as were the Stream Box and Archery range with 3D targets. The Stream Box was a continued hit and many kids hopped in to stay cool and to dig out rivers, lakes and dams in the sand. Many kids and adults alike took on the Duck Decoy challenge, where participants used scopes and binoculars to try to identify various lifelike duck and geese decoys from a distance. The Currey Korn Family Band provided great music for all to enjoy.

Everyone gathered in the Amphitheatre around 7:00 p.m. to see the Mad Science Show from Kansas City. The Mad Scientist created creepy fogs, loud explosions, dazzling lights, and even put an egg into a test tube without breaking it all with the power of science! Mixing education and entertainment, the Mad Science show was a big hit with audience members of all ages, especially the younger children who got to volunteer and participate in some of the experiments.

Once the Mad Science show wrapped up and darkness began to fall, the refuge staff presented a program about the role of insects on Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which was followed by a showing of “A Bug’s Life.” People sat and watched the movie in the Amphitheater and enjoyed popcorn provided by the Sportsman’s Inn and, s’mores provided by the Friends of Swan Lake! Despite the heat, people still came out and enjoyed the great outdoors at the First Friday event and it was another great evening at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge.


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



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