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Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Host Wildlife Day
Northeast Region, June 2, 2013
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Refuge intern, Brittany May, showing visitors an Eastern painted turtle.
Refuge intern, Brittany May, showing visitors an Eastern painted turtle. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Brittany Forslind
Refuge volunteer, Linda Peskac, explaining about purple martins.
Refuge volunteer, Linda Peskac, explaining about purple martins. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Brittany Forslind
Little girl shows off her insect craft.
Little girl shows off her insect craft. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Brittany Forslind
Refuge intern, Dan Hannon, engaging children with mammal skulls.
Refuge intern, Dan Hannon, engaging children with mammal skulls. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Dan Hannon

Friends of Wallkill River NWR hosted their first "Wildlife Day" to encourage children to participate in the Junior Refuge Manager program and for people of all ages to learn more about the wildlife protected within the refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife interns prepared stations to educate the public about mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles. Using a combination of living examples, preserved specimens, posters, and other educational materials they encouraged visitors to learn about wildlife, techniques for studying animals, and how to look for them in the wild. Children had an opportunity to create their own "insect" and had fun making tracks of various animals in the sand. Refuge volunteers explained about the purple martin colony, provided a bird banding demonstration, showed visitors several live birds from the Avian Wildlife Center, and guided children with the purple martin migration game and the refuge challenge game. A number of future Junior Refuge Managers got a great start on completing the program.


Contact Info: Fran Stephenson, 973-702-7266 x 10, fran_stephenson@fws.gov



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