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Attendance Soars atInternational Migratory Bird DayEvent featuring the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy
Midwest Region, June 1, 2013
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Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologist Meri Bryant staffs Michigan Waterfowl Legacy display at International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologist Meri Bryant staffs Michigan Waterfowl Legacy display at International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich. - Photo Credit: Jim Hudgins/USFWS
A young visitor compares his
A young visitor compares his "wing span" to that of a life-sized replica of a trumpeter swan at the International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich. - Photo Credit: Jim Hudgins/USFWS
Wildlife Biologist Bradly Potter encourages a young visitor in the fine art of calling ducks at the International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich.
Wildlife Biologist Bradly Potter encourages a young visitor in the fine art of calling ducks at the International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich. - Photo Credit: Jim Hudgins/USFWS
Puddles, the Blue Goose, greets a young visitor at International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich.
Puddles, the Blue Goose, greets a young visitor at International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Lansing, Mich. - Photo Credit: Jim Hudgins/USFWS

A record 4,867 visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy at the 17th Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration held June 1, 2013 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Mich. Cosponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Potter Park Zoological Society, and Fenner Nature Center, this event blended the underlying bird day theme with the specific message of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Legacy Program - honoring yesterday’s traditions and heritage, engaging today’s public, and building for a tomorrow that includes stronger public support of waterfowl and wetlands.

Staff of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited and others partners joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Michigan Private Lands Office, Ecological Services and Science Applications programs in delivering a message of conservation to a diverse audience of children and adults in an urban setting.

Activities specific to the Legacy program included waterfowl identification through photographs and wings, duck migration hopscotch, use of binoculars and a spotting scope to view waterfowl, and basics of waterfowl hunting including use of decoys and calls. Woodcarvers were present to show and discuss decoys, while a local artist blended a demonstration of her talents with a discussion of Junior Duck Stamp opportunities. Puddles the Blue Goose was also a welcome visitor. Several other activities rounded out the day’s event.

In the absence of U.S Fish and Wildlife Service-owned lands in close proximity to the East Lansing Field Office, this event has provided an opportunity for our biologists to engage in outreach to the local community.

The Michigan Waterfowl Legacy is a ten-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve, and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetlands, and waterfowl hunting community.  


Contact Info: Jim Hudgins, 517 351-4230, Jim_Hudgins@fws.gov



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