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Wildlife Day at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, June 1, 2014
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Biological Science Technician, Ken Witkowski educating onlookers.
Biological Science Technician, Ken Witkowski educating onlookers. - Photo Credit: Giselle Smisko
Rutgers Master Gardeners offering information and help.
Rutgers Master Gardeners offering information and help. - Photo Credit: Giselle Smisko
Insect crafts and information provided by refuge resident volunteer, M. Vaccari. Park Ranger, F. Stephenson assisted.
Insect crafts and information provided by refuge resident volunteer, M. Vaccari. Park Ranger, F. Stephenson assisted. - Photo Credit: Giselle Smisko

Friends of Wallkill River NWR celebrated Wildlife Day at refuge headquarters on June 1st.  Over 160 event participants onserved and learned about the variety of animal life found in the refuge and in their own backyards. Refuge staff, volunteers, and local community groups hosted stations around the property for people to visit.

 

Ken Witkowski, biological science technician, showed snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders to a captivated public. Friends volunteers educated people about mammals, insects, and the purple martin colony. Rutgers Master Gardeners set up an eye-catching display on pollinators that attracted all visitors. Sussex County Bird Club hosted bird walks, Wallkill River Watershed Ambassador had a collection of macroinvertebrates for people to see, and the Avian Wildlife Center had a variety of live birds on display. In addition, there were activities and nature games designed to entertain and educate all ages about the wildlife. Children participating in the Junior Refuge Manager program were actively filling in the pages of their booklet with loads of information. All enjoyed a great afternoon experiencing nature.


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



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