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Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation OfficeFriends Group Connects People with Nature at Great Lakes Experience Festival in Dunkirk, NY
Northeast Region, June 21, 2014
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Over 2,000 people came out to enjoy the great weather during the annual Great Lakes Experience Festival in Dunkirk, NY.
Over 2,000 people came out to enjoy the great weather during the annual Great Lakes Experience Festival in Dunkirk, NY. - Photo Credit: Denise Clay, USFWS
LGLFWCO program displays educated children and their families about the importance of native species and fish habitat for the environment.
LGLFWCO program displays educated children and their families about the importance of native species and fish habitat for the environment. - Photo Credit: Denise Clay, USFWS

The second annual Great Lakes Experience Festival was held in the City of Dunkirk on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Festival is one of several outreach events of the Great Lakes Experience, a not-for- profit support organization for the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. The Festival has grown from 1,200 visitors in 2013 to more than 2,000 this year. 

 
The Festival is a great opportunity to educate the community about local natural resources, celebrate our ecological success stories, and to reinforce the simple truth that everyone has a role in protecting our shared environment.  The Festival fosters an awareness of our local environment that encourages private organizations and local residents to participate with the Service in nature conservation. Another primary goal of the event is reaching out to young people in the region to encourage careers in science and natural resources.

 
This year over 50 environmental, health and wellness, craft and food organizations helped make the Festival a huge success.  Visitors enjoyed learning about everything from local wildlife to safe boating to fly fishing to improving environmental health through simple changes in behavior at home. There were live animal and fish exhibits, environmental education, educational games and activities, food and lots of fun.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York Sea Grant, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, USFWS Sea Lamprey Control Program, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and several sporting and health organizations were a few of the organizations participating in the festival.

 
Major festival sponsors included the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, the Chautauqua County Tourism Projects Fund, the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dunkirk, the State University of New York at Fredonia, the Dunkirk Rotary Club, Star Media Group, the Observer, Copy Boy, and WalMart. Additional sponsors included Graf Realty Corporation, Crosby's, Cattaraugus County Bank, Atlas Comfort Cabins, Chautauqua County IDA, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Chautauqua County Federation of Sports Fisherman, Northern Chautauqua Club Association, G & E Tents, Tables, and Chairs, and Dunkirk Lakeside Club.


 

 

 

 


Contact Info: Denise Clay, 585-948-5445 ext. 2219, Denise_Clay@fws.gov



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