Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131
News ReleaseSeptember 20, 2006
‘FAR TRAVELER’ TEACHER WORKSHOP SCHEDULED
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Red Wolf Recovery Program is offering a free teacher workshop on Friday, October 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia, NC. While the “Far Traveler” curriculum is designed mainly for K-8 students, much of the instructional material can be used to achieve education and interpretation objectives for all audiences. This workshop meets North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Criteria I or III. It may also qualify for one Continuing Education Unit.
Northeastern North Carolina is home to the world’s only wild population of red wolves. The endangered red wolf is present in portions of Dare, Tyrell, Hyde, Washington, and Beaufort Counties. The Red Wolf Recovery Program teacher workshop will cover the basics of red wolf biology and conservation and will focus on concepts such as food webs, habitat, endangered species, wildlife management, and conflict-resolution regarding wildlife in communities. Participants will learn and discuss curriculum activities as well as identify and cast red wolf tracks in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Comments from previous workshop participants include:
“Highly recommend it to future participants – notebook and video are so good!”
“Very much enjoyed going out in the field to see the wolf tracks.”
“Learning the facts” enhanced my knowledge of the red wolf recovery effort.
“Really liked the hands-on activities.”
At the suggestion of past participants, the workshop date of Friday, October 20, was chosen to coordinate with the Saturday, October 21, red wolf howling safari. Howling registration and further information can be found at www.redwolves.com.
Advanced workshop registration is required due to limited space. For information and registration, please contact Diane Hendry, Red Wolf Recovery Program Outreach Coordinator, at (252) 473-1131 x 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.