Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

April 27, 2007

Manteo Middle School Sixth Grade Shadows Have a Wild Time on Local National Wildlife Refuges!

photo credit: FWS Bonnie Strawser
Manteo Middle School sixth graders shadowed Refuge employees on Thursday. Left to right (back row) Scott Lanier, Jon Powers, Eric Craddock (front row) Shelby Lanier, Frankie Powers, Jordan Doshier.


On Thursday, many Manteo MIddle School sixth graders had an adventurous day shadowing parents or other adults in the community- learning what a day is like in the working world. Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges were host to three of the students. Deputy Refuge Manager Scott Lanier, whose daughter Shelby was one of the shadows, smiled when he talked about their day and added, "These kids got to see and do things in one day that some adults don't see or do in their entire lives!"

The trio's experiences varied, but all saw a variety of wildlife and learned much about how the refuge takes care of the land, so wildlife can thrive. Frankie Powers, who shadowed his dad, Refuge Maintenance Mechanic Jon Powers, found a deer skull, saw a black bear and a bald eagle, and helped the red wolf caretaker feed some of the wolves. Shelby Lanier helped feed the wolves and saw the bald eagle, but was at Pea Island identifying shorebirds when Frankie saw the bear. Shelby also attended a site meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers to review plans for a boardwalk extension on the refuge.

Jordan Doshier shadowed Equipment Operator Eric Craddock. Jordan saw wildlife, as well, but spent a lot of his day learrning the in's and out's of heavy equipment and seeing how the refuge accomplishes so much of its work with specialized equipment.

Refuge Manager Mike Bryant sees tremendous value in having these youngsters spend a day shadowing on the refuge. "Many folks don't realize all the planning and work that goes into managing a wildlife refuge. I know these students had fun. I hope they gained some appreciation and a little bit of insight into the workings of a refuge-- appreciation and insight they'll share with their families and friends."