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24th Annual Seney National Wildlife Refuge Children’s Fishing Day Sees Highest Turnout in Years

Region 3, June 22, 2013
Seney Natural History Association Intern Ronald Allen helps a young participant identify aquatic invertebrates.
Seney Natural History Association Intern Ronald Allen helps a young participant identify aquatic invertebrates. - Photo Credit: n/a
Seney Natural History Association Intern Dawn Marsh hands out prizes at the awards ceremony.
Seney Natural History Association Intern Dawn Marsh hands out prizes at the awards ceremony. - Photo Credit: n/a
A young angler shows off his catch two yellow perch and one northern pike.
A young angler shows off his catch two yellow perch and one northern pike. - Photo Credit: n/a
A couple of participants check in at the registration desk.
A couple of participants check in at the registration desk. - Photo Credit: n/a
A participant shows off his small northern pike.
A participant shows off his small northern pike. - Photo Credit: n/a
Seney Natural History Association Intern Ronald Allen watches as a participants work on their casting skills.
Seney Natural History Association Intern Ronald Allen watches as a participants work on their casting skills. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Dawn Marsh, Seney National Wildlife Refuge Intern

Seney National Wildlife Refuge organizes an event called Children’s Fishing Day annually in June. The event was created to get children outdoors and active in their environment by promoting an interest in outdoor activities, such as fishing. By sparking an interest in fishing, revenue can be brought in to help fund conservation efforts. Children’s Fishing Day also brings together the communities that surround Seney Refuge by creating a sense of unity. In addition, it creates fond memories and a sense of connection to the refuge for participants and their families that may lead to an increase in support for the refuge.

This year, Children’s Fishing Day fell on June 22 and ran from 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m. Children that were 16 years of age and younger were invited to participate in the event. The day consisted of a fishing contest that ran from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., games and activities from noon to 3:00 p.m., and a fish fry for the participants and their families at 3:00 p.m. After the dinner, winners of the fishing contest received certificates and prizes were raffled off to participants in four age categories. The prizes were donated by local businesses.

More than 100 children participated in the event this year, which brought in the highest participation since 2004. We credit this success to a building momentum from last year, as well as our continued use of social media and branching out to schools in the area. There were 25 children in the ‘five years and younger’ age group, 33 participants in the ‘six to nine’ age group, 34 in the ‘10 to 13’ age group, and nine in the ‘14 to 16’ age category.

The participants brought in 97 fish for measurement. The largest perch brought in was nine and a half inches long and the largest pike was 29 inches long. After fishing, many of the families came and participated in the activities at the Visitor Center. These activities included: a casting game, pond exploration, and fish identification. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful fish fry dinner and the majority of children that participated received a prize. Overall, the 24th annual Children’s Fishing Day was a huge success.

Learn more about Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Seney Natural History Association by visiting us online.

Contact Info: Sara Giles, (906) 586-9851 x10, Sara_Giles@fws.gov