FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2010
Desoto NWR Visitor Services, 712-642-4121
Fall Migration, Art of the Wild Show and Owl Prowl Highlight Weekend Events at DeSoto NWR
MISSOURI VALLEY, IOWA - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host its 11th Annual Art of the Wild Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. More than twenty outstanding exhibitors will be displaying and selling wood-carvings, photography, gourd and feather art and a variety of other mediums. All work exhibited and sold will focus primarily on the regional wildlife of the Missouri River Basin and Great Plains. Exhibitors will be present both days. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.
Art of the Wild coincides with peak bird migration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. With recent wetland restoration at the Refuge, the number of ducks utilizing the Refuge has greatly increased this year. Many of the restored wetlands are in areas easily accessible to the public. On Saturday, Nov. 20, a wildlife viewing station will be available near the visitor center with spotting scopes and binoculars. Refuge staff and volunteers will be available to help you see and enjoy the fall migration. Check with the visitor center front desk when you arrive for location and times for the viewing station.
Saturday night, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. an Owl Prowl is scheduled at the DeSoto Visitor Center. This special ranger guided night walk will allow visitors to learn about owls and other sounds of the night. Be sure to dress warmly.
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located 25 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska on U.S. Highway 30, between Missouri Valley, Iowa and Blair, Nebraska. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays. For more information contact 712/642-4121 or look us up on the web at http://midwest.fws.gov/desoto or email the Refuge at firstname.lastname@example.org
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