"Interpretation is the identification and communication of important messages about natural and cultural resources to diverse audiences. Interpretation is designed to reveal relationships about the nature, origin, and purpose of a resource, landscape, or site in a way that forges connections between the interests of the audience and meanings inherent in the resource" (National Association for Interpretation 2011). Interpretation is a resource management tool that can be designed to develop understanding, and through understanding comes appreciation, and through appreciation comes protection of our natural resources.
Improve, maintain, and create additional interpretive opportunities for the public that focus on refuge purposes; the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the refuge and Bitterroot Valley; and management programs and challenges, including future habitat restoration projects. These enhanced facilities and universally accessible programs will encourage visitors to independently explore and learn more about not only the values of this refuge, but also about how they can be part of protecting and restoring native and productive habitats to this refuge, the Bitterroot Valley, and other lands within the Refuge System.
Seven interpretive signs have recently been designed and manufactured and will be positioned at: on each of the two Wildfowl Lane Kiosks, in front of the Whaley Homestead, between Ponds 5 & 6, south of the Grube Barn, at the entrance to the Wildlife Viewing Area, and at the Refuge Headquarters (Kenai Nature Trail). Each sign has a QR code, scanning it with a mobile device will direct you to pages on this website with additional information.
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Characteristic species of riparian, gallery forest habitat; requires snags for nesting and eats free-flying insects and fruit.