News Release

August 6, 2012

Kid's Duck Conservation Day at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Media Contacts:
Sue McDonald, (509) 546-8355

Discover how to band a duck, build a wood duck nest box, and identify the critters in the pond. Kids of all ages can engage in a variety of hands-on demonstrations and activities related to wildlife conservation. Join us for Kid's Duck Conservation Day, formerly known as Greenwing Day, at McNary National Wildlife Refuge's Environmental Education Center on Saturday, August 11th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Duck-banding will begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp and last about 30 to 40 minutes, followed by the other demonstrations and activities. Kids that participate in all the activities are eligible for prize drawings.

This event is sponsored by the Richland Rod and Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited, Sand and Sage Hunting Retriever Club, and the Friends of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges. The event is free, open to the public, and parents are especially encouraged to bring their children to learn about wildlife in the waters surrounding the Tri-Cities.

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge is located at 64 Maple Street in Burbank, Washington. From the Tri-Cities, take I-182 east (becomes Highway 12 outside of Pasco). Just over the Snake River Bridge, exit onto Highway 124 east toward Waitsburg. Travel 1 1/2 miles and turn right on Lake Road. The Education Center is approximately 1 mile further on the right side. Please note the revised access due to the new overpasses! A map with directions is available at www.fws.gov/mcnary/documents/mcnary-directions.pdf. For more information, call 509-546-8300.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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