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Celebrating a Century of Conservation
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PELICAN ISLAND, March 13, 2003
Events honoring the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial began March 13th in coastal Sebastian, Florida. Challenger, a rehabilitated eagle, opened the ceremonies dedicating a time capsule containing items from many of the 540 refuges scattered across the country. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams unveiled the exhibit and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Park David P. Smith offered keynote remarks. The famed Orlando Peabody Ducks were also on hand to waddle through the delighted crowd. Official ceremonies continue through March 14.
—  All images courtesy of Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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