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Volunteers from the Huntsville Canoe Club conduct a shoreline cleanup of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama during Earth Day weekend.
Volunteers from the Huntsville Canoe Club conduct a shoreline cleanup of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama during Earth Day weekend.
Credit: Teresa J. Adams, USFWS
Earth Day celebrations at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas
Earth Day celebrations at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas will again include free canoeing and kayaking in the Champion Lake Public Use Area, as they did last year.
Credit: Stuart Marcus, USFWS

Refuges Commemorate Earth Day

National Wildlife Refuges will host many educational events, festivals and volunteer clean-ups in mid-April in celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world. A complete list of more than 30 Earth Day refuge events will be posted online on a special 40th Anniversary Earth Day Web site. Check back soon, a link to this special portal will be posted at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/.

In addition, the Earth Day Network (http://www.earthday.org) has a global list of events and ways to get involved.

Here is a sampling of the events planned at refuges:

Clean and Learn for Earth Day

Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the Dancy Bottoms Trail, a bottomland hardwood trail along Flint Creek. Then hike the trail to discover and identify spring wildflowers.

For more information: Contact Teresa Adams at teresa_adams@fws.gov or 256-350-6639. For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/ or 256-353-7243.

Refuge Clean Up

Saturday, April 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California. Join the refuge’s annual Earth Day cleanup at Ravenswood Point in East Palo Alto and help protect the environment while enjoying great Bay views. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen. The refuge will supply latex gloves and trash bags. Reservations required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Learn more at http://www.southbayrestoration.org/events/Events-earthday.html.

To make a reservation: Contact Jennifer Heroux at jennifer_heroux@fws.gov or at 408-262-5513 ext. 106.

For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/ or 510-792-0222.

Refuge Clean Up

Thursday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Join refuge staff and volunteers for a refuge clean-up.

For more information: Contact Kristin Raveling at kristin_raveling@fws.gov or at 952-858-0715.

For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley/ or 952-854-5900.

Volunteer Refuge Cleanup and Spring Awakening Festival

Cleanup: Saturday, April 24, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 25)
Festival: Saturday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 25)
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

Join scout groups, community groups, families and individuals for a cleanup along the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Then enjoy a festival including a youth archery program and highlighting the refuge’s new environmentally friendly visitor center.

For more information: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/ or 609-652-1665.

Celebrate Earth Day

Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. In commemoration of Earth Day, the refuge’s Champion Lake Public Use Area will offer free canoeing, kayaking and boating tours, bird and butterfly viewing and dip netting and fishing lessons in the lake for the kids. Visitors can also walk the levee trail. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information: Contact Stuart Marcus at stuart_marcus@fws.gov or 936-336-9786.

For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/trinityriver/ or 936-336-9786.

Spring into Nature

Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, New York. The Annual "Spring into Nature" celebration offers more than 20 nature–related exhibits, activities, and games for the entire family. Programs will include a bald eagle watch, live kestrel cam, guest speakers, nature walks, musical entertainment and Refuge System mascot — the Blue Goose. Free admission and parking for visitors.

For more information: Contact Dorothy Gerhart at dorothy_gerhart@fws.gov or 585-948-5445.

For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois/ or 585-948-5445.


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