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Sevilleta NWR a Presence at National Convention
Southwest Region, October 26, 2005
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National Educators’ Conference Comes to Albuquerque

            Staff from Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge participated in the North American Association for Environmental Education’s annual conference between October 26th – 30th in Albuquerque. This national event was attended by over 800 educators from across North American and the Caribbean. The USFWS is a major event sponsor and had a strong presence again in 2005.

            Staff from the Sevilleta NWR participated in planning the event throughout the year leading up to the conference. ORP King-Wrenn lead a field trip to the Sevilleta NWR for approximately 32 participants on October 26th. The half-day tour was part of a two refuge trip that also included the Bosque del Apache NWR. The combined refuge tour provided educators with the opportunity to learn how two refuges can manage using very different techniques to reach the same goal of providing habitat for wildlife. Similarities and differences in the education programs were also compared.

Refuge personnel were also responsible for staffing the Service’s New Mexico exhibit trailer throughout the conference with assistance from regional and national personnel. The exhibit trailer is a traveling visitor center which is used by all of New Mexico’s national wildlife refuges. It travels throughout the state attending a variety of wildlife festivals and special events. It garnered more than the usual amount of interest and praise from environmental educators at the conference.

Finally, ORP King-Wrenn lead two pre-conference birding trips on October 27th and 28th. The trips were very popular with a small contingent of about 15 avid birders who sought to experience some of the area’s birding opportunities.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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