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Salt Plains NWR - NWR Week 2006
Southwest Region, October 25, 2006
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ROS Curtis Jones talks about snakes.
ROS Curtis Jones talks about snakes. - Photo Credit: n/a
Frogs and Toads, Oh my!
Frogs and Toads, Oh my! - Photo Credit: n/a

Salt Plains NWR celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week this year by getting the word about wildlife out to the schools. It started with completing the refuge "in school" curriculum guide that gives each grade a subject - with hopes that over time, all students will attend every program. Subjects ranged from Nature Discovery to Wetlands, Animal Adaptations, Herps, Habitat and Animal Relationships.

The response to the new program was almost overwhelming with 14 scheduled programs in three different school districts. ORP Emily Neidigh conducted most programs, but ROS (and Herpetologist) Curtis Jones lent his expertise for a couple of extraordinary hands-on herp programs.

In addition, former YCC and refuge volunteer, Kellie Whipple gave a NWR Week program to 35 students and handed out refuge bookmarks. As part of an FAA project, Kellie's program emphasized how the refuge system was created and the mission of the system.

The programs will be re-announced in the spring to the local schools that weren't able to participate as part of the refuge art contest and International Migratory Bird Day efforts.

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