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REGION 8: California Nevada Region Celebrates Earth Day
California-Nevada Offices , April 22, 2008
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Alex Pitts, External Affairs

Stations throughout the California and Nevada Region are celebrating Earth Day this year. Events commemorating Earth Day range from guiding school students through a restored wetland near Reno, Nev., to hosting the first national Jr. Duck Stamp event held outside of Washington DC, to a “Bring Your Child to Work Day” involving the  Regional Office,

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and the Stockton and Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Offices (FWO).  Region-wide events include:


In Nevada:

--Earth Day Festival-Reno, Nevada: The Nevada FWO will participate in an annual Earth Day Festival in Reno, Nevada, April 20, 2008.  This event attracts over 40,000 people and hosts displays from over 100 non profit organizations and businesses. Service staff will be on hand to discuss and educate participants about the Service activities and Nevada’s species and will provide various types of environmental information.


--Connecting Children with Nature Event – McCarran Ranch: An environmental education event at McCarran Ranch (just outside of Reno) will be held on April 22, 2008, Earth Day. The event will highlight a 300-acre, multi-partner wetland/river restoration project along five miles of the Truckee River. The Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office (NFWO) and The Nature Conservancy will jointly host between 240-360 area school children who will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about wetlands, river function, native and non-native vegetation, and how the ranch lands were restored over a three-year period. This is a new event for NFWO and highlights Region 8’s commitment to the Service’s national Connecting People with Nature initiative.


--Pahrump Earth Day Fair: Ash Meadows NWR will have a booth at the 6th annual Pahrump Earth Day Fair, being held on Saturday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The refuge will offer educational activities for children of all ages. There will be several booths where folks can learn more about "living green" and about local entities that provide "green" products and services in the Pahrump area.


In California: 


--Junior Duck Stamp National Contest and Earth Day Event at Balboa Park: The 2008 Junior Duck Stamp National Contest will be held at the San Diego Zoo (Zoo) on April 17, the first time the event has occurred outside of the Washington, D.C. since it started in 1991. Participants in the contest include students who recently completed the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (Grades K through 12). Last year, nearly 30,000 students participated in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program. In conjunction with the National Contest, the 2007 Best of Show Duck Stamp art exhibit will be on display at the Zoo through April 20 – Earth Day. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used to support the conservation education program


Balboa Park, home to San Diego Zoo, is also host to one of the largest Earth Day events in the country. Approximately 60,000 people are expected to attend Earth Fair 2008. Staff from the Service’s San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office will be hosting a booth at Earth Fair 2008.


--“Take-a-Kid Fishing Day”- Orick, Calif: The Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office is co-hosting a free fishing day event for children ages 15 and younger on Saturday May 3, at Freshwater Lagoon in Orick, Calif.  Other co-hosts for the event are Redwood National and State Parks, California Trout, AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project, and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). Freshwater Lagoon will be stocked by CDFG with native coastal cutthroat trout. Arcata FWO has participated in this event in the past and is another example of how Region 8 is participating in the Connecting People with Nature effort.


-- Earth Day Clean Up- Alviso, Calif: The 2008 Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Earth Day Clean Up event will be staged from the refuge’s Environmental Education Center in Alviso, Calif., on April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will enhance wildlife habitat along Guadalupe Slough by removing trash and recyclables from wetlands and levees adjacent to the slough. This event, along with the companion Earth Day Planting event to be held tomorrow at the Environmental Education Center, is a good way for families to come together and have fun while making a positive difference for the environment. They are prime examples of how refuges can facilitate opportunities for Connecting People with Nature.


-- Earth Day Planting- Alviso, California: The Environmental Education Center at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in Alviso, Calif., will host an Earth Day Planting event on Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event will educate participants on what they can do at home to keep pollutants from entering waterways and wetlands. Participants will also have the opportunity to enhance upland habitat for migratory birds and resident animals by planting native species in the refuge’s chemical-free native plant garden. Participating in this event is a great way for people to enjoy the sunshine while playing in the dirt, especially for those who live without gardens of their own.


--Bring Your Child to Work Day & Field Trip: The Sacramento FWO, Stockton FRO, Stone Lakes NWR, and Regional Office are co-hosting the second annual “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” April 24. Children will observe and learn about recycling and other “behind the scenes” conservation work in the regional office during the morning before heading outside to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for live bird presentations by U.C. Davis’ California Raptor Center.  A USFWS law enforcement agent will present information as well as provide a hands-on demonstration with one of the LE vehicles. Afterwards participants will visit the nature center and its grounds. Located in the Sacramento area, the center offers extensive environmental education opportunities. The group will be led by a center docent.


--Native Grass Planting Day at Colusa NWR – Colusa County: Refuge staff will join other Service employees and volunteers April 22, to plant native grass and sedge at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Sacramento NWR Complex in Colusa County. The Earth Day project will result in the planting of about 6,000 creeping wildrye, Santa Barbara sedge and saltgrass plugs in a new visitor access area of the refuge. Planting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a barbecue lunch.


--Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Joins Imperial County Earth Day Celebration- Imperial County Fairground: Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR is participating in the Imperial County Earth Day Educational Fair April 22.. This event is targeted for local 4th, 5th and 6th grade school children at the County Fair Grounds where refuge employees will provide talks on local birdlife and ecology and give more detailed discussion of the area's (Salton Sea, the refuge and surrounding farms) importance to migrating birds.









Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov
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