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4th Annual Women in the Outdoors at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, April 18, 2009
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The 4th annual Women in the Outdoors event was completed April 17-18.This was the largest women's event held on the refuge.  A total of 73 participated, the highest on record for this event at Squaw Creek NWR.  Participation has grown every year.  Those attending came from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois.  The goal for the refuge and for the National Wild Turkey Federation is to encourage younger women to become involved in outdoor recreation.  With the help from the Mound City Kiwanis Club, every girl in Holt County was offered the opportunity to participate free of charge and have their annual  membership paid to the Federation.  In addition, many participants are returning each year to take additional classes.

The event kicked off on Friday evening with a mixer with 50 participating.  This was an opportunity for women to get acquainted and have a light dinner.  Attendees participated in a homemade jam contest with 15 different jams to sample.  They were given a hayride through the refuge wetlands and auto tour route at sunset.  A total of 25 classes were offered on Saturday with many classes repeated twice during the day due to the increase interest. Classes ranged from kayaking, fly tying, fly fishing, pond fishing, cleaning and cooking fish, pioneer skills, archery and outdoor cooking to name a few.  Participants were encouraged to donate itmes for the Mound City Library.  A total of 284 books and 4 DVD's were given to the library.

There were a large number of sponsors including Capital City Fly Fishers, Mound City Kiwanis Club, Forest City Lions Club, Friends of Squaw Creek, Big Lake State Park, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Laukemper Motors.  Silent auction items were donated from many retailers from Oregon, Mound City and St. Joseph.  

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov
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