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Wetland Drawdown Draws a Crowd at Event in St. Louis
Midwest Region, April 30, 2018
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Fish and Wildlife Service booth at Wetlands for Kids Day
Fish and Wildlife Service booth at Wetlands for Kids Day - Photo Credit: Anna Weyers/USFWS.
Student Conservation Association intern Isabelle teaches kids about wetland drawdowns.
Student Conservation Association intern Isabelle teaches kids about wetland drawdowns. - Photo Credit: Anna Weyers/USFWS.

On April 7th, 2018 staff from Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge participated in Wetlands For Kids Day. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited host this annual event to showcase the importance of wetlands in and around the St. Louis metropolitan area. The event was held at August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri.

 

Dan Crigler, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Missouri Private Lands Office, coordinated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involvement at the event.  More than 300 children, along with their families and friends, braved the chilly weather to learn about wetlands. Agency staff spent the day showing pelts of wetland animals, making buttons and encouraging families to visit wildlife refuges.

“What’s a Drawdown?,” was a fully interactive experience guiding kids through the seasonal management of moist soil units. Participants were able to put on their refuge manager hat and manage their own seasonal wetland. These acting refuge managers got to draw the water down in early summer, watch soft stem bulrush grow from the wet soil throughout the summer and experience a rubber ducky fall migration. Young to old enjoyed watching the transition and seasonal changes happen right in front of them as their actions resulted in wildlife responses.

Learn more about Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge!


Contact Info: Anna Weyers, (660) 672-2807, anna_weyers@fws.gov
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