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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes

Scouting for Wildlife at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, April 27, 2012
Girl Scouts learning about fisheries biology, Little Grassy Lake, Crab Orchard NWR.
Girl Scouts learning about fisheries biology, Little Grassy Lake, Crab Orchard NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
Southern Illinois University grad student teaches scouts about mark and recapture, Crab Orchard NWR.
Southern Illinois University grad student teaches scouts about mark and recapture, Crab Orchard NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
Southern Illinois University grad student teaches scouts how to use radio telemtry to locate collared wildlife. Crab Orchard NWR
Southern Illinois University grad student teaches scouts how to use radio telemtry to locate collared wildlife. Crab Orchard NWR - Photo Credit: n/a
Ranger assists scouts with game cam installation. Crab Orchard NWR
Ranger assists scouts with game cam installation. Crab Orchard NWR - Photo Credit: n/a
Girl Scouts show off their flying squirrel nest boxes prior to installation. Crab Orchard NWR.
Girl Scouts show off their flying squirrel nest boxes prior to installation. Crab Orchard NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
Girl Scout gets upclose with the local wildlife. Crab Orchard NWR
Girl Scout gets upclose with the local wildlife. Crab Orchard NWR - Photo Credit: n/a

Girl Scouts from across southern Illinois and western Kentucky enjoyed Scouting for Wildlife at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. The three day event was presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois in support of the Department of Interior Youth in the Great Outdoors initiative.


Throughout the event, scouts were engaged in hands-on educational activities. The scouts tried out a variety of wildlife monitoring techniques including tracking and using radio telemetry equipment during workshops conducted by graduate students from the Southern Illinois University. Scouts also employed the latest technologies; installing high definition, infrared, digital game cameras to capture a snapshot of wildlife activity at the camp. Following a presentation featuring live flying squirrels by a wildlife researcher form Southeastern Missouri University, the scouts built and installed squirrel nest boxes to enhance habitat at the camp for southern flying squirrels. Illinois Department of Natural Resources also participated in the weekend-long event, conducting a fish shocking demo and presenting their popular fish ID program Kiss a Fish.


Along the way each presenter spoke about the educational requirements for their profession as well as telling the girls about the benefits and challenges of their work.


The Friends of Crab Orchard sponsored the event providing each scout with a backpack and 3 field guides to take home with them to continue their wildlife scouting.

Contact Info: Kimberly King-Wrenn, 618-997-3344, Kimberly_King-Wrenn@fws.gov