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LODI FWO: Green Footprint Festival 2015
California-Nevada Offices , June 11, 2015
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U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service employee Andrew Goodman is discussing with visitors, the importance of clean water and habitats for fish.
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service employee Andrew Goodman is discussing with visitors, the importance of clean water and habitats for fish. - Photo Credit: Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service employee Angie Bourandas is applying a fun fish temporary tattoo.
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service employee Angie Bourandas is applying a fun fish temporary tattoo. - Photo Credit: Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office

By Andrew Goodman

 

The annual Green Footprint Festival took place at Small World Park in Pittsburgh, CA. on June 11, 2015. The goal of the event was to raise eco-awareness on all sorts of various topics; pesticide presence in your home, how to save gasoline and get in shape by biking to work, smart water usage, etc.

The festival was geared towards young children, preschool age through the 6th grade. There were 20 exhibitor booths from various organizations ranging from private environmental groups, city, county and regional parks, recreation groups and municipalities. The Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office was very well received and we were the only federal agency present at the festival.

Each booth was provided an ink pad and unique stamp. The kids were given a “green passport” for collecting the different stamps. If the kids successfully filled their passport by visiting all 20 booths they were given a prize. To receive the much desired stamp at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service booth the kids had to engage in our “Building a Freshwater Habitat” activity. This activity mainly focused on identifying the key components needed for excellent salmon habitat; cold water, stream gradient, substrate type, flow, vegetation, and presence of woody debris.

The Service employees worked as a well-oiled machine to deal with the hundreds of eager festival goers. Angie Bourandas operated the temporarily fish tattoo table and tattooed hundreds of children with vibrant steelhead, sturgeon, and Service logo tattoos.

The total event attendance was 382 people.

Greg Nelson and I stamped hundreds of passports, and engaged the children in the “Building a Freshwater Habitat” activity. It was excellent opportunity to educate these kids about the fish, about the Service, and what we do.

And you can’t beat getting paid in smiles!

-- FWS --


Andrew Goodman is a biological science technician at Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office in Lodi, Calif.


Contact Info: Jerrica Lewis, 209-334-2968 ext 338, Jerrica_Lewis@fws.gov
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