Mingo NWR welcomes volunteers in a variety of fields and interests. Volunteers can help in the following disciplines:•Interpretation and Environmental Education – greet visitors to the Visitor Center; update signs and kiosks; provide computer support,; assist with educational programs and teacher orientation; lead field trips and assist with any special events.•Resource Management –assist with wildlife surveys and water level management; help control invasive species; and other biological activities.•Maintenance – assist with trail maintenance, building maintenance, mowing and trimming, and other construction projects.•Administration – assist employees with answering telephones, filing, data input and other office duties.Electric and water hook-ups are available for Vvolunteers with recreational vehicles at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Contact the Refuge Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Send inquiries to: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator, 24279 State Highway 51, Puxico, MO 63960 or call 573-222-3589; or visit the following website: Volunteer.gov/gov
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Early settlers nicknamed the fish "spring keepers" or "well keepers".