U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            Diana Hawkins, 404-679-7289

April 17, 1996                                   



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves are teaming up to sponsor their fifth Earth Day Expo at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, at 7:40 p.m., Monday, April 22, 1996. Wildlife to be featured at the event include a rare Florida panther, birds of prey, live carnivorous plants and a variety of marine life. Zoo Atlanta's Zoomobile, carrying small exotic mammals and reptiles from all corners of the globe, will also be on display. The Braves will host their fierce Western Division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers on the ballfield.

This event, which was first held in 1991, has become an eagerly anticipated spring-time event for tens of thousands of Atlantans and visitors to this vibrant city. Like many other Earth Day activities staged worldwide, this event is designed to increase public awareness of issues of environmental concern. This year, 1996, marks the 27th year that Earth Day has been celebrated in the United States.

During the Braves'/Dodgers' game, some 20 federal, state and private organizations -- concerned with conservation of natural resources -- will staff many extremely colorful and unique exhibits at Gate D, (between aisles 209-215) and at Gate H (between aisles 227-235) on the club level of the stadium. The theme of this year's expo is "One world, one future -- protect the planet."

The game begins at 7:40 p.m., with the exhibit area opening to the public when the stadium gates open at 5:40 p.m. The Braves are a winning team that this year could attract a sell-out crowd of more than 52,000 fans in the stadium as well as millions of television viewers. Turner Broadcasting (TBS) will televise the game nationally.

This event is very much a family affair and a number of well-known characters will be on hand to talk to children about environmental conservation. They will include, TBS's Captain Planet, U.S. Forest Service's Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, Metro-Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's MARTA Man and -- representing the Atlanta Braves -- Homer the Brave. To please the younger set, there will be a face painting booth with several artists and touch tanks displaying a variety of marine life. For the adults, there will be give-aways from several exhibitors, including the U.S. Forest Service, which will hand out more than 6,000 sawtooth oak seedlings to Expo visitors.

Participating exhibitors are The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Braves' Homer the Brave, Coastal America Southeast, Environmental Fund of Georgia, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, MARTA, National Foundation to Protect America's Eagles, Park Pride Atlanta, Save the Manatee Club, The Nature Conservancy of Georgia, The Georgia Conservancy, Turner Broadcasting's Captain Planet, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Rescue, Inc., and Zoo Atlanta.

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