December 1, 2003
This event wraps up the year-long National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Celebration. Media can get a sneak peak at the visitor center, which will open to the public in Spring, 2004. The facility will feature an auditorium, a book store operated by Friends of Noxubee Refuge, and exhibits on Noxubee Refuge and its diverse wildlife and habitats.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1940 to protect migratory birds. Noxubee NWR is one of more than 540 national wildlife refuge across America celebrating a century since President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903. The Refuge System is the only system of federal lands whose primary purpose is wildlife protection.
Noxubee NWR protects more
than 48,000 acres, including Bluff Lake. The public is invited year-
round to visit the refuge to hike, bird watch, photograph wildlife,
fish, boat and hunt. Hike through pine forest home to the endangered
red-cockaded woodpecker, or bring your binoculars to view American bald
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