National Wildlife Refuge Expo 2017

On October 11th the National Wildlife Refuge Association and members of the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) held the second National Wildlife Refuge System Expo to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Refuge Week occurs every second week of October and this year also commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act. The Expo was held in the reception rooms of the Rayburn House Office Building and was hosted by CARE and the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. RefugeExpo-12

The Expo featured demonstrations and displays highlighting the “Big Six” wildlife-dependent activities that are priority public uses on refuges, including:

• Environmental Education;
• Interpretation;
• Photography;
• Wildlife Observation;
• Hunting; and
• Fishing.

Exhibitors included the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge Association, National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Defenders of Wildlife, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Rifle Association, Marine Conservation Society, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Audubon, The Wilderness Society and the Izaak Walton League. The Refuge System had displays from local refuges including the Patuxent National Research Refuge (MD), John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (PA) and Potomac River Refuges (VA) as well as the Discover Nature App.

There were many interactive activities to get visitors involved in the Expo including a duck blind assembled by Ducks Unlimited, a K9 Federal Wildlife Officer from Charles M. Russell NWR (MT), a demonstration on how to cast a fishing rod, a screech owl named Red, species identification, and even conservation artifacts such as a signed copy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

The learning and sharing led to what will sure to be lasting friendships such as one between special guests Ranger Rick – the conservationist raccoon from the National Wildlife Federation – and Puddles the Blue Goose.
At the Expo, many respected guests were present including leaders of the National Wildlife Refuge Caucus and other members of congress – some of which spoke on behalf of our public lands.

The Expo was a wonderful way to bring together and commend the determination of employees, political leaders, organizations and the general public who make the continued success of our National Wildlife Refuge System possible and to continue to educate and create even more of a support system for our public lands. We would like to thank everyone who came out and are looking forward to the continued progress of conserving our National Wildlife Refuges.

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-5 Members of Congress:
• Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) Co-Chair, Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
• Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), Ranking Member, House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
• Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS), neighbor of the Quivira NWR
• Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Co-Sponsor of the Making Refuges Operational Act
• Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA), frequent visitor to the Black Bayou Lake NWR and others in Louisiana

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2017/10/national-wildlife-refuge-expo-2017/

1 comment

  1. Phyllis Veit says:

    When is the photo contest for the refuges?

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