Wildlife refuge holds event for families
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employee Fran Stephenson helps the children make dragonflies and beetles.
Volunteer Linda Peskac of Park Ridge lowers Purple Martin nests so that visitors could view a nesting bird inside.
Avian Wildlife Center volunteer Dan Graham of Wantage is shown teaching Wallkill Wildlife Refuge visitors all about ìOtis,î an Eastern Screech Owl. Otis was one of numerous birds, including a Red Tailed Hawk, that were on hand for families to enjoy.
VERNON — Under a pale blue sky, the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge encouraged families to explore the trails and learn about the creatures that inhabit the refuge last Sunday.
Live animals were available for close-up inspection and crafts and games were also available as were lessons about learning to protect the animals and their homes. Children were also given the opportunity to complete the Junior Refuge Manager program with wildlife experts there to help.
According to Friends of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge volunteer Giselle Smisko, the group is seeking additional volunteers to help with the organization’s projects to assist at the refuge.
— Photos by Chris Wyman
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