Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the final “First Fridays at the Refuge” event of 2014 this coming August 1st, beginning at 5 P.M. Kids will have a chance to learn about and try archery, handle a variety of reptiles and mammal pelts, try their hand at casting fishing poles and learn about marsh birds.
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the final “First Fridays at the Refuge” event of 2014 this coming August 1st, beginning at 5 P.M. Kids will have a chance to learn about and try archery, handle a variety of reptiles and mammal pelts, try their hand at casting fishing poles and learn about marsh birds. A caricature artist will also be on hand from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to provide attendees with a lasting memory of their time at the Refuge. Finally, there will be all the usual activities such as guided Refuge tours; the always-fun and interactive Stream Box where kids can take off their shoes, get in the sand, and learn about hydrology; tower tours; visitor center displays and much more. The main event will be at the outdoor Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. It will feature an exciting, interactive show about eagles provided by the Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield, Missouri. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about and see a live bald eagle up close. In case attendees work up an appetite during all the fun, the Friends of Swan Lake will be serving refreshments. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located one mile south of Sumner, Missouri and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97 million acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.