Festival of Nature Keynote Program Features Plum and Pilot Island Wildlife Refuges, May 18

Posted on 08. May, 2012 by in Uncategorized

On Friday, May 18 at 7 PM, Sadie O’Dell, Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will present the keynote program for this year’s Door County Festival of Nature at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

“The Island Refuges of Door County: Connecting Habitat, Wildlife and People” will focus on the recent additions of Plum and Pilot Islands to the National Wildlife Refuge System.  One hundred years ago, Green Bay and Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuges were preserved as breeding grounds for water birds. The Refuge islands protect critical habitat for native birds and endangered species in the Great Lakes Basin. Ms. O’Dell will discuss the biological, ecological and cultural value of the islands, current research projects and future management plans for Plum and Pilot Islands.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the nation’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. Since the designation of Florida’s Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 556 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts.

As part of the evening’s events, an award ceremony will be conducted by Carl Schwartz, Bird City Wisconsin Coordinator, to formally declare Baileys Harbor a Bird City. Baileys Harbor was awarded the designation earlier this year.

The keynote program is free to Festival of Nature participants and open to the public for a suggested donation of $5.

For additional information, contact The Ridges Sanctuary, 920-839-2802 or info@ridgessanctuary.org .

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