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National Wildlife Refuge to hold Discovery Day

POSTED: March 3, 2014 9:18 p.m.

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is holding a natural resource discovery day and photography workshop Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is partnering with the Savannah Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Georgia Southern University, Friends of the Savannah Coastal Refuges, University of Georgia-Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Marine Science Center for wildlife-related educational activities for all ages.

See how birds are banded and even band yourself. Those who take part in Discovery Day can learn about wildland fire with hands-on activities involving real fire equipment. Or try your luck at target shooting with a BB gun or bow, while learning about the refuge hunt program.

You can gain a better understanding of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s role in protecting endangered species, learn why water management matters to wildlife on Savannah NWR, get close up with a variety of reptiles and much more. A special presentation on wilderness will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. as well as a children’s puppet show at 12 noon and 2 p.m.

In addition to Discovery Day activities, the refuge will be conducting a photography workshop for children ages 16 and under. The workshop is intended to help young photographers learn more about photography using the natural environment of the refuge. The class will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. so participates will still be able to enjoy the Discovery Day activities. The class is free; however, reservations are required because of limited seating.

All activities will be at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located at 694 Beech Hill Lane in Hardeeville, S.C. (off U.S. 17, approximately 7 miles north of Savannah and 7 miles south of Hardeeville). For more information on this rain or shine event, call (843) 784-2468. For reservations on the photography workshop, contact Chris Cooley.

Savannah NWR is one of over 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the U.S.

The nearly 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, and American alligators. The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and all federal holidays.

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