Thursday, July 21, 2011

Keep Wildlife Wild - Saturday, August 6th

Keep Wildlife Wild Event Information

Mount Rainier National Park will host its third annual Keep Wildlife Wild Day August 6th, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in an effort to educate visitors on wildlife and the impacts we have on them. The day will focus on wildlife protection and education to keep Mount Rainier’s wildlife wild.
The day will be celebrated with a number of short educational programs in the Paradise area. Interpretive rangers and biologists will present talks on native wildlife throughout the day. Activities will be provided for children to explore the interesting world of wildlife through artistic expression.

In the morning at the Paradise Inn, U.S. Forest Service research biologist Keith Aubry will present his findings on The Cascade Red Fox: Washington’s Unique and Little-known Carnivore.
Throughout the day Officer Bruce Richards from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will demonstrate black bear conflict management as a handler for the Karelian Bear Dog Program.

A morning and afternoon Bird Tour will be guided by Mount Rainier’s spotted owl crew leader Keith Bagnall to identify the human impacts to the birds of the Paradise area. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

Interpretive Teacher Ranger Kirsten Anderson will give an educational presentation on the wildlife of the Park.

Former Chief Naturalist and local wildlife artist Dale Thompson will be painting in the lobby of the Paradise Inn and sharing his stories and experiences of responsible wildlife viewing.

An educational display by Mount Rainier’s Wildlife Biologist Ellen Myers and wildlife themed craft activities hosted by the Education Department will be available for children.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. For more information or to sign up please contact Sarah Yates, Wildlife Department. 360-569-6774.

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