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October 9, 2003

Online Wildlife Magazine for Kids Debuts at www.WildNewEngland.org

CONCORD, N.H. -- For students and educators in New Hampshire, the web is getting wilder! The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have joined forces to produce Explore Wild New England, an online children's magazine at www.wildnewengland.org. Each issue covers two months of wildlife topics related to the seasons, along with interactive activities to educate and entertain. Kids can participate in wildlife surveys, track wildlife activity with a monthly calendar, and learn about actions they can take to benefit local wildlife.

The new web magazine is a tool for teachers who can assign the articles for student research, find wildlife literature in the Wild Book Nook and link classroom curricula with specific topics or themes. "Teachers sometimes need help accessing accurate information about New England's natural resources. We created Explore Wild New England to meet that need -- and because it's on the web, it can be used any time of day or night," said Dr. Judy Silverberg, Wildlife Education Coordinator for N.H. Fish and Game. "Just as important, the site provides an opportunity for kids in New Hampshire and Maine to learn more about what's right outside their door."

Twelve magazines are in the works for two years' worth of issues. Each issue will feature a particular animal or group of animals found in New England and an ecological concept, from wildlife myths to winter adaptations to habitat. The magazine is designed with kids from grades 4-7 in mind, and is written in short sections with language and graphics geared toward that age group.

"This project is designed to attract the interest of our young people and take advantage of their comfort with the web and computers," said Don Kleiner, Director Information and Education for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "We have been able to accomplish a great project with a limited budget by partnering with our sister agency in another state."

The premier issue of Explore Wild New England features "Wildlife Mysteries," with stories about common and seldom-seen wildlife; how to find wildlife sign; and what biologists do to study the comings and goings of certain animals.

The content for each magazine issue was prepared by an education team from Antioch/New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H. The site was designed by CryBaby Design of Colorado.

Visitors can access the Explore Wild New England web pages through each agency's website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us or www.state.me.us/ifw, or by logging directly onto www.wildnewengland.org.

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