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Judy Silverberg: (603) 271-3211
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April 6, 2007
Bring the Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 21, 2007
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CONCORD, N.H. -- Celebrate Earth Day (a day early) by bringing the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day -- Saturday, April 21, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free. The festival is fun for all ages, with a chance to try archery or casting and see retriever dogs in action, plus big fish and trained falcons. Hands-on activities abound - build a duck box, tie a fly or learn to find your way with a map and compass. Scavenger hunt and wildlife arts and crafts for the kids. On-going exhibits, presentations and nature walks all day. For more information, call (603) 271-3211.
"People in New Hampshire care deeply about conserving their environment. Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day and have fun finding out how you can help maintain the wildlife, natural places and outdoor activities that add to our quality of life," said event coordinator Judy Silverberg, a wildlife educator at Fish and Game.
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day draws dozens of representatives from outdoor, wildlife and conservation groups from throughout the state, bringing exhibits and demonstrations to help you appreciate all that's WILD about New Hampshire. More than 35 exhibitors will be on hand this year, including the Loon Preservation Center, Seacoast Science Center, Trout Unlimited of N.H., N.H. Wild Turkey Federation, Great Bay Discovery Center, Elaine Connors Wildlife Center and New Hampshire Audubon. Meet Smokey the Bear and learn about New Hampshire forests. Find out how you can help protect air and water quality at N.H. Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) booths and check out their cool alternative fuel vehicles on display.
Special presentations will go on throughout the day, including some with live animals:
- 10:15 a.m.: Wildlife Photography Basics - With professional photographer Alan Briere.
- 11:00 a.m.: Amazing Mammals -- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center New Hampshire
- 11:45 a.m.: 2006 Conservation Awards of Excellence - N.H. Fish and Game Commission
- 12:30 p.m.: Alien Invasion! -- Invasive species are at our door (Rundlett Middle School)
- 1:15 p.m.: What's A Raptor? -- New Hampshire Audubon
- 2:00 p.m.: Reptiles and Amphibians of N.H.-- Mike Marchand, N.H. Fish and Game
Wildlife walks and demonstrations continue throughout the day, including:
- Basic Birding: 10:30 a.m. - Emily Brunkhurst, N.H. Fish and Game
- Ways of Wildlife: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. - Judy Tumosa, NHFG
- Landscaping for Wildlife: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - Marilyn Wyzga, N.H. Fish and Game
- Air Quality Monitoring Station Tour (NHDES): On-going
- Retrieval dog demonstrations: On-going
- Basic compass instruction: On-going
- Casting practice with "Let's Go Fishing" experts: On-going
- Discovery Room & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit: Headquarters building,
- lower level
Support Fish and Game by buying your fishing or hunting license (the license office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Be sure to stop by the merchandise table, where, for the first time, the Department offers its new line of hats, shirts and other items featuring the N.H. Fish and Game Department logo.
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a rain or shine event. A food concession will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2007 marks the 19th year that Fish and Game has held Discover WILD New Hampshire Day. The event began in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state's wealth of natural resources and outdoor opportunities. More than 5,000 people attended last year's event.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.
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RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Bring the family for a WILD time at Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, coming Saturday, April 21, from 10 to 3 at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. It's free! See big trout, retriever dogs in action and battling bull moose. Try your hand at archery or cast a line with the "Let's Go Fishing" pros. Meet more than 35 exhibitors from outdoor and conservation groups across the state. Fun for all ages! Visit www.WildNH.com.
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