Event highlights endangered species

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge — A Home for Endangered Species is the theme for the annual Refuge Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 5. The refuge will also celebrate its 25th birthday. The refuge will also celebrate its 25th birthday.

The event, hosted by the Friends of the Patoka River NWR and the Patoka River NWR, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at Wirth Park in Oakland City.

Morning programs, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT, will feature  endangered and recovered Indiana species, including the swamp rabbit and the alligator snapping turtle. The Hardy Lake/Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center will present endangered and recovered species of live birds.

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to explore more than 20 booths showcasing nature, the environment and conservation. Children’s crafts will take place in the small shelterhouse and food including, breakfast and lunch provided by the Oakland City Eagles, will be available for purchase. The event and parking are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at the park.

Schedule of events:

9 a.m.-2 p.m. CT: Booths and children’s crafts building open to the public.

9-9:10 a.m. CT: Presentation of Friends Award.

9:10-9:25 a.m. CT: Welcome to the 25th birthday celebration.

9:30-10:25 a.m. CT: Swamp Rabbit by Brad Westrich, Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

10:30-11:25 a.m. CT: Alligator Snapping Turtle by Ethan Kessler, INDNR.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. CT: Live birds Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center by Leslie Grow, INDNR.



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