Fish and Wildlife Service offers more family programs

2013-02-27T22:48:00Z 2014-10-15T10:41:45Z Fish and Wildlife Service offers more family programsBy GREG LOVELL | Special to the Tribune La Crosse Tribune
February 27, 2013 10:48 pm  • 

These days at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there is space on the refuge for more than flocks and herds.

They have room for kids there, too — especially after opening a spacious new facility in Brice Prairie.

On certain Saturdays, families can enjoy free educational programming compliments of Fish and Wildlife Service staff.

Dan Peterson, park ranger with the Fish and Wildlife Service, specializes in presenting educational programs to children and their families. Peterson recently presented a program on wintertime habits of local animal species.

Peterson loves to share his passion for the natural world and see people get excited about it, too.

Excitement was evident in his presentation as children gravitated to the animal hides on display and readily donned binoculars.

During the winter, Fish and Wildlife Service staff offer special family programs one Saturday per month at the Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Center.

Plans for summer programming are currently in development.

“The Visitor Center has completely changed how we interact with the public,” said Paula Ogden-Muse, Visitor Services Manager. “We’re totally remaking ourselves.”

Both Peterson and Ogden-Muse share a love for the outdoors and want future generations to embrace the outdoors as well.

According to Ogden-Muse, their mission is simple: “To introduce people to the refuge in their backyard.”

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(2) Comments

  1. JFK Too
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    JFK Too - March 13, 2013 4:18 pm
    Really, sequestration is the key to control government spending? How about if someone told your business or whomever you work for, "everyone gets cut across the board with no opportunity or incentive to come up with creative and constructive ways to reduce expenditures"? You would be livid - why not cut back on overtime, share out job duties, etc.. Nope. During this "process", no one has ever asked any of these agencies to cut their spending by x% and save the same amount of money an indiscriminate sequester does, maybe more, nobod,.not one Democrat, not one Republican has asked You kind of people always say the government should be run like a business, here is an opportunity to do so, and you laud an across the board swipe with a budget ax?. Well, what do you want.......more efficient government, or indiscriment cuts that make no sense in some cases? Go ask your farmer friends( if you have any) if they are giving back their commodity subsidies to help balance the budget!?
  2. lostinparadize
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    lostinparadize - February 28, 2013 10:38 pm
    Please.... sequestration kick in ! This is the program that should get wacked at USFW. To hear these two, Muse and Peterson talk, the refuge is all about the field by the old buffalo farm. Really? You need to get off the beaten (I mean asphalt) path by the new stimulus funded headquaters to see the refuge. You need to get wet, muddy, bug bitten and freeze your butt off cold to really see the refuge. I'm sorry, but in these economic times we do not need refuge education coordinators and ranger rick on the payroll.
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