The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 1, 2013

Refuge draws quite a crowd for spring event

Medina Journal-Register — BASOM — At least 1,500 guests visited the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Saturday as part of its annual Spring Into Nature event.

The gathering, meant to celebrate the annual migration of birds that have flown south for the winter, could not have chosen a better day weather-wise said Tom Roster, Refuge Manager.

“We’ve had some days when it was 40 and raining, but a day like this brings people outside,” he said. 

In the past year the Refuge renovated its headquarters and added on to its main office. Doing so allowed the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office to locate its people there.

Also, the newness was a draw for many visitors on Saturday.

A number of exhibits and youth activities were on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at preserve. The live birds of prey (hawks, falcons, owls, etc.) had a constant stream of onlookers.

Elsewhere, hands-on activities kept youngsters interested in nature. In one area, 9-year-old Sean Rayburn of Lyndonville was able to get a close look at some native fish by looking through a magnifying tube. He was with his father, Malcolm, who said, “We had a lot of fun here last year and we decided to come back and do it again.”

The fun, Roster noted, is something he noticed, too.

“I’m guessing from the looks of things we have a lot more kids here today than we have in the past,” he said.

“Getting the kids involved is important,” he added. “We want them to enjoy nature and conservation because they’re the leaders and decision makers who will promote those things in the future.”

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