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Celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge System's 108th birthday

March 18, 2011

CHARLESTOWN -- The National Wildlife Refuge System will be celebrating the 108th anniversary of its establishment this year.

Along with the fact that that the National Wildlife Refuge System is the oldest and largest system of protected lands for wildlife in the world, in 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began celebrating an important milestone in American conservation history – the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

To mark this momentous occasion, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is celebrating and you’re invited to join.

Just for a start, the complex will be showcasing "A Sense of the Refuge" – a four-panel exhibit describing the history, people, wildlife, climate changes and special significance of the Arctic Refuge.

Then, there will be an all-day birthday celebration on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown.

To start the day, the complex’s Piping Plover Coordinator, Erin King, will be speaking from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the plight of the piping plover and what we can do to help. This will be followed by an afternoon of family fun complete with nature crafts, indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, blue goose mobiles and birthday cake.

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