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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: John Yochum, 956-565-3919, john.yochum@tpwd.texas.gov; Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov ]
April 21, 2010
Annual Dragonfly Days to be Held May 14-16
WESLACO -- Explore the amazing world of dragonflies and damselflies at the annual Dragonfly Days, being held May 14-16 at the Valley Nature Center and Estero Llano Grande State Park. Attendees can look forward to live music, arts and crafts and learning more about these fascinating winged creatures.
The Rio Grande Valley is known as one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. More birds and butterflies are found here than in most parts of the country, as well as many different species of odonates, dragonflies and damselflies. Many of these species are found nowhere else in the United States, and Dragonfly Days will offer a chance to discover some of these rare insects.
This year's festival will have a special focus on families. Visitors will be able to go on a night hike trail and explore the various life in and around the water. Interpretive stations will allow you to get up close and personal with dragonflies and damselflies, including aquatic life touch tanks with aquatic insects and viewers to look under the water.
Attend a mini-talk in a classroom about odes, water quality and the wetlands, or go on a guided walk where festival leaders will be pointing out various odes. Go on a dragonfly van trip to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge led by wildlife scientist Tom Langschied and Estero Llano Grande State Park Ranger John Yochum.
The weekend festival also includes a fish tank where you can learn to catch and release fish, kayaking in a pool, arts and crafts and live music performances by Lucas Miller.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under on Friday and $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under on Saturday and Sunday. A weekend pass costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information visit the Valley Nature Center Web site or call (956) 969-2475 or (956) 565-3919.
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[ Additional Contacts: Robert Ramirez, Hunter Education Specialist, (972) 263-1219; robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov ]
April 21, 2010
Hunter Education Instructors Needed
ATHENS -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free Hunter Education New Instructor Training Workshop Saturday, May 15th, 2010 in Whitney, Texas. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Whitney Offices at 285 CR 3602, Clifton, TX 76634.
TPWD will be training new applicants and currently certified instructors in skills trail, live firing exercises and home study procedures. The training puts fun and exciting activities into the learning experience. Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own decisions regarding responsible actions using "shoot-don't-shoot" scenarios.
Before you attend this workshop, you must go to the following web site and prepare yourself by going over the Introduction and the first four chapters of the instructor training manual. You will sign an acknowledgement and release that you have done this pre-workshop assignment as part of your training. The site is as follows: tpwd.texas.gov/learning/hunter_education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after September 2, 1971 must successfully complete a hunter education course. The hunter education program's goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values.
Hunter education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.
By understanding hunting through education, hunters and non-hunters alike will help make a bright future for the sport. Now is the time to become involved, so let us know if interested!
To register, please contact: Robert Ramirez, TPWD Hunter Education Specialist, at (972) 263-1219 or robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov.