Traditional Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) feature 8-hour days and lots of driving. This Youth CBC is specifically for kids. There is no driving, and the count lasts just 2.5 hours. Teams of kids ages 8–16 will be led by experienced birders as they search the fields and forests of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for birds. After lunch, kids can present their findings and we will have a birds of prey presentation.
National Fishing & Boating Week: June 3–11, 2017
National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, is the perfect reason to get out on the water and experience the joys of boating and fishing. Coinciding with most state's free fishing days, National Fishing and Boating Week occurs each year during the first full week of June.
Time spent fishing and boating is a great opportunity to talk, laugh, relax, reconnect and create good memories with friends and family.
How can you celebrate?
Looking for a way the whole family can enjoy the outdoors? Come to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s (CEWC) JAKES Day Saturday, May 20, 2017! This FREE fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CEWC Discovery Area in Mansfield, and will be held rain or shine.
Wildlife Resources Division is pleased to continue its series of programs focusing on the development of hunting skills and conservation knowledge.
By Terry W. Johnson
Have you have noticed that pumpkins mean different things to different people? For a child, pumpkins represent jack-o’-lanterns and Halloween. Homeowners, on the other hand, consider bright orange pumpkins to be ideal fall yard decorations. To those among us who enjoy fine food, pumpkins conjure up thoughts of pumpkin pie, stew, soup and roast pumpkin, and other delicacies. Unfortunately, few think of pumpkins as a source of food for wildlife.
By Terry W. Johnson
Now that school is out, kids throughout the state have lots of free time until classes resume in August. This provides a golden opportunity for parents and grandparents to nurture in children what the famous author and environmentalist Rachel Carson called a sense of wonder – a deep, abiding appreciation of the plants and animals with which we share the world.
Got a young artist residing in your home? Be sure to encourage them to enter the annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest. This contest is open to kids in Grades K–12, but the deadline for entries is March 31—and you have to enter to win!
Students across the United States and internationally have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and conservation. Using art, the State-Fish Art Contest ignites children’s imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) exists to introduce school-age youth to the shooting sports and to facilitate their continued involvement by providing opportunities to safely and enjoyably participate and compete in a team-based sport led by trained adult coaches focused on enhancing the personal growth and development of their athletes.