Swan Lake Refuge to hold final “First Friday at the Refuge” August 5

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting its final “First Fridays at the Refuge” event of the 2016 season on August 5.

As in past years, the event will have multiple activities focused on a family-friendly atmosphere. Stations will include Archery, a prairie maze, a birders’ quest, canoes, a turtle tank, and a hot dog supper. The Observation tower will be open to tours, along with the visitor center and gift shop. As always, the events are free and open to the public.  A hotdog supper will be provided by the Hale Lions Club.  The event starts at 5 PM with the Reptile program beginning at 7 PM.

The August event will feature special guests Adam Brandsgaard of the Missouri Department of Conservation with a presentation on snakes and other reptile, as well as William Hall showing off a trophy deer shot on the refuge during a managed hunt for people with disabilities last year. There will be a variety of game and activity stations as in past months and years for the kids to enjoy.

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located one mile south of Sumner, Mo. and managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The USFWS is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for continuing benefit of the American people