Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge kicks off “First Fridays at the Refuge” June 3

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be kicking off “First Fridays at the Refuge” event on June 3. As in past years, the event will have multiple activities focused on a family-friendly atmosphere. Activities 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.

The June event will feature special guests Heather Desorcie from the Missouri River Bird Observatory giving a brief talk then leading a bird walk and owl prowl, followed by Ralph Duren presenting his “Calls of the Wild” demonstration. An avid turkey hunter Ralph started making animal sounds with his mouth while turkey hunting. This was in the early turkey hunting days Jefferson County Missouri. Ralph describes himself as a turkey and coyote hunter. Ralph loved the outdoors and got a job with The Missouri Department of Conservation where he could enjoy his passion.  This vocation has expanded, and he now entertains audiences from coast to coast with his animal calls and stories. Ralph produces the calls mostly with his mouth but occasionally uses a call.

Be sure and bring the family out for interesting enjoyable evening in the great outdoors at Swan Lake Friday June 3.

Swan Lake 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