16th Annual Take Pride in Okeechobee Day.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The take Pride in Lake Okeechobee Committee is proud to announce that the 16th annual Take Pride in Lake Okeechobee event will be held by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the South Florida Operations Office in Clewiston on Saturday, March 2 2002 from 7:30am to 1:30pm. The following activities are planned for this year:
FISHING DERBY- Come
fish at Lake Okeechobee with Corps of Engineers Biologists Ryan Peck, Doug
Harter and the Clewiston Bass Anglers! Brush
up on your fish identification skills, learn about good fishing techniques, and
have the chance to win a fishing pole and tackle for attending this program!
This activity is recommended for all ages!
OKEECHOBEE BIRD TALK/ BIRD SEED CRAFT- Ever wondered what bird is flying overhead as you visit the lake?
Join Corps of Engineers Park Ranger John Cichoski as he teaches you about
the birds of Lake Okeechobee and create a “bird seed ornament” to decorate
area trees! This activity is
recommended for all ages!
hear Corps of Engineers Biologist Angie Charles talk about the difference
between native and exotic vegetation on Lake Okeechobee.
Learn how to identify each, play an exciting game and take a NATIVE tree
home to plant in your yard! This
activity is suitable for all ages to attend!
HIKE ON HERBERT HOOVER DIKE- Want to hear about the history of Lake Okeechobee
including the first Native Americans to the area, the construction of the levee
and management practices? Come
along on a guided talk with Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Brian Older as he
takes you on an adventure back in time to learn about Lake Okeechobee.
All ages are welcome to attend!
Learn about wildlife and habitat management through a series of games.
Join Corps of Engineers Volunteers as they lead groups through a variety
of different games designed to educate students on the complexities of wildlife
management. These FUN activities are suitable for all ages.
BUTTERFLY TALK AND CRAFT- Did
you know that the Florida state Butterfly is the Zebra Longwing?
Mike Bodle from South Florida
Water Management District will be presenting an interesting talk on Florida
native butterflies, their life cycle, and create an easy butterfly craft!
This activity is suitable for everyone interested.
LOST TRAIL CONSTRUCTION
-Ready to roll back your sleeves and get dirty? Learn about the LOST trail that surrounds the lake while
making a new trailhead for hikers to visit.
Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Jerre Killingbeck needs 20 volunteers.
Participants must be 15 years or older.
MANATEE MADNESS- Have you
ever seen a skeleton from the endangered West Indian Manatee?
Come listen to Lucy Keith from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission talk about these gentle giants and how she rescues them from South
Florida waters. All ages welcome.
AWARENESS BAGS- The
Corps of Engineers is working with local grocery stores to get the message of
environmental responsibility distributed throughout the community.
Participants will create an environmental message on a paper grocery bag
and then the Corps of Engineers will return the bags to local stores for
distribution throughout the community. This activity is suitable for all ages.
MANATEE DOLLS- Join Corps of
Engineers Biologist Richard Bailey as he teaches you to make your own Manatee
stuffed animal to take home!
ENTERTAINMENT and SPEAKERS- Environmental booths will be set up for volunteers to learn more about Lake Okeechobee & the Surrounding Area.
1000-1030 Walt Reynolds Lake Okeechobee Fishing stories
1030-1100 Mike Sawyer Controlled Burning
1100-1200 Tim Williams Wildlife Show and live animals!
1200-1245 JP Taylor Environmental Songs
FREE LUNCH and ENTERTAINMENT
at 12:00p.m.! A RAFFLE for
participants will be held at 1:00pm! Win
a fishing pole, tackle box, and native trees just by attending!
Community organizations, school groups, and
individuals are invited to enjoy a day filled with exciting environmental
activities for both the young and the young at heart. We are expecting over 500 volunteers to participate in this
year’s activities. Any company or
organization that would like to donate of their time and/or resources may
contact Park Ranger Toni Westland at (863) 983-8101 ext. 245.