Monday, September 30, 2013

Big group of volunteers spruce up USFWS visitor center in Lacombe, LA

Volunteers "making hay" at the fall work and play day at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges headquarters in Lacombe, LA, pause for a picture.


       About 60 volunteers, most but not all recruited from area universities and high schools, spent the morning of September 28, 2013, pulling weeds and noxious vines from the shrubbery at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Louisiana Refuges Bayou Lacombe Centre in Lacombe, LA.
      The visitor center grounds were being spruced up in preparation for the "Wild Things" open house to be held at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges headquarters off LA 434 in Lacombe,  Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm.  "Wild Things" open house events are presented at USFWS refuges across the country in October and the one in Lacombe is one of the largest.
       The free event, presented by the USFWS, Southeast Louisiana and the Friends of Louisiana Wild Life Refuges, offers canoeing on Bayou Lacombe, tours of Big Branch Marsh along with dozens of display booths and exhibits from both public agencies and private vendors.  Expect a large crowd if the weather is nice.  There will be music and food will be sold on the grounds.
       The volunteers, sprinkled with about a half-dozen knowledgeable "geezers" who travel the U.S. and help maintain USFWS lands in return for a place to park their RV's, were rewarded with delicious lunch and a chance to go canoeing through the wetlands surrounding the preserve.

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