on Oct 12, 2011 04:31 PM • Views 4289
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 12, 2011) – Visit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the N.C. State Fair to learn how the Commission uses science and public involvement to conserve wildlife.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public 3-8 p.m. on Oct. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 14-23.

“Fairgoers will learn how Wildlife Commission biologists work with the public to study wildlife across the state. We’ll showcase studies of mourning doves and gopher frogs, black bears and Northern flying squirrels,” said Margaret Martin, field outreach manager for the Commission. “The exhibit has fun, hands-on activities for children and adults alike.”

Visitors to the exhibit can view an electrofishing boat that biologists use to study fish, check out a huge trap used to study bears, and see how scientists determine the age of various animal species.

Visitors also can learn how hunters help the Commission gather data that is used to help manage wildlife, and how biologists use the diversity of aquatic animals to help them evaluate water quality.

As in previous years, visitors can try their hand at the air rifle range and learn about firearms safety from Wildlife Enforcement Officers and Hunter Education Specialists. Buttons featuring this year’s animal – the gopher frog –also will be available.

On Oct. 17, which has been designated Youth Celebration Day by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, children visiting the Commission’s exhibit can participate in several wildlife-related activities designed to educate and entertain. Youth Day participants can test their shooting skills at the free air rifle range, learn to identify animals by their scat and handle animal pelts.

Visit the Commission’s exhibit at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, Oct. 13–23. The fairgrounds are located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.