on Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 7513

Three-year old Maddox Malcom, of Fayetteville, proudly holds his catch --- a channel catfish reeled in during the 2010 Wildlife Expo at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – For the fourth consecutive year, the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is hosting a Wildlife Expo — a free, family-oriented event that highlights fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The Wildlife Expo is one of seven events being held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is held every fourth Saturday in September. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., features more than 15 hands-on activities and demonstrations where participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Activities include fishing for catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill in one of four ponds, as well as kayaking and archery. 

Expo participants also can learn fly-casting skills, identify live aquatic insects and learn tree-stand and boating-safety skills.

At the reptile and amphibian exhibits, visitors can see live frogs, toads and snakes, listen to frog calls and learn about the ecological importance of these underappreciated animals. At the honeybee exhibit, visitors can learn about the fascinating world of honeybees and sweet business of bee husbandry.

The Sensory Safari, a 36-foot, kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give expo visitors the opportunity to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common mammals.

Participants 16 years old and younger who visit all exhibits and complete a “wildlife passport” are entered into a prize drawing, which will be held at 1 p.m. Prizes include fishing equipment, gift certificates, and a grand prize of a lifetime sportsman’s license, valued at $500. All participants also receive a free Fish-for-Fun bag stuffed with lots of fishing-related goodies.

After completing their passports, participants and their families will be offered free hot dogs and drinks, courtesy of Powers-Swain Chevrolet. 

Expo visitors are encouraged to bring sunscreen, portable chairs, fishing equipment and bait. A limited number of free loaner rods and reels will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on times, locations and activities for all seven Commission-supported National Hunting and Fishing Day events, view this flyer (pdf). 

For more information on the Wildlife Expo, contact Pechmann Center Director Kristopher Smith at kris.smith@ncwildlife.org; or 910-868-5003, ext. 14.