Brian Braudis, Big Lake Refuge Manager, is looking forward to the first Greenwing Day at Big Lake set for Saturday, April 6. The Greenwing Day for junior outdoors persons. The program is geared for the youth to be introduced to the outdoors.
Braudis has been involved in Greenwing Days at other refuges he has worked.
"The kids love it. Any child through the age of 17 accompanied by an adult is welcome to attend. This event would not be happening without the community support," Braudis said.
Organizations that will be assisting in the day include Friends of Big Lake and The Northeast Arkansas Audubon Society It is co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited.
Registration will take place in the parking area of the refuge office on State Highway 18 near Manila. No pre-registration is required. Participants will be transported by shuttle bus to the activity area at Timms Point.
Activities will include a duck-calling demonstration by Greg Brinkley of Drakes Brake Duck Calls; a dog demonstration featuring Drake, the Ducks Unlimited dog, and trainer Mike Steward of Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Miss.; a taxidermy display and demonstration by Tom Collins of Blytheville; a rocket net demonstration and duck banding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and a hunting safety and hunter ethics presentation.
The Northeast Arkansas Audubon Society will be on site with a viewing scope trained on one of several bald eagle nests at Big Lake, and participants will have the opportunity to view these birds. Information will also be available about the Friends of Big Lake organization.
A lunch will also be provided.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.
Braudis hopes to make this an annual event and invites everyone.
"This Refuge belongs to the people and I like to see them enjoy it," he said.
For more information on Greenwing Day, interested persons may call the refuge office at (870) 564-2429.