Big Lake to host National Wildlife Day Saturday

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Tracey Reinhart, Manila Farmers Market manager, and Melvin Browning, Friends of Big Lake, are pictured with canoes. The canoes were donated by Farmers Market to Friends of Big Lake. (Town Crier photo/Yvonne Hernandez)

Manila Farmers Market recently donated canoes to Friends of Big Lake. The canoes will be on display at the National Wildlife Day scheduled for Saturday. The third annual Big Lake National Wildlife Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Melvin Browning with Friends of Big Lake expressed his appreciation to Farmers Market for the donation.

"There will be a canoe demonstration, along with other activities, on Saturday," Browning said. "The reason we wanted the canoes is to start a canoe trail at Big Lake next spring. Our goal is to have canoes for rent on weekends so families can have some quality time together to enjoy the wonders of Big Lake." Friends of Big Lake plan to mark a canoe trail for people to use so they will not get lost in the lake area. People that know the lake will be able to go anywhere they wish with the canoe.

"We feel like the canoe trips will further enhance their chances of seeing wildlife up close and personal. As there will be no noise, the chance of canoeing upon a deer or eagle is greatly enhanced. By springtime, we will have the canoes repainted and stenciled with Friends of Big Lake on one side and Donated by Farmers Market on the other." Browning also invites everyone to join in the activities on Saturday. In addition to the canoe demonstration, there will be demonstrations in archery and taxidermy, live birds of prey, fish tank, and wagon rides to Timms Point. The activities will be held at Big Lake Headquarters located off Highway 18, east of Manila. Manila Boy Scouts will conduct an opening ceremony. A Ducks Unlimited Print will be given away during the day. The annual poster contest winners will be announced and on display at Big Lake Headquarters. "Big Lake Refuge belongs to all of us," Browning said. "We are very fortunate to have it here in our communities."

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