May 4, 2012
Let’s Go Fishing! To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 21st Annual Youth Fishing Derby, on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The event will be held at Ringneck Overlook, on Oak Orchard Ridge Road. On site registration begins at 7:30 am. There is no pre-registration or reservations required. Fishing is from 8 am to 11 am. An awards ceremony and door prize drawing will follow.
The event is free and open to youths 17 years old and under, with no experience necessary. If this is your first time, some bait and fishing gear will be available to borrow. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three age categories: 7 years and under, 8-12 and 13-17 years. Derby rules are available on our website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquoisnwr or by calling 585/250-2135.
This event is one of the many ways the Refuge offers to connect people with nature. Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure thatall Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.” It is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the Refuge.
Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at 585/948-5445 or atthe Federal Relay No. 1-800-877-8339.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.