Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Walker Lake Education Day

For the past fifteen years the Walker Lake Working Group has sponsored the annual Loon Festival on Walker Lake in Nevada. This year, due to the decline of the lake level and the absence of significant numbers of loons, the Loon Festival has been canceled. In its place the Working Group, and other supportive groups and organizations, will be sponsoring an Education Day at the lake. This will be held on April 25, 2009 at the State Beach recreation area in the town of Walker Lake. Planned activities include:

-Free boat rides to view local wildlife (weather dependent)
-Native American dancing
-Food and other vendors
-Upland activities and tours featuring natural history and wildlife
-Possible showing of a “Wild and Scenic Film Festival”
-Educational booths staffed by various organizations and agencies working on the restoration and preservation of the lake
-Other possible events

The purpose of the event is to bring people to the lake to see what a magnificent jewel is being lost to the citizens of Nevada and to educate them on what can and what needs to be done to restore and preserve this gem. Significant resources in terms of time, effort, and dollars are being expended to bring this event to fruition. What is still needed is people to assist with the final planning and to provide expertise and help on the day of the event. If you would like to learn more or to volunteer you can attend the Working Group meeting on Wednesday, 18 February at 6:30 p.m. in the county commission chambers or you may call Lou Thompson at 573-2581.

Check in tomorrow for more information about Walker Lake and its plight.

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