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Want to help wildlife? Volunteer at Deer Flat’s Earth Day Work Day

April 10, 2019

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is inviting wildlife lovers to celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Earth Day Work Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, according to a press release.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects, including removing noxious weeds, maintaining trails, maintaining wildlife-friendly landscaping at the Visitor Center and picking up litter. This year’s event will also include stewardship and nature exploration activities for children aged 6-12. Children must be pre-registered to participate in the children’s programs.

Volunteer efforts are important for wildlife and wildlife habitat. Controlling noxious weeds improves wildlife habitat by decreasing the amount of non-native vegetation that often out competes native plants that wildlife depend on for food and shelter. Picking up litter not only makes the refuge look clean, but also eliminates the possibility of animals being hurt by eating or being caught in litter.

Earth Day Work Day will take place at the Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road in Nampa, starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers should bring sturdy gloves and a shovel, if available, and wear outdoor work clothes such as long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. Snacks and water will be provided. Interested volunteers should pre-register by Friday, April 12 by contacting Saskia van Adrichem at deerflat@fws.gov or (208) 467-9278.