60th Birthday Bash planned for KNWR

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2001

The general season moose hunt on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) concludes September 20 and according to Refuge manager Robyn West, it's been a fair season.

"It's been a good season we've had pretty good weather and hunters seem to have been more successful then they have in the last year or two," said West. The mild weather last winter seems to have benefited most of the wildlife. October 1st, the Skilak Wildlife Area will open for archery hunting for small game.

In the midst of all the autumn activities KNWR is planning a 60th Anniversary Birthday Bash Saturday, September, 29th, from 11:00am-3: 00pm, for all friends of the Refuge. According to Bill Kent, Supervisory Park Ranger, the party will be even bigger than last year's celebration.

The staff is planning a chili cook off, and everyone is invited for a taste along with hot dogs, salmon, chips and cake. There will be lots to see and do, with special games for the kids with wildlife twists, a program of Refuge memories, a pictorial history of KNWR, a display of research techniques and log cabin building, a history of wild fire fighting, horses, and even the barber shop quartet Four on the Richter Scale will be performing.

The Bird Treatment and Learning Center will have live birds of prey on display, and folks from Unocal and Marathon will be there to explain the assets that oil & gas development have added to the Refuge. For more information call the KNWR at 262-7021, or hit their website at www.kenai.fws.gov.

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