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How Urban Wildlife Refuges Stir Children’s Curiosity

Dr. Mamie Parker, formerly of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak on how Urban Wildlife Refuges stir children’s curiosity about nature. The talk, part of Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign (WCAC), will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Marstel-Day’s Fredericksburg headquarters.

Dr. Parker is a biologist who spent 29 years at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including as Assistant Director overseeing a $250 million budget. She made history when she was appointed Regional Director of 13 northeastern states, the first African American to hold this position. She currently serves on Marstel-Day’s Council of Advisors and on the boards of the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

The Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership program, part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is an initiative to encourage and nurture an appreciation of wildlife. These partnerships are located in demographically and geographically varied cities.

Rebecca R. Rubin, president and CEO of Marstel-Day, created the WCAC event series to highlight major wildlife conservation issues and present ways individuals and businesses can make a difference. At each session, leading conservationists present in-depth analyses of particular wildlife conservation issue, and options for how the public and industry can help. Ruben will then outline Marstel-Day’s commitment on that issue. The luncheon events are open to the public and live-streamed; audience members are invited to ask questions.

Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by email to [email protected], indicating the session of interest. Future sessions are listed at the end of this article.

Instructions for watching the live stream are available here: http://www.marstel-day.com/wildlife-conservation-awareness-campaign.

March 19
Evan Hirsche will speak on the evolution of outdoor interpretation; the struggle for relevancy facing public lands; and how the smartphone revolution offers these natural and historic treasures their best opportunity ever to engage an increasingly urban and disconnected American public. Hirsche is co-founder of Discover Nature Apps, a company reinventing how people experience and learn about the natural world. Hirsche will speak at noon at Marstel-Day’s office, 513 Prince Edward St., Fredericksburg.

April 15
Drummer, producer, and songwriter Rich Redmond will give a motivational talk incorporating themes of “Mother Nature, Motivation and Music.” Redmond records and tours with multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean, and has played with a “who’s-who” of country artists and appeared on top television shows, including “The Tonight Show” and “The Voice.” Redmond’s talk will begin at 4 p.m. at University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Alumni Center.

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