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DU & Suffolk County Parks Host Long Island Outdoor Conservation Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
John Cushman,
DU New York State Chairman
(631) 298-8213

Ducks Unlimited and Suffolk County Parks
Host Long Island Outdoor Conservation Festival
Public Welcome to Attend!

Flanders, NY – May 24, 2006 – On Saturday, June 10, 2006, Ducks Unlimited, in cooperation with Suffolk County Parks, will be hosting this year’s Long Island Outdoor Conservation Festival! The festival will have an “art fair” appeal with plenty of hands-on activities for the avid outdoorsman/woman to the nature lover! Kids of all ages will be entertained as well!

The day will consist of:

· Federal Junior Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony (New York entrants)

· Sporting Dog Demonstrations

· Decoy Carvers, Collectors & Exhibits

· Goose Silhouette Painting

· Nature Trail Walks

· Fly Fishing and Casting Clinics

· Environmental Exhibits & Displays

· Preview to the DU Waterfowling Museum

· Decoy Head Painting

· Woodduck Box Building

· Duck/Goose and Turkey Calling Seminars

· Live Birds of Prey Demonstration

Festivities will take place from 9am to 3pm and will be held at Suffolk County’s Hubbard County Park, & DU’s Center for Wetlands and Waterfowling, located off Route 24 in Flanders, New York. The festival is open to the general public, and will be held rain or shine under several tents on site! For admission, a voluntary contribution of $5 per adult is suggested and kids are free (no-one will be turned away)!

Other organizations with representative displays will be the US Fish & Wildlife Service, New York State DEC, Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Suffolk County Parks, New York Sea Grant, South Shore Waterfowlers, 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sierra Club, and many others.

Ducks Unlimited merchandise will be available for purchase as well as beautiful decoy carvings and artwork from local artisans.

For more information, please contact John Cushman @ (631) 298-8213.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands ­- nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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