2013 Events in Review
Fish Predators Program
The "Fish Predators" program was well attended by campers and spring breakers! Participants saw pictures of the bald eagle nests on Enid Lake, peered inside the mouth of an alligator gar, and much more! Gar skulls used in the program are now on display in the Education Center for those who missed this interesting afternoon full of fun facts about different predators and the fish they eat!
Thank you to the young members of the audience for their assistance during the presentation. Several young people helped demonstrate the length of an adult eagle's wingspan and passed around replica claws and eggs to the rest of the audience!
Pond Management Workshop
The Visitor Education Center hosted another pond management workshop for local pond owners. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries biologist Keith Meals conducted a question and answers session after the presentation. New pond owners present at the workshop learned more about creating a trophy bass pond, avoiding fish kills, fertilizing techniques, and much more.
Fascinated with Fossils Program
"If you don't hunt, you don't find!" This was a word of advice given to young fossil hunters that attended the "Fascinated with Fossils" program. Jill Smith, Director of the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, MS, presented a program on fossils finds in Northeast Mississippi. Fossilized ammonites, echinoids, plants, and shark teeth are just a few of the treasures Smith presented to the audience.
After the program, participants engaged Jill Smith in a questions and answers session. Avid hunters had their own fossil finds identified, and beginners learned where they will most likely find treasures from the past. A great program enjoyed by all!
Wildlife Rehabilitation Program
Barn owls, opposums, hawks, and snakes! So many injured and orphaned creatures receive help from the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitators. One of these rehabilitators, Nancy Fachman of Water Valley, MS, presented a program for the young and young at heart interested in wildlife and how rehabilitators return them back to the wild. Exciting, entertaining, and educational for the whole family!
Tree Identification Program
Presenting the program was Brady Self the Northwest Mississippi Extension Forestry Specialist with the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State. The tree identification course allowed participants to identify the common tree species in the area. Mr. Self guided participants in a hands-on field tour of the trees located around the facility.
WET! Teachers Workshop
This year the VEC hosted the "WET! Water Education for Teachers" workshop presented by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Participants received the WET! activity guide and CEUs from Mississippi College. From wetlands, to the water cycle and more, educators of all grades and subject areas received valuable lesson plans to use in the classroom.
2013 Fishing Rodeos
The VEC hosted the annual youth fishing rodeo and another nursing home rodeo in May. For pictures of anglers with their prizes and prized catches, see our photo gallery section! Thank you to Mechanics Bank in Water Valley for sponsoring the event and to the Bowfishing Association of Mississippi for participating in the youth activities!
History of Ford's Well
Mike Robinson, Supervisory Ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake, presented the program having worked on several local historical projects including Ford's Well. Ford's Well on the south side of Enid Lake was dug in 1898, and because of its high mineral content, became popular in the early 1900s as a cure for many ailments. Visitors enjoy the area today as they dig into the past and enjoy recreational opportunities like the Spyglass Hill horseback trail.
For pictures, see our photo gallery section!