Lake Wheeler hosts Wildlife Expo on Saturday

The Wildlife Expo, a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, will bring together conservation organizations, agencies, vendors and exhibitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

More than 700 visitors of all ages attended last year.

“It’s to introduce them to a lot of things they can do in the outdoors,” said Beth Gunn, program coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Commission. “It’s not all hunting and fishing.”

Coordinated with Raleigh Parks and Recreation, the free event will include reptiles from the N.C. Herpetological Society, birds of prey from the American Wildlife Refuge and N.C. Falconers Guild, and creatures from the Piedmont Wildlife Center. The Quality Deer Management Association, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and N.C. State Student Fisheries Society will have displays, as will Fur, Feathers and Fins Taxidermy.

The Wake County Wildlife Club is donating prizes that include gift certificates to outdoors retailers, lifetime licenses, archery lessons and fishing trips. Drawings will be at 2 p.m. at the park at 6404 Lake Wheeler Road. Call 919-662-5704.

Seven other events will be held statewide, including the National Wild Turkey Federation Tar River Chapter’s 12th Jakes Day at 9 a.m. at Rose Hill Farm near Nashville. Find more at www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd.

Learn about National Hunting and Fishing Day at http://www.nhfday.org.

More to celebrate: Saturday is National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day. To celebrate, the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the Crystal Coast Cleanup in Beaufort and on the islands of the Rachel Carson Preserve and Cape Lookout National Seashore. Go to www.nccoastalreserve.net/web/crp/event-calendar to register, or call Wade Keeler at 252-728-3175, ext. 225.

Banquet: Coastal Conservation Association chapters are holding fall banquets, including the Onslow Bay and Crystal Coast event at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Swansboro Rotary Club.

Organizer Bruce MacLachlan said special guests will be renowned artist Bob Timberlake and noted conservationist Eddie Bridges, who have teamed up to raise funds for the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation. Raffle and auction items include artwork, guided trips, jewelry and fishing, hunting and boating items.

As of Tuesday night, a handful of tickets remained; the cost is $60 solo or $85 couple. Contact MacLachlan at bdmaclach@gmail.com.

Find more banquets at www.ccanc.org.

For teachers: Applications are due Tuesday for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2015 Teacher at Sea Program. Learn about the hands-on program for teachers of kindergarten through college at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov.

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