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Pechmann Fishing Education Center Hosts Fifth Annual Wildlife Expo

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is hosting its fifth annual Wildlife Expo on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free, family-oriented event highlights fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in the Tar Heel state. It is one of eight events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2012.
 The Wildlife Expo is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will have more than 15 hands-on activities and demonstrations where participants can connect with nature while testing their outdoor skills.  A prize drawing for outdoors-related items, including a lifetime sportsman license donated by the N.C. Wildlife Federation, will be held for all registered participants at 1 p.m.
 Activities include kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting and fishing for catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill in one of four ponds.  Expo participants also can learn how to cast a fly-rod, identify aquatic insects and how to boat safely while on the water.   Two reptile and amphibian exhibits will give expo visitors an opportunity to get an up-close view of some of the more common frogs, salamanders and toads that call coastal North Carolina home. More intrepid visitors can reach out and touch — literally — some common, non-venomous snakes.  At the honeybee exhibit, visitors can learn about the fascinating world of honeybees and the sweet business of bee husbandry.
 Back by popular demand is the Sensory Safari, a 25-foot, kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels. Expo visitors can listen to sounds of birds, see animal mounts, handle pelts of some common mammals and learn much more about the diverse wildlife found in North Carolina.  Participants 15 years old and younger who visit all exhibits and complete a “wildlife passport” are entered into the prize drawing. In addition to the lifetime sportsman license, prizes include fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, and two $50 gift certificates from A.K. McCallum. All participants also receive free Fish-for-Fun bags filled with fishing-related goodies.
 “This is always a great event mainly because of our sponsors and vendors,” said Kristopher Smith, Pechmann Center director. “This is the only event held at the Pechmann Center that has vendors from all different backgrounds.  Being able to experience outdoor sports like kayaking and archery, while also enjoying live animals, makes this a great family event.”
 Smith encourages expo visitors to bring sunscreen, portable chairs and their own fishing equipment and bait, although a limited number of free loaner rods and reels will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, is part of a larger, nationwide celebration held every fourth Saturday in September and formalized by Congress in 1972 to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. This year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day is noteworthy because it is part of the Commission’s  year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program, a partnership between federal and state fish and wildlife agencies regarded by many as the most successful wildlife conservation effort ever. Find out how the Wildlife Commission is using WSFR dollars to make outdoor experiences better for all North Carolinians by visiting the WSFR page. For more information on times, locations and activities for all eight Commission-supported National Hunting and Fishing Day events, visit  For more information on the Wildlife Expo, contact Pechmann Center Director Kristopher Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or 910-868-5003, ext. 14.  About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission - Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit
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