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Contact: Richard Cole
For Imediate Release: April 29, 2003
Secretary Norton and National Zoo Director Spelman Join Volunteers Planting Trees and Shrubs at New "Bald Eagle Refuge" Exhibit


(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and National Zoo Director Lucy Spelman will join more than a dozen volunteers to plant trees and shrubs as part of creating the "Bald Eagle Refuge," a new home for eagles at the National Zoo.
The new exhibit, which will house two rescued bald eagles when it opens later this summer, is a joint project of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Zoo as part of the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Norton and Spelman will also highlight the important role volunteers play both at zoos and on public lands, including the nation's 540 refuges.

Who: Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior
Lucy Spelman, Director of the National Zoo

What: Secretary Gale Norton and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System, the Friends of the National Zoo and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association will plant native trees and shrubs to enhance a wooded area at the future site of the Zoo's new "Bald Eagle Refuge" exhibit. This exhibit is scheduled to open in July as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the refuge system.

When: Wed., April 30, noon

Where: National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.



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