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TPWD News Release — Feb. 26, 2008

Free Coastal Expos Set for Marble Falls and Edinburg

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host five Coastal Expos for the public, beginning with events at Johnson Park in Marble Falls March 6-8 and at Edinburg Municipal Park in Edinburg March 13-14.

Coastal Expos are free, interactive events that seek to increase public awareness of the importance of Texas ecosystems and the ways in which people can protect them. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with live crabs, fish and other coastal animals, while learning about freshwater inflows, coastal conservation issues and beach habitats.

Activities include touch tanks with a wide variety of live coastal animals, such as sea urchins, sea squirts, crabs and other sea life. At the glass-bottom stream, visitors will learn about animals’ natural habitats and how bugs can indicate pollution levels in water.

Participants will also have an opportunity to solve a mysterious fish kill, paint images of coastal fish and identify beach objects by touch. They will also learn about fishing and boating safety through a variety of fun and educational devices.

See below for an upcoming expo in your area:

For more information or to volunteer for any of these events contact Kris Shipman at (512) 912-7037 or Kris.Shipman@tpwd.texas.gov. No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers can be taught everything needed at the event.

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