Scorpion hunts and night hikes on tap at Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to participate in a special evening event at the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge. When the sun sets, the wildlife refuge comes alive with creeping scorpions, calling coyotes, and other critters.

On Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, 2014, as twilight turns to darkness on the Moapa Valley NWR, participants will hunt for scorpions and take a short night hike, while learning how these animals adapt in order to thrive in the darkness. The activities start at 8 p.m., and end at 9 p.m.The event is free of charge and ultraviolet flashlights will be provided for hunting scorpions. All ages are welcome.

Space is limited, so those wishing to take part are asked to contact Tim Parker by September 16, 2014, via email, to Timothy_Parker@fws.gov. Reservation requests should include the date of the hike, the number in the group, and a contact phone number. A confirmation email will be sent to those whose space has been reserved.

Located at 4001 W. Warm Springs Road in Moapa, Nev., the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refugewas established in 1979 to secure habitat for and protect the endangered Moapa dace. For more information about the Moapa Valley NWR, follow the Internet link above.

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