March 17, 2011

3rd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Starts March 18th

Wilmington, NC: Outstanding fishing, hunting, boating, and camping opportunities in Wilmington & North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach) provide an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. On March 18-20, the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to Wilmington, North Carolina for three full days packed with more exhibitors, workshops, and activities than ever before. This year's expanded expo will take place at the Coastline Conference & Event Center and the new Wilmington Convention Center. During the three-day expo, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase products and services for outdoor enthusiasts. The 3rd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, is a family-friendly event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-tying and decoy-carving demonstrations; sport-fishing and hunting simulators, conservation exhibits; fishing seminars; wildlife workshops; outdoor sports guides and outfitters, contests and more.

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo encourages youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor related sports and events. The expo's goal is to heighten public awareness of natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Interactive kid-friendly stations are designed to connect families with nature, test their outdoor skills, and educate about wildlife conservation. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Sensory Safari (a 36-foot wildlife exhibit-on-wheels), Aquatic Trailer (an aquarium with two 300-gallon tanks), and the Glitter Gulch Mine (kids mine for gem stones). New exhibits this year include a Mallard Madness LASER SHOT simulated hunting station. Back by popular demand are archery ranges, call-maker demonstrations, casting and calling contests (for ducks, swans, geese).

Each day, kids ages 2-10 and 11-17 will have the opportunity to participate in fun and educational Wild Child Scavenger Hunts. By solving wildlife riddles, children will learn about conserving natural resources. They'll also learn fun facts about wildlife. Scavenger hunt gear will be available at the information desk in the lobby entrance of the Wilmington Convention Center.

There's plenty to keep adults engaged too. On Friday, the Quality Deer Management Association will offer a workshop series covering topics such as: Managing Longleaf Ecosystems for Wildlife (Fri. 2:30pm); Aquatic Furbearers of North Carolina (Fri. 3pm), Top Dog: Flounder Fishing (Fri. 3pm & Sun. 1pm); Learn to Hunt with Your Eyes Closed (Fri. 3pm); Fascinating Gulf Stream (Fri. 4pm & Sun. 2pm); Whitetail Vocabulary (Fri. 4:30pm); and N.C. Freshwater Fishing Discoveries (Fri. 5pm). This year the expo adds 12 hands-on academic Kids Gone Wild workshops for youth ages 10-12, also on Friday. All this and more awaits visitors who attend the 2011 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo.
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