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NWTwildlifecelebratedwithoutdoortreasurehunt14TuesdayApril222014EnvironmentWildlifeByMARIACHURCHTheNWTdepartmentofEnvironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesENRisencouragingresidentstocelebratewildlifethismonthbysendingthemtrompingintothewoodsonatreasurehuntwithaGlobalPositioningSystemGPS.ForthefirsttimeeverENRhascreatedageocach-ingcontestinvecommuni-tiesacrosstheterritorytogetresidentsoutofthehouseandenjoyingthegreatoutdoorsinconjunctionwithNationalWildlifeWeek.Wewantpeopletogetoutandappreciatewildlifeandpeopletojustgetoutdoors.Thebestwaytoseewild-lifeistotakeitoutsideandexploreStephanieYuillapubliceducationspecialistwithENRtoldTheJournal.NationalWildlifeWeekisheldeveryyearontheweekofApr.10inhonourofthelateJackMineraninstru-mentalfounderofCanadasconservationmovement.AlsoknownasWildGooseJackMineriscreditedwithsavingCanadiangeesefromextinctionintheearly1900s.ENRdecidedtorunthegeocachingcontestincelebrationofwildlifeweekbutchosetoextenditovertheentiremonthofApriltoaccommodateforweatherandgivepeoplemoretimetoparticipateYuillsaid.GeocachingmoreaccessibleGeocachinghasbeengrowinginpopularityasanofficialoutdoorsportforthepast15years.Setupwithcoordinatespar-ticipantsmustfollowtheirGPSdevicesthroughwhat-everterraintheyencoun-terinordertolocatehid-dencaches.MostpeoplenowownsomesortofGPSdevicewhetheritbeanofcialGPSnaviga-tiondeviceorasmartphonewithaGPSapplicationonitYuillsaid.ForENRscontestpar-ticipantsareaskedtotakeaphotoofthemselveswiththehiddencachesandsenditviaemailtotheorganizers.Therst30peopletosendintheirsmilingfacesqualifyforaprizeofwildlife-relatedliteraturegearedtoeitheradultsoryouth.ThegeocacheswillcontaintreasuresandaccordingtoENRsrulesspelledoutontheirwebsiteIfyoutakethetreasurefromthegeocacheyoumustleavesomethingofequalorgreatervalue.Itslikeareal-worldout-doortreasurehuntYuillsaid.SitessetupinsixcommunitiesFivegeocachesiteshavebeensetupwithinseveralkilometresofsixcommu-nitiesintheNWTinclud-ingFortSmithHayRiverYellowknifeFortSimpsonNormanWellsandInuvik.Theonethingthattheydohaveincommoniseachcachesiteeachhiddenloca-tionrepresentsananimalYuillsaid.Allofthecom-munitiesaregoingtolearnaboutthecranberrybluebut-terylittlebrownbatsmus-koxnorthernleopardfrogsorshortjawcisco.Yuillsaidtheyhavealreadyreceivedseveralphotographsfromparticipantsbuttherearestillprizesforthetaking.Ithinkatthistimeofyearpeopleareitchingtogetoutsidesohopefullyitsagoodexcusetogetoutandexploreshesaid.WhilethecontestisheldincelebrationofNationalWild-lifeWeekYuillsaidresidentsoftheNWTareluckytobelivinginsuchcloseproximitytonaturethattheycancel-ebratewildlifeallyearlong.Ourwildlifeshouldbecel-ebrated365daysayear.WehavesomebeautifulanimalsintheNorthandinCanadaanditsreallyimportantthatwegettoknowthembecausethebestwaywecanappreciatethemistoknowwhatwevegotinourownbackyardshesaid.Formoreinformationonthecontestandthegeocach-ingcoordinatesgoonlinetohttpwww.enr.gov.nt.cacelebrate-wildlife-week-2014MarleeCurriendsageocacheoutsideofYellowknifeoneofvesetupinthearea.PhotoSandraNielsen9thAnnualTRADEHOWFortSmithThebachaSaturdayMay32014VISITOURBOOTHAllNEWTRX420FMEU2000iTCInverterSeriesBF50FormoreinformationcallTollFreeat1-800-661-0716donnaleekinglandford.comKINGLANDRECREATIONISCOMINGTOFORTSMITH922MackenzieHighwayHayRiverNTPh867874-7700Fax867-874-7716Toll-free1-800-661-0716