The week of July 21rst heralded the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEA) annual conference. Fish & Wildlife Officers from the US and Canada met in Reno (NV)to exchange ideas, get some training, and have some fun. One of the events is the "warden Games" where teams compete against each other for bragging rights as the number one team. Friday, July 25th was the warden Games at Rancho San Rafael County Park (one of my favorite parks).
It was a hot day on Reno, with temperature expected to top out around 96 degrees. Mother Nature blessed us with a bright blue sky clear of clouds for the event. Each team was expected to compete in five events:
- a skills relay
- a water toss
- identification of bird calls
- bear capture
The relay started with putting chains on a tire (simulated doing so in bad weather) and rolling up & down a distance. Then they moved to a fly-fishing center, progressed to a simulated water rescue, and finished with a crawl under wires.
|NV Dept of Wildlife Game Warden Lt. Mike McCusker times a competitor|
|NV Dept of Wildlife Game Warden Capt. Kristy Knight referees the Relay Race|
|Fish & Wildlife Officers 'rescue' a victim in the water|
|Capt. Kristy Knight overseeing the tire section|