Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31, 2007

Izembek NWR to Lose Wilderness Land?

Today on Capitol Hill, a hearing will be held regarding H.R. 2801 (introduced by Rep. Don Young), which would build a $15.6 million, nine-mile gravel road through federally designated wilderness at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Early word is that Dale Hall — director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service — will be [...]

Oct 30, 2007

Volunteering in the Refuge System

The Detroit Lakes Tribune published a nice editorial letter on October 30 that sums up the joy that many volunteers feel when offering their time to a national wildlife refuge. The person who wrote the letter volunteers at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, in the glacial lake country of northwestern Minnesota. Tarmarac was established in 1938 [...]

Oct 29, 2007

Caddo Lake NWR Opening Soon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reporting that the Army is getting close to certifying the land at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in east Texas as ready for public use (see map).
This new refuge came about as a land transfer between the Department of the Army’s Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant and the [...]

Oct 28, 2007

Natural Disasters Hit Refuges

In the last few months, two natural disasters have hit several national wildlife refuges hard. The August flooding in the Midwest has had a costly impact on the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The Associated Press reports:
Days of flash flooding in August along the Minnesota-Wisconsin line left parts of the refuge scarred and [...]

Oct 26, 2007

Cape May NWR at Risk

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, in southern New Jersey, has been named one of the ten most endangered national wildlife refuges by the Defenders of Wildlife in their 2007 Refuges at Risk report.
Cape May NWR was created in 1989 from a 90-acre parcel that was originally acquired by the Nature Conservancy (see map). The refuge [...]

Oct 25, 2007

California Fires and Refuges

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release issued on October 24, the fires in California have destroyed thousands of acres of habitat at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge and San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. More than 70% of the vegetation at Hopper Mountain NWR was burned by the Ranch Fire (Hopper is [...]

Oct 24, 2007

House Passes REPAIR Act (HR 767)

On October 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 767, the Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, & Immediate Response (REPAIR) Act, which addresses the costly issue of invasive (non-native) species in the nation’s wildlife refuges. The bill now moves to the Senate for action.
The REPAIR Act was championed by Democrat Ron Kind (WI), who is co-chair [...]

Oct 22, 2007

President Bush Visits Patuxent Refuge

On Sunday, October 21, the Washington Post reported on President George Bush’s recent visit to Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, where the president stated his support for the National Wildlife Refuge System and touted his administration’s record in protecting refuges. In a related fact sheet published on the White House website, the administration declared:
Since 2001, [...]

Oct 18, 2007

Species Close-Up: Whooping Cranes

At five feet tall, Whooping cranes are the tallest birds in North America and are also the rarest and most endangered of the world’s 15 crane species.
Adults are white in color with black wing tips; immature birds are cinnamon colored until they begin to grow their white feathers. Whoopers are omnivorous, eating food such [...]

Oct 17, 2007

Winner of 75th Anniversary Duck Stamp Contest

On October 13, 2007, Joe Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota won the 2007 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The winning artwork features a pair of pintail ducks. Hautman’s painting was chosen from among 247 entries from artists across the country, and it will be featured on the 2008-2009 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in [...]

Oct 16, 2007

NWRA 3rd Annual Photo Contest

The National Wildlife Refuge Association — a nonprofit organization that supports the National Wildlife Refuge System — is holding their 3rd Annual Refuge Photography Contest.
Entries will be accepted between now and December 15, 2007. Results will be announced in March 2008, which marks the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the first national wildlife [...]

Oct 15, 2007

Blog Action Day for the Environment

Today is Blog Action Day for the environment, which is a day when thousands of bloggers around the world will take the opportunity to blog about the environment in their own way. In recognition of this day — and the fact that we don’t hear good news about Washington politicians often enough — I’m offering [...]