Archive for February, 2008

Feb 26, 2008

Wildlife Drive at Shiawassee NWR

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, which is a 9500-acre refuge just south of Saginaw, Michigan, will be unveiling an enhanced 7.5-mile Wildlife Drive loop that will offer visitors a more intimate look at the refuge. The road, which will open in late 2009 or early 2010, was funded by the federal government. According to the Saginaw […]

Feb 23, 2008

Whooping Crane Populations to be Split

According to the St. Petersburg Times, a decision has been made to split up next year’s crop of endangered whooping crane young that are part of the eastern migratory flock. Each year, new crane young are led by ultralight from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. The Times […]

Feb 21, 2008

Mosquito Control at Parker River NWR

The Boston Globe reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local officials are getting closer to an agreement concerning new mosquito control procedures at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. Parker River NWR is near Newburyport, Massachusetts, and was established in 1942 to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. […]

Feb 18, 2008

New Space Center Launch Pad Threatens Refuge

NASA is pushing a proposal to build a commercial launch pad on federal property at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center; the launch pad will be used by non-NASA entities to launch spacecraft, but the pad could affect the wildlife and recreational activities at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is located at Kennedy Space Center. Plans […]

Feb 15, 2008

Photo Friday: Valentine NWR

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, which is 20 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska, was established in 1935 to protect the sand dunes and their wild residents. The 71,516-acre refuge was purchased with Federal Duck Stamp funds and is part of the largest remaining tract of mid and tall grass prairie in North America. In 1976, the […]

Feb 13, 2008

Refuge Manager Retiring from Quivira NWR

The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas, featured an inspiring story about Dave Hilley — the retiring refuge manager at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in south central Kansas. Hilley has worked at Quivira NWR for 19 years and has lived there as manager for 17 years. He and his wife also raised two […]

Feb 11, 2008

Friends of Back Bay NWR Come to the Rescue

Speaking of Virginia refuges that are expanding their boundaries (see Feb. 9 post), in a recent article in the Virginia Pilot, the newspaper reported on a new 47-acre addition to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Virginia. The new acreage will help create a buffer between the refuge and local development, and will also […]