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 […]

Feb 09, 2008

Rappahannock River Valley NWR Tries to Grow

In this blog entry, I continue my series of posts about the refuges that were included in the “Refuges at Risk” report that was put out by the Defenders of Wildlife toward the end of last year. Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in the fast-developing area of eastern Virginia, was listed […]

Feb 08, 2008

Photo Friday: Indiana Bats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a white fungus may have contributed to the deaths of some 8,000-10,000 bats in upstate New York last year, and once again this year, biologists are seeing the fungus on hibernating bats in New York and Vermont. The Indiana bat, which is an endangered species, is one […]

Feb 05, 2008

Bush Releases Final Budget for Refuge System

President George W. Bush released his final budget yesterday, and not surprisingly environmental programs took a significant hit. According to the press release put out by the non-profit National Wildlife Refuge Association: Today, the President announced his budget for next year (Fiscal Year 2009) and has proposed FLAT funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System […]

Feb 04, 2008

Birding Industry and Wildlife Refuges

The Hays Daily News in Hays, Kansas reports on an article from the Wichita Eagle about an effort to entice birders to visit the state. According to the Daily News: Last month, the state Travel and Tourism division sent an e-mail to 7,000 people who have an interest in bird watching. “Now is the perfect […]

Feb 01, 2008

Photo Friday: Gray Wolves

These are tough times for gray wolves in America. In Alaska, wolves are cruelly hunted from the air despite efforts by Alaskans to end this practice. And now the Bush administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to take wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains off the endangered species list so the states of Idaho, […]