Archive for April, 2008

Apr 30, 2008

Bush Goes After Arctic Refuge — AGAIN

To the American citizens who still take the time to listen to President Bush spin his talking points, he must sound like a broken record after all these years. Today the President took the time to recognize the mess that our economy is in after seven years under his “leadership” (he still says we’re not [...]

Apr 27, 2008

House Resources Committee Passes Land Swap Bill

As I’ve reported in this blog (here), the House and Senate had been considering a land swap bill that would build a $15.6 million, nine-mile gravel road through federally designated wilderness at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Wilderness areas are not common in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which has only about 63 units (out [...]

Apr 24, 2008

Future of Whooping Crane Recovery Efforts

Red Orbit News recently reported on a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the struggles to restore the endangered whooping crane.
First, the good news:

A record six pairs of whooping cranes have been seen incubating eggs this month on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, ground zero in the effort to reintroduce the rarest of all the [...]

Apr 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Back in 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated by more than 20 million people across the country, and today the event is still used to generate awareness about the state of our environment.
Visit the Earth Day page on the National Wildlife Refuge System website for a listing of some of the many events being [...]

Apr 18, 2008

Wildlife Center at Tualatin River NWR Opens

Back in December 2007, this blog reported on the new Wildlife Center that was scheduled to open in March 2008 at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.
On April 17, The Oregonian printed a report from Norman Penner — president of the refuge support group called Friends of [...]

Apr 13, 2008

Refuge System Birding Initiative

The Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the well known and highly respected Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology as the two groups join together to promote birding, habitat conservation and citizen science to a broad audience across the country.
According to the USFWS:

The partnership [...]

Apr 11, 2008

Photo Friday: Refuge System in Iraq

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that Danny Moss, who is the assistant refuge manager of Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, was recently seen celebrating the Refuge System’s 105th anniversary — in Iraq.
Danny is with the U.S. Naval Reserve in Iraq and flew the Refuge System’s Blue Goose flag on March 14 at [...]

Apr 05, 2008

Gov’t Waives Environmental Laws for Fence

As we’ve noted on Refuge Watch, the Bush administration — with power given to it by the former Republican-controlled Congress — is waiving numerous environmental and land use laws in order to rush the building of a border fence along the Mexico border, despite the recognized fact that the wall, as it is being built, [...]

Apr 01, 2008

Manager of Pelican Island NWR Moving On

On March 18, the TCPalm reported that the long-time manager of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge — the first national wildlife refuge in the nation — is moving on.
The man credited for helping restore Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge to prominence literally and figuratively will be migrating to the west coast of Florida to take [...]