Archive for May, 2008

May 30, 2008

Photo Friday: Nat’l Fishing & Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1 – 8. During this celebration, most states waive fishing license requirements for one or two days during the week, and more than 270 national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts offer a variety of fishing opportunities throughout the country. Check out the USFWS press release for National […]

May 26, 2008

Puffin Cam at Seal Island NWR

The Puffin Cam is now live at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Maine. The cam provides views of puffins, terns, guillemots, razorbills, murres, eiders and beautiful ocean scenes from the island. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Seal Island lies 21 miles off the coast of Rockland. This 65-acre […]

May 23, 2008

Wildlife Refuges Underfunded by 43%

Yesterday the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement released a report highlighting the massive problems national wildlife refuges face due to underfunding and loss of valuable staff: America’s 548 National Wildlife Refuges Under-Funded By 43 Percent One in Three Refuges Fully Unstaffed – 300 Staff Lost, 250 More At Risk Washington, DC – A new report […]

May 21, 2008

Push for Concealed Guns in Refuges

Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne recently announced that the government is accepting comments on the Bush administration’s recent proposal to allow concealed weapons in national parks and national wildlife refuges, which would overturn a 25-year-old regulation that has required guns be unloaded and placed out of sight, such as in the trunk of the owner’s […]

May 17, 2008

Red Wolves at Alligator River NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently reported that this is shaping up to be a good year for endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina: April and May are very exciting months for red wolves – both in the wild and in captivity. It’s pup season! This annual occurrence finds Red Wolf Recovery Program, […]

May 14, 2008

Refuge Volunteer Wins EPA Honor

Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently handed out their EPA Environmental Quality Awards, and one of the awards went to Marie Springer, founder and president of the Friends of Wallkill River Refuge in Sussex, New Jersey. According to the EPA’s award page: Marie Springer is the founder and President of the Friends […]

May 09, 2008

Photo Friday: Arctic Tern

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, which is on May 10, I’m offering a photo of the amazing Arctic tern, which migrates farther than any bird on the planet. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the Arctic tern makes a 22,000-30,000 mile journey to and from the Antarctic, which takes the bird 90 days […]

May 07, 2008

May 10: Int’l Migratory Bird Day

May 10, 2008 is the annual celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, and this year’s theme is “Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats, and People.” According to the IMBD website: IMBD was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. From 1995 to 2006, the program […]