Archive for June, 2008

Jun 29, 2008

Gov’t Forces Out Manager Over Border Wall

In past blog posts, I’ve discussed the raging controversy that currently exists along the U.S./Mexico border where the Bush administration has waived countless federal laws in order to rush the construction of a poorly planned and largely ineffective border wall that is supposed to enhance our national security.
On June 27, the Texas Observer provided some [...]

Jun 27, 2008

Photo Friday: New Migratory Bird Stamp

Today is the first day of sale for the 2008-2009 Duck Stamp — or Migratory Bird Stamp.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wildlife artist Joe Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, won the 75th Anniversary Federal Duck Stamp Contest — the oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competition in America in Sanibel, Florida with [...]

Jun 23, 2008

USFWS and Tribes in Partnership at Bison Range

Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) to jointly manage the National Bison Range, which is in Montana and part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
An original agreement with the tribes at the Bison Range broke down over 18 months ago amid accusations [...]

Jun 19, 2008

A Reality Check on Energy Development in America

On April 30, this blog discussed in detail the falsehoods that the Bush administration has recently been spreading regarding oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — an area of Alaska known as “America’s Serengeti” due to its abundant population of unique wildlife.
Yesterday, President George W. Bush once again went before the public to [...]

Jun 15, 2008

Fire at Great Dismal Swamp NWR

The Associated Press and WAVY TV is reporting that 250 firefighters are working to contain a fire that is in the Virginia portion of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, which has portions in both Virginia and North Carolina.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that as of this weekend, the fire has [...]

Jun 13, 2008

Update on Wildlife Affected by NC Fires

On Friday, the Virginian-Pilot published an interesting article about the wildlife species that are being affected by the massive fire burning in North Carolina and particularly at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (see blog post on June 8).
According to the Pilot, local citizens have been spotting wildlife — including bears — fleeing the flames:

Bears sometimes [...]

Jun 11, 2008

House Subcommittee Passes Budget Increase

The National Wildlife Refuge Association announced today that the House Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies has passed a proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget increase of $35 million for the National Wildlife Refuge System, which would take the operating budget up to $469 million, or approximately $4.69 per acre for the 100 million-acre [...]

Jun 08, 2008

Fire at Pocosin Lakes NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fire Management Program is reporting the latest news on the Evans Road Fire that is burning at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina:

Persistent high temperatures coupled with dry conditions continue to create an extreme fire situation on the Evans Road Fire burning on the Pocosin Lakes National [...]

Jun 05, 2008

Condors Found with Lead Poisoning

The Associated Press reports that seven endangered California condors — about 20 percent of Southern California’s population — have been found with lead poisoning.
The birds were found about a month ago during trappings at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley foothills of Kern County, California. One bird [...]