Back on July 14, this blog reported on an incident where a refuge volunteer helped to catch two people who had violated the law at a national wildlife refuge. The blog post also pointed out that the International Association of Chiefs of Police reported that the Refuge System needs 845 full-time law enforcement officers to [...]
Archive for July, 2008
The National Wildlife Refuge Association recently reported the latest news regarding the Fiscal Year 2009 budget process that is now ongoing in Congress. Not surprisingly, it seems that Congress will likely pass a Continuing Resolution, which will freeze the Refuge System budget at current levels until a new budget can be voted on next year.
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 in late 2007, and which highlights the ten most endangered national wildlife refuges.
Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge, in central Montana, is a 2,000-acre refuge that [...]
As I discussed in this blog on July 23, offshore oil drilling will bring oil infrastructure onshore that could lead to accidents that affect coastal national wildlife refuges. Unfortunately, just as I was writing that, an oil spill occurred in southern Louisiana that is now threatening Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
Early Wednesday, a tanker and barge [...]
How is offshore oil drilling — which seems to be gaining in popularity these days — related to national wildlife refuges? If America increases the amount of offshore drilling, and then accidents occur — and they will occur — then coastal refuges will likely be in harms way. In addition, an increase in offshore drilling [...]
The PolitickerCA is reporting that California Congressmen George Miller (D, CA-7), Pete Stark (D, CA-13), and Sam Farr (D, CA-17) are hoping to pass HR 6479, which would join seven California national wildlife refuges into the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The complex, which would extend from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay, [...]
On February 18, this blog reported that NASA was considering building a Commercial Vertical Launch Complex on federal property that would impact 200 acres of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Florida.
Audubon of Florida reported that in addition to the proposed use of Merritt Island NWR, NASA was also considering another site that [...]
On October 4, 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Breton and the Chandeleur Islands in coastal Louisiana a national wildlife refuge, making Breton National Wildlife Refuge the second refuge in America. But recently, storms and sea level rise have taken a horrible toll on the islands.
On July 15, 2008, the Associated Press issued an article [...]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that on May 18, 2008, volunteer Doug Domedion at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in western New York, saw two individuals fishing in a closed area of the refuge that was off limits to vehicles. Domedion managed to get an excellent photo of the violators’ vehicle and turned it [...]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reporting that Google Earth will now display the boundaries of refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Google Earth is a free geographic information browser, which allows users to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the sky. Anyone can download Google Earth [...]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently proposed expanded hunting and fishing activities at several national wildlife refuges around the country. According to the USFWS:
The proposed rule, published in the June 11, 2008 Federal Register, would open Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota to migratory bird and big-game hunting. In addition, the [...]
As I mentioned on this blog on June 27, the new Migratory Bird Stamp — or Duck Stamp — is now out and can be purchased for only $15.
We often hear that the Migratory Bird Stamp program is one of the most successful federal conservation programs in American history, but what impact have funds [...]