Archive for July, 2008

Jul 31, 2008

The Importance of Law Enforcement

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 […]

Jul 28, 2008

Outlook on Refuge System Budget for 2009

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. […]

Jul 26, 2008

Toxic Reservoir at Hailstone NWR in Montana

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 […]

Jul 25, 2008

Delta NWR Braces for Oil Spill

Jul 23, 2008

Offshore Oil Drilling and Refuges

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 […]

Jul 20, 2008

Bill to Create San Francisco Bay NWR Complex

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, […]

Jul 17, 2008

Update on Merritt Island NWR Launch Pad Controversy

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 […]

Jul 16, 2008

Losing Breton NWR

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 […]

Jul 14, 2008

Volunteer Helps Nab Law Violator at Refuge

Jul 12, 2008

Wildlife Refuges Now on Google Earth

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 […]

Jul 09, 2008

USFWS Proposes Expanded Hunting & Fishing

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 […]

Jul 08, 2008

Measuring the Impact of Migratory Bird Stamps

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 […]