Archive for August, 2008

Aug 27, 2008

Chase Lake NWR Celebrates Its Centennial

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota will mark its 100th anniversary on August 28, 2008, the day President Theodore Roosevelt — a true conservationist — established the refuge as a “Reserve and Breeding Ground for Native Birds.” Chase Lake NWR consists of 4,385 total acres, of which 4,155 acres are designated wilderness area, […]

Aug 24, 2008

FWS Okays Border Towers at Buenos Aires NWR

Back on August 20, media outlets were reporting that the Department of Homeland Security had given the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service only several days notice before requesting permission to build permanent towers for the Secure Border Initiative Network on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. The USFWS notified DHS that they had […]

Aug 21, 2008

Parker River NWR Celebrates Headquarters and Shorebird Honor

Right now, there’s a lot to celebrate at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Massachusetts. According to The Daily News of Newburyport: With a symbolic ribbon cutting, refuge staff and regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives celebrated the completion of the headquarters complex itself — a project that began in 1985 when the […]

Aug 17, 2008

Higher Gas Prices Help Citizens Discover Local Refuge

The August 17 Star-Telegram in Texas reports that higher gas prices haven’t hurt the attendance at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge — in fact attendance has gone up. When the Texas heat erupted past 100 degrees, and gasoline spiked to $4 a gallon, Shaun Sanchez expected visitation at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, where he is […]

Aug 15, 2008

Photo Friday: Monarch Butterflies

One of the many species that national wildlife refuges protect are monarch butterflies, which are rapidly losing habitat in Mexico where logging is threatening the very places where monarchs go to find protection throughout the winter. As the National Geographic explains: Each fall, monarchs leave milkweed fields all over eastern Canada and the United States […]

Aug 12, 2008

Ding Darling NWR to Study Transportation Options

Lee County Transit has been awarded a $750,000 grant through the Federal Transit Administration under the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program to help the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge manage its crowds. The goal of the ATPPL program is to enhance habitat protection and visitor enjoyment, while attempting to better manage […]

Aug 08, 2008

Photo Friday: Happy Centennial Celebration at Lower Klamath NWR

On August 8, supporters, staff and friends will be celebrating a century of conservation in the Klamath Basin. Today’s date is one hundred years to the day that Theodore Roosevelt established Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge by Executive Order. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lower Klamath NWR (on the California-Oregon border) was […]

Aug 05, 2008

Update on LA Oil Spill and Delta NWR

As this blog reported back on July 25, the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana was in danger of being exposed to oil from the recent spill on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The chief concern was that the oil could kill plants that serve as food for migratory birds that frequent the refuge. On […]

Aug 04, 2008

Pileated Woodpeckers & Eastern Shore of VA NWR

What do Hurricane Isabel and pileated woodpeckers have in common? They both paid a visit to Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. The Virginian Pilot recently reported on the impact of dead loblolly pine trees at the refuge — trees that died because their “feet” sat in saltwater for too long after the saltwater […]

Aug 02, 2008

No Child Left Inside Act

The call is going out to Refuge Friends groups — and any concerned citizens who are reading this — to urge their representatives and senators to fight for passage of the “No Child Left Inside Act” (H.R. 3060 and S. 1981). The more well known “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) has had the unfortunate […]