Archive for November, 2008

Nov 30, 2008

Buy a Federal Recreational Lands Pass for the Holidays

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the U.S. Geological Survey website is offering a special holiday deal on the annual America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Starting December 1, 2008, all 2009 Annual Passes purchased from USGS in the month of December will be validated for […]

Nov 29, 2008

West-Wide Energy Corridor Will Affect Refuge System

Earlier this week, the Gallup Independent reported on the release of the West-Wide Energy Corridor Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, which analyzes the environmental impacts of opening more than 6,112 miles of energy corridors on federal lands in 11 western states. According to the Independent: Federal agencies involved in designating the proposed West-Wide Energy Corridor […]

Nov 28, 2008

Photo Friday: Refuge Gift Shops

Many national wildlife refuge visitor centers have gift shops and many of these shops are run by volunteer Friends groups. The photo below is from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center showing The Lodge Gift Shop getting ready for Christmas shoppers. The Lodge Gift Shop is run by volunteers and the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands […]

Nov 25, 2008

Refuge News Briefs

Update on lawsuit to block creation of Neches River National Wildlife Refuge 21st Annual Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes boosts local economy Take refuge in Muscatatuck Nature Conservancy land preservation efforts protect water quality at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Nov 24, 2008

Chairman Nick Rahall: Committee Agenda for the 111th Congress

Last week, the House Democratic Caucus re-elected Congressman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) as Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources for the 111th Congress. Rahall issued a statement, as well as an agenda, related to the committee’s goals for the next two years. The agenda is titled “America the Beautiful – Our People, Our […]

Nov 24, 2008

Video Monday: The National Wildlife Refuge System

Today I’m starting a new blog feature called “Video Monday.” On select Mondays, I’ll post a video clip that features some aspect of the National Wildlife Refuge System. In this first post, I’m highlighting a beautiful video that gives a wonderful overview of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This video was made by the U.S. […]

Nov 23, 2008

Refuge News Briefs

New species staying at Lake Woodruff this winter: humans Time to spread her wings Refuge names manager Cranes flying toward Tallahassee Hunting at Horicon brings adventure

Nov 22, 2008

Photographers Monitor Border Wildlife

In the past, this blog has followed the sad developments of the building of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border — an ill-advised project that will not only harm and divide human communities, but one that will undoubtedly have a profound impact on wildlife in places like the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge […]

Nov 21, 2008

Condors at Bitter Creek NWR Need Support

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed altering the grazing program at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 14,097 acres in southwestern Kern County, California, and is part of the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex: California Condor Recovery Program. The Center for Biological Diversity is asking people to submit letters of support […]

Nov 19, 2008

Hearings on Proposed Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

On November 19, the Pocono Record, in northeastern Pennsylvania, reported: Public hearings for the proposed Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be held locally Wednesday and Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the service’s just-released report, which recommended the national wildlife refuge designation. The […]

Nov 19, 2008

Refuge News Briefs

Presidential Historian: Obama Could Permanently Ban ANWR Drilling Fish & Wildlife sued over herbicides in Kodiak Island refuge Dim the lights, save a turtle on Alabama beaches ‘Friends’ Dedicate Lots Of Hours To Refuge Lonely Refuge Seeks Friends

Nov 15, 2008

Land Swap at Izembek NWR Could Win Approval

Update: On November 18, Alaska Public Radio reported that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid had said the omnibus public lands package — that includes the Izembek NWR land swap — will not be voted on in the Lame Duck session, and any action will be postponed until January. This blog has followed the ongoing political […]