Archive for March, 2009

Mar 30, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 03/30/09

Farming at refuge was illegal, judge rules Researchers to study how road building affects animals Exploring Kern County: Kern National Wildlife Refuge Winter at the wildlife refuge

Mar 27, 2009

Photo Friday: State of the Birds 2009

On March 19, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation’s 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats. The report was based on 40 […]

Mar 25, 2009

Wilderness Bill with Izembek NWR Land Swap Passes

In the past, this blog has followed the saga of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge land swap provision, which would lead to the construction of a $15.6 million, nine-mile gravel road through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the Refuge System. The Izembek NWR land swap deal could have been […]

Mar 23, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 03/23/09

Big Island horticulturist honored for helping save endangered Isle plants Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge slugs it out with exotic invasive plants Swan Lake begins work camper volunteer program Volunteers install 10 nesting platforms in Little Egg Harbor

Mar 22, 2009

Representatives Urged to Support $514 million for Refuge System

Now that work is underway on the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, the National Wildlife Refuge Association is asking refuge supporters to contact their House representatives and urge them to support a $514 million budget for the National Wildlife Refuge System for 2010. Members of the House National Wildlife Refuge Caucus, Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Michael […]

Mar 19, 2009

Court Blocks New Gun Rule in Refuges

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has blocked the controversial rule issued during the end of the Bush administration that would have allowed visitors to national wildlife refuges and national parks to carry loaded, concealed weapons. The Obama administration’s Justice Department had tried to side with the Bush administration and block the injunction against the rule. […]

Mar 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 03/19/09

Lack of rain stunts recovery of some vital wetlands damaged by Hurricane Ike’s storm surge 163 cast opinions in support of Neches court ruling Faithful swan returns to wildlife refuge year after year Visitor’s center at wildlife refuge worth the trip

Mar 17, 2009

Bell Island Fishing Pier

In the March 17 issue of North Carolina’s The Herald, outdoors columnist Fred Bonner gives a good look at Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge and its Bell Island Fishing Pier — a place he’s surprised more people don’t visit. The 1,000 foot-long, 10 foot-wide pier gives anglers and crabbers excellent access to Pamlico Sound in Hyde […]

Mar 14, 2009

Court Upholds Neches River NWR

On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the July 2008 decision by Judge Jorge A. Solis rejecting opponents’ claims that creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas did not meet National Environmental Policy Act requirements. According to the Beaumont Enterprise: The decision protects the area in Anderson and Cherokee counties […]

Mar 13, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 03/13/09

Invasive plants threatening wildlife A grand quest to rid an island of rats Salt Cedar Removal At Bosque Refuge Is Done Feds buying up land in south metro for refuge

Mar 13, 2009

Photo Friday: Centennial Trail

On March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Pelican Island as the first federal bird reservation. This was the beginning of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which celebrates its anniversary on this day every year. To honor Pelican Island’s place in American conservation history, in 2003 — the Centennial Anniversary of […]

Mar 11, 2009

Refuge System Gets $462.8 million for FY09 Budget

The Wilderness Society announced in a press release today that President Obama has made a down payment on his environmental legacy by signing the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which the Senate just passed. The bill will give the National Wildlife Refuge System $462.8 million for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. This is an increase of […]