Archive for April, 2009

Apr 29, 2009

Volunteer Won’t Cave to Vandals at Ankeny NWR

The Statesman Journal in Oregon is reporting that two times in as many months, arsonists have destroyed the Pintail Boardwalk and Observation Blind at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Volunteer Dan Gilmour has rebuilt the blind both times for the refuge — refusing to be intimidated by vandals with nothing better to do than […]

Apr 28, 2009

Salazar to Create “Office of Youth” at Interior

Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will establish an Office of Youth to provide Department-wide leadership for programs to educate, engage and employ youth. The office will teach young Americans about the value of national wildlife refuges, national parks, and other public lands, as well as volunteerism and conservation. From the […]

Apr 27, 2009

Dept. of Interior Invests $280 Million in Refuges and Hatcheries

The Department of the Interior has released the official list of national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries around the country that will receive part of the $280 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to build visitors centers, improve infrastructure, and bolster conservation. According to the recovery.doi.gov website, the money will go […]

Apr 25, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 04/25/09

Could conservation plan sink motor boating at Deer Flat wildlife refuge in Canyon County? Moratorium on killing mountain lions extended on Kofa NWR Two Arrowwood NWR dikes fail as water rises Great horned owl winning logo for Migratory Bird Celebration Minnesota eagles soaring to new heights

Apr 22, 2009

2009 Junior Duck Stamp Winner Announced

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the 2009-2010 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest was won by 16-year-old Lily Spang of Toledo, Ohio. Her painting was chosen by a panel of judges on April 22 at the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest held at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. […]

Apr 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day 2009!

April 22 is Earth Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1970. According to the Earth Day Network website: Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” […]

Apr 21, 2009

Obama Administration Halts Gun Rule in Face of Court Ruling

As this blog reported on March 19, 2009, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly recently 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. In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly wrote that federal officials “abdicated their Congressionally-mandated obligation” […]

Apr 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 04/19/09

Farmers applaud rescission of federal lands rule Freedom High School students spend day at Mason Neck refuge Sherburne Refuge names Ziner volunteer of year Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge biologist wins award Groups seek more hunting at Ridgefield refuge

Apr 16, 2009

Geocaching and Wildlife Refuges

According to Wikipedia, geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) “is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a […]

Apr 15, 2009

Army Corps Project Threatens Seedskadee NWR

According to the Little Chicago Review in Fontenelle, Wyoming, the Army Corps of Engineers recently held hearings to get input from the public about a water development proposal by Aaron Million, who is an entrepreneur from Colorado. From the Review: The proposal, which would call for the development of a pipeline from southwest Wyoming to […]

Apr 13, 2009

Volunteers Make a Difference at Local Refuges

This week two different publications wrote about the major contributions of volunteers at national wildlife refuges. In West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail, the paper reported on how more than 30 volunteers planted 150 trees at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Mail: Visitor services manager Janet Butler says it’s gratifying to […]

Apr 10, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 04/10/09

Arrowwood refuge bracing, diking for record runoff Minnesota Valley refuge’s visitor center will be closed into fall Refuge provides more land for recreation Des Lacs NWR River Control