Archive for May, 2009

May 31, 2009

Aransas NWR - Photo Blog Profile

The blog Xenogere — written by Jason M. Hogle — has published an excellent photo blog story about Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The story is in two parts and offers an up-close look at the impact of drought on the refuge:

I already discussed the ongoing drought’s impact on Aransas. [...]

May 28, 2009

USFWS Releases New DVD Tour of Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just announced the publication of a new DVD tour of refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

“America’s Wildest Places – Volume 4” is a new DVD tour of seven of some of the most interesting and unique locales in the refuge system that is now being [...]

May 27, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 05/27/09

S. Ind. refuge seeks money to buy ex-mine property

South Bay Salt Pond Levees to Be Breached

Attorney disputes state on N.C. bridge right of way

Moapa refuge closing slated due to lack of staff

Planning agency approves Pasco resort plans

May 24, 2009

CARE Report: Restoring America’s Wildlife Refuges 2009

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) has issued their “Restoring America’s Wildlife Refuges 2009″ report, which highlights how the funding crisis is undermining the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
According to the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Flyer newsletter:

“Restoring America’s Wildlife Refuges 2009: A Plan to Solve the Refuge System Funding Crisis,” a new [...]

May 24, 2009

Climate Change and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a new Climate Change website that features information and resources regarding the impact of climate change on wildlife and wildlife refuges.
Currently the website features a video titled “Conserving the Nature of America in a Changing Climate” and also features a link to their new monthly electronic newsletter, [...]

May 21, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 05/21/09

Fourth-graders learn to observe, care for local wildlife refuge

Erie National Wildlife Refuge celebrates milestone, looks to the future

Bird trail connecting with Canada

Man’s vision leads to urban refuge development

Public invited to take refuge at Rappahannock River Valley NWR

May 20, 2009

Democrats Will Allow Loaded Weapons in Refuges

The House of Representatives today approved an unrelated amendment in the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act; the amendment allows visitors to national parks and national wildlife refuges to carry loaded weapons, including assault weapons, handguns, and rifles. The amendment passed on a separate vote of 279-147.
The amendment had been previously added to the [...]

May 16, 2009

Idaho Fish & Game Seeks to Kill & Haze Pelicans at Minidoka NWR

The Idaho Statesman is reporting that the Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a five-year plan to kill and haze American white pelicans at the Blackfoot Reservoir and Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge to supposedly protect Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations.
From the Idaho Statesman:

Fish and Game spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson said the agency already has a permit [...]

May 16, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 05/16/09

Columbia River Blasting Near Ridgefield NWR

Basin going back to nature

North Carolina considers ban on plastic bags — good for refuges

Turtles released on wildlife refuge

May 14, 2009

Senate Supports Loaded Assault Weapons in Parks and Refuges

This blog has reported on several occasions (two recent posts here: April 21, February 16) regarding the Bush administration’s parting gift to the National Rifle Association wherein the administration overruled Interior employees and the NEPA process to allow visitors to carry loaded, concealed weapons in national parks and national wildlife refuges.
A federal judge recently put [...]

May 11, 2009

Obama’s FY2010 Budget for the Refuge System

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has released details on President Barack Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the National Wildlife Refuge System. According to the NWRA:

The FY 2010 budget request proposes a $802 million or 7.1% increase for the Department of the Interior over the FY 09 enacted level. The requested funding level for [...]

May 08, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 05/08/09

Delaware DOT violates federal, state regs with Prime Hook NWR drainage work

Parks eye federal funds for wider pastures

‘BioBlitz’ to take snapshot of wildlife in Great Swamp

Project to free Rat Island receives award

Shell Oil withdraws Beaufort drilling plan