Archive for June, 2009

Jun 30, 2009

Sheldon NWR Rendezvous

From June 19-21, more than 60 volunteers and approximately 10 personnel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (from Sheldon and Hart Mountain refuges) teamed up to improve habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife, as well as enhance the boundary of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada.
Volunteers removed 10 miles of unnecessary [...]

Jun 29, 2009

Video Monday: Desert NWR Complex in Nevada

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has started a new feature called “Refuge TV.” In one of the first videos offered, the NWRA takes a look at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex in southern Nevada and its many interesting species.

Tags:
National Wildlife Refuge System, Desert NWR, Nevada

Jun 27, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 06/27/09

Teens find summer work at wildlife refuge in gov’t stimulus package

Wildlife refuge gets grant to control invasive species

Cherry Valley refuge moves closer to funding

Hornets Believe: Hornets Plant 1,900 Trees at Wildlife Refuge

One-Third Of Wildlife Refuges Use GM Crops In Southeast

Tiny plover chicks protected by volunteers

Don Hultman, river guardian, retires after 30 years of public service

Wine [...]

Jun 26, 2009

El Toro National Wildlife Refuge or FBI Firing Range?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments until June 30, 2009 regarding the creation of El Toro National Wildlife Refuge in Orange County, California. But not all is smooth with the creation of the refuge. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council:

In 2001, a portion of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air [...]

Jun 26, 2009

Vandals Destroy Invasive Species Work at Wisconsin Refuge

According to the Winona Daily News in Minnesota, vandals have destroyed beetle cages at the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, causing thousands of dollars in damage and destroying an annual project in which students and volunteers devote hundreds of labor hours.
From the News:

For the past seven years, the refuge has raised Galerucella beetles, which [...]

Jun 26, 2009

Photo Friday: 2009-2010 Duck Stamp

Designed by South Dakota artist Joshua Spies, the 2009-2010 Federal Duck Stamp (or Migratory Bird Stamp) features a long-tailed duck and decoy. The stamp goes on sale today, June 26.
Nearly 98 cents out of every dollar collected from the sale of Duck Stamps (and Duck Stamp merchandise) goes directly into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund [...]

Jun 24, 2009

Check out the new Dept. of Interior Leaders

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has posted a profile page featuring the new leaders brought in at the Department of Interior by President Barack Obama’s administration. Take a moment to check out who is running DOI and who will have a hand in management of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Tags:
National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wildlife [...]

Jun 24, 2009

Call Your Senators about Refuge System Budget for 2010

In this episode of Refuge TV from the National Wildlife Refuge Association, their VP of Government Affairs, Desiree Sorenson-Groves, spells out why your calls are needed to ensure that the Senate steps up and gives the Refuge System a healthy budget for Fiscal Year 2010.
You can reach your senators via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Tags:
National [...]

Jun 21, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 06/21/09

Timber frame classroom goes up at Metcalf refuge

Volunteers help out NV wildlife refuge

City to celebrate opening of $450K trail, overlook

Rocky Mountain Arsenal gets $7.4M wildlife center

These wildlife refuges are for the birds

Jun 19, 2009

Photo Friday: Twitter and Refuges

What is Twitter, you might wonder. It’s a microblogging website that lets users post 140-character entries, which keep them connected to their followers in real-time.
So what does Twitter have to do with wildlife refuges? Well as of today, two regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are now on Twitter, as is one of [...]

Jun 18, 2009

America’s Ten Most Imperiled Wildlife Refuges 2009

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has just released their report “America‚Äôs Most Imperiled Refuges 2009: Ten of the Most Vulnerable National Wildlife Refuges.”
According to PEER’s press release:

National Wildlife Refuges are already feeling the effects of climate change as well as negative side-effects of attempts to counter that change from wind farms and other [...]

Jun 17, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 06/17/09

Parks brace for possible end of gun ban

Can a new “manatee alarm” save manatees through technology?

Tree plantings to reduce greenhouse gasses in portion of Red River National Wildlife Refuge

Plovers settle in at Prime Hook