Archive for July, 2009

Jul 31, 2009

Sam Hamilton Confirmed as new Director of USFWS

The Department of Interior released a press release today announcing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s praise for the Senate‚Äôs confirmation of Sam D. Hamilton as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the National Wildlife Refuge System. “Sam is a veteran manager, innovative leader, and strong advocate for sound science,” Salazar […]

Jul 31, 2009

Photo Friday: Aerial Photos of the Arctic NWR

Alaska photographer Patrick Endres has posted an amazing collection of aerial photography from Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in his Alaska PhotoGraphics blog. In this day of high energy demands and exploding human populations, many argue over whether wilderness such as this is necessary. In reply, I provide a quote from Howard Zahniser, who was […]

Jul 29, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 07/29/09

Power Lines Draw More Fire Journey to the Farallones – KQED QUEST Radio Report Two new faces at Willapa Refuge focus on habitat restoration and visitor services Hawaiian Bird Fossils Found in Kalaeloa Volunteers Restore Two Mile Beach Refuge Old Bill’s wild refuge Students Learned about Wakulla’s Environment at 2009 SEEK Conference A Trip to […]

Jul 27, 2009

Video Monday: The Border Wall’s Impact on Wildlife

In past blog entries (April 1, 2009 and June 29, 2008), Refuge Watch has reported on the impact of the border wall that is being built along the Unites States-Mexico border, with special emphasis on its impact at Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. In the video below, Krista Schlyer — who […]

Jul 22, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 07/22/09

Volunteers fined for leaving water for border crossers City wants power lines to bypass San Antonio Donation made to restore lighthouse at Chincoteague NWR Bateman Center offers educational wildlife exhibits Wildfires continue burning on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Fire Burns Approximately 150 Acres on the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife refuge fire reignites near Slidell

Jul 22, 2009

“Feather Wars” – Pelican Island NWR Documentary recently reported on an effort by Orlando-based filmmakers to get their Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge documentary — called “Feather Wars” — on PBS. From Set in the period from 1875 to 1910, “Feather Wars” tells of the beginning of wildlife conservation in the United States. Originally titled “The Story of Pelican Island,” […]

Jul 19, 2009

Caddo Lake NWR Set to Open September 26

The Marshall News Messenger is reporting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the new Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in east Texas will officially open to the public during ceremonies on September 26. In October 2007, this blog reported the details on how Caddo Lake NWR came about as a land transfer between […]