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’s 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 […]

Jul 16, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 07/16/09

Transmission Troubles Skaggs Island closer to refuge status Coast Guard Crew Collects 32 Tons of Debris Children can become nature explorers at wildlife refuge Sudbury refuge’s visitors center nearly complete Monomoy Island and its Wildlife Refuge are Cape Cod’s best kept secret

Jul 16, 2009

Fisheries Friends Groups Partner with USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that they have joined with Fisheries Friends Groups in the official establishment of a National Fisheries Friends Partnership (NFFP). From the press release: Fisheries Friends Groups are non-profit organizations that work in partnership with the Service at National Fish Hatcheries, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices and Fish […]

Jul 14, 2009

Action Needed for 2010 Refuge System Budget

A new episode of Refuge TV from the National Wildlife Refuge Association explains why you need to contact your U.S. senators immediately and urge them to adopt the House Refuge System funding level for Fiscal Year 2010. Visit the NWRA Action Alert page for more information. Tags: National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wildlife Refuge Association, […]

Jul 11, 2009

Power Line Proposal Threatens Blackwater NWR

Today the Baltimore Sun reported on growing opposition to a proposed power line project that would include 140-foot transmission towers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway, which is proposed by Pepco Holdings, could present a special threat to habitat around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. From The Sun: A $1.2 […]

Jul 09, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 07/09/09

Wildlife refuge grazing deal sought Environmentalists Sue Over Energy Transmission Across Federal Lands Jefferson County toll road faces red tape Turbine location must consider birds Common Murres Nest at Matinicus Rock/Maine Coastal Islands NWR Volunteers leave their mark on Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Malheur a birders’ delight