Archive for August, 2009

Aug 31, 2009

Necedah NWR Breaks Ground on Visitor Center

The Juneau County Star Times is reporting that the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin has broken ground on its new Visitor Center. Both public and private sector interests worked together to obtain grant money to build the center. (Photo: Left to Right - Congressman Ron Kind, Acting USFWS Director Rowan Gould, Midwest Regional Director [...]

Aug 29, 2009

USFWS Makes Land Purchase for Silvio O. Conte Refuge

The Hartford Courant is reporting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has purchased a 290-acre piece of undeveloped land from the Nature Conservancy and the town of Haddam for $1,755,000; the land will become the Salmon River division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Silvio O. Conte Refuge was established to [...]

Aug 25, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 08/25/09

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 20 Years

Death rate spikes among migrating whooping cranes

Drought Conditions affect Wildlife Refuge

Researchers use insects to fight invasive plants

Life inching its way back to Kasatochi

Aug 25, 2009

Ohio River Islands NWR Receives Award

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge for the 2009 Refuge of the Year Environmental Leadership Award, which annually recognizes Service facilities and individuals for their outstanding leadership and commitment to the environment.
According to the USFWS press release:

The Ohio River Islands refuge was recognized for construction and operation [...]

Aug 21, 2009

Photo Friday: Duck Stamp Advertisements

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted two attractive public service announcements for the Duck Stamp — or Migratory Bird Stamp — program. The graphics are a nice reminder that all nature lovers should be supporting the purchase of Duck Stamps, which help fund the protection of habitat and species that we all enjoy. [...]

Aug 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 08/19/09

Refuge to break ground for new center

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Garners Carbon Kudos

Sears Island one of seven choices for wildlife refuge

North Carolina’s Federal Land Draw Hunts

Comment deadline on Million pipeline extended

Aug 19, 2009

Tour de Turtles

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently alerted readers to the start of the Tour de Turtles, which is a marathon where 11 sea turtles equipped with satellite transmitters are tracked to see which will be the first to travel 1,628 miles from its nesting site. The “race” began on August 1 and within nine [...]

Aug 17, 2009

Video Monday: Parker River NWR

In this entry of Video Monday, we offer a wonderful overview of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, which is just north of Boston, Massachusetts. The refuge occupies in part, the southern three-fourths of Plum Island, an 8-mile barrier island, and offers excellent wildlife-oriented recreational and educational opportunities, as well as visitor facilities and programs. The [...]

Aug 16, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 08/16/09

Something fishy in the air

Groups OK with no-lead request

Wildlife Refuge ranger hopes to teach people about reptiles

4th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Falling trees blocking trails at Okefenokee

The cost of building a solar powered economy

Refuge helping young fishermen

Aug 11, 2009

Refuge Update Newsletter - July/August 2009

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published their July/August 2009 issue of Refuge Update (PDF file). Topics include Centennial Celebrations at refuges around the country, spectacular bat caves, conservation partnerships with Russia and China, oil and gas wells on refuges, and aviators that serve the Refuge System.

Tags:
National Wildlife Refuge System, Refuge Update Newsletter

Aug 11, 2009

Tornado Hits White River NWR in Arkansas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that a tornado damaged White River National Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles, Arkansas, on July 30, 2009, leaving an eight-mile path of destruction. The tornado destroyed trees on about 1,750 acres.
From the USFWS:

Although no one was injured during the tornado, afterward several refuge visitors waited in their vehicles [...]

Aug 07, 2009

Photo Friday: Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change

The National Parks Conservation Association has published a new report on the impact of climate change on wildlife. According to the NPCA report, we can safeguard wildlife from climate change if we take the following steps:

Stop contributing to climate change
Reduce and eliminate existing harms that make wildlife more vulnerable to climate change
Give wildlife freedom to [...]