Archive for September, 2009

Sep 30, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 09/30/09

Chupadera peak granted wilderness status Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Looking for More Volunteers Trinity River Refuge – National Public Lands Day Cleanup Results Refuge takes kids for walk in dark New manager for Upper Mississippi refuge Friends of the Refuge Set to Revive

Sep 29, 2009

Former DOI Officials Oppose Izembek NWR Land Swap

On March 25, 2009, this blog reported on the ongoing controversy regarding a land swap at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, which would lead to the construction of a $15.6 million, nine-mile gravel road through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the Refuge System. The land swap was rolled […]

Sep 28, 2009

Caddo Lake NWR Officially Opens

As this blog reported in July, Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in east Texas was scheduled to have its official opening on September 26, and reports say the opening was a big success with an estimated attendance of 1000. According to the Marshall News Messenger: The spirit and enthusiasm that a distinguished lineup of speakers […]

Sep 25, 2009

Senate Fails to Match House in Refuge System Funding

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has issued a press release announcing the passage of a $26 million budget increase for the Refuge System in the Senate’s FY 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Unfortunately this is not the same amount that the House passed earlier. From the NWRA: The National Wildlife Refuge Association […]

Sep 25, 2009

Photo Friday: Friends of Cape May NWR on Facebook

The Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey are leading the way for refuge Friends groups that are interested in using Web 2.0 tools to promote their group and their refuge. The Friends have established a Facebook account where you can follow news about the group. Of particular interest are their photo […]

Sep 24, 2009

USFWS Climate Change Strategy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a proposed strategic plan that will guide the agency’s efforts to respond to the threats posed by climate change. According to the USFWS: The Service plan outlines a number of commitments intended to reshape the face of conservation and enable the agency to play a leading role […]

Sep 24, 2009

Refuges Participating in Nat’l Public Lands Day

On September 21, this blog posted a reminder that September 26 is National Public Lands Day, which will be celebrated on many national wildlife refuges around the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now released a list of participating refuges. If there’s a project near you, be sure to take this opportunity to […]

Sep 22, 2009

National Wildlife Refuge System Coloring Book

The National Wildlife Refuge System has published a new coloring book that helps introduce young people to the creatures and habitats of our nation’s wildlife refuges. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The coloring book features eagles, caterpillars, ladybugs and birds, crocodiles and bison – all of whom find a home on a […]

Sep 22, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 09/22/09

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge opens Saturday Non-Lead Ammunition Now Required at Neal Smith Refuge Hunt for clues to sea life deaths at Farallones Groups to study wild horses at Corolla 5th graders take lessons from land Researchers explain prairie work

Sep 21, 2009

2nd Anniversary of “Refuge Watch”

Just a short note to say that yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of the opening of “Refuge Watch.” I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the many lands, wildlife species, volunteers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees that comprise our amazing National Wildlife Refuge System. I look forward to covering the news of the Refuge […]

Sep 21, 2009

National Public Lands Day – Sept. 26

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year 120,000 volunteers worked in over 1,800 locations and in every state, and now eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for the public lands that bring us wonderful recreational opportunities […]

Sep 21, 2009

Video Monday: Cibola NWR in Arizona

In honor of the upcoming fall bird migration that will be witnessed at many wildlife refuges around the country, our featured video today includes beautiful migration scenes (featuring Canada geese, snow geese, and sandhill cranes) from Arizona’s Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by […]