Archive for October, 2009

Oct 31, 2009

Refuge System Gets $40 Million Budget Increase

In a pleasant surprise from Congress, the just-passed “FY 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill” will give the National Wildlife Refuge System a budget increase of $40 million, which was the higher amount that the House passed earlier this year. From the press release by the National Wildlife Refuge Association: This builds upon […]

Oct 28, 2009

NWRA Announces Refuge Photo Contest Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced the winners for their 2009 Refuge Photo Contest. According to the press release: More than 2,000 images taken by photographers in 44 states and territories were submitted in this fourth annual Refuge Photo Contest, testimony to the allure of wildlife refuges as amazing places to experience wildlife and […]

Oct 28, 2009 DVD Series

During a recent trip to the national wildlife refuges of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I discovered a wonderful series of DVD documentaries featuring the state’s national wildlife refuges. STRS Productions Inc. is working on a five-movie series that highlights the large variety of wildlife to be found within North Carolina’s refuges. The STRS […]

Oct 28, 2009

Legal Experts Assess Scope of New Gun Law in Refuges & Parks

The Jackson Hole News and Guide in Wyoming recently ran a story that offers new details on the extreme nature of the gun legislation that was recently passed and signed into law, which will allow concealed weapons in most national parks and national wildlife refuges. Now that legal experts have time to fully examine the […]

Oct 27, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 10/27/09

Aransas refuge visit puts man, wildlife in touch Visitors center at Big Branch Marsh getting a facelift Wildlife preserve continues to grow $1.4 million wildlife refuge building dedicated Wildlife refuge hoping to halt salt buildup Profile: Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in western Montana

Oct 23, 2009

Conservation Fund Donates Almost 31 Acres To Neches River NWR in Texas reports that the non-profit Conservation Fund has donated 30.28 acres for the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, which is in east Texas. As this blog has reported, the creation of the Neches River NWR may be held up by the Supreme Court, but for now the refuge has started adding to its […]

Oct 22, 2009

Ottawa NWR Wants to Build Strong Friends Group reports that on October 30, a meeting will be held where Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Manager Doug Brewer and representatives from refuges in New Jersey and Colorado will get together with current and future volunteers to provide everyone in the community a way to be part of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. If you’d like […]

Oct 19, 2009

2009 National Wildlife Refuge Week News Briefs

Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends Helping to Maintain one of Virginia’s Newest Refuges Families learn during Wildlife Refuge Week Hakalau Wildlife Refuge Open House (video) Re-opening of Cameron Wildlife Refuge (video) Dungeness wildlife refuge dedication slated Tuesday

Oct 19, 2009

Maryland Artist Wins 2009 Duck Stamp Contest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that Robert Bealle — an artist from Waldorf, Maryland — won the 2009 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Bealle’s painting of an American wigeon will be made into the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2010. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

Oct 16, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 10/16/09

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge volunteers find serenity in nature First-Ever Ultralight-Aircraft Webcam Will Provide a Window Seat During Aircraft-Guided Whooping Crane Migration Photo Exhibit Highlights Bosque Del Apache USFWS proposes to add 425 acres to Pondicherry Refuge 5,000-Acre Mollidgewock Brook Property Added to Town Forest in Errol (NH) Everglades exhibit to open at wildlife […]

Oct 14, 2009

Duck Stamp Judging at Patuxent Research Refuge

For the first time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland will host the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competition — the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest on October 16 and 17 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The only federally-sponsored juried art competition, the contest is free and […]

Oct 14, 2009

Houston Audubon Honors Neches River Supporters

KTRE in Texas reports that Houston Audubon recently honored a group of supporters who have helped to protect Neches River and fight for the creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge. Among those honored were former U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson, Ellen and Buddy Temple, Texas Conservation Alliance, and The Conservation Fund. According to KTRE: […]