Archive for November, 2009

Nov 30, 2009

Book: National Wildlife Refuges of Alaska

I recently acquired a wonderful book titled “National Wildlife Refuges of Alaska: Wild Wonders, Wild Lands.” The book, which was authored by Elaine Rhode, was published back in 2003, but it can still be found on the excellent Alaska Geographic website.
Although the book is only 58 pages, it provides a wealth of superb photography and [...]

Nov 30, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 11/30/09

‘Plant lady’ identifies plants at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

110-acre coastal parcel in southern Maine to be preserved at Rachel Carson NWR

Nisqually: journey of an estuary restored by man, reclaimed by nature

Nov 27, 2009

Operation Migration Hangar Vandalized

Operation Migration is a nonprofit group that has been working with various nonprofit and government partners to create a migrating flock of whooping cranes between Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to two different Florida national wildlife refuges. You’ve probably read about how their ultralight aircraft leads the cranes down south and teaches them how [...]

Nov 24, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 11/24/09

Panther wins against cabbage palm

Research dog sniffs out reptiles

Researchers locate hotspot for migrating songbirds in the Gulf of Maine

Wheelchair hunters enjoy Savannah wildlife refuge

Shooting blind at Tualatin River NWR

Nov 22, 2009

Researchers Find Supposedly Extinct Snail at Black Bayou Lake NWR

The News-Star in Louisiana reports that researchers from the University of Louisiana at Monroe have found flamed tigersnails at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, despite the fact that they were reported to exist only as fossils in the state:

ULM biology graduate students Erin Basiger and Casey Nolan, under the guidance of their faculty adviser, [...]

Nov 22, 2009

Part of Chincoteague NWR Reopens After Ida

Delmarvanow.com reports that part of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has reopened after Tropical Storm Ida hit the refuge hard.

“Weather conditions have been favorable these past few days allowing us to assess and monitor the extent of the damage and coordinate recovery actions with our partners,” said Refuge Manager Lou Hinds. “As each day passes [...]

Nov 19, 2009

Pelican Island NWR Undergoing Changes

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans. In 1903, it was established by President Theodore Roosevelt as the first national wildlife refuge. Today visitors to Sebastian, Florida can see the refuge and the Centennial Trail, which was opened at Pelican Island NWR during the centennial [...]

Nov 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 11/19/09

Record number of whooping cranes spotted at Salt Plains

Injured bald eagle flies again at Shiawassee refuge

Common Moorhen, plains pocket mouse found at refuge

Brighter days ahead for Monomoy

Highlands University Students Intern at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Nov 19, 2009

A National Wildlife Refuge Minute

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the start of a public service radio campaign urging Americans to connect with nature and visit a National Wildlife Refuge.

“Americans can take pride in the tremendous beauty and diversity of refuge lands dedicated to the protection of wildlife habitat,” [Secretary] Salazar said. “By visiting these places and [...]

Nov 19, 2009

Update on Refuge Damage after Ida

InfoZine has posted an update on damage to national wildlife refuges in the Mid-Atlantic after Tropical Storm Ida.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia got the worst of the damage and has limited all public access for the time being due to safety reasons. Beginning Wednesday, Nov.18, only the visitor center will be open (hours of [...]

Nov 18, 2009

Storm Impacts Pea Island NWR

More fallout from Tropical Storm Ida. News reports say that currently Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina is providing detour access to travelers near Rodanthe, after Tropical Storm Ida buckled about 800 feet of roadway along Highway 12, also known as the beach road.
In addition, the Outer Banks Sentinel reports that the U.S. [...]

Nov 16, 2009

Refuge News Briefs - 11/16/09

Part of Assateague reeling from Ida’s wallop

USFWS would acquire 280 acres within Red Rock Lakes NWR in Montana

Seney wildlife refuge gets a new manager

Project aims to save rare turtle at Shiawassee NWR

Fewer whooping cranes expected in Texas

Slight drop in bighorn sheep population in Kofa NWR