Archive for December, 2009

Dec 29, 2009

Deadline for Junior Duck Stamp Entries

The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students then use their knowledge to draw, paint or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Students from around the United States submit drawings to their state, territory or district […]

Dec 29, 2009

Okefenokee Ranger Jim Burkhart Retiring

On Monday, the Miami Herald ran a story about the retirement of Jim Burkhart — a man who has been the refuge ranger at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia/Florida for 31 years. From the Herald: Burkhart, 64, was hired as the supervisory visitor services specialist in 1978 after a year as an outdoor recreation […]

Dec 26, 2009

End-of-Year Donation: NWRA

If you’re considering an end-of-year donation and you’re looking for a worthy beneficiary, consider the National Wildlife Refuge Assocation, which is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving American wildlife through the invigoration, strengthening and expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System. To accomplish their mission, NWRA focuses on three principle areas: public policy […]

Dec 26, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 12/26/09

Beach parking to be reconstructed Groups ready to sue over panther Wetlands restored at refuge gateway Christmas Bird Count: Fine Feathered Friends Wildlife drama plays out on pristine Panhandle island Nature trails will spruce up wildlife refuge Carolina Towns and Trails: Pea Island NWR

Dec 26, 2009

Refuges & the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

If you’re wondering how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has benefited the nation’s national wildlife refuges, be sure to visit the ARRA page for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which offers a map and various press releases highlighting the many refuges that have received funding for various projects. Tags: National Wildlife […]

Dec 24, 2009

Photo Friday: Happy Holidays!

I’m posting “Photo Friday” a day early to say I hope all our readers, as well as the volunteers, supporters and staff in the National Wildlife Refuge System, have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Dec 21, 2009

Online Photography Highlights Beauty of Refuges

The World Wide Web has served as a wonderful tool for promoting the value and beauty of national wildlife refuges, and one of the most useful ways it has contributed to the cause of conservation is through online photography. Online galleries, slideshows and photo blogs not only promote the diversity and richness of refuges, they […]

Dec 21, 2009

Refuge Pursues Important Coastal Property in Maine

The Journal Tribune in Maine recently reported on an important effort by The Public Land Trust, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, the Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to raise money to purchase Timber Point — a valuable piece of coastal property that […]

Dec 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 12/19/09

Suit Filed to Protect Rare Ecosystem in Virginia Eagles return to find nest destroyed by storm Children are key to preserving wildlife Great Swamp almost became giant airport Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge gets federal help Stimulus money allocated to wildlife refuges upkeep Rare woodpecker making comeback Presence of river otters signals an ecological recovery San […]

Dec 16, 2009

Help for Cranes and their Friends

As this blog previously reported, sometime between Saturday, November 28, and Tuesday, December 1, the most successful breeding whooping crane in the wild was shot and killed near Cayuga, Indiana. The original reward for information that could lead to an arrest has now increased as the Defenders of Wildlife, a national non-profit conservation organization, and […]

Dec 14, 2009

Video Monday: St. Vincent NWR in Florida

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is in Franklin County, Florida, and is an undeveloped barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is a haven for endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, sea turtles, indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, and wood storks. In addition, the […]

Dec 12, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 12/12/09

Last successful breeding Whooping Crane shot and killed Wildlife Drive in Santee refuge reopens after 5-month closure Sandhill cranes put on a show at New Mexico refuge Influential Friend: Secretary Salazar Visits Pelican Island NWR Groups reach out to help feed hungry dogs in Yukon River villages Stimulus funds help whooping cranes at Chassahowitzka NWR