Archive for February, 2010

Feb 25, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 02/25/10

Environmental group slams management of National Bison Range

Manager Faces Host Of Issues At Monomoy Refuge

Duck stamps help more than just waterfowl and ducks

Harvey Nelson, Minnesota conservation giant, dies

The Red Wolf Man

New Jersey fights onslaught of natural invaders

Feb 22, 2010

US Supreme Court Allows Neches River NWR to Proceed

News-Journal.com is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit that the City of Dallas and Texas Water Development Board had filed to block the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge in Anderson and Cherokee counties.

“This means that the lawsuit will not continue further and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can proceed [...]

Feb 21, 2010

Head of USFWS Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Sam Hamilton, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, died after suffering an apparent heart attack while skiing with friends in Colorado.
From MSNBC:

Sam Hamilton, 54, was pronounced dead at 1:16 p.m. after being transported off the mountain at Keystone Ski Area. Hamilton had been reported having chest pains, according to the Summit County [...]

Feb 19, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 02/19/10

Obama Administration Proposes Budget Cuts for Endangered Species Listing

Grazing will continue on land sold for wildlife refuge

Ford to donate 242-acre Monroe marsh as part of Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Eagles wow the crowds at annual festival

Port of San Diego OK’s Land Exchange

Hikes drive winter visits at Canaan refuge

Feb 19, 2010

USFWS Prepares for End to Gun Ban

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release related to the end of the gun ban that will take effect at national wildlife refuges and national parks on February 22.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that effective February 22, 2010, the rules governing possession of firearms on National Wildlife Refuges will [...]

Feb 16, 2010

Oahu Wildlife Refuge to Expand

Hawaii News Now reports that Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) has announced a deal whereby the James Campbell Company will sell valuable North Shore land (1,100 acres at $22 million) to the federal government to be protected as part of the currently 160-acre James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. The land includes two miles of pristine coastline [...]

Feb 16, 2010

Refuge Gun Ban Will End on Feb.22 with Little Clarity on the Effects

On February 22, a law that was tacked onto a credit card reform bill by the ever controversial Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) will take effect and will allow national park and national wildlife refuge visitors to openly carry loaded guns, as well as concealed weapons, as long as they comply with state laws.
But even [...]

Feb 13, 2010

Friends of Hackmatack Work for Creation of New Refuge

The Friends of Hackmatack are working to build support for the creation of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in the Chicago Metro area (about 60 miles from Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee).
According to the members:

We are a group of local citizens from Walworth County, Wisconsin and McHenry County, Illinois, working on a rare opportunity [...]

Feb 13, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 02/13/10

Marsh plan nearly final, but no funds

Ocelot Festival brings attention to endangered cat

Design unveiled for new National Wildlife and Fish Refuge visitor’s center

Pronghorns being moved to Kofa refuge

Steigerwald Lake NWR a birding paradise

Feb 13, 2010

Name an Island in the Upper Mississippi River Refuge

The Winona Daily News reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to help name nine new man-made islands built in backwaters between Brownsville, Minnesota and Stoddard, Wisconsin, as part of a wildlife habitat restoration effort at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The islands are among 26 to [...]

Feb 12, 2010

Photo Friday: Dogwood in Spring

If you’re like me, you’re very ready for this winter to be long gone. So for our Photo Friday offering, we have a beautiful woodland scene with a blossoming dogwood tree — to remind us that spring is coming to save us from the snow.

Feb 08, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 02/08/10

McKinley reintroduces bill on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

New manager takes over at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

American pika won’t get protection despite climate change risk

Tides rechanneling Nisqually River

Prison term for man who set brush fires at Great Swamp

Project near Ajo gives pronghorns second chance

Ash Meadows plan could drain Crystal Reservoir