Archive for March, 2010

Mar 30, 2010

Loxahatchee NWR Receives Stimulus Funds to Battle Invasives

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that they have awarded a $1.25 million contract for removal of invasive plants at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The ARRA contract, awarded to Aquatic Vegetation Control, Inc., of West Palm Beach, Fla., will be used [...]

Mar 29, 2010

Nature of Learning Grants Available

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Conservation Training Center, and National Wildlife Refuge Association, is accepting applications from organizations interested in applying for a Nature of Learning grant. The Nature of Learning is the FWS National Wildlife Refuge [...]

Mar 29, 2010

Rescued Manatee Named After Former FWS Director

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a juvenile manatee rescued by staff and volunteers from Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida has been named “Hamilton” in honor of the late Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sam Hamilton, who recently passed away from a sudden heart attack.
In February, the refuge heard [...]

Mar 29, 2010

Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival

The Statesman-Journal recently reported on the upcoming Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival in Oregon on April 9-11, which relies on the popularity of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge to draw in the visitors.

“The festival was founded by a group of local Pacific City residents that really just loved the outdoors, loved birding, [...]

Mar 27, 2010

Sarah Palin - Nature Lover?

News broke this week that Sarah Palin has somehow convinced Discovery Communications (The Learning Channel to be precise) to spend $1.2 million per episode for a series where Palin shows off the beauty of Alaska. Word is it will be shot in the same beautifully visual way that “Planet Earth” was shot.
Naturally this announcement brought [...]

Mar 27, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 03/27/10

Trees targeted for removal at Iroquois Refuge

As California ghost town sinks, wildlife return

Outdoorsman takes aim at wildlife refuge

The ‘Mayor of Fish Springs’ is retiring

Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge makes changes

Winged magic in Colorado (video)

Mar 24, 2010

Interior’s Inspector General to Investigate Bison Range

The Missoulian is reporting that the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior has agreed to investigate complaints filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) regarding the management of the National Bison Range, which is in Montana and is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
PEER has long objected to the involvement of [...]

Mar 22, 2010

Earth Day on National Wildlife Refuges

Many national wildlife refuges around the country will be holding some form of celebration for Earth Day 2010. This year is special in that it will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebrated on April 22, 1970.
Visit the Watch Spring Unfold page on the Refuge System website to find a listing [...]

Mar 22, 2010

Video Monday: Florida Panther NWR

WGCU Public Media has posted an entertaining video about Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. In the video, you can see the habitat and wildlife diversity that the refuge offers, and also meet a member of the staff and two volunteers who talk about the importance of protecting the refuge.

Tags:
national wildlife refuge, Florida Panther [...]

Mar 18, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 03/18/10

DNREC to Fix Breaches at Prime Hook Refuge

New Observation Tower Open at the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Appeals court to hear from citizens’ group opposed to CapX2020 transmission lines

Ospreys trade up with the help of an aspiring Eagle Scout

Iowa couple working as volunteer residents at Santee Wildlife Refuge

Mar 16, 2010

Tough Whooping Crane Chick Survives Snake Bite

The Associated Press published an interesting story about the toughness of endangered whooping cranes.

After the poisonous snake slithered into the whooping crane family’s marshy grounds and sank its fangs into the chick’s neck, death seemed certain.
The bird’s head quickly turned red and swelled to the size of a basketball. He refused to eat for [...]

Mar 12, 2010

Write Congress About Refuge System Funding

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has put out an action alert urging citizens to write their representatives and senators about Refuge System funding for Fiscal Year 2011.

Refuge champions in Congress, House Refuge Caucus leaders, Mike Thompson (D-CA), Michael Castle (R-DE), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Olympia Snowe [...]