Archive for May, 2010

May 29, 2010

Update on Refuge Oil Spill Response

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted an update on the latest oil spill response for national wildlife refuges:

Delta NWR:
More than 7,000 feet of additional boom deployed. No oil impacting the refuge. Wildlife and oil impact surveys are ongoing.
Breton NWR:
Multiple layers of boom for key nesting islands. Additional boom maintenance underway. No new oil [...]

May 25, 2010

USFWS Sends Message to Alaska Fish and Game

In the never-ending effort by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to rid the state of wolves, the department sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcing the state’s intention to begin aerial shooting of wolves on Unimak Island on or about June 1, 2010. Unimak Island is part of the [...]

May 24, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 05/24/10

Feds threaten legal action over predator control

Over 300 dead birds are likely Gulf spill victims

7 cleaned birds released at Egmont Key

Conservationists eye Plum Island for future wildlife refuge

Refuge plan for lions, sheep complete

Red wolf pups head into the North Carolina wild

A Day of Bird Photography – Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

May 22, 2010

Pelican Island Birds on the Rebound

Back in November 2009, this blog reported on the decline of nesting birds at the nation’s first national wildlife refuge — Pelican Island NWR near Florida’s Atlantic coast.
But the reports from this year indicate that the birds might be coming back. Hometown News reports:

Officials at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge are excited to announce [...]

May 19, 2010

Winning Names Selected for Upper Mississippi Refuge Islands

Back on February 13, 2010, this blog reported on an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the public 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 [...]

May 18, 2010

BP Oil Spill Update from USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a May 17 update on the status of their work concerning the BP oil spill. Some of the facts below:


Breton National Wildlife Refuge remains closed to public entry and low-level over-flights continue to be prohibited to protect nesting birds. The refuge’s nesting islands have been surrounded with [...]

May 17, 2010

John Taylor Ends 40-Year Career Protecting Refuges

The Paris Post-Intelligencer posted a story today about John Taylor, who is retiring after 40 years of service in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Working with 18 refuges across nine states, Taylor, manager of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, has worked with the refuge system on many improvements through the years.
In 1992, U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...]

May 17, 2010

Video Monday: Climate Change and the Refuge System

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted an interesting video that looks at the impact of climate change on the National Wildlife Refuge System and what biologists and refuge managers are doing to prepare for the challenges of a changing environment.

National Wildlife Refuge System, climate change, US Fish and Wildlife Service

May 13, 2010

Oil Spill Funding Needs To Do More For Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife has responded to President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding for the BP oil spill, and Defenders reports that the President’s effort needs to focus more on wildlife:

The legislative package laudably focuses on steps to reassure consumers that seafood coming from the Gulf is safe, food aid and jobs assistance for people and communities [...]

May 13, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 05/13/10

Red Wolf Deaths Under Investigation In Hyde County

Now oil-free, pair of Gulf birds released at Pelican Island NWR

Power Pathway Will Avoid Blackwater NWR

US Senate Declares Endangered Species Day

Wind Power Coming to Alaska Refuges

eBird Trail Trackers in the Refuge System

Project BudBurst

May 12, 2010

USFWS Launches YouTube Channel

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched their official YouTube Channel where they’ll post quality videos of our nation’s wonderful wildlife refuges. One of their first features is stock footage from Breton and Delta National Wildlife Refuges, where the BP oil spill is currently threatening local wildlife.

National Wildlife Refuge System, Delta NWR, Breton NWR, [...]

May 09, 2010

Over-Flights Prohibited at Breton NWR

Update: From Audubon:

“We’ve done all this work to try and protect those islands with booms,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Chuck Underwood. “But in the end, folks flying in low and landing just to get their photographs has been disturbing the birds. In some cases, there has even been nest abandonment.”
The U.S. Fish [...]