May 29, 2010
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted an update on the latest oil spill response for national wildlife refuges:
More than 7,000 feet of additional boom deployed. No oil impacting the refuge. Wildlife and oil impact surveys are ongoing.
Multiple layers of boom for key nesting islands. Additional boom maintenance underway. No new oil [...]
May 25, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 12, 2010
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
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 [...]