Archive for June, 2010

Jun 29, 2010

BP Oil Spill Update

This photo shows Jeff Phillips, Environmental Contaminants Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rescuing a brown pelican from the Barataria Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana. State and federal wildlife services pulled approximately 60 Brown Pelicans, in the last two days, covered in oil from the Barataria Bay area. The USFWS reports that 561 […]

Jun 25, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 06/25/10

Florida rushes to the rescue again to save oil-soaked pelicans Workers fight to protect Baldwin marsh Daily entry fee at island refuge going up to $8 Haugen awarded for years of refuge work Fish, wildlife officials reviewing refuge farm programs Cannon Beach scrambles to keep Haystack Rock program intact

Jun 25, 2010

First Day of Sale for Duck Stamps

Today was the First Day of Sale for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp. The 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp features an American wigeon painted by wildlife artist Robert Bealle, of Waldorf, Maryland. Last fall, a panel of five judges chose Bealle’s creation from among 224 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art […]

Jun 25, 2010

Army Corps and USFWS Halt Damaging Dredging Effort in Louisiana

The National Wildlife Refuge Association praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their decision to halt Louisiana’s dredging operations near Breton National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana’s coast. The state of Louisiana had been given permission to dredge sand for protective berms related to the state’s oil spill […]

Jun 22, 2010

Deputy Manager at Back Bay NWR Helps in the Gulf

The Virginian-Pilot posted a story about Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Deputy Manager Kathryn Owens, who recently made a two-week trip to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the BP oil spill. Ironically, when Owens was young, she was motivated to pursue a career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of the […]

Jun 17, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 06/17/10

Wildlife photographer joins NWF volunteer effort to monitor oil spill impacts Kodiak Refuge Staff Bound for Gulf Spill Aid Brevard County, FL/Merritt Island NWR on guard for signs of oil spill Fish and Wildlife Service debunks “ludicrous” Fox report that Obama gave “Major Strip” of AZ to Mexico Fish and Wildlife and Army are working […]

Jun 16, 2010

Sec. Salazar Announces Refuge Land Acquisition Funding

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved a total of $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds — $30.4 million in federal funding for grants to conserve more than 6.1 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats in the United States and […]

Jun 14, 2010

Development Threatens Savannah NWR

The Island Packet reports that refuge staff and environmentalists are worried that a proposed 5,000-acre development project could threaten the environmental health of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Savannah NWR consists of over 29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods extending from Georgetown, South Carolina to St. Mary’s, Georgia. The proposed […]

Jun 14, 2010

Take Refuge System Budget Cuts Off the Table

A national coalition of wildlife conservation and sporting organizations has asked President Barack Obama to reconsider cuts to the National Wildlife Refuge System’s budget as the President considers cutting federal agency spending by five percent in FY 2012. The coalition called the proposed cuts “wrong and inappropriate” at a time when refuges and the species […]

Jun 11, 2010

Thick Oil on the Beach at Bon Secour NWR

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jereme Phillips found oil on the refuge beach today in larger quantities than previously seen. Phillips immediately contacted the Incident Command Center in Mobile, Alabama so cleanup crews could begin work. And WKRG in Alabama is reporting that despite booms supposedly […]

Jun 09, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 06/09/10

Oil’s gruesome toll on wildlife slowly emerging M.I. refuge may be best for oil-tainted wildlife Oiled turtle found on Alabama refuge Wild Whooping crane chicks hatch at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Federal judge blocks Alaska’s wolf-kill plan

Jun 05, 2010

Second Ocelot Kitten Discovered at Laguna Atascosa NWR

The Brownsville Herald reports that a second ocelot kitten has been discovered at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Trip cameras had taken photos of what appeared to be one kitten, but further examination of the photos by staff at Laguna Atascosa NWR and Santa Anna NWR confirmed that the kittens in the shots […]