Archive for July, 2010

Jul 30, 2010

Photo Friday: Youth Conservation Corps

Today’s image shows members of the Youth Conservation Corps removing invasive water chestnuts from Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Water chestnut is an aggressive invasive aquatic plant from Asia. One acre of water chestnut can produce enough seeds to cover 100 acres the following year. Their long spines are sharp enough to […]

Jul 29, 2010

Update on Refuge System Appropriations from the House

The National Wildlife Refuge Association just sent out an email update regarding recent action by the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee for the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 spending bill for the Department of the Interior. The NWRA stated that it is still unclear when the Interior bill will go to the House floor, but it could […]

Jul 29, 2010

Major Conservation Deal Will Protect Florida Manatees

On July 28, The Conservation Fund, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of a major conservation agreement that will protect almost 58 acres of critical habitat for the endangered West Indian (Florida) manatee — land that will be managed as part of Crystal River National Wildlife […]

Jul 28, 2010

Duck Stamp Commemorative Silk Cachet to Benefit Gulf Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that a Federal Duck Stamp Commemorative Silk Cachet has been issued to help raise money for national wildlife refuges impacted by the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. The cachet features a silk rendering of an award-winning photograph of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf […]

Jul 28, 2010

Dune Restoration Proposal at Prime Hook NWR

As a follow-up to the story on July 27, Protests Over Death of Freshwater Marsh at Prime Hook NWR, we want to report on a press release that was sent out late yesterday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Dune Restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which […]

Jul 27, 2010

Protests Over Death of Freshwater Marsh at Prime Hook NWR

On July 23, CapeGazette.com reported on the efforts of Delaware resident Melanie Hoff, who has taken on the task of publicizing the death of the freshwater marsh at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. The change in the refuge near her home inspired Hoff to produce “Death of a Marsh,” a video she uploaded […]

Jul 27, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 07/27/10

5 of 7 Whooping Crane Chicks Die Oil spill found inside Alaska wildlife refuge Prime Hook NWR issues trouble Broadkill residents Assateague officials fight to keep beach parking Environmentalists drop opposition to Ruby Pipeline Vero Beach ranger in Louisiana to help wildlife Youth Conservation Corps helps Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jul 27, 2010

Border Wall Increases Impact of Flooding on Wildlife

ValleyCentral.com published a Nature Report on July 26 about flooding caused by Hurricane Alex at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The water is ten feet deep or more in some areas as the refuge personnel glide by the hawk tower and paddle through the canopy of Spanish moss dangling from the trees. Occasionally, […]

Jul 25, 2010

Pressure to Open Featherstone NWR

Pressure has been building to open Virginia’s Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge to the public, and right now the main pressure is coming from Virginia Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, D-11th, who seems to be unaware of the process that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must use before it opens a refuge that may be […]

Jul 23, 2010

Photo Friday: Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, which is based in Delaware, is leading the wildlife response effort in the Gulf of Mexico for the BP oil spill. Tri-State has been on the Gulf Coast since the last week in April and is working with their West Coast colleagues, International Bird Rescue Research Center, and the U.S. […]

Jul 21, 2010

NWRA “The Flyer” – July 2010

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has published their July 2010 issue of The Flyer, which offers news about Refuge System legislation, refuges, and Friends groups. Topics include: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE A Safety Net For American Wildlife BP SPILL RESPONSE July Oil Spill Update SC Johnson, Southwest Airlines, Friends and individuals support NWRA public awareness campaign and […]

Jul 21, 2010

“Refuge Update” — July/August 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published their July/August 2010 Refuge Update newsletter. The issue offers many interesting stories from around the Refuge System, including a timely look at the many USFWS workers who are down south helping out with the BP oil spill clean-up. Other stories include: Saving a Butterfly “Green” Meeting in […]