Archive for November, 2010

Nov 30, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 11/30/10

Six years later, agony of Athos oil spill still reverberates (With Video) New survey shows 402 desert bighorns at AZ refuge Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge schoolhouse shuttered Experts hope to spot more ocelots in South Texas Okefenokee Refuge welcomes new manager Headin’ South quilt depicts refuge

Nov 30, 2010

Unusual Spotting of Sandhill Cranes Near Prime Hook NWR

The Cape Gazette reports that three sandhill cranes have been seen along Route 16, on the edge of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. Also, another pair was seen farther south in Virginia’s Northampton County, and a third on the lawn of a home in Wilmington, Delaware. “The last one we saw was in […]

Nov 29, 2010

Video Monday: USFWS Coastal Program Turns 25

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted an entertaining video marking the 25th anniversary of the Service’s Coastal Program, which has restored 251,000 acres of coastal wetlands and coastal upland habitat, permanently protected nearly 2 million acres of coastal habitat, and restored 1,700 miles of riparian and in-stream habitat. The video below offers wonderful […]

Nov 28, 2010

Minnesota Valley NWR: A Refuge on the Move

StarTribune.com recently reported on efforts to expand the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge at a time when buying land is difficult for most. In the late 1990s, plans to add a fourth runway to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport led to a settlement whereby the Minnesota Valley Trust was created to manage a one-time, $26 […]

Nov 26, 2010

Photo Friday: Manatees and Homosassa Springs

The Miami Herald reported yesterday that on December 3, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida plans to open its gate and welcome endangered wild manatees into the park this winter. It will be the first time wild manatees will be able to reach the main spring that feeds the Homosassa River since the gate […]

Nov 23, 2010

23rd Annual Festival of the Cranes

The El Defensor Chieftain reports that the 23rd Annual Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico got off to a great start. Shawn Gillette, chief of visitor services at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, said on Wednesday that the guests of honor opened the festival in grand […]

Nov 20, 2010

Senators Ask Obama to Protect Arctic NWR

In a letter dated November 19, 2010, 25 United States senators asked President Barack Obama to take additional steps to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (which could include making it a national monument), thus protecting the Refuge from risky and potentially damaging energy development. The letter states: As we approach the 50th anniversary of […]

Nov 19, 2010

Photo Friday: Okefenokee NWR

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern Georgia and northern Florida and is one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater systems in America. Native Americans called it Okefenoka, meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth”. The refuge was created in 1937 and is almost 402,000 acres in size (roughly 300,000 football fields) of cypress […]

Nov 17, 2010

Support Full Funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition has published an informative website that makes the case for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. As their website explains: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a simple idea: that a portion of offshore drilling fees should be used to protect important land and […]

Nov 17, 2010

“Conserving the Future” — Vision Conference 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently undertaking the process of creating a new strategic mission for the National Wildlife Refuge System, which will guide refuge management through the next decade. The strategic document that is generated by this process will be highlighted at the 2011 Vision Conference, to be held the week of […]

Nov 16, 2010

Refuge News Briefs – 11/16/10

Feds approve Prime Hook dune repairs Arctic Drilling Poses Untold Risks, Study Concludes Volunteers Plant 500 Native Shrubs Along Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Students campaign for wilderness protection Birding 101 introduces newbies to a popular hobby

Nov 12, 2010

Interior Announces New Refuge Unit in Kansas

The Department of Interior has announced the creation of the Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area in Kansas. This conservation unit will be a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Today, less than 4 percent of the once-vast tallgrass prairie remains; nearly 80 percent of what remains, […]