Archive for December, 2010

Dec 30, 2010

Controversial Request for Beach Fencing at Chincoteague NWR

DelmarvaNow.com reports that Accomack County supervisors — on a 5 to 4 vote — have approved a request to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and National Park Service officials to use fencing or natural material on Assateague beach to try to trap sand.
The fencing is controversial because many believe it will actually cause the loss of [...]

Dec 30, 2010

“Refuge: Pea Island” — the DVD

STRS Productions has announced the release of their “Refuge: Pea Island” DVD. Back in October 2009, this blog reported on the first two DVDs from their Refuge series, which included “Refuge: Pocosin Lakes” and “Refuge: Mattamuskeet.” Both DVDs were excellent productions that did a wonderful job of highlighting the wealth of wildlife and beautiful scenery [...]

Dec 29, 2010

A Bird Count for Kids

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a growing number of refuges are trying a new variation on the traditional National Audubon Christmas Bird Count — the Christmas/Winter Bird Count for Kids, aimed at youngsters age 8 to 18.
Refuges holding bird counts for kids include Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, John [...]

Dec 27, 2010

Rain Damage at Ash Meadows NWR

Another storm damage report — this one from Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, Nevada.
On the Ash Meadows NWR Facebook page, the refuge reports that rainy weather has damaged refuge roads. The photo below was taken at the [...]

Dec 26, 2010

Species Close-Up: Steller’s Eider

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and one of the challenging activities taking place at this beautiful and important refuge is the protection and recovery of the endangered Steller’s eider.
Steller’s eiders are the smallest eiders in size and are restricted to northern latitudes where they breed in freshwater [...]

Dec 23, 2010

Photo Friday: Shell Tree at Chincoteague NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region posted this wonderful photo on their Flickr page showing one of the “shell trees” on Wild Beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge / Assateague Island National Seashore (NPS). Visitors like to decorate the remnants of trees, once in the marsh, but now overtaken by the beach as [...]

Dec 22, 2010

Major Flood Damage at Moosehorn NWR in Maine

WABI TV in Maine reports that a heavy wet snowstorm followed by a massive rainstorm — 8 inches of rain in just 12 hours — has wiped out roads and bridges, and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.

Ray Brown is a wildlife biologist at the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge [...]

Dec 22, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 12/22/10

Look what the stork brought: Cranes!

Fergus Falls Wetland Management District says farewell to Kevin Brennan

Dec 22, 2010

Grants Awarded by Sarbanes Transit In Parks Program

The Federal Transit Administration announced new grants under the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks Program. The program was established to address the challenge of increasing vehicle congestion in and around national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands. The program provides funding for alternative transportation systems and seeks to conserve natural, historical, [...]

Dec 21, 2010

What’s Your Calling: Wildlife Refuge Ranger

“What’s Your Calling”, inspired by the PBS mini-series “The Calling,” has posted a segment on their website featuring Toni Westland, Supervisory Refuge Ranger at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. In this entertaining video clip, Toni does a great job of explaining what she does and why it’s important for children and the [...]

Dec 20, 2010

Deal Reached on Bonner Bridge Replacement at Pea Island NWR

The Outer Banks Voice reports that after years of debate and study, a deal has been reached between the Department of Interior and the Federal Highway Administration regarding a plan to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which spans Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Fueling the long-running debate over the replacement plan [...]

Dec 20, 2010

Video Monday: Arctic NWR — 50 Years & 50 Photos

Alaskan Alpine Treks has posted a wonderful video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Sit back and enjoy the photographic splendor. And someone please send this to Representatives John Boehner and Michele Bachmann. It will save them another plane trip to the refuge looking for wildlife.