Archive for January, 2011

Jan 31, 2011

Video Monday: Jimmy Carter Talks About His Visit to the Arctic NWR

On January 18, 2011, the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia hosted a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. During the first day of the symposium, former President Jimmy Carter — who signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980 — talked about the large [...]

Jan 28, 2011

NRDC Joins Fight to Stop Drilling at Baca NWR

The Natural Resources Defense Council has joined the fight to prevent oil and gas drilling at Baca National Wildlife Refuge (read this blog’s January 10, 2011 update about the controversy).
In its recent environmental assessment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that, in their opinion, exploratory drilling on Baca NWR will not cause significant impacts [...]

Jan 28, 2011

The Future of National Wildlife Refuges

On the website “Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation” (which was just redesigned), there’s an important discussion going on about the future of America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
If you’re a refuge advocate, a refuge employee, a refuge volunteer, a hunter, angler, bird watcher, or wildlife conservation supporter, you should visit the site, [...]

Jan 28, 2011

Photo Friday: Tracking an Eagle at Alligator River NWR

Azalea is a female bald eagle that hatched in 2009 at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia. Her early life was watched on the Norfolk Eagle Cam, which was located at Azalea’s home nest. Before Azalea fledged in June 2009, she was outfitted with a radio transmitter, and the Center for Conservation Biology is now [...]

Jan 27, 2011

Update on Bison Range Management Lawsuit

On September 30, 2010, this blog reported on the decision by a U.S. District Court to rescind the 2008 Annual Funding Agreement with the Confederated Salish Kootenai (CSKT) Tribe and return management of the National Bison Range to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Both the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Blue [...]

Jan 25, 2011

“Focus on Friends” in the Southeast

The Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers an entertaining newsletter titled “Focus on Friends” for the Friends volunteers in their area. The quarterly newsletter keeps the Region’s more than 50 refuge Friends groups current on regional developments and accomplishments.
The January 2011 issue of the newsletter features articles from the Regional [...]

Jan 24, 2011

Refuge News Briefs - 01/24/11

Feral hog hunting by helicopter a possibility at Balcones NWR

Lieberman to introduce legislation to protect Arctic NWR

Petition seeks protection for Delmarva fox squirrel

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge ponders fees

Butterfly Could KO Antioch Power Plants

A natural gem in the midst of historic Philadelphia

Biodiversity Wednesday - Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

A Snow Goose Named 5-1V

Gulf Coast-January 2011 [...]

Jan 24, 2011

Video Monday: Big Oaks NWR in Indiana

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is located on 50,000 acres in southeastern Indiana — land that was the location of the Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG). JPG was established by the Army in 1940 as an ordnance testing installation and closed in 1995. Beginning in 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed the wildlife [...]

Jan 22, 2011

USFWS and Social Media Outreach

Although all the regional offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (which oversees the Refuge System) have had their own Facebook accounts for a little while now, I’ve noticed that just recently individual refuges (such as the Arctic NWR) have also been getting their own Facebook pages, which is wonderful to see.
Although the [...]

Jan 21, 2011

Photo Friday: Refuges and the Next Generation

A little inspiration for all the environmental educators out there in our National Wildlife Refuge System. This was taken at the Upper Souris NWR 75th anniversary celebration in North Dakota. This cute little girl was playing the Migration Game and learning more about migratory birds and what she can do to protect them. A conservationist [...]

Jan 19, 2011

Birds Die During Rat Eradication at Alaska Maritime NWR

Nature.com highlights a report put out by the Ornithological Council — an association of ornithology organizations in the Americas — regarding mistakes made in the rat-eradication effort on a remote Aleutian island in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
The eradication effort on Rat Island was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature [...]

Jan 19, 2011

Former President Carter at Arctic Refuge Symposium

Former President Jimmy Carter attended the first day of the Arctic Refuge 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
From the NCTC:

A wintery blanket of snow cover greeted former President Jimmy Carter and conference attendees as the National Conservation Training Center celebrated the 50th anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during [...]