Archive for February, 2011

Feb 26, 2011

Voice Your Ideas About the Future of the Refuge System

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a draft 10-year vision plan to guide the growth and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The vision document, entitled “Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation,” offers nearly 100 draft recommendations to protect and improve the world’s premier system of public lands and […]

Feb 23, 2011

Game: Race to Midway Atoll NWR

The Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge have developed an interactive game that helps adults and kids learn more about marine debris in the Pacific, which threatens wildlife species (such as the endangered Laysan albatross) found at places like Midway Atoll NWR. On the site, the Friends offer factsheets that can be downloaded and […]

Feb 21, 2011

Video Monday: Tern Restoration at Monomoy NWR

At last week’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Biologists Conference, an interesting video was posted regarding the Common Tern and Roseate Tern restoration efforts at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.    

Feb 18, 2011

House Republicans Carpet Bombing Environmental Protections

In case you’ve been living in a cave the past week, the House Republicans have officially hijacked the budget process and are now using it to carpet bomb every environmental protection law and regulation that their ideology (which is always aligned with big business) rejects. House Speaker John Boehner once talked about not overplaying the […]

Feb 18, 2011

Appropriations Update from NWRA

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has posted a video featuring Desiree Sorenson-Groves, Vice-President of Government Affairs, where she explains the maze of budget action that is currently happening on Capitol Hill and how it relates to our National Wildlife Refuge System.    

Feb 16, 2011

Wilderness Society Budget Blog

The Wilderness Society has a budget blog on their website that’s tracking the GOP’s attack on wild lands and conservation in the current budget debate. Scary to read how the GOP thinks the last election has given them an open door to attack all wild lands, endangered species, and many important conservation efforts that America […]

Feb 15, 2011

Refuge News Briefs – 02/15/11

Prime Hook refuge dune repairs stalled Imperial wildlife refuge turns 70 Natural habitats at wildlife refuge getting gentler version of beach cleanup Bolton: Whooping crane killing wounds Alabama’s conservation progress Generous Donation by Cummer Family Adds 14 Acres to Lower Suwannee NWR Cleanup along Lake Road in Lacombe sees good turnout

Feb 14, 2011

Refuge System and Land Acquisition Funding Take a Hit in GOP Budget

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is calling for refuge advocates, conservationists, and wildlife supporters to act now to prevent cuts proposed by House Republicans for both the National Wildlife Refuge System budget and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a major source of funding to acquire new lands and waters for national wildlife […]

Feb 14, 2011

Video Monday: Seney NWR in Michigan

Seney National Wildlife Refuge in northern Michigan was established in 1935 for the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife. Today the refuge is comprised of a rich mosaic of marshes, swamps, bogs, grasslands, and forests that incorporates over 95,000 acres, making it one of the largest refuges east of the Mississippi. Seney NWR provides […]

Feb 10, 2011

Environmental Groups Petition for Panthers at Okefenokee NWR

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Center for Biological Diversity, the Florida Panther Society and two other groups have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to transplant endangered Florida panthers to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, parts of which exist in both Georgia and Florida, thus creating a panther colony outside their current range. […]

Feb 10, 2011

Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition is holding their annual 2011 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. Started in 2006 by Congress, Endangered Species Day recognizes the importance of endangered species and is an occasion to educate the public on how to protect them. The youth art contest lets young people learn more about endangered species and […]

Feb 07, 2011

Refuge News Briefs – 02/07/11

Complaints of fish kill surface again on Outer Banks Warm waters haven for endangered species (video) Opinions split on opening Featherstone Wildlife Refuge to public Boardwalk a window to nature Campers Invited to Tetlin Refuge — Soon! Winter celebrated at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge