Archive for March, 2011

Mar 28, 2011

Video Monday: Crystal Digging at Salt Plains NWR

Have you ever heard of crystal digging at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma?
Below the plains, ground water travels through the salt-saturated sand and comes to the surface where it evaporates, leaving the crust of salt. The concentrated saline solution combines with gypsum to promote selenite crystal growth in a portion of [...]

Mar 21, 2011

Refuge News Briefs - 03/21/11

Few ever see a wild Florida panther, but a photographer scores a trifecta

6th Grade Goes on a Wildlife Trip

Navy Base Becomes Wildlife Preserve

Trinity River Refuge Headquarters Ground Breaking Event Friday

On a mission to restore the Louisiana bayou

Column: PSE&G Wants Another Power Line Upgrade; Now’s The Time To Ask Questions

Mar 21, 2011

NCTC Eagle Cam Loses Eaglet

Sad news from the Eagle Cam at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. The popular NCTC Eagle Cam lost its sole chick this weekend. An intruder eagle (a young female) has been attacking and challenging the resident pair at the Eagle Cam nest, and prevented them from caring [...]

Mar 21, 2011

Video Monday: Snow Geese at Squaw Creek NWR

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri. The 7,415-acre refuge was established in 1935 as a resting, feeding, and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Early March is a great time to view snow geese at Squaw Creek NWR, which hosts upwards of 500,000 of the geese, as seen in [...]

Mar 18, 2011

Photo Friday: Midway Atoll NWR - Tsunami Update

Latest Update: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Wisdom, the albatross, has returned to Midway.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released an updated announcement regarding the impact of the tsunami on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.
Apparently, the 60-year-old albatross “Wisdom” has not been seen alive as originally [...]

Mar 16, 2011

Chincoteague NWR Loses Eagle Cam Eggs

Unfortunately the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia had a run of bad luck when 71 mph winds blew down part of their Eagle Cam nest and all three eggs were lost.
According to DelmarvaNow.com:

The disappointment of the fallen nest hit park ranger Sally Bowden like a brick when she opened the visitor center Saturday [...]

Mar 15, 2011

Refuge News Briefs - 03/15/11

Oldest Albatross Survives Tsunami Damage to Midway Atoll

Making Tracks: Florida Panther Week Kicks Off

Where the wild things are: Chicago’s backyard national refuge

Stockton Teams Up With Forsythe to Train Naturalists

Is The Florida Panther Up Next For Extinction?

US Fish and Wildlife Service approves 15-year conservation plan for W.Va. wildlife refuge

Sea-Level Rise Already Affects Wildlife

Mar 14, 2011

Bird Mortalities on Pacific Islands After Tsunami

The blog Pete at Midway has photos of the wildlife and habitat damage on and around Midway Atoll NWR after the recent tsunami passed through. Pete is a USFWS biologist at Midway.

After looking at a bit of the washover on Sand Island, and setting a crew to work on digging albatross chicks and petrels out [...]

Mar 14, 2011

Video Monday: Happy Anniversary to the Refuge System!

Today marks the 108th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Over a century ago on this day, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Pelican Island in Florida as the first federal bird reservation. He would go on to establish a network of 55 bird reservations and national game preserves reserved for wildlife [...]

Mar 11, 2011

Tsunami and Midway Atoll NWR

We’ve been watching for news about how Midway Atoll NWR and other Pacific refuges fared after the tsunami passed today. We gather the humans could make it to higher ground, but we know a lot of birds are nesting on the islands now, including the Laysan albatross named Wisdom and the famous short-tailed albatross — [...]

Mar 11, 2011

Photo Friday: Mt Charleston Blue Butterfly

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied Endangered Species Act protection to the Mount Charleston blue, a rare Las Vegas butterfly that government scientists have said needs federal protection to avoid extinction. The population of this highly endangered species has declined drastically since 1995, with recent counts resulting in only 17 butterflies found.
As [...]

Mar 08, 2011

Refuge System Celebrates 108 Years on March 14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System turns 108 years old on March 14, 2011, and many National Wildlife Refuges will help celebrate the noteworthy occasion.
The nation’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside for the conservation of America’s fish, wildlife and plants was established in 1903 when President Theodore [...]