Archive for April, 2011

Apr 27, 2011

Refuge News Briefs – 04/27/11

Discover America’s best kept secrets Boulder, Jefferson commissioners OK open space and parkway pact Refuge visitors have fun learning about environmental awareness during Earth Day Herrera says ‘defund Willapa dike removal’ at Willapa NWR Losing, But Slowly, In Struggle To Fight Back The Sea

Apr 22, 2011

Photo Friday: Saving Pelican #895

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the BP Gulf oil spill, HBO is premiering “Saving Pelican #895,” a documentary that looks at the intense effort that goes into saving just one bird that was impacted by the largest oil spill in U.S. history. More than 7,000 birds were killed as a result of the […]

Apr 22, 2011

BP Makes $1 Billion Down Payment on Gulf Clean-Up

On Thursday, BP agreed to spend $1 billion this year for a variety of clean-up projects in the Gulf of Mexico, as the area tries to recover from the largest oil spill in U.S. history. As part of the agreement, five Gulf states will get $100 million each and the federal government will get $200 […]

Apr 19, 2011

April 22 Deadline to Comment on Future of Refuge System

April 22 is your last chance to submit comments to the draft vision document that will guide the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Visit the Conserving the Future website to submit your comments and to add your thoughts regarding the wonderful ideas that have already been submitted by conservationists, U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

Apr 19, 2011

2011-2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Winner

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that a pair of ringneck ducks was selected to appear on the 2011-2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Abraham Hunter of Vienna, Illinois, was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held […]

Apr 19, 2011

USFWS Continues to Feud with Lee Metcalf NWR Friends Group

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to feud with the Lee Metcalf Refuge Friends group over the group’s ongoing effort to help the refuge in Montana. Back in August 2010, this blog reported on the Service’s termination of the relationship between the government agency and the volunteer support group, which has donated numerous […]

Apr 16, 2011

Forsythe NWR Visitor Center Opening

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey has a new Visitor Information Center, which just had its official opening on Saturday. The beautiful $1.2 million structure replaces a 28-year-old building, and it will be staffed by volunteers with the Friends of Forsythe. The Forsythe NWR consists of more than 47,000 acres of […]

Apr 15, 2011

Photo Friday: National Bison Range

The National Bison Range in Montana was established in 1908, and is one of the oldest national wildlife refuges in the nation. A large portion of the 18,500-acre Range consists of native Palouse prairie, along with forests, wetlands, and streams, providing a wide range of habitats for wildlife. Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, coyote and […]

Apr 14, 2011

New Threat to Deer Flat NWR in Idaho

As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works on a required conservation plan for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho, a collection of commissioners and eight local mayors have asked that the refuge be stripped from federal control. From the Greenfield Daily Reporter: Federal managers of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, which includes Lake […]

Apr 14, 2011

Youth Multimedia Contest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are asking young people ages 15-24 to be a part of the vision process, Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation. The Giving the Land a Voice multimedia contest will help ensure youth have a voice in informing a new, bold […]

Apr 11, 2011

Refuge News Briefs – 04/11/11

New ways to go wild: Port Louisa Natl. Wildlife Refuge adds new features Santa Ana wildlife refuge still growing back from Alex flooding Wildlife habitat benefits from huge Sierra snowpack Different Drummers: Educating others about wildlife becomes second career for Upper Township man Migratory birds return to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Winthrop University lends helping […]

Apr 08, 2011

Photo Friday: Albatross Nest Colony

When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that more than 110,000 Laysan and black-footed albatross chicks – about 22 percent of this year’s albatross production – were lost as a result of the tsunami and two severe winter storms preceding it in January and February, it was hard to imagine how so many birds […]