Archive for May, 2011

May 24, 2011

Refuge Watch on Twitter

In an effort to provide even more frequent updates about the latest news in the National Wildlife Refuge System, Refuge Watch has started a Twitter account. If you’re on Twitter, become a follower of Refuge Watch to read tweets about breaking news from the Refuge System or check out the Twitter stream that can be […]

May 23, 2011

Video Monday: Sea-Level Rise at Alligator River NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with The Nature Conservancy to prepare for climate change at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the North Carolina Coast. Sea-level rise is eroding the shoreline and destroying habitat at the refuge. This video is part of the Service’s “50 Stories, 50 States, 50 Days” storytelling series […]

May 20, 2011

2011 Floods and Fires in the South

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set up a website to provide information regarding the floods and fires that are plaguing national wildlife refuges in the South. The USFWS reports that “in the Mississippi Valley, 27 refuges in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee are either flooded or soon will be. A major concern […]

May 20, 2011

Photo Friday: Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 is recognized as Endangered Species Day, but this year certainly doesn’t feel like a time to celebrate. The Obama administration’s recent controversial decision to allow Congress to remove the gray wolf from endangered species protection — establishing a precedent that could lead to political meddling in future listing decisions — smacked of […]

May 16, 2011

Teacher Donates $1500 to Friends of Ridgefield NWR

The Columbian in Washington state reports that Heather Johnston, a Firm Foundation Christian School fourth-grade teacher, who won 2nd place in the Small Steps for Big Change national teacher environmental awards, has decided to donate her award to the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Heather received the award for being a “green hero” and […]

May 15, 2011

Louisiana Wildlife Affected by Flooding

USA Today reports that wildlife in southwestern Louisiana — including black bear mothers and their cubs — will be affected as the Morganza Spillway is opened and the Atchafalaya Basin floods (see Atchafalaya NWR). “A tremendous volume of water is going to be flushed into the basin,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert […]

May 13, 2011

Photo Friday: 2011 International Migratory Bird Day

On May 14, 2011, many places and people will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, which was created specifically to highlight the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. However, the day serves as an opportunity to […]