Archive for June, 2011

Jun 28, 2011

Purchase the New 2011-2012 Duck Stamp

The 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp is now on sale and should be on the shopping list of everyone who enjoys wildlife and the outdoors.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 Duck Stamp support the acquisition of wetlands for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, Duck Stamp receipts of over $750 million have protected [...]

Jun 27, 2011

iNature Trail at Ding Darling NWR

The “Ding on the Wing” newsletter of the Ding Darling Wildlife Society recently announced the creation of the iNature Trail at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
From the Ding Darling Wildlife Society:
Designed to appeal to the next generation’s techie side and get them outside, the Refuge iNature Trail along Wildlife Drive has [...]

Jun 27, 2011

Conserving the Future — Attend Virtual Conference July 12-14

As this blog has mentioned in past posts, Refuge System staff, volunteers, Friends, and conservationists will be meeting for the “Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation” Vision conference on July 11-14, in Madison Wisconsin, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will adopt a new plan for the future of the National [...]

Jun 26, 2011

Levee Breach Sends Water into DeSoto NWR

KCAUtv.com in Sioux City, Iowa has posted video of flood waters entering DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa.

In less than 24 hours, the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa has been overwhelmed by the Missouri River.
All this fast flooding is due to a secondary levee breach nearby. The main levee did not protect [...]

Jun 26, 2011

Idaho Delegation Asks for 4-Month Extension of Deer Flat NWR Comment Period

As this blog reported on May 31, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of producing a required conservation plan for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho, but early signs that the Service might restrict recreational activities had local politicians calling for the refuge to be stripped of federal control.
Now Idaho’s [...]

Jun 20, 2011

Video Monday: Youth Multimedia Contest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association have announced the winners of the “Giving the Land a Voice” youth multimedia contest. A full list of the winners can be found on the Conserving the Future website, but since this is “Video Monday,” here is the “honorable mention” video titled “A [...]

Jun 20, 2011

Wildlife Drive at Shiawassee NWR Struggling to Open

The Midland Daily News reports that Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in central Michigan has been having a hard time getting its Wildlife Drive open.
First there were late-nesting bald eagles along the road, then April floods, then a flood control levee that washed out, causing substantial damage.

“Several hundred acres (of the federal refuge) went [...]

Jun 20, 2011

Drought a Major Problem at Laguna Atascosa NWR in Texas

The Monitor in Texas reports that Rio Grande waterholes have dried up and are creating a tough climate for wildlife at places like Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in southern Texas:

Jody Mays is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Los Fresnos. She has witnessed the drought’s effect [...]

Jun 17, 2011

Photo Friday: Pad Fire at Merritt Island NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently posted a photo of the pad fire that occurred at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, while the space shuttle Atlantis was getting ready to be rolled out to the launch pad. According to the USFWS:

The Pad Fire was started by a lightning strike on the Merritt [...]

Jun 16, 2011

Alligators Seeking Water at Loxahatchee NWR

WPTV.com reports that more alligators are being seen at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, as alligators seek out water during the intense drought.

Spardello and Sondra Pastore have been coming to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for more than a year, but they’ve never seen anything like this. The water levels are so low, [...]

Jun 16, 2011

Fire Threatens Okefenokee NWR

The Epoch Times reports that half of the large Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia and Florida is burned.

“The total size of the Refuge is 192,044 acres and half of it is burned off. So far 40 percent of it is contained but it is not enough. If drought and wind continues and we [...]

Jun 11, 2011

Missouri River Cuts Off Pronghorn Antelope Migration

The Great Falls Tribune reports that at least 600 pronghorn antelope are “stacked up” in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, where they are unable to cross the swollen Missouri River to get back to their breeding grounds.

“The animals come to shore every day and look for opportunities to cross,” said [...]