Archive for January, 2012

Jan 24, 2012

Second Short-tailed Albatross Chick Hatches at Midway Atoll NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that for the second time in recorded history an endangered short-tailed albatross chick has hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched Jan 12, just hours after oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and marine life artist Wyland visited the nest. This […]

Jan 24, 2012

Caddo Lake NWR Land/Water Transfer Still On Hold in Texas reports that the land/water transfer between the Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is still on hold, four months after the parties last met. The Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant is a federal Superfund pollution site, and the USFWS wants assurances that the Army […]

Jan 18, 2012

First Donation of Land for Everglades Headwaters NWR

The U.S. Department of Interior announced the first donation of land for the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in southern Florida. —————————————————————————————– As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today accepted the first donation of land in south-central Florida to officially establish the Everglades Headwaters National […]

Jan 16, 2012

Rare Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a falcated duck, which is a nomadic teal from Asia or perhaps Russia, has been causing quite a stir at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Sacramento NWR Complex in California. The falcated duck has captured the affections of thousands who have made the trip to […]

Jan 10, 2012

Maggie Anderson Retires at Agassiz NWR

The Thief River Falls Times reports that Maggie Anderson has retired as manager of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota after 16 years as manager and after 38 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the article, prior to her time at Agassiz NWR, she was refuge manager at Petit Manan […]

Jan 10, 2012

Family Protects Special Place near Cape Romain NWR

The Post and Courier reports that thanks to the DuPre family and the Nature Conservancy, an important piece of land will be protected between Cape Romain NWR and the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina. “It’s a special place,” said John DuPre, a forester and part-owner… At 785 acres, it’s 142 acres larger than […]

Jan 10, 2012

Cranes Cleared for Takeoff reports that the Operation Migration pilots are being allowed to continue assisting endangered whooping cranes as they migrate south. As this blog reported on January 6, the FAA had grounded the migration operation in Alabama while the federal agency looked into whether the pilots were flying for hire or for the benefit of a […]

Jan 06, 2012

Photo Friday: Snowy Owl Invasion

Numerous media and bird-watching sources report that many areas are experiencing a snowy owl invasion this winter. The Washington Post reports: It’s typical for snowy owls to arrive in the U.S. every three or four winters, but this year’s irruption is widespread, with birders from the Pacific Northwest to New England reporting frequent sightings of […]

Jan 06, 2012

Tough Budget Times — Sacramento NWR Entrance Fee Doubles

On Capitol Hill these days there seems to be a fever that is pushing politicians to call for more and more budget cuts — often without even knowing the impact of the cuts — and that has led land agencies to look for other forms of funding, such as raising entrance fees. Sacramento National Wildlife […]

Jan 06, 2012

FAA Grounds Whooping Crane “Operation Migration”

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the pilots with Operation Migration — the volunteers who help train endangered whooping cranes to migrate annually from Wisconsin to Florida, specifically St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida Panhandle and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Sakrison reported that the FAA issue […]

Jan 05, 2012

Wildlife Refuge Seeks Volunteer Naturalists

The Boston Globe reports that Matt Poole, visitor services manager at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts, is creating a volunteer master naturalist program to grow the refuge’s education and interpretive programs. Poole says that they’ve already filled most of the 20 openings in the yearlong training program. Volunteers will spend one Saturday a […]

Jan 02, 2012

Video Monday: Protect Wildlife in 2012

As we welcome in 2012, which is an important election year, we as voters must work to ensure that the politicians who represent us share our values to protect wildlife. Sadly many politicians today are abandoning conservation efforts and turning their backs on the traditions that have protected so much of Wild America. This video […]