Archive for March, 2012

Mar 14, 2012

Happy 109th Anniversary to the National Wildlife Refuge System

On March 14, 1903, without fanfare, President Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing
Pelican Island as a federal bird reservation — the forerunner to the National Wildlife Refuge System.
This was the first time that the federal government set aside land for the sake of wildlife. Paul
Kroegel was hired as the first national wildlife refuge manager. He [...]

Mar 14, 2012

New Bob Hines Biography

For anyone who has followed bird art produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the name Bob Hines should be familiar.
Robert W. (Bob) Hines (1912-1994) was born in Columbus, Ohio, and though he had no formal training in art or in wildlife science, by the age of twenty-seven he was working as staff [...]