Archive for September, 2012

Sep 27, 2012

50th Anniversary of “Silent Spring”

September 27, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring — a book that inspired the banning of DDT, and as a consequence brought about the revival of the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, osprey, and brown pelican. It’s also a book that has been credited with inspiring the modern environmental movement — [...]

Sep 18, 2012

California Wildlife Refuge Gets Ax

The Alameda Sun reports that the final nail appears to be in the coffin for any hopes regarding the creation of the proposed Alameda National Wildlife Refuge in California.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received the green light from the US Fish & Wildlife Service for its Alameda Point clinic and national cemetery [...]

Sep 18, 2012

Families Enjoy Elk Viewing at Charles M. Russell NWR

The Great Falls Tribune reports that families are enjoying watching impressive elk from the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, in Montana.

But during the rut, hundreds of the state’s most beloved big-game animal regularly gather at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area at the Charles M. Russell National [...]

Sep 18, 2012

USFWS to Remove Wild Burros and Horses from Sheldon NWR in 5 Years

The Republic reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final management plan for the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (northwestern Nevada) that calls for the removal of all wild horses and burros from the refuge within five years.

The move is being made because the refuge was created for pronghorn antelope and other [...]

Sep 17, 2012

Salazar Establishes 558th NWR Unit in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar recently announced the formal establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation’s 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, thanks to the donation of a nearly 77,000-acre conservation easement in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley by noted conservationist Louis Bacon.
Bacon, a [...]

Sep 12, 2012

Interior Announces More than $29 Million to Expand Refuge System

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved the investment of nearly $11 million in revenue from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to add an estimated
10,640 wetland acres to seven units of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The [...]

Sep 12, 2012

NWRA Refuge Photo Contest Now Open

The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) is rolling out its 6th annual digital photo contest showcasing America’s National Wildlife Refuges.
“Images of wildlife and wild landscapes tell the remarkable story of our national wildlife refuges,” said Evan Hirsche, president of NWRA. “Amateur and professional photographers alike are capturing amazing images throughout the System, and we invite [...]