Archive for November, 2012

Nov 25, 2012

USFWS Alaska Bracing for Large Amount of Retirements

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Alaska office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing for the retirement of 40 to 50 senior Alaska employees at the end of the year, just less than 10 percent of its workforce. That’s the number of workers who can take advantage of a one-time window […]

Nov 20, 2012

Wildlife About to Fall Off the “Fiscal Cliff”

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) is a national coalition of 22 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations. Together, these organizations represent a national constituency numbering more than 15 million Americans. Working together, and with the support of more than 230 refuge Friends groups, CARE educates Congress, the Administration and the public about the […]

Nov 20, 2012

Hurricane’s Damage to Refuges Raises Questions About Budget Cuts

The Washington Post published an article Monday raising the issue of how budget cuts will impact the ability of national wildlife refuges to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Thirty-five of the region’s 72 refuges were closed after the storm. Six million people per year — many from the District, Virginia and Maryland — visit the refuges, […]

Nov 15, 2012

San Joaquin River NWR Holding Open House Meetings

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in California will be holding two open house meetings regarding their proposal to expand the San Joaquin River NWR by acquiring up to 22,156 acres along the lower San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers to protect and restore riparian habitat. Riparian restoration would benefit native species found along the […]

Nov 14, 2012

Alligator River NWR DVD Now Available

STRS Productions in North Carolina has put out several high-quality and entertaining DVDs on national wildlife refuges in North Carolina including one on Pea Island, Roanoke River, Pocosin Lakes, and Mattamuskeet. They have just released their new DVD on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and you can see the trailer below. “See Red Wolves, Alligators, […]

Nov 14, 2012

More Images of Hurricane Sandy’s Impact

Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association have posted images showing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on national wildlife refuges along the East Coast. Visit the USFWS Hurricane Information Center to learn more about the impact and what the Service is doing to get refuges back on their feet […]

Nov 05, 2012

USA Today Article on Hurricane Sandy and Refuges

USA Today published an article about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on national wildlife refuges and migrating birds. One of the biggest fears is that Sandy’s heavy ocean surges pushed salt water from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal freshwater refuges, which are vital rest stops for migrating birds. “A freshwater marsh is a precious commodity,” […]

Nov 02, 2012

Tram Tours at Hagerman NWR

The North Texas e-News recently reported on the popular tram tours at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas. The C&E Cardinal Express is a new electric tram at Hagerman NWR where visitors can enjoy refuge tours along the Auto Route. The tram holds up to 14 and “operates silently for minimum disturbance of wildlife.” […]

Nov 02, 2012

Photo Friday: Snow from Hurricane Sandy

Although rain was the main feature of Hurricane Sandy, the mountain regions got a ton of snow. Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia got almost three feet. Currently the refuge is helping Tucker County dig out from the storm. Visit the USFWS Northeast Region Flickr page to see more Hurricane Sandy photos: