Archive for December, 2012

Dec 21, 2012

2012 National Wildlife Refuge Association Photo Contest Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced the winners of their 2012 Refuge Photography Contest. Keith Ramos of Galena, Alaska won first place with a photo of a young bobcat peering through the foliage at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The curious bobcat had just been released into the wild by a wildlife […]

Dec 21, 2012

Officials Examine Hurricane Damage at Sachuest Point NWR

WPRI.com in Rhode Island reports that Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island was joined by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in touring Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed since it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Refuge Manager Vandemoer reports on the refuge website, “The high surf created unstable […]

Dec 21, 2012

Uncollared Florida Panther Seen Moving Kittens in Florida Panther NWR

The Huffington Post reported on the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has footage of an uncollared endangered Florida panther moving three kittens to a den in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Kevin Godsea, FWS’s project leader of the SW Florida Gulf Coast Refuges, told HuffPost that the camera photographed the […]

Dec 13, 2012

Defenders of Wildlife: Sea-Level Rise at National Wildlife Refuges

Defenders of Wildlife recently posted about a project they undertook to assess the sea-level rise threat to the lands within both the acquired boundary (the land that a refuge already owns) and the approved boundary (the land they are planning to acquire) of eight coastal refuges threatened with sea-level rise: Blackwater, Great White Heron, Laguna […]

Dec 11, 2012

Amazing Sights at Sacramento NWR

“Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors” in the San Francisco Chronicle recently featured the amazing wildlife sights being observed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California: To see, hear and feel the en-masse fly-out of unbelievable thousands of snowgeese — even once in your life — can change the way you feel about what is possible. Those who […]

Dec 11, 2012

Tight Budgets Prevent Dike Repair to Save Endangered Deer

The Wahkiakum County Eagle in Washington State reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing an emergency translocation of Columbian white-tailed deer from Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer near Cathlamet to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge due to the imminent failure of the Steamboat Slough dike, a dike owned […]

Dec 09, 2012

Sheila McCartan Wins 2012 Sense of Wonder Award

Sheila McCartan, Visitor Services Manager and Park Ranger for the Pacific Region’s Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was honored with the 2012 Sense of Wonder Award. The Rachel Carson ‘Sense of Wonder’ Recognition Program recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of interpretation and environmental education within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. McCartan was recognized […]

Dec 09, 2012

NWRA Launches Refuge Friends Connect

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has launched the Refuge Friends Connect website to help give Friends inspiration, motivation, and tools to enhance any Friends Group as they strive to support wildlife conservation, their community, their local refuge, and the Refuge System. On the site, you’ll find: RESOURCES to expand your knowledge DIRECTORY of all Friends […]

Dec 09, 2012

Jim Hall: Chief of Law Enforcement, Refuge System

The Washington Post recently featured Jim Hall, Chief of Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in their Federal Faces article. Hall began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a tractor operator at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, and soon became refuge manager for Harris Neck, […]