Archive for April, 2013

Apr 28, 2013

Bill Supports Continuation of Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Program

The Courier Post reports that Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J. and other congressional representatives have been promoting a bill that would allow the volunteer program in the National Wildlife Refuge System to continue. Authorization for volunteer programs at national wildlife refuges expires at the end of fiscal 2014. Runyan’s bill, which he described as a “common-sense […]

Apr 28, 2013

Sequester Brings Cuts to Guam NWR

The Pacific News Center reports that due to sequester cuts, the Guam National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will now be closed Monday through Friday, beginning May 1. Access to the Refuge’s self-guided Nature Trails, beach, picnic and fishing spots will remain open to the public during regular operation hours from 7:30 – 4:00 p.m. daily. […]

Apr 28, 2013

Discover the Coastal North Carolina NWR Gateway Visitor Center

The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently posted a nice look at the newish Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Gateway Visitor Center on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This visitor center represents eleven national wildlife refuges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages along the North Carolina coast. This long-planned […]

Apr 14, 2013

White-Nose Syndrome Present at Fern Cave NWR

Mother Jones magazine reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama — reportedly one of the most spectacular caves in the country and a prime habitat for bats. This cave provides winter hibernation space for several bat species, including the […]

Apr 11, 2013

Sally Jewell Confirmed as the 51st Secretary of Interior

Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as the new Secretary of the Interior with a vote of 87-11. She succeeds Ken Salazar, who is retiring. Reaction from the National Wildlife Refuge Association: The National Wildlife Refuge Association today expressed its strong support for Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of […]

Apr 08, 2013

Forsythe NWR Recovers from Hurricane Sandy

Five months of work have gone into restoring Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge after the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, and finally the refuge is getting back on its feet. NBC40 in New Jersey has a report and video on the recovery. The refuge reports as of April 4: The Wildlife Drive, the Songbird […]

Apr 08, 2013

Virginia Plans to Study Bacteria Risk at Back Bay NWR

WTVR in Virginia reports that the bacteria levels in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Virginia Beach have been a growing concern for 40 years, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has finally announced it will conduct a study this year to identify the source of the bacteria. The refuge was established in 1938 […]