Archive for the 'Annual Events' Category

Apr 02, 2013

USFWS Funding to States Hit by Sequester

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel recently reported that while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a record $882 million to states this year for fish, wildlife and recreation projects, the amount would have been $44 million greater if not for the sequester, put in place by Congress. Due to Congress’ inability to reach […]

Mar 14, 2013

Happy 110th Anniversary to the Refuge System

Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and supporters of the National Wildlife Refuge System on the 110th anniversary of the creation of the greatest collection of conservation lands in the world. And a special big thanks to all the government workers in the Refuge System who do so much with so little.

Feb 18, 2013

2013 Refuge System Award Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have announced the honorees for the prestigious annual National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. The awards honor the Refuge Manager, Refuge Employee, Refuge Volunteer and Friends Group of the Year. “The Refuge System could not function, let alone be the bright star of conservation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feb 12, 2012

2012 Refuge System Awards

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2012 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards: Being honored this year are: Charles A. Pelizza has been selected as the recipient of the Paul Kroegel Award for Refuge Manager of the Year for his leadership, professionalism and advocate […]