Archive for the 'Climate Change' Category

Jul 09, 2013

Lower Klamath NWR Almost Bone Dry

The Oregonian recently provided an update on the severe drought conditions at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge — the nation’s first waterfowl refuge, which is located in southern Oregon and northern California. According to The Oregonian, the 54,000-acre refuge hasn’t received water since March and the wetlands are largely dried up, which makes it the […]

Jan 25, 2013

House GOP Strips Storm Aid for Stewart B. McKinney NWR

WTNH in Connecticut reports that Republican Louisiana Rep. John Fleming introduced an amendment that stripped $9.8 million in Hurricane Sandy aid for Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Connecticut. Stewart B. McKinney NWR runs for 70 miles along the Connecticut coast and its eight islands and four land units received a great deal of […]

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 […]

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,” […]

Dec 06, 2011

Chincoteague NWR Conservation Plan

As this blog has reported in the recent past, there is a great deal of controversy at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed plans to move beach access and parking at the refuge in response to the impact of erosion and sea-level rise. The USFWS has posted […]

Nov 29, 2011

Drought Impacts Migrating Birds reports that ravaged wetlands and crops throughout Texas and New Mexico are waiting for migratory cranes, geese, and ducks that are making their way south for the winter season. Buffalo Lake and Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuges are seeing a decrease in birds due to drought conditions: “I don’t know where our birds are going,” […]

Oct 18, 2011

Controversy Brewing at Chincoteague NWR Over CCP

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the southern end of Assateague Island in Virginia and which is part of a popular beach community, is in the process of writing their Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), which is required of each refuge in the nation. The difference for Chincoteague is that some of the CCP […]