Archive for the 'Invasive Species' Category

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 [...]

Jul 29, 2012

Quivira NWR Experiencing Severe Drought Conditions

The Kansas City Star reports that Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas, along with Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, are experiencing some of the worst drought conditions in 20 years, leaving much of the marsh dried up.

Each has thousands of acres of shallow water intermixed with lush marsh plants, making them the favored resting places for [...]

Jul 30, 2010

Photo Friday: Youth Conservation Corps

Today’s image shows members of the Youth Conservation Corps removing invasive water chestnuts from Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Water chestnut is an aggressive invasive aquatic plant from Asia. One acre of water chestnut can produce enough seeds to cover 100 acres the following year. Their long spines are sharp enough to [...]

Mar 30, 2010

Loxahatchee NWR Receives Stimulus Funds to Battle Invasives

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that they have awarded a $1.25 million contract for removal of invasive plants at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The ARRA contract, awarded to Aquatic Vegetation Control, Inc., of West Palm Beach, Fla., will be used [...]

Jul 07, 2009

Staff & Volunteers at Montezuma NWR Battle Invasive Plant

The Post-Standard in New York reports that staff and volunteers teamed up Tuesday July 7 at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in the Finger Lakes Region to eradicate the invasive weed frogbit out of Tschache Pool.
According to staff and volunteers at Montezuma NWR, the frogbit eradication is part of a new program called MARSH (Montezuma Alliance [...]

Jun 30, 2009

Sheldon NWR Rendezvous

From June 19-21, more than 60 volunteers and approximately 10 personnel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (from Sheldon and Hart Mountain refuges) teamed up to improve habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife, as well as enhance the boundary of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada.
Volunteers removed 10 miles of unnecessary [...]

Jun 26, 2009

Vandals Destroy Invasive Species Work at Wisconsin Refuge

According to the Winona Daily News in Minnesota, vandals have destroyed beetle cages at the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, causing thousands of dollars in damage and destroying an annual project in which students and volunteers devote hundreds of labor hours.
From the News:

For the past seven years, the refuge has raised Galerucella beetles, which [...]

Mar 27, 2009

Photo Friday: State of the Birds 2009

On March 19, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation’s 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats. The report was based on 40 [...]

Mar 08, 2009

Vandalism and Neglect at Supawna Meadows NWR

Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Complex in New Jersey, is one of the many refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that has been destaffed due to budget cuts in the federal government, and now those cuts are resulting in vandalism and neglect at this [...]

Feb 22, 2009

2009 Friends Unite Conference - Pt.1

Today this blogger attended the 2009 National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Unite Conference, which was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was designed to advance and strengthen Friends organizations through networking, skills-building and resource-sharing sessions. Over 500 volunteers (representing 161 Friends groups) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees [...]

Jan 26, 2009

Climate Change Threatens Wildlife Conservation

On January 25, The Washington Post published an article that highlights the greatest threat to national wildlife refuges — climate change.

At the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, sea-level rise threatens to drown the brackish marsh on which migrating shorebirds depend. In Northern California, the shrinking snowpack has reduced stream flows that sustain [...]

Dec 17, 2008

Reforming and Improving the National Wildlife Refuge System

A new report titled “Keeping Every Cog and Wheel: Reforming and Improving the National Wildlife Refuge System” has been released by the following groups: The Aldo Leopold Foundation, American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Trust for Public Land, and The Wilderness Society.
According to the report’s [...]