Archive for the 'Pacific Region' Category

Jul 08, 2013

Population Collapse of the Endangered Hawai’i Creeper

Phys.org reports that the female population of the endangered Hawai’i creeper is only 22 to 28 percent of the remaining adult population in the southern portion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. The numbers come from research performed by University of Hawai’i at Mānoa scientists Leonard Freed and Rebecca Cann and raise concerns that […]

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 02, 2013

Endangered Deer Relocated to Ridgefield NWR

The Reflector in Washington state reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been transferring endangered Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge in Cathlamet to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The move was made after the USFWS discovered the potential failure of a dike along Steamboat Slough Road in Cathlamet brought on […]

Jan 24, 2013

Praise for Retiring Refuge Manager Jean Takekawa

A recent article in The Olympian sung the praises of retiring Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jean Takekawa, who just ended a 35-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five months after her South Sound arrival from her wildlife biologist job at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 500-year […]

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 […]

Sep 18, 2012

USFWS to Remove Wild Burros and Horses from Sheldon NWR in 5 Years

The Republic reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final management plan for the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (northwestern Nevada) that calls for the removal of all wild horses and burros from the refuge within five years. The move is being made because the refuge was created for pronghorn antelope and […]

Jul 13, 2012

Shark Attack Described on USFWS Pacific Region Blog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a nice blog for the Pacific Region, and the most recent post describes a rescue of a Nature Conservancy diver who was attacked by a shark near Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean. According to the blog, “the amateur triage was so dramatic that the […]

Apr 20, 2012

Wildlife Refuge Hero Near the End of Her Life

The Peninsula Daily News in Washington state reports that wildlife refuge advocate Eleanor Stopps — who along with Zella Schultz was instrumental in the creation of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge — has been moved to a care facility as she loses her battle with pancreatic cancer. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population […]

Feb 23, 2012

NOAA and USFWS Behind Schedule on Banning Commercial Fishing in Pacific Monument

EurekAlert reports that the Marine Conservation Institute filed a formal petition to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, asking them to prohibit commercial fishing in the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument. In 2009, President George W. Bush created the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National […]

Jan 24, 2012

Second Short-tailed Albatross Chick Hatches at Midway Atoll NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that for the second time in recorded history an endangered short-tailed albatross chick has hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched Jan 12, just hours after oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and marine life artist Wyland visited the nest. This […]

Sep 26, 2011

Video Monday: Western Snowy Plover Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted an interesting video about recovery efforts for the threatened Western snowy plover. Currently, only eight locations in Oregon support nesting Western snowy plovers, a 72 percent reduction in active breeding locations. The primary cause of decline is loss and degradation of habitat.    

Sep 16, 2011

Photo Friday: Saving the Nihoa Millerbird

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that efforts are underway to establish a second population of the endangered Nihoa Millerbird on Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to prevent the bird’s extinction. Nihoa and Laysan Islands are part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which comprise the majority of the atolls […]