Archive for the 'Pacific Southwest Region' 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 13, 2013

Spotlight on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex just posted a beautiful gallery of migration season at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in California, and the Merced Sun-Star recently published a wonderful editorial by Brigitte Bowers on the merits of Merced National Wildlife Refuge, which also belongs to the San Luis NWR Complex: The Merced National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1951 to […]

Dec 11, 2012

Amazing Sights at Sacramento NWR

“Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors” in the San Francisco Chronicle recently featured the amazing wildlife sights being observed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California: To see, hear and feel the en-masse fly-out of unbelievable thousands of snowgeese — even once in your life — can change the way you feel about what is possible. Those who […]

Nov 15, 2012

San Joaquin River NWR Holding Open House Meetings

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in California will be holding two open house meetings regarding their proposal to expand the San Joaquin River NWR by acquiring up to 22,156 acres along the lower San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers to protect and restore riparian habitat. Riparian restoration would benefit native species found along the […]

Apr 16, 2012

Water Shortage at Lower Klamath NWR Kills over 10,000 Birds

The Chattanoogan reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says over 10,000 birds have died at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in California/Oregon, and the death toll may be closer to 20,000 birds. Due to drought conditions, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hasn’t allowed water into the refuge since December, and the refuge may […]

Jan 16, 2012

Rare Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a falcated duck, which is a nomadic teal from Asia or perhaps Russia, has been causing quite a stir at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Sacramento NWR Complex in California. The falcated duck has captured the affections of thousands who have made the trip to […]

Jan 06, 2012

Tough Budget Times — Sacramento NWR Entrance Fee Doubles

On Capitol Hill these days there seems to be a fever that is pushing politicians to call for more and more budget cuts — often without even knowing the impact of the cuts — and that has led land agencies to look for other forms of funding, such as raising entrance fees. Sacramento National Wildlife […]