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 […]

May 06, 2011

Photo Friday: Lower Klamath NWR

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in rural northeastern California and southern Oregon, was established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as the nation’s first waterfowl refuge. The refuge consists of 46,900 acres of a varied mix of shallow freshwater marshes, open water, grassy uplands, and croplands that are intensively managed to provide feeding, […]

May 05, 2011

Farewell to Dave Menke

For anyone who has spent time looking at the USFWS Digital Library, you know the name Dave Menke, thanks to his many beautiful photographs in the public domain — such as the photo of bald eaglets below. The Herald and News reports that Dave Menke has passed away at 64. Menke, 64, had worked the […]

Mar 11, 2011

Photo Friday: Mt Charleston Blue Butterfly

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied Endangered Species Act protection to the Mount Charleston blue, a rare Las Vegas butterfly that government scientists have said needs federal protection to avoid extinction. The population of this highly endangered species has declined drastically since 1995, with recent counts resulting in only 17 butterflies found. […]

Dec 27, 2010

Rain Damage at Ash Meadows NWR

Another storm damage report — this one from Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, Nevada. On the Ash Meadows NWR Facebook page, the refuge reports that rainy weather has damaged refuge roads. The photo below was taken at […]

Sep 11, 2009

Photo Friday: Remembering Rich Guadagno

On September 11, 2001, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Rich Guadagno was aboard hijacked United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, killing all aboard. Rich had just finished a visit with his family on the East Coast and was on his way back to Humboldt in California. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]