Archive for the 'Southeast Region' Category

May 13, 2013

SpaceX Wants to Claim Part of Merritt Island NWR

The Orlando Sentinel recently reported on the brewing battle between SpaceX — a California company owned by billionaire Elon Musk — and those looking to protect refuge habitat.
SpaceX wants 150 acres in an area known as Shiloh, which is surrounded by the healthiest part of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. SpaceX continues to perform commercial [...]

Apr 28, 2013

Discover the Coastal North Carolina NWR Gateway Visitor Center

The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently posted a nice look at the newish Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Gateway Visitor Center on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This visitor center represents eleven national wildlife refuges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages along the North Carolina coast.
This long-planned visitor [...]

Apr 14, 2013

White-Nose Syndrome Present at Fern Cave NWR

Mother Jones magazine reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama — reportedly one of the most spectacular caves in the country and a prime habitat for bats.

This cave provides winter hibernation space for several bat species, including the largest [...]

Apr 02, 2013

Army Corps Adds Over 600 Acres to Delta NWR

WVUE in New Orleans reports that recent dredging work in Louisiana has added over 600 acres to Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The Corps states as part of its maintenance and operation of the Mississippi River navigational channel, workers dredged the Head of Passes Hopper Dredge Disposal Area…
The dredging operation began in September of 2012. Weeks Marine [...]

Jan 25, 2013

New Refuge is Proposed for Tennessee

The Tennessean reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to create a new national wildlife refuge in central Tennessee. The refuge would be named the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge would cover about 25,000 acres in Franklin County near Estill Fork, Hurricane Creek and Larkin Fork.
Dwight Cooley, who manages refuges [...]

Dec 21, 2012

Uncollared Florida Panther Seen Moving Kittens in Florida Panther NWR

The Huffington Post reported on the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has footage of an uncollared endangered Florida panther moving three kittens to a den in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Kevin Godsea, FWS’s project leader of the SW Florida Gulf Coast Refuges, told HuffPost that the camera photographed the [...]

Nov 14, 2012

Alligator River NWR DVD Now Available

STRS Productions in North Carolina has put out several high-quality and entertaining DVDs on national wildlife refuges in North Carolina including one on Pea Island, Roanoke River, Pocosin Lakes, and Mattamuskeet.
They have just released their new DVD on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and you can see the trailer below. “See Red Wolves, Alligators, [...]

Oct 05, 2012

Proposed Alligator Hunting at Loxahatchee NWR Produces Controversy

WPTV.com recently reported on a public hearing in West Palm Beach regarding a plan to allow alligator hunting at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida:

About 100 people showed up to give opinions on a proposal by the refuge to issue 11 permits in 2013 for hunters to kill two of the giant reptiles each, for [...]

Aug 10, 2012

New Paddling Trails to Open at Tensas River NWR in Louisiana

The Town Talk reports that on September 15, 2012, the LSU AgCenter plans to unveil four new paddling trails at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana for National Hunting and Fishing Day. The LSU AgCenter has also acquired a grant to run paddling workshops to encourage visitors to get out on the [...]

Jul 30, 2012

Night Hunting of Coyotes Endangers Red Wolf Recovery

For twenty-five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working to restore America’s endangered red wolves, with national wildlife refuges such as Alligator River NWR and Cape Romain NWR — both in North Carolina — playing a role in their recovery. Currently red wolves roam free only in North Carolina, but the state [...]

Jul 17, 2012

Water with Sewage Released into St. Mark’s NWR in Florida

WCTV in northern Florida reports that water with sewage was released into St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge.

One million gallons of excess storm water was pumped into the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge Area last week. More water was also pumped into a neighborhood that borders that area. It’s what was in that water that [...]

Apr 19, 2012

Okefenokee NWR Fire Out After One Year

Savannah Now reports that the Honey Prairie Fire, which was ignited by lightning on April 28, 2011, and burned about 483 square miles at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is finally out. It was the largest fire in the refuge’s 75-year history.
The fire did not cause any serious injuries or deaths, but rebuilding still remains to [...]