Archive for the 'Southwest 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 [...]

Nov 02, 2012

Tram Tours at Hagerman NWR

The North Texas e-News recently reported on the popular tram tours at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas.
The C&E Cardinal Express is a new electric tram at Hagerman NWR where visitors can enjoy refuge tours along the Auto Route. The tram holds up to 14 and “operates silently for minimum disturbance of wildlife.”
Starting [...]

Oct 02, 2012

Valle de Oro and Rio Mora Become Nation’s 559th and 560th Refuges

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently dedicated the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, making it the first urban refuge in the Southwest and one of a handful across the nation. In addition, Salazar also traveled to Wind River Ranch near Mora, N.M. for a signing ceremony establishing the Rio [...]

Feb 22, 2012

Friends of Anahuac Refuge Review Accomplishments

The Anahuac Progress in Texas recently published an article on the annual meeting of the Friends of Anahuac Refuge.

The Friends of Anahuac Refuge held their annual meeting a couple weeks ago at the new visitor’s center on FM 563. There was a good sized crowd of interested persons attending the meeting, who were served [...]

Feb 01, 2012

Eagle Cams Beaming Live Action at Wildlife Refuges

Several national wildlife refuges (and related lands) currently have Bald Eagle Cams that will be beaming live images of eaglets now that nesting season is upon us. Blackwater National Wildlife in Maryland has two eggs in their Eagle Cam nest, which sits 80 feet up in a loblolly pine tree at the refuge.
The National Conservation [...]

Jan 24, 2012

Caddo Lake NWR Land/Water Transfer Still On Hold

News-Journal.com in Texas reports that the land/water transfer between the Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is still on hold, four months after the parties last met.
The Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant is a federal Superfund pollution site, and the USFWS wants assurances that the Army will [...]

Dec 14, 2011

Wichita Mountains NWR Recovering from Devastating Fire

NewOK.com reports that nearly half of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge’s 59,020 acres in Oklahoma were burned in an early September fire.

“In the long term, we’ll be fine,” said Tony Booth, refuge manager. “In the short term, we’ll just have to wait and see. There are just so many variables. In fact, we have [...]

Dec 06, 2011

Judge Wants USFWS Crane Expert to Testify

San Antonio Express News reports that a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expert has been required to testify in a lawsuit brought by The Aransas Project, which claims that the state of Texas has failed to keep enough fresh water flowing into bays and estuaries to allow endangered whooping cranes to survive.
The Justice Department [...]

Nov 29, 2011

Drought Impacts Migrating Birds

Seattlepi.com reports that ravaged wetlands and crops throughout Texas and New Mexico are waiting for migratory cranes, geese, and ducks that are making their way south for the winter season.
Buffalo Lake and Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuges are seeing a decrease in birds due to drought conditions:

“I don’t know where our birds are going,” said [...]

Oct 14, 2011

Partnership Protects 2500 Acres for New Neches River NWR

PulteGroup Inc recently announced that the PulteGroup Land Legacy Fund, working in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has acquired 2,500 acres of East Texas forest that will be given to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to become part of the new Neches River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

Home to the bobcat and the near-threatened [...]

Sep 30, 2011

Urban National Wildlife Refuge Approved for New Mexico

The Environment News Service reports that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in Albuquerque that 570 acres have been acquired to establish a national wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, which will make it New Mexico’s first urban refuge.
The current owners of the former Price’s Dairy Farm were interested in [...]

Sep 14, 2011

DHS Proposes Tripling Base Size Near Cabeza Prieta NWR

The Center for Biological Diversity criticized an analysis by the Department of Homeland Security that proposes tripling the size of the Border Patrol’s base in the desert.

“In its slipshod analysis of the impacts of tripling the size of its forward operating base near Organ Pipe National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Homeland Security [...]