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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

Jan 24, 2012

Caddo Lake NWR Land/Water Transfer Still On Hold 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 […]

Dec 14, 2011

Wichita Mountains NWR Recovering from Devastating Fire 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 […]