Archive for the 'Volunteering' Category

Nov 20, 2012

Wildlife About to Fall Off the “Fiscal Cliff”

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) is a national coalition of 22 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations. Together, these organizations represent a national constituency numbering more than 15 million Americans. Working together, and with the support of more than 230 refuge Friends groups, CARE educates Congress, the Administration and the public about the […]

Aug 16, 2012

Salazar Gives Green Light to Hackmatack NWR

Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that he has authorized the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. The refuge will eventually provide up to 11,200 acres of habitat for wildlife as well as outdoor recreational opportunities within easy driving distance of millions of people. The U.S. Fish […]

Aug 09, 2012

Alamosa NWR Visitor Center Reopens

The Valley Courier in Colorado reports that with help of volunteers from the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in southern Colorado has reopened. Since reopening, the Center has received hundreds of visitors from at least five countries. The highlight of the Center is the […]

Apr 20, 2012

Wildlife Refuge Hero Near the End of Her Life

The Peninsula Daily News in Washington state reports that wildlife refuge advocate Eleanor Stopps — who along with Zella Schultz was instrumental in the creation of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge — has been moved to a care facility as she loses her battle with pancreatic cancer. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population […]

May 13, 2011

“Restoring America’s Wildlife Refuges 2011: Assets for All Americans”

This week the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) issued a press release and a report which warns that unless Congress provides adequate funding for the Refuge System, the economic benefits refuges provide, along with the lands, waters, wildlife, and recreation and education opportunities that refuges were established to protect, could be in jeopardy. These […]

Apr 07, 2011

Friends Urged to Share Their Vision for the Refuge System

At the Conserving the Future website, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been soliciting ideas and comments from citizens regarding the future vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. If you visit the site, you’ll see volunteers, staff, refuge Friends, conservation leaders, and many other types of individuals participating in the conversation. The site […]

Apr 05, 2011

Nominations Needed for “Take Pride in America” Awards

The “Take Pride in America” National Awards recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding volunteer service on public lands. Volunteers nominated must have volunteered during May 1, 2010-April 30, 2011. Categories include: individual, school program, youth/youth group, corporation or business, non-profit organization, faith-based group, Federal volunteer event/program, local government event/program, state event/program and public/private partnerships. […]

Mar 06, 2011

NWRS 2011 Friends Group of the Year Award

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has just announced the winners of the 2011 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. ———————- NWRS 2011 Friends Group of the Year Award This award recognizes a Friends group that has shown outstanding leadership as a voice of the community and as an advocate for the protection, conservation, and enhancement of […]

Mar 06, 2011

NWRS 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has just announced the winners of the 2011 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. ———————- NWRS 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award Denis Mudderman, Tamarac NWR, MN Denis Mudderman combines his technological expertise with his enthusiasm for environmental education and public outreach to continually find new and creative ways to promote […]

Feb 04, 2011

Joanna Webb is New National Friends and Partnership Coordinator is reporting that Joanna Webb — long-time refuge ranger at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida — is being promoted to National Friends and Partnership Coordinator, which is a position that will allow her to help support 230 existing Friends groups and work to bring in new volunteers at refuges around the country. […]

Jan 28, 2011

The Future of National Wildlife Refuges

On the website “Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation” (which was just redesigned), there’s an important discussion going on about the future of America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. If you’re a refuge advocate, a refuge employee, a refuge volunteer, a hunter, angler, bird watcher, or wildlife conservation supporter, you should visit the […]

Jan 05, 2011

President Signs NWR Volunteer Improvement Act of 2010

The White House website has announced that on January 4, President Obama signed the National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act of 2010, which was approved by Congress right before the holiday break. According to the THOMAS website, the bill does the following: Amends the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (the Act) to authorize appropriations […]