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A Unique and Successful Photo Blind Partnership
10 Region, March 15, 2004
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Through an active partnership that the National Wildlife Refuge System has with the North American Nature Photographers Association, 12 photo blinds have been constructed at 12 refuges across the nation since 1997. Those 12 refuges are Minnesota Valley, MN; Blackwater, MD; Quivera, KS; Prime Hook, DE; Buenos Aires, AZ; Shiawassee, MI; Bear River, UT; Sonny Bono Salton Sea, CA; Cameron Prairie, LA; Seney, MI; Moosehorn, ME, and Ruby Lake, NV.

This unique partnership between the North American Nature Photographers Association and the National Wildlife Refuge System provides the funding, not to exceed $1500 (2/3rd and 1/3rd respectively) for building supplies and materials. The refuge provides the labor through volunteers, FRIENDs groups, or staff. The photo blinds are built specifically for photographers who want to observe wildlife in solitude for a couple of hours or the entire day.

So far in 2004 five refuges are in the process of having blinds constructed, bringing the total number of blinds constructed to date to 17 blinds. Those in the process of having blinds completed are Desota, IA; Ft. Niobrara-Valentine, NE; Willapa, WA; St. Catherines Creek, MS; and Morris Wetland Management District, MN.

If you are interested in finding out how your refuge can take advantage of this partnership, contact Deborah McCrensky at deborah_mccrensky@fws.gov .

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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