National Wildlife Refuge System

Fifth-graders at Blair Community Schools in Blair, Nebraska, show off a frog they discovered during a wetland investigation lesson at nearby DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa.
Fifth-graders at Blair Community Schools in Blair, Nebraska, show off a frog they discovered during a wetland investigation lesson at nearby DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa.
Credit: Ken Block, USFWS

Wild Angles: News From the National Wildlife Refuge System

News for September 2010

Wild Angles is a reliable source of news about environmental issues, initiatives and events in the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants.

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Back to School Means Back to Nature for Many Students  For many students around the country, outdoor classrooms are back in session, thanks to educational partnerships between national wildlife refuges and community school districts.

Assessing Damage in the Gulf   From the south point of Texas to the southernmost tip of Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are surveying natural resources along the Gulf Coast to develop a baseline and assess potential impacts of this year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite Chick Deaths, Guarded Optimism for Whooping Cranes  What’s killing whooping crane chicks at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin?  That’s not yet clear, but wildlife experts are advising wildlife enthusiasts to take the long view on prospects for the endangered species.

Inmates Lend a Hand for Conservation  Inmates at the Saginaw Correctional Facility in Michigan are helping Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge conserve wildlife habitat by growing native prairie grass and wildflowers from seed. 

Madison, Wisconsin, to Host Refuge System Vision Conference  In the face of climate change and a host of societal changes, the National Wildlife Refuge System is reinvigorating its strategic direction for the next decade or more. The process will culminate with a conference during the week of July 10, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin.

50-Year Celebrations Begin for Arctic and Izembek Refuges  The first celebrations have begun to mark the 50th anniversaries this year of two iconic Alaska refuges: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Honoring the Past  With the waning of sunlight and the dropping of leaves come thoughts of other natural endings. Perhaps that is what draws so many visitors this season to explore historic cemeteries on national wildlife refuges.

Pelicans Return to Upper Miss Refuge   The great whites are back. No, not sharks. American white pelicans — efficient fish trawlers that are returning in number to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, where they are gobbling up local sushi with gusto.

Many Refuges to Take Part in Birding Event  Once again, many national wildlife refuges nationwide will participate in the annual birding event called “The Big Sit,” hosted each fall by Bird Watcher’s Digest.

Relish Fall in the National Wildlife Refuge System  For flash and drama, it’s hard to beat fall for visiting a national wildlife refuge. Here is a sampling of upcoming refuge events:

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Wild Angles is published monthly by the Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Department of the Interior.

For information about items in the tip sheet, contact:
Martha Nudel, 703-358-1858
Claire Cassel, 703-358-2357

Last updated: September 23, 2010