Will you be participating in this year's Christmas Bird Count? The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world is hosted by the Audubon Society and will collect data for it's 115th year. This year's count will take place Dec 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015, and will provide critical data on population trends, species, and the numbers of birds utilizing specific areas. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.
The USFWS is so proud of all of our sponsors, volunteers, community membersand visitors for making this year's BirdFest and Bluegrass the best celebration we've had in years! Attendance was phenomenal and the music spectacular. Join us next year as we celebrate another BirdFest and the 50th anniversary ofthe Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Our aptly named fisheries biologist, Rod Engle, shares his personal trials, triumphs, and tips after introducing his daughters to fishing.
NPR recently featured Dr. Robert Zarr, a Washington D.C. pediatrician who is prescribing nature to his patients, particularly those who are in need of some creative exercise solutions. And it's getting results.
Get some helpful tips from refuge staff on how to make nature a little less scary for kids (and quite a few adults, too).
SE Portland Invasive Removal Party!
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 AM - Join Portland Parks & Rec and Friends of Tideman Johnson, to remove invasive species from native planting areas. Help remove encroaching plants and ensure the native trees and shrubs, previously planted, will survive and thrive. Learn about “daylighting” and how it helps native plants. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, instruction and homemade treats (thanks guys!) are provided. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 or meet at the Sprigwater Corridor Trail. SE 37th Ave. & Tenino St.See Map
Ridgefield NWR Habitat Restoration
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Head to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge every Wednesday and Saturday to assist with the ongoing removal of invasive Ricefield Bullrush plants. Come lend a hand while exploring the refuge's wetlands.Get the Full Event Details Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Faces of nature blog
Play or Work? Why Can't It Be Both?
To the casual passerby, the sounds of young laughter and splashing in a river may evoke an image of youth hard at play; but USFWS intern, Kira Marie Cazenave, has a different story to tell.
In this installment of Faces of Nature, Kira offers a window into what it's like to be a young 'Biologist-For-A-Day' as a group of students from Washington team up with a pair of USFWS biologists to peer beneath the surface of the Newaukum River and check up on the health of mussels and the water...and have a little fun in the process.Read the full story
- Fish & Wildlife News Refuge Update Eddies IQ - Invasives Quarterly
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