Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in celebrating this tribute to Mother Earth by practicing ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat. Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed every April 22, around the world, as a day to raise awareness of our environment and to involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world. This monumental effort has been instrumental in the development of some of the most powerful and effective environmental legislation, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in SW Washington is home to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse, built based on the archaeological evidence obtained from the archaeological site located on the refuge property. This archaeological site is what remains of the town of Cathlapotle, a Chinookan town encountered by Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Ten years ago, volunteers and Tribal members created this living museum that provides a tangible link to those who lived here in the past and provides a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Washington.
When kids spend less time outdoors, the ability to find out what they're capable of is diminished. Falling and scraping your knee may hurt, but it also teaches kids about limits, danger and consequences. Nature has been proven to be beneficial for children in almost all parts of their life. Not only does it help prevent obesity, reduce stress and build self-esteem, it can also help increase focus inside of the classroom. Moreover, cognitive functions, social skills, leadership and collaboration can all be improved by spending time outside. But the list doesn’t stop there. These are just some of the many benefits that children can gain by being connected with the natural world around them.
If you will be enrolled in high school in Sept. 2015 and have an interest in wildlife habitats, livestock, plants and a potential career with the USFWS, here is an opportunity for you. The High Desert Youth Range Camp (HDYRC) will show you how exciting these lands are and how important management of this habitat is to wildlife. Campers will learn about soils, plants, wildlife, using GPS units, talk with ranchers and wildlife scientists and much more! College credit is earned for all students completing camp from Treasure Valley Community College.
The USFWS delivered 300 eggs to Portland Public Schools where elementary and middle school students will watch and study Chinook salmon as they grow from eggs to fry. Come spring, students of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and Chief Joseph-Ockley Green School, who have watched the hundreds of eggs become fry, will release them in the Columbia River.
4th Annual Birds and Brew to Support Fernhill Wetlands
Our friends at Portland Audubon will be joining us at the Fernhill Wetlands on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come on out to this family friendly event and learn about wetland critters, migratory birds, wildlife photography, and just having fun in natur. This is the fourth annual Birds and Brew Festival and will be held at 1399 Fern Hill Road in Forest Grove. Stop on by for a tour; see the birds of prey and reptiles exhibit, get your hands dirty with science and nature, and don't forget the face painting, artists, and other activities.For More Information
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
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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
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