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  • Volunteers Needed for Butterfly Surveys

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Date: June 13, 2014

    Volunteers Needed for Butterfly Surveys

    Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers who enjoy being outdoors and learning about the natural world. Volunteer to be a Karner Counter and help monitor endangered Karner Blue Butterflies on the refuge.

    Surveys are conducted from mid-July through early August; scheduling is flexible. Surveying involves walking off-trail along a survey route with a partner to count butterflies. Typical survey routes are 2 miles long. Sign up for just one survey, or for several.

    Training and equipment will be provided. For more information, e-mail brad_strobel@fws.gov.
     

    Eco Explorers Day Camp

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

    Date: June 13, 2014   

     

    Eco Explorers Day Camp at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

     

    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Wondering what your kids will be doing this summer? Why not sign them up for Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s Eco Explorers Day Camp where they’ll explore the great outdoors! Camp is full of fun activities like nature photography, hiking, games, experiments, nature crafts, and more! Day Camp is offered to children who have successfully completed kindergarten through grade five by summer 2014.

    Applications for the Eco Explorers Day Camp are now available at the NWR Visitor Center, online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Necedah/, or by contacting Kara Zwickey at necedah@fws.gov or 608-565-2551. Registration is free, but space is limited. Applications must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, July 11, 2014, and will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

    Two sessions of Day Camp will be offered this year. Each day, campers will be at the Visitor Center from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 2014 camp sessions will be held the following weeks:
    - Session I: July 29 – 31, 2014
    - Session II: August 5 – 7, 2014.

     

    2014 Applications

    2014 Junior Duck Stamp Goes to Nationals

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Pardeeville Student’s Junior Duck Stamp Goes to Nationals

    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Thirteen year-old Adam Novey’s artwork from Pardeeville, WI was chosen for the 2014 Wisconsin Best of Show Junior Duck Stamp.

    Six year-old Natalie Nickel from Allenton Elementary in Allenton, WI won the Wisconsin Conservation Message with her statement, “to preserve and respect all creatures and our world is also protecting our future.”

    The 2014 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest drew 392 entries from students across the state. “Each year the amount of detail these young artists achieve in their artwork is amazing. We cannot wait to share Wisconsin’s artwork with you,” said Katie Goodwin, Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinator.

     

    Celebrate Spring

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

    Date: March 26, 2014

    Celebrate Spring at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Celebrate spring with the wonders of nature at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge!  Join a refuge naturalist on Saturday, March 29th and Saturday, April 12th to partake in activities that are fun for the whole family!  


     

    In 2011, Doug Staller was assigned as an instructor to the Burunge Wildlife Management Area which lies between the Tanzania National Parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Join us for this picture safari adventure and experience the birds, Baobabs, and Bantu of this unique country on Saturday, March 29th from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 


    The refuge will be hosting a beginner photography program, “Can You Capture It,” on Saturday, April 12th from 9:00am – 9:45am. This indoor lecture series features tips and tricks for capturing wildlife photography, and will feature photographs taken on the refuge during the month of March. This program is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, share sightings on the refuge, and meet others who share an interest in photography! All camera types and skill levels welcome.

    Grab your binoculars and camera for this one mile bird walk through prairies, oak savannas, and wetlands! Spring is a great time to search for migrating songbirds, waterfowl, swans, and cranes. New and experienced birders are welcome to practice their skills with a naturalist during this family bird hike on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00am – 11:00am. Binoculars and bird guides are available on a first come, first served basis.

     

    Whooping Crane Funding

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

    Date: March 25, 2014

    Whooping Crane Funding Comes to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge


    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) –Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will receive $210,000.00 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Recovery Initiative, a highly competitive grant. This funding initiative is designed to support nearly 300 threatened and endangered species found in and around national wildlife refuges. Only four grants were awarded this year. Necedah’s grant will support three years of management activities to expand the limited understanding of multiple factors that influence nesting whooping cranes. Field work under this grant will be conducted from this spring in 2014 through 2016.

    More specifically, this project will focus on when whooping cranes choose to nest. Whooping cranes present an interesting challenge to biologists because of these keys variables: whooping cranes have been introduced to an area, have learned to forage, select habitat, and migrate, yet they are still struggling in reproducing offspring.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014
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