National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward August 2014


A Million Dollar Day for Conservation

August 13 was a first for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but it won't be the last such day.

On that day, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $1 million in additional funding for the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project. Read more from National Wildlife Refuge Chief, Jim Kurth.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Peers and Partners: Friends Spread Their Wings

“Keep an open mind. Be dynamic. Many changes are coming and (we) need to be ready.”

One participant’s evaluation at the first Peer-to-Peer Coaching Workshop is a bird’s eye view of the challenges and opportunities addressed during the two-day event in June at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ. Read what's happening here

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Nature in the City

Six national wildlife refuges are joining the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Urban Wildlife Refuge Program with new partnerships in six major urban areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners expect to spend more than $1.7 million on community-led habitat restoration projects in these areas, involving thousands of volunteers and engaging the communities in outdoor recreation. Read more here.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Mentoring Friends

Friends organizations have been working in tandem with the Refuge System for more than 30 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience. The new Friends Partnership Mentoring Program will use that expertise to build more and stronger collaborative relationships between Friends and staff.   Find out how to get involved here..

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Fighting Fears about Creepy Crawlies

Whether it's because today's visitors tend to live more indoor lives than past generations or watch too many TV survival shows, fears of nature are flourishing -- in all ages.


Read what refuge rangers are doing about it here.

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2014-08-29

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting Friends proposals for capacity
building, project-specific and peer-to-peer coaching grants. Proposals are due September 30 with funding
decisions to be announced by December 30. Details here.

2014-08-29
2014-08-29

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE)

released a report this summer on the benefits that wildlife refuges provide and the challenges they face. “National wildlife refuges are economic engines, but without sufficient funding from Congress, those engines are going to stall,” says David Houghton, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The Refuge Association leads CARE, comprised of 23 wildlife, sporting and conservation organizations.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Refuge Update July/August 2014 focused on Friends and volunteers, with stories from Tualatin River, Chincoteague, Mattamuskeet, Montezuma and Patoka National Wildlife Refuges as well as an interview with national Friends coordinator Joanna Webb. Read the whole issue here.

2014-08-29
2014-08-29

2014 – 2015 Federal Duck Stamps now on sale. The Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp reports here on the stamp’s very first day of sale, August 22, 1934.

2014-08-29
2014-08-29

Meet the National Wildlife Refuge System: Special Places Where Wildlife and People Thrive  - a new online overview of the Refuge System; available on the Conserving the Future section of the Refuge System Web site under Community Partnerships.

 

 

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Last updated: August 29, 2014