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Marking 100 Years of Conservation on National Wildlife Refuges


March 11, 2003

Lindsey Gordon, 772-234-2078
Cindy Hoffman, 772-234-2078 or
Mitch Snow, 202-208-5634


Time Capsules to Preserve Rare Artifacts

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- As the National Wildlife Refuge System prepares to celebrate its Centennial anniversary on March 14th, over 100 wildlife refuges are preparing commemorative time capsules, making this the largest dedication of time capsules in the new millennium. Across the country, wildlife refuges will host time capsule ceremonies, which will be open to the public and will showcase the unique artifacts that will be buried for the next 100 years.

Pelican Island will unveil a national time capsule display on March 13th, featuring artifacts from many of America’s 540 National Wildlife Refuges. Artifacts including a bison fur from National Bison Range NWR in Montana, a polar bear hide from Selawik NWR in Alaska, a whooping crane puppet head from Necedah NWR in Wisconsin and tule elk antlers from San Luis NWR in California are just some of the many interesting items that tell the story of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

“One hundred years ago, President Roosevelt left us a great gift in the creation of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The time capsules that we seal today are our gift to future generations,” said Steve Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We hope that the items we will preserve in these time capsules will help future generations understand the great pride we have in our refuges and inspire them to carry on the Roosevelt legacy.”

“This is a truly exciting time capsule effort by the Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Paul Hudson, co-founder of the International Time Capsule Society. “Time capsules are a valuable reminder from one generation to another, and conservation of America’s natural heritage is an important message to send forward through time.”

Provided below is a complete listing of time capsule events and dates. For other Centennial events taking place across the country throughout the year, please visit If you would like more information on the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Centennial, a specific event taking place in your area, or a wildlife refuge near you, please contact Lindsey Gordon at 772-234-2078 or visit:

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

Time Capsule Dates and Locations: Events are listed alphabetically by state

Thursday, March 6:

    Togiak NWR at the Hangar Dillingham Alaska Airport, Dillingham, contact 907-842-1063

Saturday, March 8

    McNary NWR in Burbank, contact 509-547-4942

Tuesday, March 11:

    Willapa NWR in Ilwaca, contact 360-484-3482

Thursday, March 13:

    Pelican Island NWR in Sebastian- an unveiling of the time capsule display will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach, Florida. This national time capsule will include artifacts from some of America’s 540 refuges. Contact772-562-3909
  • OHIO
    Ottawa NWR in Oak Harbor, contract 419-898-0014

Friday, March 14:

    Wheeler NWR in Decatur, contact 256-353-7243
    Kenai NWR in Soldotna, contact 907-262-7021
    Kodiak NWR at the Alaska Visitor Center in Kodiak, contact 907-487-2600
    Refuge Headquarters in Galena, contact 907-656-1231
    Selawik NWR in Kotzebue, contact 907-442-3799
    Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR in Fremont, contact 510-792-0222
    San Francisco Bay NWR-- Gary Soren Smith Center at Ohlone College in Freemont, contact 510-792-0222
    Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWR in Guadalupe, contact 805-343-9151
    Hopper Mountain NWR in Fillmore, CA, contact 805-644-5185
    Humboldt Bay NWR in Loleta, contact 707-733-5406
    Klamath Basin NWR in Tulelake, contact 530-667-2231
    Sacramento NWR in Sacramento, contact 530-934-2801
    San Diego NWR in San Diego, contact 760-930-0168
    Seal Beach NWR in Seal Beach- Kick-off of “Flyways to Highways Centennial Caravan”, contact 562-598-1024
    Stone Lakes NWR in Elk Grove, contact 916-775-4421
    Sweetwater Marsh NWR in Chula Vista (event includes participation from Arctic, Kanuti and Yukon Flats NWR), contact 619-575-2704
    Arapaho NWR in Walden, contact970-723-8202 for more information
    Alamosa NWR in Alamosa, contact 719-589-4021
    Regional Office in Denver, contact 303-236-7917 ext 258
    Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR & Two Ponds NWR in Commerce City- this is a joint birthday celebration and time capsule event with both refuges. contact 303-289-0232
    Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna, contact 302-653-9345
    Prime Hook NWR in Milton, contact 302-684-8419
    Hakalau Forest NWR in Hilo- public viewing of time capsule (burial ceremony to take place the following day), contact 808-933-6915
    James Campbell NWR in Haleiwa, contact 808-637-6330
    Kona Forest NWR in Honaunau, contact 808-328-7366
    Kootenai NWR in Bonners Ferry, contact 208-267-3888
    Crab Orchard NWR in Marion, contact 618-997-3344
    Big Oaks NWR in Pakota, contact 812-273-0783
    Muscatatuck NWR in Seymour, contact 812-522-4352
  • IOWA
    Union Slough in Titonka, contact 515-928-2523
    Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, contact 316-683-5499
    Marais des Cygnes NWR in Pleasanton, contact 913-352-8956
    Quivira NWR in Stafford, contact 620-486-2393
    Big Branch NWR in Slidell, 985-646-7555
    Moosehorn NWR in Baring, contact 207-454-7161
    Blackwater NWR in Cambridge, contact 410-425-2692
    Eastern Neck NWR in Rock Hall, contact 410-639-7056
    Patuxent NWR in Laurel, contact 301-497-5580
    Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, contact 413-253-8200
    Parker River NWR in Newburyport, contact 978-465-5753
    Yazoo NWR in Hollandale, contact 662-839-2638
    Big Muddy in Columbia, contact 573-876-1826
    Shiawassee NWR, in Saginaw, contact 989-777-5930
    Big Stone NWR in Odessa, contact 320-273-2192
    Minnesota Valley NWR in Bloomington, contact 952-854-5900
    Sherburne in Zimmerman, 763-389-3323
    Benton Lake NWR in Great Falls, contact 406-727-7400
    Bowdoin NWR in Malta, contact 406-654-2863
    Charles M Russell NWR in Lewistown, contact 406-538-8706
    Lee Metcalf NWR in Stevensville: VIPs invited to this event include Sen. Max Baucus. For more information, contact: Sue McDonald 406-777-5552 x203
    Lost Trail NWR in Marion, contact 406-858-2216
    Medicine Lake NWR in Medicine Lake, contact 406-789-2305
    National Bison Range in Moiese, contact 406-644-2211
    Boyer Chute NWR in Ft. Calhoun-- Senators Hagel and Nelson and Representative Berauter have been invited. For more information, contact Bryan Schultz 402-468-4313
    Crescent Lake NWR in Scottsbluff, contact 308-635-7851
    Fort Niobrara NWR in Valentine, contact 402-376-3789
    Rainwater Basin WMD in Kearney, contact 308-236-5015
    Ruby Lake NWR in Ruby Valley, contact 775-779-2237
    Stillwater NWR (time capsule dedication to take place at the Churhill County Museum in Fallon), contact 775-423-5128
    Supawna Meadows NWR in Pennsville, contact 856-935-1487
    Iroquois NWR in Basom, contact 585-948-5445
    Des Lacs NWR in Kenmare, contact 701-385-4046
    Chase Lake NWR in Woodworth, contact 701-752-4218
    J. Clark Salyer NWR in Upham, contact 701-768-2548
    Kulm WMD in Kulm, contact 701-647-2866
    Long Lake NWR in Moffit, contact 701-387-4397
    Oregon Coast NWRC in Newport, contact 541-867-4550
    Upper Souris NWR in Berthold, contact 701-468-5467
    Valley City WMD in Valley City, contact 701-845-3466
    Tewaukon NWRin Cayuga, contact 701-724-3598
    Oregon Coast NWRC in Newport, contact 541-867-4550
    Tualatin River NWR in Sherwood, contact 503-590-5811
    Lacreek NWR in Martin, contact 605-685-6508
    Lake Andes WMD in Lake Andes, contact 605-487-7603
    Madison WMD in Madison, contact 605-256-2974
    Aransas NWR in Austwell, contact 361-286-3559
  • UTAH
    Bear River MBR in Brigham City- This event will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bear River Refuge. Centennial Commission Member Karl Malone will be invited. Contact: Betsy Beneke 435-723-5887 x16
    Ouray NWR in Randlett, contact 435-545-2522
    Fish Springs NWR in Dugway, contact 435-831-5353
    Missisquoi NWR in Franklin County, contact 802-868-4781
    Chincoteague NWR in Chincoteague Island, contact 757-336-6122
    Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, contact 757-721-2412
    Little Pend Oreille NWR in Colville, contact 509-684-8384
    Nisqually NWR in Olympia, contact 360-753-9467
    Turnbull NWR in Cheney, contact 509-235-4723
    Horicon NWR in Mayville, contact 920-387-2658
    Whittlesey Creek in Ashland, contact 608-685-2678
    National Elk Refuge in Jackson- The National Museum of Wildlife Art will host this event. For more information, contact: Deserai Anderson-Utley at 303-236-8145, x226 or Jim Griffin 307-733-9212
    Seedskadee NWR in Green River, contact 307-875-2187

March 15, 2003:

    Wheeler NWR in Decatur, contact 256-353-7243
    Tetlin NWR’s Mushers Hall in Tok ---Centennial Hoe Down, contact 907-883-5312
    San Luis NWRC in Los Banos, contact 209-826-3508
    Piedmont NWR in Round Oak, contact 478-986-5441
    Hakalau Forest NWR in Hilo—Time Capsule burial ceremony, open house and stamp event. Contact 808-933-6915
    Kilauea Point NWR in Kilauea (in conjunction with“Annual Ocean Fair”) 808-828-1413 or 808-828-0762
  • IOWA
    Port Louisa in Wapello, contact 319-523-6982
    Kirwin NWR in Kirwin, contact 785-543-6673
    Ft. Niobrara NWR in Valentine, contact 402-376-3789
    Sevilleta NWR (one hour from Albuquerque) in Socorro, contact 505-864-4021
    Tualatin River NWR in Sherwood, contact 503-590-5811
    Cape Romain NWR in Awendaw, contact 843-928-3264
    Aransas NWR (Approximately 1.5 hours from Corpus Christi) in Austwell, contact
    Necedah NWR in Necedah (Less than 2 hours from Madison), contact 608-565-2551
March 18, 2003:
    Galena, Alaska City Office: Centennial Koyukon Prehistoric Display, contact 907-656-1231

March 21, 2003:

    White River NWR in De Witt, contact 870-946-1468
    Alligator River NWR in Manteo, contact 252-473-1131

March 22, 2003:

    Clark River NWR in Benton, 270-527-5770
    Columbia NWR in Othello Time capsule event to take place in conjunction with the 6th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival. In Othello, contact 509-488-2668

March 29, 2003:

    Ridgefield NWR, contact 360-887-4106

March 30, 2003:

    Sand Lake NWR in Columbia, contact 605-885-6320

April 19, 2003:

    Kern NWR in Delano, contact 661-725-2767

April 22, 2003:

    Pahranagat NWR in Lincoln County (90 miles north of Las Vegas), contact 775-725-3417

May 10, 2003:

    Red Rock Lakes NWR in Lima, contact 406-276-3536
    William Finley NWR in Corvallis, contact 541-757-7236

May 16, 2003:

    Leopold Wetland Management District in Mayville (this time capsule will be interred during the Baraboo River WPA dedication ceremony) contact 920-387-0336

May 17, 2003:

    Windom WMD (MN) in Windom, contact 507-831-2220
    “Harney County Day” at Malheur NWR in Princeton, contact 541-493-2612

May 23, 2003:

    National Bison Range in Moiese, contact 406-644-2211

May 24, 2003:

    Seney NWR in Seney, contact 906-586-9851

July 31, 2003:

    Upper Mississippi River NWR in LaCrosse, 612-713-5311 in Onalaska, contact 608-783-8405


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