John D. Dingell. Credit: USFWS
National Wildlife Refuges Host Spectacular Bird Festivals
February 11, 2019
Last week, the Service and the nation lost one of its most inspiring friends and conservation heroes: Congressman John D. Dingell
, who passed away Feb. 7. Dingell’s name is synonymous with the country’s keystone conservation laws – the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, to name a few -- all of which he authored or sponsored. Of his six decades in the U.S. Congress, Dingell spent more than half as an influential member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. In 2017, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor center was named after Dingell, who worked to establish the Service’s first international wildlife refuge as a place to gather, learn and protect the area’s wildlife and natural resources.
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