Try as I might, I don’t actually remember the first time I saw the blue goose sign that designates national wildlife refuges.
I imagine it was at one of the NWRs in the Southeast, where my family would vacation while my Dad worked on acquisitions for the Service.
I have been trying to recall my first look as we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week on October 14-20.
Well, it may be lost in the fog of time, but I can remember many, many great days inside of those boundary signs. And a great memory, earlier this year posting the first blue goose sign, with Secretary Salazar and Regional Director Cindy Dohner at the Everglades Headwaters NWR.
Pilot Butte Elementary students pose with their "Get your goose on!" towels at Seedskadee NWR in Wyoming. Photo Credit: Katie Theule/USFWS
In the introduction to her Conservation in Action series, Rachel Carson wrote, “Wherever you meet this sign, respect it.”
I definitely respect the blue goose, too, and all that it means.
As Carson explained in that same introduction: “It means that the land behind the sign has been dedicated by the American people to preserving, for themselves and their children, as much of our native wildlife as can be retained along with our modern civilization. “
The sign, then, shows the country’s commitment to wild things, and we help the country honor that commitment.