Pacific Region Highlights

Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly
Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly USFWS Image

SW Oregon Project to Receive $193,000 from Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

Our partners at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced more than $3 million in grants from its Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.  The Lomakatsi Restoration Project, a monarch habitat restoration project near Ashland, Oregon will receive  $193,786 to restore and enhance 300 acres of degraded monarch habitat including woodland edges, meadows, natural forest openings, riparian areas and landings/roadsides in southwestern Oregon.  Combined with $260,000 in matching funds this project will also unify monarch butterfly habitats throughout our region and expand the native milkweed supply for future  restoration projects.

News Release

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

For additional information about the Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Birds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Birds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge USFWS Image

Celebrations Abound!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but did you know the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is older?  On August 18, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” The newly established “Lake Malheur Reservation” was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his tenure as president. At the time, Malheur was the third refuge in Oregon and one of only six refuges west of the Mississippi.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System

Kendra Chan, 2016 DFP Student
Kendra Chan, 2016 DFP Student USFWS Image

Summer Fellowship Student Flexing Her Mussels

Often overlooked, freshwater mussels are among the more understudied yet ecologically important organisms in aquatic ecosystems.  They are getting some much needed conservation assistance from Kendra Chan, the 2016 Directors Management Fellow assigned to our Fish and Aquatic Conservation Office.  Kendra, one of seven individuals selected for the 2016 Fellowship in the Pacific Region, is gaining experience, continuing her education and undertaking intricate field work for these hard-working filter feeders. 

Learn more about Kendra and her project

For information on the DFP

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