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PS-Eleanor Stopps

"What else could I do? This is the only thing that could be done for the birds. It had to be done and there was no one else around to do it. So I did. You know it is about our own survival too."                                                                                                                --Eleanor Stopps

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Volunteer Eleanor Stopps was the driving force behind the efforts to have Protection Island designated as a National Wildlife Refuge. A housewife and mother, Stopps testified before Congress and lead lobbying efforts that resulted in President Ronald Reagan signing the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Act in 1982.

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. The Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge also supports the refuge goals of Protection Island.

Protection Island recruits two volunteer caretakers a year, an individual or couple for the winter months and an individual or couple for the summer months. The caretaker(s) lives on the Refuge and has a variety of duties which may include maintenance, wildlife and habitat work, and public education and interpretation. Maintenance, wildlife, and habitat work will be directed by appropriate staff because of the sensitivity of breeding wildlife to disturbance. A six month commitment is required. Caretaker(s) will be required to operate a USFWS motorboat. Preference is given to candidates with current MOCC training. Interested parties should contact the Refuge at (360)457-8451.