Refuge Press Releases


2018 Press Releases

September 24, 2018 - 2018 Hunting Opportunities
August 6, 2018 - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge welcomes new leadership
January 30, 2018 - Detroit River Hawk Watch Completes its 35th Year of Monitoring Fall Raptor Migration

2017 Press Releases 

September 5, 2017 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Opportunities for Hunters in Southeast Michigan
September 5, 2017 - Detroit River Hawk Watch Celebrates 35 years of Hawk Monitoring!
July 24, 2017- Building relationships, building community: Detroit welcomes Sigma Beta Club
June 26, 2017 - U.S. Silica, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partner in Celebrating History and Conserving Natural Resources at the Mouth of the Huron River
June 14, 2017 - More Peregrine Falcons Finding a Home in Southeast Michigan
May 15, 2017 - More Bald Eagles in Southeast Michigan!
April 7, 2017 - Detroit's Bunche Academy Partners with Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge to enhance conservation education and inspire a sense of wonder for natural resources in students
January 14, 2017 - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center named in honor of John Dingell
January 2017- License plate sales fund Michigan wetlands project
January 2017 - Detroit Audubon Safe Passage for birds

2016 Press Releases

December 2016- The only International Wildlife Refuge is turning 15
December 6, 2016 - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Featured in Film Series on Urban Refuges
November 28, 2016 - Mystery Solved of Threatened Bird at Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan
November 18, 2016 - Osprey Fledged from refuge's Strong unit in Monroe County reaches south american on her fall migration.
November 15, 2016 - Midwest Region Priority Urban Refuge is an Ecological Showpiece According to 2016 Biological Surveys
September 19, 2016 - The State of the Strait 2016
September 13, 2016 - Greening of Detroit Work Crew Assists with Habitat Restoration at Refuge Gateway
September 1, 2016 - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Fix Unit Closed to All Hunting During the 2016 Hunting Season due to Habitat Restoration Project.
July 13, 2016 - U.S.Fish and Wildlife Offers Opportunities for Hunters in Southeast Michigan
July 1, 2016 - Declining Grassland Birds Quick to Use Converted Farm-Fields on the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
May 19, 2016 - Gibraltar Bay Unit Open Daily from Dawn til Dusk
April 16, 2016 - US-Canada Greenways Vision Map Media Release
February 5, 2016 - Bird Town: Detroit Bird Conservation Efforts on the Rise (The Outdoor Journal)
February 2, 2016 - Students get environmental lesson (World Wetlands Day-Monroe News)
January 19, 2016 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Donates Fishing Poles to Help Teach Detroit Youth the Joys of Fishing Along the Detroit Riverfront
January 19, 2016 - Grassy Island Update 2016
January 8, 2016 - Construction Begins on the School Ship Dock and Fishing Pier at the Refuge Gateway in Trenton, Michigan

2015 Press Releases

 

2014 Press Releases

December 21, 2014 - Happy Birthday to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

December 15, 2014 - Refuge welcomes new Visitor Services Manager, Jody DeMeyere

November 19, 2014 - Volunteer Stewardship Crew Begins New Chapter for Downriver's Humbug Marsh

November 8, 2014 - Visitors take to the evening woods with ears wide open

October 28, 2014 - Fighting Island Reef Expansion Successful!

October 15, 2014 - World Class Hunting in Our Backyard

September 15, 2015 - Refuge welcomes new park ranger, Jennie Lewis Braatz

August 26, 2014 - Youth Work Crew Make a Difference at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

August 18, 2014- 30 Acres of Land in Monroe County added to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

July 29, 2014 - BASF Provides Support to the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

July 24, 2014- Invasive Phragmites Control Successful at Refuge: Transformation of an Embayment for People and Wildlife

July 11, 2014 - Summer Youth Employment Opportunities at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 

July 8, 2014 - The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance Announce Paddle the Detroit River 

May 2, 2014 – Come Learn Why Birds Matter During the Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day! 

April 14, 2014 – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Prescribed Burn Postponed at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge near Estral Beach Village 

April 3, 2014 – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Prescribed Burn Planned at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge near Estral Beach Village   

 February 18, 2014 – School of Natural Resources and Environment and USFWS Celebrate 10-Year Partnership for the Detroit River IWR 

 January 16, 2014 – Huron-Erie Corridor Initiative Partners Receive Prestigious Secretary of the Interior Honor 

2013 Press Releases 

 

2012 Press Releases 

April 26, 2012 – 2011 Annual Report Released
April 23, 2012 – Sugar Island Added to Refuge

2011 Press Releases 

November 7, 2011 – Extreme Makeover: Brownfield Edition

October 31, 2011 – State of the Strait Conference Convened at EMU

September 28, 2011 – Refuge Bike & Hike
July 29, 2011 – Sustain Our Great Lakes Announces $8.2 Million in Great Lakes Projects 
July 6, 2011 – Secretary Salazar Visits Refuge
May 18, 2011 – ITC Donates $70,000 for Phragmites Control
May 17, 2011 – 2010 Annual Report Released
May 13, 2011 – Ford Volunteers Work at Humbug Marsh
May 12, 2011 – Comment Period on Draft Compatibility Determination for Farming
May 4, 2011 – Wyandot Lead Sacred Land Ceremony at Refuge Gateway
April 18, 2011 – Migratory Bird Bash to be Celebrated on International Migratory Bird Day 
April 7, 2011 – Refuge Prepares for Prescribed Burn 
Marcy 23, 2011 – Boy Scouts Restore Habitat at Refuge Gateway
March 9, 2011 – Refuge to Hire Youth Conservation Corps Students
March 2, 2011 – Detroit Audubon Society to Host Annual Conference at Cobo Hall
February 14, 2011 – Over 5,000 Mallard Ducks Documented in Humbug Marsh
February 10, 2011 – Hunt Plan Out for Public Comment
February 8, 2011 – World Wetlands Day to be Celebrated at Gibraltar Carlson High School 
February 1, 2011 – Creating a New Waterfront Porch for Wildlife and People
January 14, 2011 – Common Tern Habitat Restored on Belle Isle

 

2010 Press Releases 

December 16, 2010 – Partnership to Restore Common Terns

November 19, 2010 – NOAA Announced $2.5 Million for Erie Marsh Restoration 

October 29, 2010 – EMU and the Service Partner to Fight Invasive Species Using High Tech Tools  
October 23, 2010 – Gibraltar Bay Unit Added to Refuge
October 22, 2010 – Great Lakes Restoration in Action in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 
October 12, 2010 – Nationally Renowned Raptor Photographer to Speak at Lake Erie Metropark
September 25, 2010 – Brancheau Wetlands Restored
June 25, 2010 – Refuge Participates in River Raisin Heritage Trail Dedication 
May 14, 2010 – Ford Volunteers Construct Entry Garden at Refuge Gateway
May 13, 2010 – Refuge Participates in Detroit River Days
May 5, 2010 – Refuge Hosts Migratory Bird Day
April 12, 2010 – Refuge Hosts Flying Wild Workshop 
April 6, 2010 – 35-Acre Burke Tract Added to Refuge 
March 23, 2010 – Refuge to Offer Youth Conservation Corps Jobs
March 20, 2010 – Audubon and Partners Kickoff Statewide Effort to Recognize IBAs
March 15, 2010 – Refuge Hosts Patch Contest
March 4, 2010 – Refuge Hosts Photography Program  
February 20, 2010 – NTH Receives American Council of Engineering Companies Award for Construction of Shelter and Trails at Humbug Marsh 
February 16, 2010 – Ford Marsh Added to Refuge
February 5, 2010 – Refuge Hosts Birding on Ice Program  
February 2, 2010 – Humbug Marsh Designated as Ramsar Site   
January 29, 2010 – State of the Strait Report Released 
January 15, 2010 –  New Law Enforcement Officer Starts at Refuge