National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward December 2014




  Friends, Volunteers & Nature Stores

A more refined interpretation of the new Friends policy is intended to clear up confusion about Friends, Service volunteers and nature stores. Read the details here.

2013-08-21 Oct
2013-08-21
Creating a New Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts

The newest Conserving the Future team – the Outdoor Recreation Team – is developing a strategy to expand outdoor recreation on national wildlife refuges. Read all about it  here.

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2013-08-21
2013-08-21
  Achieving Excellence

Urban areas present a strategic opportunity to reach new audiences who don’t know about the Refuge System and are less likely to visit a refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff along with local and national partners have developed eight standards of excellence to serve as a framework for collaboration with urban communities and partners. Read more here.

2014-10-21 Oct
2013-08-21 Oct
Getting Pinned with Frats, Sororities

Agreements with national African-American fraternities and sororities are one way the Refuge System is reaching out to new urban audiences. Read all about it here.

 
2013-08-21 Oct
2013-08-21 Oct
  A Goal, A Purpose, Self Esteem

It all started in 2009 when Zac Burson began looking to get his middle school students outdoors. Burson supervises programs for young people with autism and intellectual disabilities in Bossier Parish Schools, LA. Burson talked with Pat Stinson, manager at nearby Red River National Wildlife Refuge, who directed him to the Friends of Red River. Five and a half years later, the teens are still outdoors, and Burson is president of the Friends group.  Read how it happened here.

2013-08-21  
2013-08-21  
Ding Darling App

The newest smartphone technology is now in service to roseate spoonbills, mangrove tree crabs and alligatorsatJ. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Read more here.

 
2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Ivory Challenge
There may not be elephants on your refuge, but elephants need our help. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades, with more than 35,000 killed in 2013 for the illegal ivory trade. Now Friends can respond. Read here.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Spot Something Illegal on a Wildlife Refuge?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established a Turn In Poachers (TIPs) Line to help the public report violations occurring on national wildlife refuges and other Service-managed lands. People can call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or e-mail NWR_TIPs@fws.gov 24 hours a day. You will be asked for the type of incident as well as the date, place (refuge name or county/state) and approximate time of the incident. People may leave their name and contact information, which will aid law enforcement in the response and investigation. They also may remain anonymous. Any contact information provided will be used for official purposes only.

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Last updated: December 10, 2014