Friends Forward
June 2016
Friends Are Our Go-To Resources
The recent establishment of Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area, IL, is a vivid example of the importance of Friends. Refuge Chief Cynthia Martinez credits the tireless energy of Friends. Read more
Science Is All Around You Waiting to Be Discovered
Curious people who enjoy being outdoors are playing increasingly important roles in gathering scientific data and increasing our understanding of the world. Read More
Bringing Conservation to Cities
If conservation can be brought into the industrial heartland, it can be done elsewhere. That’s the essential lesson from Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager John Hartig shares his thoughts here. Read more
Pocket Parks in Philadelphia
John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum, PA, and its Friends group are helping neighboring communities turn vacant lots into gardens and parks.  Read more
From Crosswalks to Boardwalks
Trinity River Refuge, TX, its Friends Group and the AFL-CIO's Union Sportsmen's Alliance worked together to build a boardwalk from the refuge to the city of Liberty. Read more
2016 State of the Birds
More than one third of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action. The State of North America's Birds 2016  is a call to action to governments, private industry and the public to come together to support a beloved shared resource: migratory birds. Read more
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - deadline
July 12

Captain Planet Foundation Grant - deadline
September 30

Friends of NCTC Scholarships for Volunteers
Junior Duck Stamp Winner
16-year-old Stacy Shen of Fremont, CA, painted a pair of Ross’s geese to win the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. See her winning entry and more here.
Legends and Beacon Awards
Awards have been announced for National Wildlife Refuge System leaders in technology and outdoor recreation. Meet the winners here.
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