National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward October 2014




  The Power of a Small Group

President Obama signed a proclamation in September expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe shares his very personal connection to that news here. Read more...

2013-08-21 Oct
2013-08-21
A Policy to Thrive

"The Friends policy was written to strengthen the relationship between Friends and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," writes Christine Kline, Friends of Squaw Creek Refuge in Missouri, who sets a tone for Friends groups to thrive within the new policy.  Read more here.

Oct
2013-08-21
2013-08-21
  Putting Out the Welcome Mat

A national Ambassador Program will debut throughout the Refuge System in 2015, offering new skills to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and Friends. Read about what's coming here.

2014-10-21 Oct
2013-08-21 Oct
Building Bridges to Birding

With the help of two grants, one library, the daughter of a local artist and numerous volunteers, the Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge built bridges to birding on Long Island in New York.

Find out how they did it here.

 
2013-08-21 Oct
2013-08-21 Oct


 

Bird Conservation Works

The 2014 State of the Birds report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, but in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering. Learn the highlights here.

2013-08-21  
2013-08-21  


Barn Quilts at Noxubee Refuge

Members of the Friends of Noxubee Refuge are contributing to a national movement to have barn quilts in every state. Take a look here.

 
2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Friends Partnership Mentoring Program
The National Wildlife Refuge System is accepting applications for Friends Partnership Mentoring Program through December 1, 2014. Mentoring sessions will be scheduled beginning in early 2015.

  • Program description here
  • Application information here
  • Friends Mentoring Action Plan here
2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Nominations Sought for 2015 Awards

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is accepting nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments by refuge managers, refuge employees, volunteers and Friends groups until  November 17. Results will be announced in March 2015. Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award:  $1,000 for refuge manager, employee and volunteer awards, $2,000 for Friends group. Details and nomination form here.


FWS Retirees Association Grants
The FWS Retirees Association is offering matching grants to support significant refuge anniversary celebrations (50th, 75th, 100th). Deadlines are April 30 for events occurring July through December and October 30 for events January through June. Details here.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Resources from Southwest Friends Mentoring Workshop >>

2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Refuge Update September/October Focuses on Climate Change


2013-08-21  
2013-08-21

Celebrate Wilderness

  • All staffed refuges recently received copies of a new National Wildlife Refuge System wilderness coloring book. It is available online here. The latest issue of Fish & Wildlife News features a Spotlight section highlighting "50 Years of the Wilderness Act."


  • In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, 10 photographs from national wildlife refuges are part of the Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Exhibition of approximately 50 photos at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (Open until summer 2015)


  • Additional educational resources on wilderness are available, including activities for kids, a video and a PowerPoint presentation.

 

 

 

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Last updated: October 24, 2014