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Welcome to the Friends Newswire

The Friends NewsWire provides a series of ready-to-use stories each month. Refuge Friends can use the stories in their online or printed publications. The Friends NewsWire occasionally provides photos.

To download a story or photo, simply right click on the link, and scroll the fly-out menu to "Save Target As." Save the file to your preferred location on your hard drive.

If you have questions about the NewsWire, please contact Refuge System Chief of Communications Martha Nudel, 703-358-1858 or Martha_Nudel@fws.gov.

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November 16, 2016    
 
See America’s History on National Wildlife Refuges Word 19KB  Lighthouses and forts, shipwreck treasures and long lost cultures: So much of America's past is found on national wildlife refuges. 11/16/2016
 
See America’s History on National Wildlife Refuges PDF 137KB  Lighthouses and forts, shipwreck treasures and long lost cultures: So much of America's past is found on national wildlife refuges. 11/16/2016
 
See America’s History on National Wildlife Refuges Image 53KB   11/16/2016
 
See America’s History on National Wildlife Refuges Image 97KB   11/16/2016
 
Antlers! Word 25KB  Majestic moose. Elegant elk. Regal deer. What makes them so memorable? Antlers!  11/15/2016
 
Antlers! PDF 83KB  Majestic moose. Elegant elk. Regal deer. What makes them so memorable? Antlers!  11/15/2016
 
Antlers! Image 85KB   11/15/2016
 
Antlers! Image 57KB   11/15/2016
 
Antlers! Image 80KB   11/15/2016
 
Final Improvements to 50-Year-old Regulations Governing Oil and Gas Development Word 16KB  As part of its ongoing commitment to preserve America’s rich wildlife legacy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule to govern the management of non-federal oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands. 11/15/2016
 
Final Improvements to 50-Year-old Regulations Governing Oil and Gas Development PDF 75KB    As part of its ongoing commitment to preserve America’s rich wildlife legacy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule to govern the management of non-federal oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands. 11/15/2016
 
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Our Inaugural Issue of Digital Refuge Update Word 15KB  We were excited to welcome thousands of readers to the first issue of the digital, quarterly Refuge Update newsletter.  10/27/2016
 
Our Inaugural Issue of Digital Refuge Update PDF 28KB  We were excited to welcome thousands of readers to the first issue of the digital, quarterly Refuge Update newsletter.  10/27/2016
 
Conservation Coalition’s Efforts Move Columbian White-tailed Deer to Recovery Word 28KB  Building on a record of collaborative conservation and species recovery in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners celebrated the downlisting of the Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened in Washington and Oregon.  10/20/2016
 
Conservation Coalition’s Efforts Move Columbian White-tailed Deer to Recovery Pdf 92KB  Building on a record of collaborative conservation and species recovery in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners celebrated the downlisting of the Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened in Washington and Oregon.  10/20/2016
 
Conservation Coalition’s Efforts Move Columbian White-tailed Deer to Recovery Image 58KB     10/20/2016
 
The Next Generation to Care for Wildlife  Word 28KB  Juan “Tony” Elizondo, a high school teacher in Houston, and Corrin Omowunmi, a Student Conservation Association coordinator at a Philadelphia-area national wildlife refuge, share a passion for environmental awareness, wildlife conservation and connecting young people with nature. Their work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping to nurture a new generation of conservationists.  10/20/2016
 
The Next Generation to Care for Wildlife  Pdf 92KB  Juan “Tony” Elizondo, a high school teacher in Houston, and Corrin Omowunmi, a Student Conservation Association coordinator at a Philadelphia-area national wildlife refuge, share a passion for environmental awareness, wildlife conservation and connecting young people with nature. Their work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping to nurture a new generation of conservationists.  10/20/2016
 
The Next Generation to Care for Wildlife  Image 58KB     10/20/2016
 
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September 6, 2016     
  
 
Refuge Week Materials You Can Use    
 
A CD containing materials to help celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 9-15 this year) was shipped on August 22 to all national wildlife refuges open to the public. But we wanted to give the materials directly to you by using the Friends NewsWire service and encourage you to work with your refuge staff on the celebration.

Here you will find ready-to-print fact sheets about birds; a fill-in-the-blank press release about Refuge Week; a fill-in-the-blank op-ed/letter to the editor that a Friends group might want to send in anticipation of the Week’s celebration; and some tips about working with social media like Facebook and Twitter.     
 
Fact Sheet: Downy Woodpecker PDF 439KB   09/06/2016
 
Fact Sheet: Northern Cardinal PDF 494KB   09/06/2016
 
Fact Sheet: Northern Saw-whet Owl PDF 1.81MB   09/06/2016
 
Fact Sheet: Painted Bunting PDF 311KB   09/06/2016
 
Fact Sheet: Red-tailed Hawk PDF 529KB   09/06/2016
 
Fill in the Blank Op-Ed Word16KB   09/06/2016

Fill in the Blank Press Release Word 20KB   09/06/2016
 
Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass Gives Access to Public Lands and Waters Word 16KB  The Obama Administration launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program to give fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year. 09/06/2016
 
Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass Gives Access to Public Lands and Waters PDF 156KB  The Obama Administration launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program to give fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year.  09/06/2016
 
Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass Gives Access to Public Lands and Waters Image50KB   09/06/2016
 
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August 5, 2016

The 565th National Wildlife Refuge Word 19KB  Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was formally established on May 25.
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The 565th National Wildlife Refuge Pdf 252KB  Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was formally established on May 25.
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Four New Urban Partnerships Help Americans Gain Access to Health Benefits of Nature Word 19KB  In an increasingly urbanized country, new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnerships in four cities will connect residents with nature.
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Four New Urban Partnerships Help Americans Gain Access to Health Benefits of Nature Pdf 252KB  In an increasingly urbanized country, new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnerships in four cities will connect residents with nature.
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Four New Urban Partnerships Help Americans Gain Access to Health Benefits of Nature Pdf 252KB  In an increasingly urbanized country, new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnerships in four cities will connect residents with nature.
 08/04/2016
 
New Weekly Photo Stories on Refuge System Website Word 19KB  The National Wildlife Refuge System has launched weekly online stories – filled with fabulous photos -- to highlight its conservation achievements and recreation.
 08/04/2016
 
New Weekly Photo Stories on Refuge System Website Word 19KB  The National Wildlife Refuge System has launched weekly online stories – filled with fabulous photos -- to highlight its conservation achievements and recreation.
 08/04/2016
 
New Weekly Photo Stories on Refuge System Website Word 19KB  The National Wildlife Refuge System has launched weekly online stories – filled with fabulous photos -- to highlight its conservation achievements and recreation.
 08/04/2016
 
June 3, 2016

See Your Pollinator Garden Grow Word 19KB  One of the best ways you can help monarch butterflies and other pollinators is to plant a pollinator garden.
 06/03/2016
 
See Your Pollinator Garden Grow Pdf 252KB  One of the best ways you can help monarch butterflies and other pollinators is to plant a pollinator garden.
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See Your Pollinator Garden Grow Image 51KB   06/03/2016
 
See Your Pollinator Garden Grow Image 55KB   06/03/16
 
Is ROI Measured Only in Dollars and Cents?
By Cynthia Martinez, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System
 Word 18KB  People are always looking for a bargain. That’s just what they get from national wildlife refuges.  06/03/2016
 
Is ROI Measured Only in Dollars and Cents?
By Cynthia Martinez, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System
 PDF 149KB  People are always looking for a bargain. That’s just what they get from national wildlife refuges.  06/03/2016
 
Louisiana Black Bear Is Removed From Endangered and Threatened List Word 18KB  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that, after 24 years of recovery work by an array of partners, the Louisiana black bear has been removed from the threatened and endangered species list. 06/03/2016
 
Louisiana Black Bear Is Removed From Endangered and Threatened List Pdf 81KB  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that, after 24 years of recovery work by an array of partners, the Louisiana black bear has been removed from the threatened and endangered species list. 06/03/2016
 
Louisiana Black Bear Is Removed From Endangered and Threatened List Image 74KB   06/03/2016
 
New National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois Word 15KB  Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was formally established on May 25 with acceptance of a 66-acre donation from the nonprofit Friends of the Kankakee. 06/03/2016
 
New National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois Pdf 78KB  Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was formally established on May 25 with acceptance of a 66-acre donation from the nonprofit Friends of the Kankakee.  06/03/2016
 
New National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois Image 55KB   06/03/2016
 
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Interior Secretary Offers Vision for Future of Conservation Word 15KB  In remarks at the National Geographic Society on April 19, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America’s rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.  05/03/2016
 
Interior Secretary Offers Vision for Future of Conservation PDF 76KB  In remarks at the National Geographic Society on April 19, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America’s rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.  05/03/2016
 
Cooperative Efforts at National Wildlife Refuge Encourage Grizzly Sustainability Word 16KB  The grizzly project is one of 16 across 27 states being funded through the CRI to help recover threatened or endangered species on or near national wildlife refuges. Besides the Yellowstone grizzly, species to benefit from this year’s $6.86 million in CRI funding include piping plover, freshwater mussels and bull trout. 05/03/2016
 
Cooperative Efforts at National Wildlife Refuge Encourage Grizzly Sustainability PDF 82KB  The grizzly project is one of 16 across 27 states being funded through the CRI to help recover threatened or endangered species on or near national wildlife refuges. Besides the Yellowstone grizzly, species to benefit from this year’s $6.86 million in CRI funding include piping plover, freshwater mussels and bull trout. 05/03/2016
 
Cooperative Efforts at National Wildlife Refuge Encourage Grizzly Sustainability Image 53KB   05/03/2016
 
Record Year for Whooping Crane Survey Word 15KB  A preliminary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis of aerial surveys indicates that 329 whooping cranes, including 38 juveniles, are in the primary survey area (approximately 153,200 acres) centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, TX.  05/03/2016
 
Record Year for Whooping Crane Survey PDF 74KB  A preliminary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis of aerial surveys indicates that 329 whooping cranes, including 38 juveniles, are in the primary survey area (approximately 153,200 acres) centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, TX.  05/03/2016
 
Record Year for Whooping Crane Survey Image 48KB   05/03/2016
 
Look Up. That Bird Was Probably at a Wildlife Refuge
By Cynthia Martinez
 Word 17KB  Well-known birder and author Kenn Kaufman said on Facebook, “National wildlife refuges protect some of the most amazing habitats for birds and other wildlife in the USA. These public lands represent a treasure for all Americans.” 05/03/2016
 
Look Up. That Bird Was Probably at a Wildlife Refuge
By Cynthia Martinez
 PDF 80KB   Well-known birder and author Kenn Kaufman said on Facebook, “National wildlife refuges protect some of the most amazing habitats for birds and other wildlife in the USA. These public lands represent a treasure for all Americans.” 05/03/2016
 
Look Up. That Bird Was Probably at a Wildlife Refuge
By Cynthia Martinez
 Image 51KB   05/03/2016
 
Ninth Canine Team for Refuge System Word 14KB  Federal wildlife officer Josh Hindman and his police service dog, Ukkie, became the ninth law enforcement canine team in the Refuge System. 05/03/2016
 
Ninth Canine Team for Refuge System PDF 147KB  Federal wildlife officer Josh Hindman and his police service dog, Ukkie, became the ninth law enforcement canine team in the Refuge System. 05/03/2016
 
Ninth Canine Team for Refuge System Image 48KB   05/03/2016
 
Tiny Technology Helps Track a Tiny Bird Word 20KB  In the Northeast Region, technological advances are allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more about animal behavior to better protect animals. 05/03/2016
 
Tiny Technology Helps Track a Tiny Bird PDF 82KB  In the Northeast Region, technological advances are allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more about animal behavior to better protect animals. 05/03/2016
 
Tiny Technology Helps Track a Tiny Bird Image 58KB   05/03/2016
 
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R/V Tiglax: Alaska Maritime Refuge’s Vehicle for Research Word 20KB  Imagine working on a ship that takes you 15,000 miles through remote islands, from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea, in support of conservation. Six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jobs provide this opportunity, all operating out of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge aboard the R/V Tiglax. 09/09/2016
 
R/V Tiglax: Alaska Maritime Refuge’s Vehicle for Research PDF 138KB  Imagine working on a ship that takes you 15,000 miles through remote islands, from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea, in support of conservation. Six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jobs provide this opportunity, all operating out of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge aboard the R/V Tiglax. 09/09/2016
 
R/V Tiglax: Alaska Maritime Refuge’s Vehicle for Research Image 47KB   09/09/2016
 
2015 Realty Awards Word 18KB  A hands-on Southeast Region realty specialist based in Florida, a wetland management district manager in Montana and non-governmental organization chapter in Montana are recipients of the 2015 National Realty Awards.  02/09/2016
 
2015 Realty Awards PDF 79KB  A hands-on Southeast Region realty specialist based in Florida, a wetland management district manager in Montana and non-governmental organization chapter in Montana are recipients of the 2015 National Realty Awards.  02/09/2016
 
2015 Realty Awards Image 61KB   02/09/2016
 
Stories of Success
By Cynthia Martinez
 Word 17KB  Some 380 of the nation’s 1,591 endangered and threatened species find a home on national wildlife refuges. The reason is straightforward: Home is where the habitat is.  02/08/2016
 
Stories of Success
By Cynthia Martinez
 PDF 231KB  Some 380 of the nation’s 1,591 endangered and threatened species find a home on national wildlife refuges. The reason is straightforward: Home is where the habitat is.  02/08/2016
 
Stories of Success
By Cynthia Martinez
 Image 48KB  Some 380 of the nation’s 1,591 endangered and threatened species find a home on national wildlife refuges. The reason is straightforward: Home is where the habitat is.  02/08/2016
 
Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Word 14KB  Students in grades K-12 can submit their art in the 2016 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest no later than March 1. 02/08/2016
 
Endangered Species Youth Art Contest PDF 84KB  Students in grades K-12 can submit their art in the 2016 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest no later than March 1. 02/08/2016
 
More Than $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands Word 16KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded more than $20 million to 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands  02/03/2016
 
More Than $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands PDF 79KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded more than $20 million to 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands  02/03/2016
 
More Than $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands Image 48KB   02/03/2016
 
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Presidential Awards for Exceptional Performance Word 15KB  Jim Kurth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy director for operations, and Robyn Thorson, the Service’s Pacific regional director, have received Presidential awards for exceptional performance. 01/21/2016
 
Presidential Awards for Exceptional Performance PDF 80KB  Jim Kurth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy director for operations, and Robyn Thorson, the Service’s Pacific regional director, have received Presidential awards for exceptional performance. 01/21/2016
 
Presidential Awards for Exceptional Performance Image 45KB   01/21/2016
 
Presidential Awards for Exceptional Performance Image 52KB   01/21/2016
 
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Marine National Monuments: Singular Achievements
By Cynthia Martinez
 Word 17KB  The marine monuments are essential for the conservation of critical species as we work to conserve a natural world for future generations. 12/15/2015
 
Marine National Monuments: Singular Achievements
By Cynthia Martinez
 PDF 96KB  The marine monuments are essential for the conservation of critical species as we work to conserve a natural world for future generations. 12/15/2015
 
Marine National Monuments: Singular Achievements
By Cynthia Martinez
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New App Helps Sort Millions of Trail Camera Images Word 18KB  Remote trail cameras capture millions of wildlife images. For those images to be useful for scientific purposes, they must be sorted and labeled. Now there's an app for that.  12/15/2015
 
New App Helps Sort Millions of Trail Camera Images PDF 80KB  Remote trail cameras capture millions of wildlife images. For those images to be useful for scientific purposes, they must be sorted and labeled. Now there's an app for that.  12/15/2015
 
New App Helps Sort Millions of Trail Camera Images Image 50KB   12/15/2015
 
A Look Back … Herb Dill and Howard Thornsberry Word 16KB  Herb Dill and Howard “Hacksaw” Thornsberry devised a cannon-projected net that enabled the capture of many geese at once.  12/15/2015
 
A Look Back … Herb Dill and Howard Thornsberry PDF 131KB  Herb Dill and Howard “Hacksaw” Thornsberry devised a cannon-projected net that enabled the capture of many geese at once.  12/15/2015
 
A Look Back … Herb Dill and Howard Thornsberry Image 78KB   12/15/2015
 
New Fire Director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Word 14KB  Chris Wilcox has been named the new fire director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 12/15/2015
 
New Fire Director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PDF 71KB  Chris Wilcox has been named the new fire director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 12/15/2015
 
New Fire Director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image 42KB   12/15/2015
 
Love Your Rabbit, Keep it Penned
By John Morton
 Word 16KB  Pets and other domesticated animals that go feral typically become problems. 12/15/2015
 
Love Your Rabbit, Keep it Penned
By John Morton
 PDF 80KB  Pets and other domesticated animals that go feral typically become problems. 12/15/2015
 
Love Your Rabbit, Keep it Penned Image 78KB   12/15/2015
 
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New Deputy Chief of Refuge System Word 14KB  Shaun Sanchez brings rare experience from all three levels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to his new position as deputy chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. 11/06/2015
 
New Deputy Chief of Refuge System PDF 149KB  Shaun Sanchez brings rare experience from all three levels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to his new position as deputy chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. 11/06/2015
 
New Deputy Chief of Refuge System Image 49KB   11/06/2015
 
Helicopter Ride to the Future Word 15KB  A historic project more than 30 years in the making took place on Kauai’i’s north shore in Hawaii in early November when 10 endangered Hawaiian petrel chicks were flown by helicopter from their nesting area to a new colony protected by a predator-proof fence on Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  11/06/2015
 
Helicopter Ride to the Future PDF 77KB  A historic project more than 30 years in the making took place on Kauai’i’s north shore in Hawaii in early November when 10 endangered Hawaiian petrel chicks were flown by helicopter from their nesting area to a new colony protected by a predator-proof fence on Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  11/06/2015
 
Helicopter Ride to the Future Image 61KB   11/06/2015
 
I Want to Hear from You By Cynthia Martinez Word 473KB  We are so lucky to have Friends throughout the Refuge System.  I’ve believed that for a very long time. 11/06/2015
 
I Want to Hear from You By Cynthia Martinez PDF 159KB  We are so lucky to have Friends throughout the Refuge System.  I’ve believed that for a very long time. 11/06/2015
 
National Fire Safety Award Word 14KB  Bart Rye, a prescribed fire/fuels technician at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, has been awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual National Fire Safety Award. 11/06/2015
 
National Fire Safety Award PDF 70KB  Bart Rye, a prescribed fire/fuels technician at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, has been awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual National Fire Safety Award. 11/06/2015
 
National Law Enforcement Award Word 15KB  Darwin Huggins is the 2015 national Guy Bradley Award recipient for his superior federal law enforcement career protecting wildlife and natural resources. 11/06/2015
 
National Law Enforcement Award PDF 76KB  Darwin Huggins is the 2015 national Guy Bradley Award recipient for his superior federal law enforcement career protecting wildlife and natural resources. 11/06/2015
 
National Law Enforcement Award Image 51KB   11/06/2015
 
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A Look Back … David Hickok Word 17KB  Called a scientist, maverick and visionary, David Hickok led the team that mapped Alaska and became one of the architects of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 that designated many of the refuges, parks and wilderness areas in Alaska. 10/9/2015
 
A Look Back … David Hickok PDF 131KB  Called a scientist, maverick and visionary, David Hickok led the team that mapped Alaska and became one of the architects of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 that designated many of the refuges, parks and wilderness areas in Alaska.  10/9/2015
 
A Look Back … David Hickok Image 68KB  Edit Text 10/9/2015
 
Heavy-Duty Cooperation on Equipment Safety Word 17KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees who operate heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators and backhoes are the behind-the-scenes folks whom visitors to national wildlife refuges and other public spaces often take for granted. 10/8/2015
 
Heavy-Duty Cooperation on Equipment Safety PDF 80KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees who operate heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators and backhoes are the behind-the-scenes folks whom visitors to national wildlife refuges and other public spaces often take for granted. 10/8/2015
 
Heavy-Duty Cooperation on Equipment Safety Image 54KB  Edit Text 10/8/2015
 
Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse Word 16KB  An unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 10/8/2015
 
Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse PDF 73KB  An unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 10/8/2015
 
Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse Image 54KB   10/8/2015
 
Strengthening and Restoring Latinos’ Historic Connection to the Land
By Dan Ashe
 Word 20KB  The history of the United States, and the relationship of its people to the land, cannot be told without recognizing the influence and contributions of men and women of Hispanic descent. 10/8/2015
 
Strengthening and Restoring Latinos’ Historic Connection to the Land
By Dan Ashe
 PDF 138KB  The history of the United States, and the relationship of its people to the land, cannot be told without recognizing the influence and contributions of men and women of Hispanic descent. 10/8/2015
 
Strengthening and Restoring Latinos’ Historic Connection to the Land
By Dan Ashe
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Creating an Urban Presence Word 14KB  In response to a Conserving the Future recommendation to create a refuge presence in cities across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established 17 Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships.  09/09/2015
 
Creating an Urban Presence PDF 6KB  In response to a Conserving the Future recommendation to create a refuge presence in cities across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established 17 Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships.  09/09/2015
 
Urban Refuge Partnerships Launched In Anchorage, Atlanta and Springfield Image 60KB  The U.S. Fish and Service launched three new Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships and named five new Urban Bird Treaty cities in July.  09/09/2015
 
Urban Refuge Partnerships Launched in Anchorage, Atlanta, and Springifield Word 18KB  In response to a Conserving the Future recommendation to create a refuge presence in cities across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established 17 Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. 09/09/2015
 
Urban Refuge Partnerships Launched in Anchorage, Atlanta, and Springifield PDF 85KB  In response to a Conserving the Future recommendation to create a refuge presence in cities across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established 17 Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. 09/09/2015
 
Find Your Way Outdoors Word 16KB  Explore trip ideas. Build a trip.Find places to go and things to do on national wildlife refuges, national parks and other public lands in the largest inventory of federal land in America at recreation.gov.  09/09/2015
 
Find Your Way Outdoors PDF 71KB  Explore trip ideas. Build a trip.Find places to go and things to do on national wildlife refuges, national parks and other public lands in the largest inventory of federal land in America at recreation.gov.  09/09/2015
 
See Condors Live From Your Computer Word 15KB  A new web cam is focused on one of the most iconic and hard-to-observe species in North America: the California condor. 09/09/2015
 
See Condors Live From Your Computer PDF 55KB  A new web cam is focused on one of the most iconic and hard-to-observe species in North America: the California condor. 09/09/2015
 
See Condors Live From Your Computer Image 39KB   09/09/2015
 
More Help for Monarchs
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Word 25KB  I’m proud to announce we have committed to spending $4 million starting in October to support partnership-driven, landscape-scale monarch conservation projects.  09/09/2015
 
More Help for Monarchs
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 PDF 83KB  I’m proud to announce we have committed to spending $4 million starting in October to support partnership-driven, landscape-scale monarch conservation projects.  09/09/2015
 
More Help for Monarchs
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Blog from Office of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Every Kid in a Park
 Word 15KB  Thanks to President Obama’s visionary Every Kid in a Park program, all fourth graders and their families will be entitled to a free pass for a full year to visit federal lands and waters that belong to all of us. 09/09/2015
 
Blog from Office of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Every Kid in a Park
 PDF 74KB  Thanks to President Obama’s visionary Every Kid in a Park program, all fourth graders and their families will be entitled to a free pass for a full year to visit federal lands and waters that belong to all of us. 09/09/2015
 
Blog from Office of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Every Kid in a Park
 Image 53KB   09/09/2015
 
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Please Don't Release Your Balloons Word 15KB  Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals. 08/07/2015
 
Please Don't Release Your Balloons PDF 144KB  Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals. 08/07/2015
 
Please Don't Release Your Balloons Image 93KB  Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals. 08/07/2015
 
Please Don't Release Your Balloons Image 43KB  Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals. 08/07/2015
 
A Look Back … John Gottschalk Word 16KB  John Gottschalk began fishing as a boy in Indiana, rowing the boat while his grandfather trawled for pike. He never thought of fishing as a career. But by the time he was 25, he was superintendent of fisheries in Indiana. 08/06/2015
 
A Look Back … John Gottschalk PDF 129KB  John Gottschalk began fishing as a boy in Indiana, rowing the boat while his grandfather trawled for pike. He never thought of fishing as a career. But by the time he was 25, he was superintendent of fisheries in Indiana. 08/06/2015
 
A Look Back … John Gottschalk Image 51KB   08/06/2015
 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic Agreement Word 21KB  Leading African American sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively to engage urban youth in outdoor recreation, biological sciences and healthful activity in nature. 08/06/2015
 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic Agreement PDF 154KB  Leading African American sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively to engage urban youth in outdoor recreation, biological sciences and healthful activity in nature. 08/06/2015
 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic Agreement Image 47KB   08/06/2015
 
Lend a Helping Hand to Endangered Species Word 16KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has teamed up with FishBrain ­– the world’s largest free-to-use app and social network for anglers – to launch a new feature of the app that will help the American public identify and document threatened, endangered and candidate species. 08/06/2015
 
Lend a Helping Hand to Endangered Species PDF 80KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has teamed up with FishBrain ­– the world’s largest free-to-use app and social network for anglers – to launch a new feature of the app that will help the American public identify and document threatened, endangered and candidate species. 08/06/2015
 
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks Word 17KB  Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range.  08/06/2015
 
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks PDF 56KB  Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range. 08/06/2015
 
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks PDF 87KB  Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range. 08/06/2015
 
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks PDF 1.7MB  Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range. 08/06/2015
 
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks PDF56KB  Everybody has a role to play in stopping the advance of invasive species – those plants, animals and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area and wreak havoc outside their normal range. 08/06/2015
 
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Four Years of Conserving the Future Word 19KB  Since July 2011, when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and partners gathered in Madison, WI, to ratify Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, that vision has been the road map for the decade. 07/9/2015
 
Four Years of Conserving the Future PDF 98KB  Since July 2011, when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and partners gathered in Madison, WI, to ratify Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, that vision has been the road map for the decade. 07/9/2015
 
Four Years of Conserving the Future Image 47KB   07/9/2015
 
Did You Know . . .  Word 19KB  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service archaeologist Eugene Marino urges national wildlife refuges to look at cultural resources as opportunities to engage visitors and build relationships with local communities. National wildlife refuges present fascinating history along with outstanding wildlife.  07/9/2015
 
Did You Know . . .  PDF 148KB  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service archaeologist Eugene Marino urges national wildlife refuges to look at cultural resources as opportunities to engage visitors and build relationships with local communities. National wildlife refuges present fascinating history along with outstanding wildlife.  07/9/2015
 
Did You Know . . .  Image 129   07/9/2015
 
The Conversation Yet To Be Had By Cynthia Martinez Word 18KB  I became Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System on May 11. Just four years and three months earlier, I was the manager of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, overseeing the four national wildlife refuges in Southern Nevada. 07/9/2015
 
The Conversation Yet To Be Had By Cynthia Martinez PDF 79KB  I became Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System on May 11. Just four years and three months earlier, I was the manager of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, overseeing the four national wildlife refuges in Southern Nevada. 07/9/2015
 
The Conversation Yet To Be Had By Cynthia Martinez Image 50KB   07/9/2015
 
Interior Department Supported $358 Billion in Economic Activity, 2 Million Jobs in 2014 Word 16KB  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a report showing that the various activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $358 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, supporting more than two million jobs across the country. 07/9/2015
 
Interior Department Supported $358 Billion in Economic Activity, 2 Million Jobs in 2014 PDF 82KB  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a report showing that the various activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $358 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, supporting more than two million jobs across the country. 07/9/2015
 
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20 Most-Visited Refuges Word 14KB  National wildlife refuges attracted almost 47 million visitors in fiscal year 2014. According to the Refuge Annual Performance Plan, here are the 20 most-visited refuges 06/05/2015
 
20 Most-Visited Refuges PDF 78KB  National wildlife refuges attracted almost 47 million visitors in fiscal year 2014. According to the Refuge Annual Performance Plan, here are the 20 most-visited refuges 06/05/2015
 
Building Community Through a Refuge By Dan Ashe Word   Throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, our visitor services folks are engaging nearby communities and helping them build their connections to nature by answering their concerns and meeting their needs. 06/05/2015
 
Building Community Through a Refuge By Dan Ashe PDF   Throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, our visitor services folks are engaging nearby communities and helping them build their connections to nature by answering their concerns and meeting their needs. 06/05/2015
 
National Wildlife Refuge Association Honors Excellence Word 17KB  The National Wildlife Refuge Association has honored a Midwestern refuge manager, a Texas volunteer, and a biologist and Friends group from the same New Mexico refuge with 2015 awards. 06/05/2015
 
National Wildlife Refuge Association Honors Excellence PDF 141KB   The National Wildlife Refuge Association has honored a Midwestern refuge manager, a Texas volunteer, and a biologist and Friends group from the same New Mexico refuge with 2015 awards. 06/05/2015
 
National Wildlife Refuge Association Honors Excellence Image 47KB    06/05/2015
 
National Wildlife Refuge Association Honors Excellence Image 87KB   06/05/2015
 
A Look Back … Lawrence Wineland Word 16KB  Larry Wineland was the first man since Paul Kroegel to serve full-time at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, the nation’s first refuge.  06/05/2015
 
A Look Back … Lawrence Wineland PDF 126KB  Larry Wineland was the first man since Paul Kroegel to serve full-time at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, the nation’s first refuge.  06/05/2015
 
A Look Back … Lawrence Wineland Image 68KB  Edit Text 06/05/2015
 
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Strengthening our Conservation of North American Bats
By Dan Ashe
 Word 17KB  We share hundreds of species with Mexico and Canada, and coordinate conservation activities with these neighboring partners on many of them, including monarch butterflies, migratory birds, and many more. But until now, comprehensive coordination for one group of animals has fallen noticeably short: bats. 05/04/2015
 
Strengthening our Conservation of North American Bats
By Dan Ashe
 PDF 91KB  We share hundreds of species with Mexico and Canada, and coordinate conservation activities with these neighboring partners on many of them, including monarch butterflies, migratory birds, and many more. But until now, comprehensive coordination for one group of animals has fallen noticeably short: bats. 05/04/2015
 
Strengthening our Conservation of North American Bats
By Dan Ashe
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Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges Receive Funding to Increase Community Engagement Word 17KB  Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges – encompassing four refuges in the region -- will receive $1 million in funding to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. 05/04/2015
 
Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges Receive Funding to Increase Community Engagement PDF 93 KB  Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges – encompassing four refuges in the region -- will receive $1 million in funding to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. 05/4/2015
 
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Polar Bears Featured on 2016 Federal Recreational Lands Pass Word 18KB  The 2016 America the Beautiful Pass, an annual pass for entrance to more than 2,000 national public recreation sites, will feature a touching photograph, taken by Gregory Teller, of a polar bear and her cub in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 05/4/2015
 
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Polar Bears Featured on 2016 Federal Recreational Lands Pass PDF 95KB  The 2016 America the Beautiful Pass, an annual pass for entrance to more than 2,000 national public recreation sites, will feature a touching photograph, taken by Gregory Teller, of a polar bear and her cub in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 05/4/2015
 
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Polar Bears Featured on 2016 Federal Recreational Lands Pass Image 38KB   05/4/2015
 
Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge Established in NC Word 16KB  The new Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge in western North Carolina, formally established in April, is devoted to the conservation of southern Appalachian mountain bogs, one of the rarest and most imperiled habitats in the United States. 05/1/2015
 
Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge Established in NC PDF 80KB  The new Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge in western North Carolina, formally established in April, is devoted to the conservation of southern Appalachian mountain bogs, one of the rarest and most imperiled habitats in the United States. 05/1/2015
 
Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge Established in NC Image 52KB    05/1/2015
 
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Two Service Programs Epitomize the Concept Word 30KB  Two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs -- the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Coastal Program -- exemplify the concept of working beyond the boundaries of national wildlife refuges. 04/02/2015
 
Two Service Programs Epitomize the Concept PDF 82KB  Two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs -- the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Coastal Program -- exemplify the concept of working beyond the boundaries of national wildlife refuges. 04/02/2015
 
Two Service Programs Epitomize the Concept Image 48KB   04/02/2015
 
Refuges, YouTube Help Researchers Discover Frog Species Word 31KB  With help from YouTube and two national wildlife refuges, researchers have discovered a new species of frog in New York City. 04/02/2015
 
Refuges, YouTube Help Researchers Discover Frog Species PDF 87KB  With help from YouTube and two national wildlife refuges, researchers have discovered a new species of frog in New York City. 04/02/2015
 
Refuges, YouTube Help Researchers Discover Frog Species Image 49KB   04/02/2015
 
Conservation by Multiplication By Dan Ashe Word 29KB  If we want to meet this century’s conservation challenges, we must link the public estate to the more than 70 percent of the land that is privately owned. 04/02/2015
 
Conservation by Multiplication By Dan Ashe PDF 80KB  If we want to meet this century’s conservation challenges, we must link the public estate to the more than 70 percent of the land that is privately owned. 04/02/2015
 
A Look Back … Helen Fenske Word 24KB  Helen Fenske led committee to fight a planned airport in a New Jersey swamp. The result was establishment of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. 04/02/2015
 
A Look Back … Helen Fenske PDF 127KB  Helen Fenske led committee to fight a planned airport in a New Jersey swamp. The result was establishment of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. 04/02/2015
 
A Look Back … Helen Fenske Image 54KB   04/02/2015
 
Launching Nation’s First Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Bank Word 16KB  Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined Wyoming Governor Matt Mead in announcing the launch of the nation’s first conservation bank for greater sage-grouse. 04/02/2015
 
Launching Nation’s First Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Bank PDF 131KB  Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined Wyoming Governor Matt Mead in announcing the launch of the nation’s first conservation bank for greater sage-grouse. 04/02/2015
 
Launching Nation’s First Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Bank Image 41KB   04/02/2015
 
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Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth Named Service Deputy Director Word 28KB  Jim Kurth, a major presence in National Wildlife Refuge System leadership for the past decade and a half, has been promoted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy director for operations. 03/01/2015
 
Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth Named Service Deputy Director PDF 83KB  Jim Kurth, a major presence in National Wildlife Refuge System leadership for the past decade and a half, has been promoted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy director for operations. 03/01/2015
 
Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth Named Service Deputy Director Image 43KB   03/01/2015
 
Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation – the Recovery of the Oregon Chub
By Dan Ashe
 Word 32KB  In only about 20 years, the chub has gone from the brink of extinction to thriving across its historic range in the Willamette River Basin. 03/01/2015
 
Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation – the Recovery of the Oregon Chub
By Dan Ashe
 PDF 134KB  In only about 20 years, the chub has gone from the brink of extinction to thriving across its historic range in the Willamette River Basin. 03/01/2015
 
Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation – the Recovery of the Oregon Chub
By Dan Ashe
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2014 Mexican Wolf Population Exceeds 100 Word 25KB  In its annual survey, the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team has documented a minimum of 109 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2014, as compared to 83 wild wolves counted at the end of 2013.  03/01/2015
 
2014 Mexican Wolf Population Exceeds 100 PDF 78KB  In its annual survey, the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team has documented a minimum of 109 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2014, as compared to 83 wild wolves counted at the end of 2013.  03/01/2015
 
Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly Word   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a major campaign aimed at saving the declining monarch butterfly.  03/01/2015
 
Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly PDF 82KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a major campaign aimed at saving the declining monarch butterfly.  03/01/2015
 
Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly Image 53KB   03/01/2015
 
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President Requests $1.6 Billion in Fiscal Year 2016 for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Word 28KB  The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary budget request supports $1.6 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $135.7 million over the 2015 enacted level. 02/03/2015
 
President Requests $1.6 Billion in Fiscal Year 2016 for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PDF 143KB  The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary budget request supports $1.6 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $135.7 million over the 2015 enacted level. 02/03/2015
 
Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Recommends Largest Ever Wilderness Designation
 Word 26KB  President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world.  02/02/2015
 
Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Recommends Largest Ever Wilderness Designation
 PDF 83KB  President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world.  02/02/2015
 
Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Recommends Largest Ever Wilderness Designation
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Bombay Hook Refuge on Quarters Word 22KB  Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE, is one of five sites featured on 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters. 02/01/2015
 
Bombay Hook Refuge on Quarters PDF 7KB  Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE, is one of five sites featured on 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters. 02/01/2015
 
Bombay Hook Refuge on Quarters Image 57KB   02/01/2015
 
A Look Back … Chesley Dinkins Word 25KB  When Chesley Dinkins retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1983, he was 73 – reported to be the oldest employee in the Service at the time – and he had spent his entire 43-year career managing Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. 02/01/2015
 
A Look Back … Chesley Dinkins PDF 132KB  When Chesley Dinkins retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1983, he was 73 – reported to be the oldest employee in the Service at the time – and he had spent his entire 43-year career managing Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. 02/01/2015
 
A Look Back … Chesley Dinkins Image 56KB   2/01/2015
 
Fostering a New Generation Of Outdoor Enthusiasts Word 29KB  The newest Conserving the Future implementation team – the Outdoor Recreation Team – is developing a strategy to expand outdoor recreation on national wildlife refuges 02/01/2015
 
Fostering a New Generation Of Outdoor Enthusiasts PDF 95KB  The newest Conserving the Future implementation team – the Outdoor Recreation Team – is developing a strategy to expand outdoor recreation on national wildlife refuges 02/01/2015
 
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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expanded Image 52 KB   01/02/2014
 
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expanded Image 62KB   01/02/2014
 
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expanded PDF 9KB  President Obama has protected vital marine habitat by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.  01/02/2014
 
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expanded Word 22KB  President Obama has protected vital marine habitat by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 01/05/2015
 
More Than 113,000 Acres Conserved Last Fiscal Year PDF 30KB  Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, saw some growth in the National Wildlife Refuge System. 01/02/2014
 
More Than 113,000 Acres Conserved Last Fiscal Year Word 23KB  Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, saw some growth in the National Wildlife Refuge System. 01/05/2015
 
Five Refuges on USA Today 10-Best Birding List PDF 164KB  Five national wildlife refuges earned places on a “10 best” list for bird-watching in Readers Choice awards announced in mid-November by USA Today. 01/02/2014
 
Five Refuges on USA Today 10-Best Birding List Word 24KB  Five national wildlife refuges earned places on a “10 best” list for bird-watching in Readers Choice awards announced in mid-November by USA Today. 01/05/2015
 
Refuge System Realty Awards Announced PDF 151KB  A fast-acting regional realty specialist in the Northeast and a project leader and non-governmental organization chapter in the Northwest are recipients of the 2014 National Realty Awards. 01/02/2014
 
Refuge System Realty Awards Announced Word 23KB  A fast-acting regional realty specialist in the Northeast and a project leader and non-governmental organization chapter in the Northwest are recipients of the 2014 National Realty Awards. 01/05/2015
 
Fiscal 2015 Budget Sets Refuge System at $474 Million PDF 146KB  The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress funds all federal government agencies except the Homeland Security Department through September 30, 2015.  01/02/2014
 
Fiscal 2015 Budget Sets Refuge System at $474 Million Word 24KB  The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress funds all federal government agencies except the Homeland Security Department through September 30, 2015. 01/05/2015
 
It’s More than A Duck Stamp. It’s a Champion for Conservation
By Dan Ashe,
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Word 28KB  The federal Duck Stamp program is one of the most successful conservation initiatives in history. 01/05/2015
 
It’s More than A Duck Stamp. It’s a Champion for Conservation
By Dan Ashe,
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 PDF 210KB  The federal Duck Stamp program is one of the most successful conservation initiatives in history. 01/05/2015
 
It’s More than A Duck Stamp. It’s a Champion for Conservation Image 621 KB   01/05/2015
 
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Fee-Free Days for 2015 Word 20KB  America’s national wildlife refuges and other public lands will offer free admission on several days in 2015. 12/10/2014
 
Reaching Into Cities Will Help Kids, Wildlife
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Word 24KB  From John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum to Bayou Sauvage Refuge, urban refuges are a key part of our conservation strategy: working with partners to engage urban populations.  12/10/2014
 
Reaching Into Cities Will Help Kids, Wildlife Image 52KB   12/10/2014
 
Standards of Excellence Word 18KB  As part of the Conserving the Future strategic vision and seeking to reach new audiences across a changing America, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established “Standards of Excellence for Urban National Wildlife Refuges.” 12/10/2014
 
Standards of Excellence Image 62KB   12/10/2014
 
Interview With Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Word 18KB   12/10/2014
 
Interview With Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Image 49   12/10/2014
 
To Make Ambassadors of Employees, Friends Word 18KB  A regional program that gained widespread praise among Southwestern refuges in the late 1990s will debut nationally throughout the Refuge System in 2015. 12/10/2014
 
To Make Ambassadors of Employees, Friends Image 55KB   12/10/2014
 
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Approves $28 Million in 16 States Word 15KB  The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $28 million in funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners.  12/10/2014
 
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Reflecting on 50th Anniversary of Wilderness By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System  Word 27KB  As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year, much is being written about wilderness.  11/4/2014
 
Prescribed Fire and Other Heated Language Word 32KB  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service firefighters regularly reduce wildfire risk and help restore wildlife habitat by conducting prescribed burns at national wildlife refuges. Here’s a primer of some commonly used terms. 11/4/2014
 
Prescribed Fire and Other Heated Language Image 58KB   11/4/2014
 
A Look Back … Joe Oliveros Word 25KB  Joe Oliveros worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 29 years, first managing Savannah Refuge and then moving to law enforcement investigations as a special agent in 1981.  11/3/2014
 
A Look Back … Joe Oliveros Image 54KB   11/3/2014
 
Interior Department, The North Face Join Forces to Protect Public Lands Word 26KB  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Todd Spaletto, president of The North Face, announced a partnership to protect, preserve and celebrate public lands in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. 11/3/2014
 
Spot Something Illegal on a Wildlife Refuge? Email or Call Word 23KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established a Turn In Poachers (TIPs) Line to help the public report violations. 11/3/2014
 
Spot Something Illegal on a Wildlife Refuge? Email or Call Image 58KB   11/3/2014
 
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From the Director
We Must Help Nature Adapt to Climate Change
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Word 31KB  The scientific debate about whether human-induced climate change is occurring – or whether rising average surface temperatures are disrupting the natural systems that support life on Earth – is over. 10/01/2014
 
From the Director
We Must Help Nature Adapt to Climate Change
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Nominations Sought for 2015 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards Word 24KB  The National Wildlife Refuge Association is accepting nomination for its 2015 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards, which honor outstanding accomplishments by refuge managers, refuge employees, volunteers and Friends groups.  10/01/2014
 
Proposal to Remove Delmarva Fox Squirrel from Endangered Species List  Word 28KB  Thanks to concerted conservation efforts by landowners and other partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel be removed from the Endangered Species List. 10/01/2014
 
New York Artist Jennifer Miller Wins 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Word 24KB  Jennifer Miller, of Olean, NY, won the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Miller’s acrylic painting of a pair of ruddy ducks. 10/01/2014
 
New York Artist Jennifer Miller Wins 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Image 54KB   10/01/2014
 
Buy Tiger Stamps at Your Post Office Word 26KB  Americans once again can buy the Save Vanishing Species stamp at post offices and online. Funds help conserve some of the world’s most iconic and threatened species. 10/01/2014
 
Buy Tiger Stamps at Your Post Office Image 63KB   10/01/2014
 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Urban Conservation Program Word 27KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities. 08/31/2014
 
Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife Word 33KB  Whether it’s because today’s visitors tend to live more indoor lives than past generations or watch too many TV survival shows, fears of nature are flourishing. 08/22/2014
 
Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife Image 63KB   08/22/2014
 
Culture of Community Anchored in Refuges By Jim Kurth Word 25KB  What is it about our profession that draws people to volunteer their time and offer money to help?  08/20/2014
 
$1 Million to Fund Urban Engagement Efforts at Southern California Wildlife Refuges Word 28KB  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. 08/18/2014
 
$1 Million to Fund Urban Engagement Efforts at Southern California Wildlife Refuges Image 57KB   08/18/2014
 
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Coastal Resilience Grants to Protect Atlantic Coast Residents from Future Storms Word 25KB  As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to make local communities more resilient against future storms, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $102.7 million in competitive matching grants to support 54 projects along the Atlantic coast.  06/24/2014
 
Winner of Legends Award Word 23 KB  Lorrie Beck, director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, KS, won the 2013 Legends Award 06/20/2014
 
A Look Back … Ernest Greenwalt Word 25KB  Ernest Greenwalt’s nickname was “Smiles” and he got along famously with people, recalls his son Lynn, former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He also stood his ground on issues he deemed important.  06/18/2014
 
A Look Back … Ernest Greenwalt Image 55KB   06/18/2014
 
Bringing Nature to Cities By Dan Ashe Word 31KB   We want to do more to reach urban residents and give them better opportunities to experience the wild things and wild places that make our country unique. 06/18/2014
 
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New Friends Policy Brings Clarity Word 27KB   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized its long-awaited Friends Policy, bringing clarity and national consistency to Service partnerships and enabling it to strengthen relationships with Friends organizations.  05/22/2014
 
I&M Plans: Useful Game Changers Word 35KB  Little River Refuge was one of five refuges in five regions that agreed to pilot the development of individual refuge inventory and monitoring (I&M) plans.  05/22/2014
 
I&M Plans: Useful Game Changers Image 59KB    05/22/2014
 
Plan Completed To Enhance Hunting, Fishing Word 26KB  Hunting and fishing have a rich tradition in the United States – one that will become richer still as the Conserving the Future Hunting and Fishing strategic plan is implemented. 05/22/2014
 
Plan Completed To Enhance Hunting, Fishing Image 58KB   05/22/2014
 
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic MOU Word 24 KB  Leading African-American fraternity Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have joined forces to conserve America’s wildlife in a new way.  05/20/2014
 
Slowly, but Surely, We Restore Habitat By Jim Kurth Word 25KB  No one is better at habitat restoration than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We pioneered  05/20/2014
 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Programs Create Jobs, Pump Millions into Local Economies Word 27KB  A peer-reviewed analysis finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. 04/25/2014
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Programs Create Jobs, Pump Millions into Local Economies Image 57KB   04/25/2014
 
Coalition Supports Conservation in the Prairies Word 27KB  A coalition of conservation organizations has launched a coordinated “Prairies Conservation Campaign”. 04/21/2014
 
Coalition Supports Conservation in the Prairies PDF 858KB   04/21/2014
 
As Climate Changes, So Do Fire Strategies Word 36KB  As warmer temperatures and drier conditions in much of the United States have led to earlier and longer-lasting fires, some wildland fire managers have modified firefighting tactics. 04/21/2014
 
As Climate Changes, So Do Fire Strategies Image 48KB   04/21/2014
 
Fish and Wildlife Service to Fund
17 Species-Recovery Projects on Refuges
 Word 34KB  To speed wildlife recovery and perhaps avert extinctions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award $5.8 million to 17 projects to recover threatened or endangered species on or near national wildlife refuges.  04/18/2014
 
Fish and Wildlife Service to Fund
17 Species-Recovery Projects on Refuges
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Presents First Annual Fire Safety Award Word 24KB  Rocky Chesser, a long-time maintenance supervisor with fire qualifications at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA, received the first annual National Fire Safety Award presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  04/18/2014
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Presents First Annual Fire Safety Award Image 49KB   04/18/2014
 
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Wilderness at 50: A Remarkable Concept Word 30KB  Conservationists around the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The law represents a half-century-long struggle that began with people like John Muir and culminated with people like Olaus Murie and Howard Zahniser. 03/21/2014
 
Wilderness at 50: A Remarkable Concept Image 56KB   03/21/2014
 
As Climate Changes, So Do Fire Strategies Word 35KB  As warmer temperatures and drier conditions in much of the United States have led to earlier and longer-lasting fires, some wildland fire managers have modified firefighting tactics.  03/21/2014
 
As Climate Changes, So Do Fire Strategies Image 55KB   03/21/2014
 
Bringing the Wilderness Magic to Everyone By Dan Ashe Word 27KB  Half a century ago, I was 8 years old, but fortunately, some smart and passionate folks were thinking about my future. And yours. Their work and passion culminated in the Wilderness Act of 1964. 03/21/2014
 
Urban Initiative Is Vital to Conservation by Jim Kurth Word 16KB  As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went through the deliberations leading up to the Conserving the Future conference in 2011, no topic sparked more interest than conversations about relevancy in a changing America.  03/21/2014
 
Vision Becoming Practical Reality Word 18KB  The Refuge System’s Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation blueprint for the next decade is steadily moving from the theoretical phase into the practical implementation phase. 03/21/2014
 
Vision Becoming Practical Reality Image 52KB   03/21/2014
 
Vision Becoming Practical Reality Image 51KB   03/21/2014
 
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Fish and Wildlife Service Requests Public Comment on Oil and Gas Rulemaking Word 28KB  The Fish and Wildlife Service announced opening of a 60-day comment period for public input on managing non-federal oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands. 02/21/2014
 
Refuge System Offers Revitalized Mentoring Program Word 25KB  The new Friends Partnership Mentoring Program envisions 30 events a year, with each of the nation’s approximately 220 Friends partnerships involved in one mentoring session in about every seven years.  02/21/2014
 
More Money, More Conservation By Jim Kurth Word 25KB  Congress funded the Refuge System at more than $472 million for this fiscal year, 4 percent more than we received last year. 02/21/2014
 
More Money, More Conservation Image 55KB   02/21/2014
 
A Look Back … George Mushbach Word 25KB  George Mushbach knew all too well that refuge managers don’t always win popularity contests when they try to conserve habitat or wildlife. He managed Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma in the late 1930s. 02/21/2014
 
A Look Back … George Mushbach Image 57KB   02/21/2014
 
Conserving Coastal Wetlands and Wildlife Word 26KB  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced $16.5 million in grants to support 21 critical coastal wetland projects in 12 states and Puerto Rico. 02/21/2014
 
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Fee Free Days at Wildlife Refuges, Other Federal Public Lands Word 29KB  Seeing wildlife conservation in action just gained even more appeal. America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission to visitors on these days in 2014. 01/16/2014
 
Law Enforcement Work Is Central to Our Mission by Jim Kurth  24KB  We sure have come a long way since Paul Kroegel’s time. We have come a long way in professionalizing our law enforcement program during my career. 01/16/2014
 
Refuge Law Enforcement: “Coolest Job You Can Have” Word 26KB  Since the days more than a century ago when first refuge manager/game warden Paul Kroegel was patrolling the waters surrounding what is now Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, law enforcement has been fundamental to conservation in the United States. 01/16/2014
 
Refuge Law Enforcement: “Coolest Job You Can Have” Image 60KB   01/16/2014
 
Saxhaug, Kulm WMD, Friends Group Earn Realty Awards Word 27KB  A savvy supervisor in Minnesota, a persistent wetland management district staff in North Dakota, and a highly cooperative Friends organization in New England are recipients of the 2013 National Realty Awards. 01/15/2014
 
A Look Back … Kip Koss Word 25KB  Kip Koss was “our living connection to ‘Ding’ Darling,” says the supervisory refuge ranger at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, FL. Christopher “Kip” Koss was the son of Ding Darling’s daughter Mary.  01/15/2014
 
A Look Back … Kip Koss Image 57KB   01/15/2014
 
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New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S. Word 26KB  The United States is losing wetlands in coastal watersheds at a significant rate, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 12/16/2013
 
A Look Back … Clarence Rhode Word 26KB  By the time he was 15, Clarence Rhode was a deputy game warden in Washington state and knew he wanted to spend his life working with wildlife. 12/16/2013
 
A Look Back … Clarence Rhode Image 55KB   12/16/2013
 
Whooping Crane Study Word 25KB  A study titled “Social Learning of Migratory Performance,” published in the journal Science in late August, found evidence that young whooping cranes learn their migration route from older cranes, and get better at it with age.  12/16/2013
 
Whooping Crane Study Image 51KB   12/16/2013
 
New National Agreement on Controlled Burns Word 38KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy have a new partnership that will increase and better coordinate controlled burn activities -- also known as prescribed fire -- to enhance wildlife values.  12/16/2013
 
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Listening for Bats on a Landscape Scale Word 32KB  With a plague sweeping through North America’s bats, biologists at more than 40 national wildlife refuges in the Southeast have been cruising back roads and forest trails to map bat populations and assess the malady’s impact. 11/20/2013
 
Listening for Bats on a Landscape Scale Image 45KB   11/20/2013
 
Exporting Oil and Gas Knowledge by Scott Covington Word 36KB  I was invited to train students and Parcs Gabon’s newly hired inspectors about oil and gas operations from start to finish, and about how to reduce such operations’ impacts on wildlife and habitat. 11/19/2013
 
Exporting Oil and Gas Knowledge by Scott Covington Image 62KB   11/19/2013
 
Your Perspective, Your Voice Needed Now by Jim Kurth Word 27KB  In my 34 years of working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I can hardly think of a time when Friends’ perspective and voices have been needed more. 11/19/2013
 
Wildlife Refuge Pump $2.4 Billion into Economy Word 31KB  America’s national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than 35,000 jobs. 11/19/2013
 
Wildlife Refuge Pump $2.4 Billion into Economy Image 61KB   11/19/2013
 
Landmark Study Reveals Low Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges Word 27KB  An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. 11/19/2013
 
Landmark Study Reveals Low Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges Image 74KB   11/19/2013
 
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A Look Back … Harold Benson Word 27KB  Starting in 1958, Benson began building the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program, which uses Duck Stamp proceeds and conservation easements to protect migratory bird and waterfowl habitat, mainly in the Prairie Pothole Region. 09/12/2013
 
A Look Back … Harold Benson Image 46KB   09/12/2013
 
Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to Reach Millions with Conservation Connections Word 31KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has forged a multi-faceted Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to make its programs reflect the diverse perspectives, values and cultures of America today. 09/11/2013
 
Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to Reach Millions with Conservation Connections Image 58KB   09/11/2013
 
In at the Start By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System Word 30KB  We recently focused our Refuge Update newsletter on some of our newer refuges, and it brought back great memories of the early days of my career when I had the opportunity to work on three new refuges. 09/11/2013
 
In at the Start By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System Image 61KB   09/11/2013
 
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Welcome, Secretary Jewell, By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Word 28KB  I know our new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, will help us achieve our conservation mission despite obstacles in front of us. 08/23/2013
 
Welcome, Secretary Jewell, By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image 39KB   08/23/2013
 
Teaching a New Generation Word 28KB  The Conserving the Future Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative is one way the Refuge System is working within the context of change. The initiative is assembling strategies to help the Refuge System build sustainable support among a new conservation constituency.  08/23/2013
 
Teaching a New Generation Image 52KB   08/23/2013
 
Fighting White Nose Syndrome Word 22KB  To combat mortality rates of little brown bats, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies have investigated the potential for using decommissioned military bunkers on national wildlife refuges . 08/22/2013
 
Fighting White Nose Syndrome Image 58KB   08/22/2013
 
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Seabirds Warn of Ocean Change Word   What have 30 years of research and monitoring on Maine seabirds taught us? That the marine environment is changing fast. That ocean birds may be failing to adapt.  07/25/2013
 
Seabirds Warn of Ocean Change Image 28KB   07/25/2013
 
Study Finds Steep Decline In Amphibians Word 27KB  A new U.S. Geological Survey study, using data collected at national wildlife refuges and other sites, found a steep drop in the numbers of frogs, toads and salamanders across the country. 07/25/2013
 
Study Finds Steep Decline In Amphibians Image 47KB   07/25/2013
 
A New Tool to Combat Cheatgrass Word 29KB  A strain of naturally occurring soil bacteria tested on national wildlife refuges and other western lands may soon offer a safe new way to manage cheatgrass, an aggressive plant pest. 07/24/2013
 
A New Tool to Combat Cheatgrass Image 58KB   07/24/2013
 
Our Vision Is Focused By Jim Kurth Word 30KB  I can hardly believe it has been more than two years since we held the Conserving the Future conference in Madison, WI. I think back on that event when I need inspiration.  07/24/2013
 
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Service Proposes to Return Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to State Wildlife Professionals  Word 28KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species.  06/14/2013
 
Service Proposes to Return Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to State Wildlife Professionals Img 47KB   06/14/2013
 
Special Delivery: Wildlife Word 39KB  Saving a species may require heavy lifting – literally picking up wild animals and moving them long distances.  06/14/2013
 
Special Delivery: Wildlife Img 53KB   06/14/2013
 
Waterfowl Habitat Grows Word 24KB  More than 9,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System were among the proposals approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.  06/14/2013
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Protection for All Chimpanzees  Word 25KB  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to classify both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered. 06/14/2013
 
Giving Nature a Hand by Jim Kurth Word 30KB  Over the years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a wide variety of management practices to assure refuge lands provide healthy and vibrant habitat.  06/14/2013
 
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Salmon Run Data May Change Management Word 23KB  Three national wildlife refuges, the University of Washington and seven other research institutions collaborated on a study that reveals cycles in salmon abundance on a scale not previously imagined.  05/08/2013
 
A Look Back … Phil DuMont Word 25KB  The Sand Lake Civilian Conservation Corps camp, under the direction of Phil DuMont, created the “largest waterfowl refuge in South Dakota,” according to newspaper accounts. 05/06/2013
 
A Look Back … Phil DuMont Image 53KB   05/06/2013
 
“A Nature Guide Is an Interpreter” Of Many Disciplines Word 27KB  Edit TextThe draft Strategic Plan for Interpretation, having gone through a six-week public review process, is now back in the hands of the Conserving the FutureInterpretation and Environmental Education implementation team 05/06/2013
 
FWS Invests $3.5 Million to Conserve Declining Warblers, Sandpipers and other Migratory Birds Word 33KB  Migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere received a boost when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe approved $3.5 million in grants. 05/06/2013
 
A Lasting Legacy
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Word 34KB  We all contribute to the conservation of wildlife and wild places for generations to come. 05/06/2013
 
A Lasting Legacy
By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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A Race Against Time
By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System
 Word 28KB  Many concepts of modern strategic habitat conservation have their roots in the past 50 years of work in the Prairie Pothole Region. 04/17/13
 
A Race Against Time
By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System
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A Look Back … Olaus Murie Word 27KB  Born in 1889 to Norwegian immigrants in Minnesota, Olaus Murie became a biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey – the precursor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – in 1920. His work would ultimately influence actions of at least three presidents. 04/17/13
 
A Look Back … Olaus Murie Image 54KB   04/17/13
 
Implementation of Vision Is in High Gear Word 25KB  Progress comes in waves. For Conserving the Future, this is high tide. 04/17/2013
 
Implementation of Vision Is in High Gear Image 49KB   04/17/2013
 
Proposed FY 2014 Budget Word 25KB  The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget request provides $1.6 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $76.4 million over the 2012 enacted budget.  04/15/2013
 
New Biological Management Agency Against Invasive Word 32KB  A strain of naturally occurring soil bacteria tested on national wildlife refuges and other western lands may soon offer managers a safe new way to manage invasive cheatgrass. 04/15/2013
 
New Biological Management Agency Against Invasive Image 56KB   04/15/2013
 
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Bringing The Vision To Your Community Word 28KB  As spring and fall dates for some finalized plans draw near, many Conserving the Future implementation teams are drafting strategies that are available for public discourse. 03/06/2013
 
Growing the Refuge System Wisely Doc 27KB  The Strategic Growth team, as part of the Conserving the Future implementation, has worked on recommendations to sharpen the Refuge System’s focus so lands are added effectively and strategically. 03/06/2013
 
Growing the Refuge System Wisely Image 53KB   03/06/2013
 
Teaming Up to Save Money, Share Skills, Boost Morale Doc 25 KB  The Refuge System last summer approved a work group’s recommendation to expand the Maintenance Action Team program as a tool to stretch budgets and to enhance field workforce capabilities. 03/06/2013
 
When It Comes to Birds, Refuges Count in a Big Way Doc 26KB  The results from the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) demonstrate the importance of national wildlife refuges to birds. 03/06/2013
 
When It Comes to Birds, Refuges Count in a Big Way Image 51KB   03/6/2013
 
New Ways to Combat Invasives Word 25KB  An updated environmental education curriculum and a new app for smartphones can help in the fight against non-native species. 3/6/2013
 
Find the “Jessicas” in Your Town Word 25KB  Let’s imbue a million youngsters with an understanding of conservation stewardship and get-it-done spirit. By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System 3/4/2013
 
Find the “Jessicas” in Your Town Image 49KB   3/4/2013
 
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Celebrate the Endangered Species Act with Photos Word 25KB  After 40 years of conserving the nation's most imperiled species, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is credited with saving 99 percent of species listed under federal protection from extinction.  2/21/2013
 
Celebrate the Endangered Species Act with Photos Image 40KB   02/21/2013
 
Celebrate the Endangered Species Act with Photos Image 58KB   02/21/2013
 
A Look Back Will Troyer Word 24K  Will Troyer was born in 1925 to an Amish/Mennonite family that drove a horse and buggy until he was about 10. A series of serendipitous moments led him to the National Wildlife Refuge System and his legacy as a bear wrestler. 02/14/2013
 
A Look Back Will Troyer Image 57K   02/14/2013
 
Partners, Vision and the Endangered Species Act Word 34K  By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 02/14/2013
 
Partners, Vision and the Endangered Species Act Image 54K   02/14/2013
 
Grimes, Dyasuk and Trust for Public Land Receive Awards Word 28K  Two dedicated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service professionals and a long-time land conservation partner are the recipients of the 2012 National Realty Awards. 02/14/2013
 
First Changes to Friends Mentoring in 15 Years Word 28K  The draftnational Friends mentoring action planrecommends tripling the number of annual mentor visits to 30 per year. 02/12/2013
 
Annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest Word 25K  Elementary, middle and high school teachers can have theirstudents participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth ArtContest 02/12/2013
 
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Coastal Wildlife Refuges Show Toll of Marine Debris on Wildlife Word 39K  Balloons are just part of the mounting piles of manmade junk that now wash up on even the remotest world beaches, including those in the far Pacific and Alaska. 01/28/2013
 
Coastal Wildlife Refuges Show Toll of Marine Debris on Wildlife Image 55K   01/28/2013
 
Coastal Wildlife Refuges Show Toll of Marine Debris on Wildlife Image 57K   01/28/2013
 
For the Manatee, a Surprise Twin Word 26K  In Florida, the gentle aquatic giant known as the West Indian manatee has a new and unlikely body double. Its a nebula. 01/28/2013
 
For the Manatee, a Surprise Twin Image 57K   01/28/2013
 
For the Manatee, a Surprise Twin Image 53K   01/28/2013
 
New Web Site Offers Friends Connection Word   A new Web site --RefugeFriendsConnect.org is a one-stop shop for information that Refuge Friends organizations so often seek. 01/28/2013
 
Where the Sky Is Naturally Blue by Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System Word 27K  Research shows people feel less stress and may even perform better with some fresh air. So companies are investing in open-air places for employees to meet, work or just clear their heads. 01/28/2013
 
Conserving the Future, Urban Wildlife Refuge Word 29K   01/28/2013
 
White River is Nations Second Blueway Word 27K  The White River -- along with its watershed -- has been named the nations second National Blueway. 01/28/2013
 
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Conservation in the City Word 29K  Of the 24Conserving the Futurerecommendations, No. 13 might be the most ground-breaking. It introduced a novel concept: the urban wildlife refuge initiative. December 20, 2012
 
Conservation in the City Image 91K   December 20, 2012
 
Seven Refuges Acquire Wetland Habitat Word 29K  Seven national wildlife refuges grew by about 10,640 wetland acres all told when the Migratory Bird Conversation Commission (MBCC) approved almost $11 million in land acquisitions at its final meeting of 2012. december 20, 2012
 
Seven Refuges Acquire Wetland Habitat Image 59K   December 20, 2012
 
A Look Back Paul Springer Word 24KB  n the early 1970s, researchers and students from Humboldt State University in northern California conducted daily counts of Aleutian cackling geese leaving their roost near Castle Rock for mainland pastures. Paul Springer would help. December 20, 2012
 
A Look Back Paul Springer Image 53KB   December 20, 2012
 
Hunters Help Make Conservation Possible Word 33K  by Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  December 20, 2012
 
Hunters Help Make Conservation Possible Image 11K   December 20, 2012
 
Best Bird Fests 2013 Word 70K  Here's a 2013 calendar of bird festivals on or near national wildlife refuges. December 20, 2012
 
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Being in the Arena Word 26KB  Being in the Arena, by Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth November 21, 2012
 
National Realty Awards Presented Word 30KB  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee instrumental in land acquisition for San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, an Alaska Native interpreter and a national conservation organization received the 2012 National Realty Awards. November 21, 2012
 
National Realty Awards Presented Image 54KB  Richard Grimes November 21, 2012
 
National Realty Awards Presented Image 45 KB  Eric Alvarez with Trust for Public Land, Realty Awards November 21, 2012
 
National Realty Awards Presented Image 52KB  Jon Dyasuk November 21, 2012
 
National Realty Awards Presented Image 57KB  San Diego NWR, Mt. Miguel from McGinty, credit Richard Grimes November 21, 2012
 
Salazar Announces Fee Free Days for 2013 Word 34KB  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests and other federal lands will offer free admittance. November 19, 2012
 
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Free App is a Virtual Butterfly Net on 11 National Wildlife Refuges Word 28K  With iPhones in hand, visitors to national wildlife refuges in the Chesapeake Bay region can now photograph and share their sightings with a worldwide community of wildlife watchers. The free National Wildlife Refuges Chesapeake Bay app is a new tool for exploring the outdoors and is available for download from the App Store  October 19, 2012
 
Free App is a Virtual Butterfly Net on 11 National Wildlife Refuges Image 51K   October 19, 2012
 
New Refuges in West Bring National Number to 560 Word 29K  Two new refuges in New Mexico and a new conservation area in Colorado bring the number of refuges to 560.  October 19, 2012
 
New Refuges in West Bring National Number to 560 Image 57K   October 19, 2012
 
Participation in Wildlife-Associated Recreation Increases Word 29K  Participation in wildlife-associated recreation increased in 28 states since 2006. October 10, 2012
 
Seven Refuges Acquire Wetland Habitat Word 29K  Seven national wildlife refuges grew by about 10,640 wetland acres cumulatively when the Migratory Bird Conversation Commission (MBCC) approved almost $11 million in land acquisitions. October 10, 2012
 
Seven Refuges Acquire Wetland Habitat Image 60K   October 10, 2012
 
A Look Back John Scharff Word 25K  John Scharff was the first on-site manager at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, arriving in 1935 and staying until he retired 34 years later. October 9, 2012
 
A Look Back John Scharff Image 51K   October 9, 2012

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In Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2012 Word 40K  National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great time to garner some media attention for wildlife refuges. Here, we have provided several items from the Refuge Week tool kit, which we sent to refuge managers around Labor Day. You can adapt the sample letter to the editor and sample op-ed to fit your individual wildlife refuge. Wildlife refuge also will be receiving a wing span banner that can be used as an educational tool. The Refuge Week tool kit includes fact sheets for each of the birds on the banner, making an educational package that can travel to meet audiences in your communities. The banner was mailed around Labor Day. September 5, 2012
 
In Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2012 Word 26K  Sample Letter to the editor September 5, 2012
 
In Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2012 Word 26K  Sample Op-Ed September 5, 2012
 
In Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2012 Word 33K  Fill In Blank press release September 5, 2012
 
Bird Fact Sheets: PDF 323K  These ready-to-print fact sheets can be used in conjunction with the "Spread Your Wings on a National Wildlife Refuge" banner, which was distributed to refuges in anticipation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. September 13, 2012
 
Bird Fact Sheets: PDF 528K  These ready-to-print fact sheets can be used in conjunction with the "Spread Your Wings on a National Wildlife Refuge" banner, which was distributed to refuges in anticipation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. September 13, 2012
 
Bird Fact Sheets: PDF 544K  These ready-to-print fact sheets can be used in conjunction with the "Spread Your Wings on a National Wildlife Refuge" banner, which was distributed to refuges in anticipation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. September 13, 2012
 
Bird Fact Sheets: PDF 508K  These ready-to-print fact sheets can be used in conjunction with the "Spread Your Wings on a National Wildlife Refuge" banner, which was distributed to refuges in anticipation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. September 13, 2012
 
Bird Fact Sheets: PDF 211K  These ready-to-print fact sheets can be used in conjunction with the "Spread Your Wings on a National Wildlife Refuge" banner, which was distributed to refuges in anticipation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. September 13, 2012
 
Visit Your National Wildlife Refuges: October 14-20, 2012  Word 33K  Treat yourself with a visit to a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, from October 14-20. Celebrate Americas wildlife heritage, and see what refuges are doing to conserve it. September 13, 2012
 
New Hunting Opportunities On Refuges in 14 States  Word 47K  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in Michigan to migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting for the first time, while expanding hunting activities at 16 national wildlife refuges in 14 states.  September 13, 2012
 
Chief's Column: Weve Always Embraced Surrogates  Word 31K  Across the Refuge System and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, people are talking about the Service Directors message concerning strategic habitat conservation and the technical guidance that outlines a process for defining biological outcomes by using a surrogate species approach. September 13, 2012
 
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Birding in the Refuge System Word 23K  Hundreds of birds show their colors and their intriguing habits on national wildlife refuges. Now, the Refuge System Web site has new pages to encourage more visitors to bring their love of birds to wildlife refuges.  August 23, 2012
 
Birding in the Refuge System Image 41K   August 23, 2012
 
A Look Back Fred Staunton Word 26K  A Look Back is a periodic column that highlights some of the heroes of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  August 23, 2012
 
A Look Back Fred Staunton Image 65K   August 23, 2012
 
Conserving the Future Teams Analyze Survey Results Word 29K  Taking the pulse of the Refuge System, several Conserving the Future implementation teams distributed and analyzed survey results, while others met to move strategies and documents to the draft stage for the public to see this fall.  August 23, 2012
 
Conserving the Future Teams Analyze Survey Results Image 71K   August 23, 2012
 
Dollars for Ducks By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Word 31K  Americas Duck Factory is in trouble. Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are addressing the problem.  August 23, 2012
 
New Deputy Director Appointed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Word 25K  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the appointment of Steve Guertin as the agencys Deputy Director for Policy. Guertin, a career Service employee, has served as the regional director for the agencys Mountain-Prairie Region since 2007. August 23, 2012
 
New Deputy Director Appointed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image 54K   August 23, 2012
 
CLIR Tool Calculates Refuge Greenhouse Gas Emissions Word 31K  The Refuge System, with the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Division of Engineering, has initiated a greenhouse gas mitigation project that recognizes that visitor transportation is a major contributor of federal lands greenhouse gas emissions. August 23, 2012
 
CLIR Tool Calculates Refuge Greenhouse Gas Emissions Image 56K   August 23, 2012
 
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Choosing the Best Path for Conservation By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Word 29K  We simply cant address these enormous conservation challenges with the tools of the past. July 16, 2012
 
Waterfowl Production in Duck Factory of Continent at Record High Word 26K  Waterfowl production in North Americas duck factory is at a record high. This years report estimate of 48.6 million is significantly higher than the 45.6 million birds estimated last year and 43 percent above the long-term average. July 16, 2016
 
Making Our Presence on This Good Planet Sustainable Word 29K  This spring, Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth had the honor of speaking at the commencement of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His column is an excerpt of what he told the graduates.  July 12, 2012
 
Conserving the Future Celebrates Anniversary Word 32K  In July 2011, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe told those who attended the historic Conserving the Future conference in Madison, WI, People must be a key component in our conservation strategy. Those words ring equally true today as nine implementation teams work toward fulfilling Consering the Futures 24 recommendations July 12, 2012
 
Conserving the Future Celebrates Anniversary Image 71K   July 12, 2012
 
Home Values Higher near National Wildlife Refuges, New Study Finds Word 34K  A peer-reviewed national study shows that in urban areas across three regions of the country owning a home near a national wildlife refuge increases home value and helps support the surrounding community's tax base. July 10, 2012
 
Home Values Higher near National Wildlife Refuges, New Study Finds Image 360K   July 10, 2012
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National Wildlife Refuges Earn Consistent High Marks with Visitors, Finds National Survey (Doc) Word 73K  An overwhelming percentage of surveyed visitors to national wildlife refuges in 2010 and 2011 were favorably impressed with the recreational opportunities, education and services on these public lands, according to a national survey. May 22, 2012
 
Their Moms Instilled a Love of Nature and Inspired Their Careers (Doc) Word 33K  Many careerists in the National Wildlife Refuge System and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credit their mothers for sparking a lifelong interest in nature. May 21, 2012
 
Their Moms Instilled a Love of Nature and Inspired Their Careers (Image) Image 67k  Mindy Gautreaus teaching her daughter to fish at camp in Mississippi May 21, 2012
 
Their Moms Instilled a Love of Nature and Inspired Their Careers (Image) Image 149K  Erin Holmes in Oregon by Karen Maier May 21, 2012
 
Promoting Tourism, by Dan Ashe (Doc) Word 28K  As everyone knows, money doesnt grow on trees. But judging from the economic figures, money does appear to sprout up in communities around our refuges. May 21, 2012
 
Effects of Climate Change Concern Most Visitors to National Wildlife Refuges (Doc) Word 34K  Visitors to national wildlife refuges are concerned about the impact of climate change on Americas fish, wildlife and plants as well as the habitat that supports them, a new survey just released by the U..S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows. May 21, 2012
 
Thanking Americas Armed Forces (Doc)  Word 24K  Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to National Wildlife Refuges  May 17, 2012
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April 2012
New Conserving the Future Implementation Coordinator(Doc)
 Word 23K  Anna Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service economist, will oversee implementation of Conserving the Future, the 10-year strategic plan for the Refuge System. April 30, 2012
 
New Conserving the Future Implementation Coordinator(Image) Image 697   April 30, 2012
 
Science Excellence Awards to Refuges(Doc) Word 25K  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has bestowed its highest science leadership awards on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Biology Program, Jeff Williams of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Service geneticist Jeffrey Olsen. April 30, 2012
 
New Chief for Division of Visitor Services and Communications(Doc) Word 25K  Wildlife biologist and conservation leader Marcia L. Pradines, from Harpers Ferry, W.V., has been named chief of the Division of Visitor Services and Communications for the National Wildlife Refuge System. April 30, 2012
 
New Chief for Division of Visitor Services and Communications(Image) Image 283K   April 30, 2012
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Blogs and Tweets Word 27K  You can find past and current blogs, plus videos, photos and tweets by clicking Dan Ashes picture in the Directors Corner on the Service Web page at fws.gov. You can also follow @DirectorDanAshe on Twitter. April 29, 2012
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Blogs and Tweets Image 72K   April 29, 2012
 
No Hope for Conservation Born of Fear By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System (Doc) Word 27K  "We have to push ourselves to reach those who dont know who we are or what we do. That may be the most important goal of the Conserving the Future implementation."  April 29, 2012
 
Vision Work Plans Chart Path Beyond Business as Usual (Doc) Word 30K  The nine Conserving the Futureimplementation teams have written work plans on how to move ahead on most of the vision in five years.  April 27, 2012
 
Vision Work Plans Chart Path Beyond Business as Usual (Image) Image 258K   April 27, 2012
 
Refuge System Names New Budget Chief (Doc) Word 26K   Mendel Stewart, manager of the Sand Francisco Bay Refuge Complex since 2005, has been named the National Wildlife Refuge Systems chief of the Division of Budget, Performance and Workforce. He will take over the Refuge System headquarters position in mid-June.  April 27, 2012
 
Refuge System Names New Budget Chief (Image) Image 101K   April 27, 2012
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Crystal Clear on Implementation (Doc) Word 26K  By Jim Kurth. Transparency served us well in building the Conserving the Future vision. Now were using those same avenues of transparency to build nationwide participation for implementing the vision.  March 16, 2012
 
A Look Back: David Marshall (Doc) Word 25K  Marshall began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Nevada and California in 1951, returning to Oregon and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1955. Asked to locate lands in the Willamette Valley for wintering dusky Canada geese, he identified habitat that would become William L. Finley, Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges, in addition to portions of Tualatin River, Lewis and Clark and Willapa Refuges. March 16, 2012
 
A Look Back: David Marshall (Image) Image 1 MB   March 16, 2012
 
Interior Seeks Ideas to Strengthen Incentives and Voluntary Partnerships for Landowners Word 29K  The Department of the Interior announced the start of a public process to explore expanding incentives for voluntary partnerships with private landowners and other land stewards to help conserve imperiled wildlife. March 16, 2012
 
Looking Closer, Seeing the Big Picture (Doc) Word 31K  By Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Refuge Systems Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) initiative will provide the essential answers and data we need to help shape the direction of our conservation efforts and make them more efficient March 16, 2012
 
Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative Team (Doc) Word 29K  An Opportunity to Forge Natural Connections, Over the past two years, as the Service renewed its vision for the Refuge System and studied how refuges can remain relevant to America, a close examination of the future of urban refuges has been essential.  March 16, 2012
 
Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative Team (Image) Image 1.2 MB   March 16, 2012
 
Mobile App of Wildlife Refuges Available (Doc) Word 25K  Quick: Where is your nearest national wildlife refuge? And what can you do for fun there? Now theres an app for that. March 16, 2012
 
Mobile App of Wildlife Refuges Available (Image) Image 375K   March 16, 2012
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Add Your Mark to Refuge History (Doc) Word 25K  By Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System February 2, 2012
 
Add Your Mark to Refuge History (Image) Image 1.06 MB   February 2, 2012
 
A Look Back (Doc) Word 25K  This period feature that gives insights into the history of the Refuge System focuses on Chandler Robbins, who at 93 can still be reached at his office at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. February 2, 2012
 
A Look Back (Image) Image 76k   February 2, 2012
 

Earlier 2010 Downloads


July 2010 Downloads

Special Edition Duck Stamp Cachet Will Support National Wildlife Refuges in Gulf of Mexico (Word Doc 24K). Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, or cachet, whose purchase can help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. DATE: 2010-07-30

Special Edition Duck Stamp Cachet Will Support National Wildlife Refuges in Gulf of Mexico (Image 67K).   DATE: 2010-07-30

Migratory Bird Commission Approves Refuge Acquisitions(Word Doc 26K). Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants. DATE: 2010-07-30

Share Photos on Flickr (Word Doc 28K). Smile. You could have your digital photos on the new Flickr group called, "Let’s Go Outside." DATE: 2010-07-30

Don't Underestimate America’s Concern (Word Doc 27K). by Greg Siekaniec, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System It was July 14 — Day 87 of the Deepwater Horizon spill — and the oil had stopped. It was a relief for Louisiana and other Gulf States. It was a relief for the nation. It was a relief for wildlife. But it was only a temporary relief. The long-term work continues. DATE: 2010-07-30

Don't Underestimate America’s Concern (Image Doc 1.79 MB).   DATE: 2010-07-30

LCCs and I&M: Parallel Missions(Word Doc 30K). Landscape Conservation Cooperatives — self-directed partnerships that link science and conservation delivery — have moved from concepts to functioning entities. DATE: 2010-07-30

LCCs and I&M: Parallel Missions(Image 4.95 MB). DATE: 2010-07-30


June 2010 Downloads

The White House Is Listening (Word Doc 34K) Could this be the next chapter in wildlife, land and water conservation history in America? DATE: 2010-06-07

Animal Dads of Note (Word Doc 30K) Good dads make the going easier. So with Father’s Day on June 20, it’s a great time to look at the animal kingdom and some dads’ flare for parenting. DATE: 2010-06-07

Animal Dads of Note (Image file 142K) DATE: 2010-06-07

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Word Doc 30K) As hundreds of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff work furiously in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Americans across the country are wondering what they can do to help. DATE: 2010-06-07

Trained in Handling Contaminants (Word Doc 29K) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t wait for crises like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to learn how to handle contaminants that threaten people and wildlifeDATE: 2010-06-06


April 2010 Downloads

Let Your Voice Be Heard on America’s Great Outdoors (Word Doc 26K) President Obama has launched a national dialogue about conservation in America. DATE: 04/01/2010

Soaring to New Heights (Word Doc 28K). The recently-published Soaring to New Heights provides 104 pages of inspiration, case studies and practical advice, and is available online. DATE: 06/04/2010

Soaring to New Heights (Image file 150K).   DATE: 04/01/2010

The Legacy of TR in 21st Century (Word Doc 26K) President Obama addressed the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors on April 16, promising to enrich the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, who he called, "our greatest conservation president." DATE: 04/01/2010).

Unprecedented Support for Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Ecosystems (Word Doc 26K). Agreement provides support for conservation of greater sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystems in parts of 11 Western states.DATE: 04/01/2010.

Shorebird Site Named in Puerto Rico (Word Doc 23K) A 1,249-acre area of saline lagoons, salt flats and mangrove swamps at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico has been designated as the Caribbean’s first site of regional importance for shorebirds by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. DATE: 04/01/2010.


March 2010 Downloads


Rescued Manatee Named Hamilton. A juvenile manatee rescued by staff and volunteers at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida has been named Hamilton in honor of the late Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sam Hamilton. Manatee Named Hamilton.doc (Word 26K). Manatee named Hamilton.jpg (image 1.21 K)

Through the Lens: Reflections by Gabby Salazar. Gabby Salazar is the founder and editor of the online magazine Nature's Best Photography Students, where young people submit photos for contests and online publication, blog with each other about nature photography and view student photo galleries. Here is a column in which she provides some great advice to young photographer.

Michigan's First Wetland of International Importance. Humbug Marsh on Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge has become Michigan’s first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Michigan's First Wetland of International Importance.doc (Word 23K).

February 2010 Downloads

Endangered Species Day Art Contest. Students from kindergarten through high school may submit original art to celebrate Endangered Species Day. Students Invited to Participate in Endangered Species Day Art Contest.doc (Word 21K)

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mourns Passing of Sam Hamilton: The conservation world lost one of its most dynamic leaders on February 20 when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam D. Hamilton, 54, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on February 20. On the Passing of Director Sam Hamilton.doc (Word 26K) Chief's Corner Sam Flyfishing.jpg (image 1.73)

 

BirdWise Partnerships. Wild Bird Centers, retail stores across the country, are offering bird seed in bags that promote America’s National Wildlife Refuges as places where birders and birds connect. BirdWise Partnership.doc (Word 23K) BirdWise Partnership.jpg (image 274K)


January 2010 Downloads


A Place of Renewal – And What We Take for Granted By Greg Siekaniec, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System. Chief Greg Siekaniec write about what it takes to mentor young people to become tomorrow's conservationists. Chiefs column.doc (Word 26K)

Coming in from the Cold. During 10 unseasonably frigid days in January in Florida, 2,148 sea turtles were rescued from Mosquito Lagoon at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — saving wildlife in a most dramatic way. Coming in from the cold.doc (Word 23K)

To Green Your Garden, Go Native. Now may be the time to order seeds of wildflowers native to your region that will give you low-maintenance blooms and support native birds, insects and other pollinators. To Green Your Garden.doc (Word 33K); alpine anemone usfws.jpg (JPG image 144K); butterfly weed and butterfly.jpg (JPG image 1.41 MB)

Duck-Drawing Time. Youngsters in grades kindergarten-12 have just a little more time to prepare their entries for the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp contest that combines science and art to teach students about waterfowl conservation. Junior Duck Stamp.doc (Word 27K)

Friends Newswire is published monthly by the Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Department of the Interior.

For information about items in the newswire, contact:
Martha Nudel, 703-358-1858

Last updated: November 16, 2016