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An opossum forages for grubs in a muddy field at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
An opossum forages for grubs in a muddy field at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Credit: Christian Hunold

April 2010 Media Tip Sheet

Refuge Friends Groups Growing in Number and Clout. The number of Refuge "Friends Groups" has jumped to over 250 from a mere handful just 20 years ago. And through these groups, more than 50,000 members are providing major boosts of energy, financial resources and clout. . . Read more

Refuge System to Hire More Youth. The Department of the Interior plans to increase youth employment opportunities in 2010, through the Youth in the Great Outdoors Initiative (  The Refuge System is posting information about youth opportunities at . . Read more

Refuges Embrace "Citizen Science." An urgent need for data on plant and animal behavior is outstripping scientists' ability to collect it, so experts are recruiting thousands of ordinary citizens to help. More and more, these volunteer "citizen scientists" are heading to National Wildlife Refuges to do their work. . . Read more

Name That Island. You may never see your name in lights, but with luck you could view it on a map. Just think up a winning moniker for one of nine new man-made islands at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. . . Read more

Grab Your Binoculars — It’s Songbird Season. They're baaaaack — or at least en route. Migratory songbirds are returning from their winter sojourns in Latin America and the Caribbean, and some of the best places to see and hear them are National Wildlife Refuges. . . Read more

Birding Rewards More Senses Than Just Sight. The wildlife observation that drew millions of visitors to National Wildlife Refuges last year encompasses more than you might think. Consider that some of those “observing” birds and animals were people who can’t see well — or at all. . . Read more

Refuges Commemorate Earth Day. National Wildlife Refuges will host many educational events, festivals and volunteer clean-ups in mid–April in celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2010. . . Read more

Savor Spring in the National Wildlife Refuge System. What better place than a National Wildlife Refuge to witness spring's renewal. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. There is a National Wildlife Refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities. Here is list of more events at refuges across the nation. . . Read more


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