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along the Kanuti River
Fall colors are spectacular along the Kanuti River, called Kk’oonootne in Koyukon Athabascan.
Credit: Bill Raften, USFWS

August 2009 Media Tip Sheet

In Alaska, Native Instincts. A long–dormant effort to document hundreds of native Alaskan place names and their derivation on the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge in central Alaska sprang back to life recently with the publication of a 54–page color atlas, "Middle Koyukuk River of Alaska – An Atlas of Fishing Places and Traditional Place Names." The book draws on interviews with native elders that were recorded in the mid–1980s and then forgotten. . . . Read More

Caution: Elk Playing Jackstraw. Can a variation on a kids game keep rapacious elk from devouring bird and fish habitat? Conservationists at National Elk Refuge, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, have embarked on a three–year experiment to find out . . . Read More

"Ding" Days Photo Contest Clicks. Shutterbugs have until September 30, 2009, to enter the annual Amateur Nature Photography Contest at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island off the Gulf coast of Florida . . . Read More

Slither This Way. It may not be your idea of a dream assignment, but it suits Kile R. Kucher. The graduate student at Central Michigan University is deep into his second year of field work at nearby Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge following a species that the state lists as threatened and that the refuge hopes to better integrate into its habitat management program. In other words, says Kucher, "I'm tromping around in marsh water thats sometimes up to my waist or higher tracking Eastern fox snakes" . . . Read More

Help for Hunters. Where is the closest National Wildlife Refuge that offers turkey hunting for people with disabilities? You don't need to guess or start phoning names on a long list. A new National Wildlife Refuge System interactive Web site, Your Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges, provides hunters with an easy search mechanism to find a refuge by special interest, such as game species (i.e. deer, waterfowl, big game), zip code, youth or special needs (i.e. universally accessible), or using any combination of topics . . . Read More

Savor Fall Events on Refuges. A world of seasonal wonders awaits you this fall at a National Wildlife Refuge. 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 Americas fish, wildlife and plants. Here is a sampling of early fall events . . . Read More

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