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  • A dozen or more sisters and alumnae from Zeta Phi Beta and their children post for a photo on a boardwalk with refuge staff
    Information icon Zeta Phi Beta with staff from ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Zeta Phi Beta, sorority.

    Pearls in the Everglades

    August 20, 2019 | 2 minute read

    This summer, for the third consecutive year, the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge welcomed the Zeta Phi Beta sorority in support of the Pearls in the Wild initiative — a way to introduce young black women to the bountiful recreation opportunities available at their local national wildlife refuges. This effort has also been successful in providing opportunities to interact and learn from refuge staff about the different career opportunities in natural resources.  Learn more...

  • Over twenty African-American students and members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity posing for a photo.
    Information icon Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity enjoy the outdoors at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Phi Beta Sigma.

    Like birds of a feather

    February 4, 2019 | 3 minute read

    While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. may not, at first glance, seem to have much in common, the two organizations, like birds of a feather, have been flocking together to develop young men as well as conserve fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Phi Beta Sigma (Sigma) is a fraternal organization founded in 1914 that focuses on issues that impact African American communities. The fraternity has over 700 collegiate and alumni chapters across the country.  Learn more...

  • A prescribed fire burns vegetation just outside of a housing development.
    Information icon Prime example of wildland urban interface on Sanibel Island, J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR. Photo by USFWS.

    Safe and sound burning

    September 10, 2018 | 9 minute read

    Hobe Sound, Florida — The well-to-do on Jupiter Island wanted the wildlife refuge burned and who was to say no? Not the federal biologists at the refuge across the Intracoastal Waterway. They were eager to accommodate their neighbors and restore the pine scrub habitat. But the stakes — and potential dangers — were high. A prescribed fire, by its nature, is carefully planned and executed to minimize mishaps. Yet, winds shift.  Learn more...

  • An airboat operator sits back and watches the marsh burn.
    Information icon Prescribed fire at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

    Fire as tool, and as friend

    August 24, 2018 | 8 minute read

    Fire – prescribed and carefully managed – can be a wildlands’ best friend. Wildlife officials tout its ecological benefits. Hunters, fishermen and birders laud its cattail-clearing, nutrient-adding attributes. Hydrologists praise unimpeded water flows. Photo by USFWS.  Learn more...

  • A Service employee in uniform uses a small booklet to help students identify birds.
    Information icon Ana Castillo-Ruiz teaches young birders how to identify a little blue heron. Photo, Ira Rappaport, FWS volunteer

    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge hosts inaugural Christmas Bird Count for Kids

    January 24, 2018 | 2 minute read

    What could be better than spending a morning outside, taking in the fresh air, and looking for birds on a national wildlife refuge? On Dec. 30, 2017, the first Christmas Bird Count for Kids took place at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in south Florida. The original Christmas Bird Count is an annual bird survey organized by the National Audubon Society, attended mainly by adults and birding clubs. The counting tradition began more than 100 years ago and is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in the world.  Learn more...

  • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Friends group educate local school children

    November 30, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge was recently awarded a $12,420 Great Ideas Initiative grant from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Florida. The grant will fund an intern to work with refuge staff members to enhance and expand the educational programs at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. A refuge volunteer teaches a group of students. Photo by Ronald Frendreis, refuge volunteer.  Learn more...

  • A sunrises over a stream.
    Sunrise at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR. Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

    Soul River meets Loxahatchee

    July 26, 2017 | 2 minute read

    In mid-June, five inner city youths from Portland, Oregon, visited the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to meet with staff members, learn about careers in natural resources, and understand the importance of the refuge and the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The three-day visit was sponsored by Soul River Inc., a non-profit organization that introduces military veteran mentors and inner city youth to numerous outdoor and cultural experiences to promote leadership and environmental awareness.  Learn more...

  • A group of employees and volunteers clean up desbris along a dock and wetland.
    Information icon Loxahatchee Staff members and Florida Sportmen’s Conservation Association members work together to remove debris from old research site. Photo by Bishop Wright, FSCA.

    Refuge staff partners with sportsmen’s group on Earth Day 2017

    June 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

    More than 60 members of the Florida Sportmen’s Conservation Association (FSCA) partnered with employees of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by removing debris from the refuge. They removed the remains of an old research site used years earlier to investigate the effects of nutrients on Everglades vegetation and water quality. The refuge was buzzing with activity well before sunrise as FSCA members arrived with their airboats ready to go.  Learn more...

  • A tiny snail held in front of a vast marsh.
    Apple snail. Photo by John Brandauer, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Students help restore Everglades

    May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center entered an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (UWRP) and were selected as recipients of a 2016 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program grant. The grant, Apple Snail Adoption Program: Teaching Youth about the Effect of Invasives on Natural Ecosystems, will involve at least 500 students in Palm Beach County in propagating and restoring native Florida apple snail populations and removing invasive exotic snails at both the refuge and Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve.  Learn more...

News

  • An alligator swims through shallow water with only its eyes above water.
    Information icon American alligator at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Lisa Jacobs, CC BY-ND 2.0.

    Closure of Lee Road boat ramps to bank fishing due to visitors feeding alligators

    September 26, 2018 | 2 minute read

    A number of nuisance and aggressive alligators have recently been observed at the Lee Road Boat Ramp on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Most alligators are, by nature, nervous of human activity and will usually avoid close contact with people. However, if alligators are fed by people, some will lose their natural fear and will begin to approach when they see people. These alligators can be very dangerous and are termed “nuisance gators”.  Read the full story...

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