Friday, Apr 12, 2019 - 4:02 PM EDT

UWCP Evaluates Progress

We completed the first phase of a comprehensive evaluation of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. This involved 16 priority urban refuges sharing how they are meeting the program’s Standards of Excellence. The evaluation looked at what is going well and, just as importantly, what challenges and hurdles we need to overcome to meet the goal of partnering with urban communities in conservation. Here are some findings:

  • Most stations are beginning to make progress toward engaging communities, but more effort is needed to ensure community input informs programming.
  • Stations made moderate to high progress in building and sustaining partnerships. Stations and partners rate their relationships highly and recognize the mutual benefits of working together.
  • Stations identified several needs to make further progress: infrastructure such as contact stations, signage, restrooms and parking; training, including in customer service and audience research; and improved external communication such as better websites and multilingual communications.

See the 2018 Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Report or view the NCTC broadcast.

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Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019 - 2:48 PM EDT

Bird Species that Call During Migration More Susceptible to Building Collisions

New study finds that bird species that call during migration flights seem to be more susceptible to collisions with buildings, drawing more individuals in towards the lights. So these species end up with a potentially similar ‘drawn in’ effect –like bats with turbines–emphasizing the importance of Lights Out programs.

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Friday, Apr 05, 2019 - 11:46 AM EDT

Refuge notebook: 2 refuges on the Pacific Flyway share similarities, differences

Before starting work at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into an internship program at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge…

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Friday, Apr 05, 2019 - 11:35 AM EDT

Northwest Family Daycation

New & improved Daycation mobile app available for iPhone and Android

The Intertwine Alliance and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are proud to announce the release of Northwest Family Daycation – just in time for your spring break fun!

Daycation is a completely free mobile app for families with young children that takes all the planning and guesswork out of exploring nature in the Portland region. Our team of parents and nature enthusiasts have curated fun adventures all over town that connect natural areas to other community amenities, all while considering the needs of young explorers and their caregivers.

This version 2 release of Daycation features major design and functionality improvements based on user feedback. A big thank you to everyone who has been involved with the app’s development over the past few years by creating Daycations or downloading the product. We hope you’ll check out v2 on Apple and Android phones – and let us know what you think!

Our team will release a new Daycation each week. Intertwine partners and friends, we invite you to keep submitting adventures featuring your favorite places.

Questions or thoughts? Please email the Daycation team at


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Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM EST

Announcement: Training Webinar for Urban Eval Phase 1

WHEN: A training webinar for Urban Evaluation Phase One of the Priority 14 Urban Wildlife Refuges will be held on February 7, 2017

WHAT: Planning and Partners Assessment forms, in a fillable format, will be distributed during the webinar. 

OTHER INFO and IMPORTANT DATES: The deadline for the 14 Priority Refuges to complete assessments has moved to August 15, 2017

A formal invitation with login instructions will be forwarded soon. Please inform others, or share this calendar invitation, to any other interested parties. Other interested refuges may join the webinar for information, but it is not required. 

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Monday, Dec 05, 2016 - 6:34 PM EST

Urban Impact

Our first two Urban Priority Refuges that received an additional $1M in base funding have released impact reports. Both reports highlight accomplishments and measurable results.

Link to the SoCal report.

Link to the Portland-Vancouver report.

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Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 - 5:24 PM EST

WEBINAR: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2017 (RFP)

UWRP and UBT Grant Process Webinar: Recorded on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, this webinar provides a general update on the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, as well as information about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.

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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 - 3:52 PM EST

Urban Program Webinar - December 2015

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Webinar : This webinar recording is from Thursday, December 10th and provides a general update on the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, as well as more information about the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

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Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 - 7:53 PM EST

Wildlife refuges link Oregon cities to nature and habitat

American society is more ethnically and socially diverse than any other time in history. We are becoming more urbanized and studies show that people are spending less and less time outdoors.

With 80% of the U.S. population now living in urban areas, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become increasingly complex. Read More

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Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015 - 12:42 PM EST

New Orleans' Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

Offering a 24,000-acre living laboratory, Bayou Sauvage is an outdoor recreation and wildlife gem in one of the country’s most vibrant urban centers.

When most people think of New Orleans, their minds wander to steaming bowls of gumbo and jambalaya, late-night jazz haunts, Mardi Gras and the bustling French Quarter. Unfortunately, since Hurricane Katrina, our memories are burned with images of a once-vibrant city struggling to recover from a natural disaster. Whatever your impressions of this Southern city, they probably don’t include vast swaths of public land or wildlife, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in the 24,000-acre Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, which rests entirely within the New Orleans city limits. Read More

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Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015 - 12:41 PM EST

Ian Shive: Lights, Camera, Condor

Filmmaker Talks New Condor Recovery Program Video, Education Consevation

Conservationist and photojournalist Ian Shive has shot and filmed all over the world with organizations like the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Service, telling the untold stories of wildlife refuges and protected lands. He recently teamed with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their California Condor Recovery Program, helping teach students from Fillmore’s Mountain Vista Elementary School and Fillmore Middle School on conservation education. I spoke with Shive in a phone interview about the importance of education, the divide between wild and urban areas, and the aesthetics of conservation. Read more

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Monday, Oct 12, 2015 - 5:39 PM EDT

New FWS Videos Debut at Telluride Photo Festival

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program got a big boost last week in Colorado as two new videos about urban outreach in Southern California debuted at the Telluride Photo Festival.

The festival, in its fourth year, attracted more than 150 nature photographers, videographers and magazine editors who specialize in outdoor and adventure storytelling. Read More

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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 - 11:05 AM EDT

Springfield Picked For Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been recognized by the federal government for environmental stewardship.  With the designation comes some money for a project to restore an urban conservation area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday designated the Springfield Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  It is a cooperative effort to promote conservation values with urban residents, especially young people, according to Deborah Rocque, the northeast deputy regional director for the wildlife service.

Read more: 

Springfield Picked For Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

Partnership To Engage Springfield Residents With Conservation Receives Federal Designation

Springfield receives $39,000 grant to preserve wildlife

Federal agency designates Springfield for urban wildlife protection partnership, funding

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Monday, Sep 14, 2015 - 6:44 PM EDT

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Monday, Sep 14, 2015 - 6:36 PM EDT

Very neat recognition of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program! 

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Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 - 12:57 PM EDT

CondorKid Technology Takes Flight with Launch of Livestream Nestcam

CondorKid Technology Takes Flight with Launch of Livestream Nestcam

Just two weeks into a new school year, Principal John Wilber welcomed a crowd of more than 300 children, parents and community members to Mountain Vista Elementary School in the small foothill town of Fillmore, California. Learn more.

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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 - 12:04 PM EDT

Alaska 2015 Expedition: A Cross-Cultural Exploration

This August, inner-city youth, U.S. veterans and volunteers came together to form a community in the midst of Mother Nature’s rawest environment: Alaska’s rugged wilderness.

Black, brown, or white, religious or non-religious, soldiers of war and soldiers of the streets, from Oregon, Washington, and even Florida, all mashed into an unfamiliar, lush environment abundant with wild animal, aquatic, and plant life.  We were experiencing firsthand the wildest of our public lands.  As Americans we are blessed with vast public lands that belong to all of us.  Sadly, the kids I brought to Alaska don’t have the chance to spend the time they need to heal in the amazing public lands in their own backyards. But it’s important those protected lands are there for them, waiting to help. Read more

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Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 - 9:54 AM EDT

Detroit River park hosts new spot for watching birds

Groups involved in creating a new place for watching birds along the Detroit River said Wednesday that they hope it will help reconnect people with the waterway and inspire a new generation of conservationists.

The urban birding spot is at Gabriel Richard Park, which is located along the Detroit RiverWalk and near the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle. It features four wildlife spotting scopes and an interpretive panel identifying common birds that can be seen in the area. Read more:

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Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 - 9:53 AM EDT

Sammamish residents win ruling to block subdivision near salmon creek

A hearing examiner has rejected a developer’s plan to build 30 houses and a bridge over Ebright Creek in Sammamish, one of the primary spawning streams for kokanee salmon in the Lake Sammamish basin.

The ruling is a victory for neighbors who argued that the proposed subdivision threatened Ebright Creek and nearby Pine Lake Creek, and the extensive efforts over the past two decades to restore and preserve habitat for the kokanee, a freshwater relative of sockeye salmon whose numbers had fallen to about 50 spawning fish in 2008. Read more:

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Friday, Jul 10, 2015 - 3:09 PM EDT

Girls from the Holyoke-based Eureka! program get tough with invasive species

HADLEY – One 13-year-old girl said if she saw a snake she would run.

Another gladly reached out her hands to hold a toad.

They were among the dozen girls in their first year in the Girls Inc. Eureka! program learning about nature at the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge at Fort River Thursday.

They had been there Tuesday as well and others from the program will be there as well and at the Richard Cronin Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation Center in Sunderland in a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the next few weeks. Learn more…

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Photo of Nekton sampling during SMI training. Photo Credit: Katrina Papanastassiou/USFWS

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