Information From The National Wildlife Refuge Association
NWRA Partners with Swarovski Optik
Swarovski Optik of North America (SONA) and the National Wildlife Refuge Association have formed a new partnership to help advance the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Swarovski Optik, which produces precise, high-quality binoculars and telescopes for birding enthusiasts and wildlife observers, has a long history of supporting U.S. conservation efforts.
Have you wondered how to get started as a bird watcher? What equipment you’d need, what field guide to buy?
Or maybe you’re already an avid birder and want ideas on how to share your interest with others.
Perhaps you’d like to get involved in protecting the habitat that is essential to migratory birds on their journeys.
You can find information on all this and more in the “How to Watch Birds” section on the RefugeNet website, sponsored by Swarovski Optik.
Visit refugenet.org and click on “Swarovski birding pages” to learn more!
Would you enjoy receiving a monthly e-newsletter on recent news in the birding and bird conservation community?
Visit here to see the archive of Swarovski Birding E-Bulletins and find out how you can be added to the list!
SOS – State of the System
An Annual Report of the Threats to the National Wildlife Refuge System
August 10, 2005 (Washington, DC)— A new report by the National Wildlife Refuge Association cites an urgent need to implement strategies that conserve lands outside national wildlife refuges. Finding that lands and waters surrounding refuges —called buffer zones—actually have more agriculture, subdivision and other human activity than the national average, the report tells the story of 12 refuges—six threatened and six rescued— that graphically illustrate why we must take action now.
For more information on the report and to download a copy, please visit the National Wildlife Refuge Association website
NWRA 30th Anniversary – Launch of “Wildlife Refuge” Magazine
In honor of their 30th anniversary, the National Wildlife Refuge Association is offering for a limited time only, a free one-year membership. Membership also includes a subscription to their new Wildlife Refugemagazine.
“Wildlife Refuge finally gives the Refuge System long-awaited and well-deserved attention in a national publication,” said Evan Hirsche, President of the NWRA. “As our premier network of lands and waters dedicated to wildlife conservation, it’s appropriate that there be a magazine for the public devoted 100% to telling the Refuge System’s story.”
For more information about the NWRA or to join, please visit their website by clicking on the image of the magazine cover above, and then look for the icon that says “Free Introductory Membership”.
Introducing the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Refuge Action Network
“Learn about issues facing the Refuge System, and have an impact on the decisions that affect your local refuge and the Refuge System, as a whole.”
“The Refuge Action Network (RAN) allows refuge advocates like you to make your voice heard on refuge issues by using this free service provided by the NWRA! RAN is a fast, easy and effective way for you to make a difference at your local refuge and throughout the System.”
“By communicating with decision-makers to explain how federal government policies impact the National Wildlife Refuge System, you become a vital link between Washington, DC, and your local refuge.”
It’s Easy as 1-2-3!
- Go to the NWRA Web site: refugenet.org
- Click on the “Refuge Action Network” logo
- Click on “Sign-up” at the top of the page
“Once you’ve signed up we will send you occasional Action Alerts by e-mail that you can respond to with a couple clicks of your mouse!”
Click on the National Wildlife Refuge Association logo to the left for the page on their website to download some beautiful photos to your computer. They have both individual images available that can be used as “wallpaper” and a screensaver that has many wonderful images. These photos are all from various National Wildlife Refuges from around the country.
Washington, D.C. – The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will honor two National Wildlife Refuge System employees.
Conservation partners to recognize Refuge System employees – 2005
The awards recognize exceptional contributions made by employees toward protecting the National Wildlife Refuge System. Recipients, who often make use of scarce funds and limited resources to “get the job done,” have demonstrated a dedicated career and commitment to the cause of wildlife conservation, as well as the ability to effectively deal with external organizations and the public to further the goals and objectives of the Refuge System.
- Refuge System Employee of the Year, Laura Brandt, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – Brandt, a wildlife biologist in Florida, is active in multiple forums working to restore the Greater Everglades ecosystem. She is widely respected as a scientist who facilitates communication and understanding between various partners. Her enthusiasm and dedication have led to valuable collaborations with partnership agencies and academic institutions.
- Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award, Roy Lowe, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex – Lowe has worked effectively to build mutually productive relationships with land conservancy groups, private landowners and American Indian tribes to add crucial acres of rare and essential habitat to the refuge complex. His commitment to public outreach, research and education has proven invaluable to projects such as the acquisition and restoration of Coquille Point and the preservation of the archeological and cultural significance of the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Brandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
About the Partners
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1984 and dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants, and the habitat on which they depend. The Foundation creates partnerships between the public and private sectors to strategically invest in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Foundation distributed 709 grants in 2004 and has leveraged more than $305 million in federal funds since its establishment, for a total of more than $918 million in on-the-ground conservation. For more information, visit www.nfwf.org.
A nonprofit established in 1975, the National Wildlife Refuge Association is the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting, enhancing and expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System, lands and waters set aside by the American people to protect our country’s diverse wildlife heritage. Over the years we have worked to make the Refuge System stronger and better able to address the growing challenges of conserving wildlife in our country.
By combining policy, grassroots development and public education objectives, the Refuge Association seeks to ensure our country continues to support a diverse spectrum of plants and wildlife well into the future. For more information, visit http://www.refugenet.org