More than 250 threatened or endangered species live on refuges, and the presence of those at-risk species — such as Hawaiian Coot, California Condor, Kirtland's Warbler and Florida Scrub-Jay — prompted the creation of some refuges.
Kilauea Point NWR on the Hawaiian island of Kauai provides habitat for the state bird, Nene (nay-nay), among other species such as Pacific Golden-Plovers. The island includes two more refuges: Hanalei, which hosts endangered native waterbirds, and Huleia, which also provides habitat for at-risk waterbirds such as Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni).
Roosevelt established the first refuge at Pelican Island in Florida in 1903 to protect Brown Pelicans from hunters. To celebrate the refuge system's birthday, Pelican Island NWR and other refuges planned celebratory events. Maybe you can join the festivities at a refuge near you this month!
Kilauea Point NWR courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service