Sunday, October 07, 2007

National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 7-13

As part of the annual celebration of these protected outdoor areas throughout the states, consider taking a child to a national wildlife refuge soon or during this week's activities. The NWR system includes 548 refuges, and a refuge typically exists within an hour's drive of a metropolitan area.

During this year's week-long celebration, many individuals and organizations are highlighting the 10-year anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act. Despite many improvements, many refuges remain in peril, according to Defenders of Wildlife. It issued the fourth annual Refuges at Risk report that named 10 refuges in need of funding that allows habitat protection and acquisition, educational programs and removal of invasive species.

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Blogger Mary C said...

I'm glad you posted the map, Amy. I didn't realize that San Luis here in California was in jeopardy. I am assuming this is the San Luis Reservoir area, where one drives over Pacheco Pass to get to the Central Valley from Gilroy or Watsonville. What can one do to help?

October 09, 2007 8:45 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Mary, one way to help is to write to the individuals who make funding decisions: your representatives and senators in Congress and the president.

Also write to members of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.

October 10, 2007 9:28 AM  

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