An open letter to the American people: Events at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

As I’ve watched the events unfolding at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge over the last several days, the image of an American flag obscuring the welcome sign at the wildlife refuge seems especially ironic.

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Manatees Huddle by the Hundreds at Three Sisters Springs

This manatee spring break party, of sorts, began on Monday as the docile mammals moved to the springs’ warmer waters. With its constant temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, Three Sisters Springs is the perfect spot for manatees seeking refuge from the cold.

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National Wildlife Refuge Association Applauds President’s FY 2017 Budget

Budget request includes a recommendation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million, and $506.6 million for the Refuge System’s Operations and Maintenance budget, which is an increase over the current FY16 budget ($481 million).

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Spotting Wildlife and Wintering Birds at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Swans at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Wash. | Rick Browne

Near the southwestern border of Washington State, you’ll find Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. This 5,218 acre refuge, containing a mixture of wetlands, grasslands, riparian corridors and forests, lies along a lower section of the Columbia River. Wildlife in these habitats …

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Best Tropical National Wildlife Refuges

In the cold, dark days of winter, it’s hard not to dream of sun, sand and tropical breezes! Good thing for us as America’s national wildlife refuges offer plenty of tropical escapes.

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President Calls for Full Funding of Land and Water Conservation Fund

President Obama announced plans to request full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in his FY17 budget request.

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Showing Love For Wildlife Refuges Through Photography

After hearing about the armed standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steve Dimock’s first thought was, “Let’s introduce people to what a wildlife refuge is and what makes them special through photography.”

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We’re Hiring! Rangeland Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist

Rangeland Ecologist/ Wildlife Biologist Description: This position is part of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) and National Wildlife Refuge Association (Refuge Association) to deliver rangeland and wildlife improvements …

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What Malheur Means to Harney County

I know what a great and important place Malheur is–I was there this summer. I listened to neighbors and ranchers, county commissioners, hunters and fishers, conservationists, women and men from cities and the country, all tell a common story of working together to solve conservation problems that will make life better for Harney County.

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Help Ensure Conservation Remains Part of the Conversation

The armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has put a spotlight on the role of public lands in our nation. Attending a town hall meeting or candidate forum is a great way to voice your concerns and hear what elected officials or candidates for office think about public lands.

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Friends Groups Educate Members of Congress on Wildlife Refuge Issues

Attendees shared personal stories to inform lawmakers and their staffers about how federal budget decisions impact individual wildlife refuges and the Refuge System as a whole.

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