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Environmental education programs that immerse and inspire students in nature.
Environmental education programs that immerse and inspire students in nature.

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FIRE PREVENTION ORDER ISSUED FOR MID-COLUMBIA RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES
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Screech At The Reach
A Halloween Event For The Entire Family

Boo! It's that time of year again, time for Screech At The Reach. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center are holding the popular event on Friday, October 23. There will be a lecture for adults at 5:30, where FWS biologists will explore the myths surrounding the creatures associated with Halloween and the true facts about the things that scare you in the night.

At 6:15, the kids' activities begin. There will be live owls, spiders, scorpions and snakes on hand and real owl pellets to dissect to learn about how these birds survive. Crafts include making owl masks, clothespin bats for decoration, and critter mobiles. FWS specialists will be on hand to provide information on the value of bats and their fascinating world, wolves in Washington, and other creatures of the night. The FWS will also be available to answer questions about the Hanford Reach National Monument, including the effort to provide public access to Rattlesnake Mountain.

The normal entrance fee to The Reach applies, but you'll receive $2 off each admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest.

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Open Houses To Discuss Public Access To Rattlesnake Mountain On The Hanford Reach National Monument

Richland, Washington. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding two open houses on October 14, 2015, to listen to the public about access to Rattlesnake Mountain and the rest of the Arid Lands Ecology Area. The open houses will be at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.

As part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, the USFWS was directed to provide public access to the mountain. These two open houses are to gather ideas on the best way to provide that access. These open houses are also part of a scoping process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), so the agency would also like to hear from the public about environmental concerns associated with providing access to the area.

"In our management plan, we laid out some options for public access," noted Hanford Reach National Monument Manager, Larry Klimek. "However, that was almost a decade ago, and we'd like to hear directly from the public about the access. At this point, we'd also like to determine what the level of interest is in accessing the area."

Rattlesnake Mountain has been closed to public access for almost 70 years. In 2000, it was included in the Hanford Reach National Monument. The USFWS has been working to provide access, including hosting popular spring wildflower tours. However, these tours were cancelled in 2015 due to legal considerations.

The open houses will begin with a short presentation on the process and what the USFWS is considering. Following that, the public will be able to speak with agency personnel about ideas and concerns. The USFWS will be taking comments until November 13, 2015. The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is located at 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland adjacent to Columbia Park.

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Opportunities to Volunteer!
Project Name: Forb Planting Around Marmot Enclosures

    Dates: November 2-5
    Where: McNary Wildlife Refuge
    More information...click here!

We will be planting forbs (small, 10-cubic-inch tubes) at McNary and the Peninsula unit around the marmot enclosures to provide future forage for the marmots. Tasks involved: Digging small holes in allocated plots with garden hand tools (trowels, small claws, etc.) and planting small forb seedlings about 8" deep.


Project Name: Milkweed Seedling Planting

    Dates: November 16-19,
    Where: McNary Wildlife Refuge
    More information...click here!

We will be planting about 1,100 milkweed seedlings (small, 10-cubic-inch tubes) at McNary NWR, in two plots located on the edge of Slough 1 to enhance and create additional milkweed habitat to support monarch butterflies on the refuge. Tasks involved: Digging small holes in allocated plots with garden hand tools (trowels, small claws, etc.) and planting small seedlings about 8" deep.

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The Flyer: National Wildlife Refuge Association Newsletter

Highlights from this month's newsletter:

    Birding Community E-Bulletin August
    Refuge Association's 2015 Photo Contest Opens
    Birding Community E-Bulletin September
    Golf Tournament Raised Thousands of Dollars for Refuge Association
    Sage-Grouse Announcement Supports Years of Collaborative Conservation
    Great News for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge!

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National Public Lands Day at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    9:00 a.m. to noon
    Everyone is invited!
    Bring trowels and gloves (if you have them)
    For more information, call 509-546-8300

The Friends of Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges will be planting native species at McNary National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Everyone is invited to help in protection of the area's rich natural heritage. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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The National Wildlife Refuge Association 2015 Refuge Photo Contest
Announcing the 2015 Refuge Photo Contest! We invite you to show us your photographs of the habitats, wildlife and people that make our national wildlife refuges such incredible places.
Our nation is home to more than 560 national wildlife refuges which provide habitat for 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1000 species of fish. Landscapes range from the artic tundra in Alaska to tropical coastlines along the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Enter our contest and share the sights you've photographed while visiting a wildlife refuge.
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National Public Lands Day at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Come help spruce up the shrub-steppe garden at McNary NWR Environmental Education Center.  We will be planting native plants and pulling weeds.  A limited supply of tools will be available, so bring trowels and gloves if you have them.

The shrub-steppe garden was established by Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges in 2002.  The garden complements the on-site education programs offered by “Friends” and provides habitat for wildlife and visitors to enjoy.  Through the efforts of many volunteers of all ages, it has grown and expanded over the years.

When:  Saturday, September 26th, 2015 9 a.m. to noon

Where:  McNary NWR Environmental Education Center 311 Lake Road Burbank, Washington

What to bring:  trowels and gloves if you have them.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Kid's Duck Day, September 12, 2015 McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Learn how to band a duck, build your own wood duck nest box, and identify the critters in the water all around us. Join us for Kid's Duck Day at McNary National Wildlife Refuge's Environmental Education Center on Saturday, September 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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2015 Refuge Photo Contest!

The National Wildlife Refuge System has no equal when it comes to conserving our nation's rich wildlife heritage. The more than 560 refuges are home to more than 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1000 species of fish. The Refuge System contains everything from southwest desert to arctic tundra and welcomes more than 47 million visitors each year.

Enter the 2015 Refuge Photo Contest and help highlight the natural beauty found on our national wildlife refuges. Images can feature the array of species and scenes found on wildlife refuges-including birds, mammals, insects, fish, people and landscapes.

Visit our website New and Events page for more information.

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