Written by WHSRN
The shorebird conservation community has an opportunity to help the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) improve how it fulfills its mission, which includes migratory bird conservation, through an ongoing public dialogue called Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation. The effort will refine how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) implements the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the law that directs the NWRS’s conservation actions. This process is designed to ensure that the NWRS is on track to achieve its mission, while being ready to meet the many new challenges of a changing world.
To date, 37 of the 44 WHSRN sites in the United States (84%) are also part of the NWRS – encompassing 51 properties in all! The USFWS has already made a strong commitment to have shorebird conservation be a priority on these lands, an important criteria for receiving a WHSRN site designation. Now is the time to submit your ideas for how that commitment can be better carried-out or strengthened.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to be sure that the shorebird community’s ideas are well represented in the public discussion about the NWRS’s future currently taking place online through April 22, 2011. If you value shorebirds and national wildlife refuges, the USFWS needs to hear from you! Go to http://americaswildlife.org to voice YOUR vision for the Refuge System! The website, hosted by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, is a forum for your biggest, best ideas. Read and vote on others’ ideas. Post your best shorebird photos from wildlife refuges. The National Wildlife Refuge System National Wildlife Refuge System is the nation’s premier network of public lands dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat. Comprising 553 national wildlife refuges, there’s at least one in every U.S. state and territory. The system protects more than 150 million acres of biologically diverse habitat that includes wetlands and forests, prairies, and seashores. Some 20 million of these acres are designated as Wilderness. Help Shape a Future for Shorebird Conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System
Add YOUR voice to the discussion at http://americaswildlife.org by this Friday, April 22, 2011!