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March 21st, 2017

Zoonooz Features USFWS San Diego

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March 21st, 2017

Walk After Work & Weed While You Walk

Thursday, March 30, 2017; 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Walk After Work, Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 Campo Road, Jamul 91935
You never know who you might see on a brisk after-work walk in this special setting. Rolling hills, native wildflowers, raptors, and more. Bring your walkin’ shoes, your hat, and water.
Limited spaces, RSVPs required.
Walk leaves promptly at 5:00pm.
(Image: Debbie Ekhaml)



Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:30am – 11:30pm; Weed Along the Way Walk, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, Par 4 Drive entrance (south end of Par 4 Drive off Steele Canyon Road)
Wildflowers will keep us company on this leisurely hike as we remove some weeds along the way to make the trail even more beautiful and the habitat healthier! Bring plenty of water to drink and gardening gloves if you have them. More gloves and all the tools you’ll need provided along with snacks. RSVP!

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March 7th, 2017

Take Action Tuesday


It’s Take Action Tuesday! Today we need your help to continue fighting to protect predator species on Alaskan national wildlife refuges by urging your Senators to vote NO on House Joint Resolution (H.J. Res) 69.


Two weeks ago, we asked you to urge your Representative to vote NO on this same proposal. Unfortunately, the House passed H.J. Res. 69 on February 16, which will permanently overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Rule prohibiting aggressive predator control practices on Alaskan national wildlife refuges. Simply put, predator control seeks to artificially increase the population of prey species by reducing the population of predator species.

Predator control practices currently prohibited by the rule include:

  • Killing brown bears over bait or by aerial gunning
  • Killing wolves and pups in their dens
  • Killing mother bears and cubs

We must act now to KEEP these protections of predators in place!

To allow these practices to occur on Alaska refuges would be to violate the Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which clearly state that refuges must be managed for the biodiversity of all wildlife – not just game species. Alarmingly, if this is allowed to occur in Alaska, the refuges in your state could be next.

The Refuge Association has always recognized and supported hunting on national wildlife refuges where it has been deemed a compatible use. After all, hunting is one of the Big Six recreational opportunities supported by the Refuge System. But these extreme predator control measures conflict with the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System to manage for natural biodiversity. Overturning this rule will prevent the FWS from successfully carrying out their conservation mission on Alaskan national wildlife refuges.

This rule does not affect subsistence hunting and simply codifies how national wildlife refuges have been managed in Alaska for years.


January 12th, 2017

Let the Weeding Commence!

Let the Weeding Commence!

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00pm:
Refuge Weeders

In the mood to invade the invasives? Manage the mustard? Whoop the weeds?
Channel your frustrations in a positive direction and save some coastal sage scrub habitat.
Join EDI and US Fish & Wildlife Service at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Par Four area for a day of  weeding. All will learn more about invasive species and what volunteers can do to diminish their impact on native habitat. This is a moderately physical event with a short hike with incredible views and plenty of beautiful native plants to get to know along the way. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and gloves if you have them. RSVPs appreciated. Directions: Take Par Four Drive south from Steele Canyon Road. Park at the end of the road. Please be respectful of neighbors in this residential area
. Click here for more information and to RSVP; contact EDI at 619-654-3793 or

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December 15th, 2016

Friends Forward Newsletter December 2016


Thank You for Your Work in 2016
This has been a year for the record books. The National Wildlife Refuge System – with Friends groups as our strong right hand – has touched and improved the lives of millions.”Read more from Refuge Chief Cynthia Martinez.
Urban Friends
From dollars and cents to hammers, nails and knowledgeable volunteers, Friends are helping refuges engage their urban neighbors.Read More
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