Archive for September, 2011

September 19th, 2011

September 24, 2011: Public Lands Day Hike with a Ranger

September 24, 2011: Public Lands Day Hike with a Ranger, 7-9:30am, Par 4 area, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Hike with Ranger Lisa to see endangered San Diego ambrosia and possibly some California gnatcatchers. Bring water, sunscreen, and binoculars if you have them. Wear a hat and sturdy shoes. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lisa Cox (ph: 619-476-9150X106), or visit and click on Activities and Events.

September 10th, 2011

Friends Board Member Dick Pilgrim Highlighted

Our great Friends board member Dick Pilgrim is spotlighted in the San Diego Union Tribune this month. His tireless efforts have made our Friends group and our wildlife refuges better.

“Dick Pilgrim can see the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve from his backyard. Since he was already so close, it made sense to get even closer.

“I thought, this would be a good place for me to spend some time and see what was needed to better the reserve,” said Pilgrim, 73, a retired educator who lives in Imperial Beach. “And also, so I could learn some things about the reserve.””

Read the article.

September 9th, 2011

Border Field Access Update

For the first time since October 2009, the entrance gate to Border Field State Park is now open to vehicles on weekends only. Typically, the gate is closed only during the winter months due to sediment and flooding issues caused by winter rains. Last year, however, a series of problems kept it closed. We are happy to announce that some of the issues have been resolved, at least for now, and we have the fiscal ability to open the gates on weekends from 9:30am – 6:00pm. Fortunately, the unexpected rain on Labor Day weekend wasn’t enough to close the gates again. We truly appreciate your extreme patience.

– Clay Phillips, TRNERR Reserve Manager

September 7th, 2011

CNN has discovered the Refuge System and Friends

CNN has discovered the Refuge System and Friends thanks to the Friends of Great Swamp NWR in New Jersey!

CNN has created a video addressing the impacts of budget cuts on the Refuge System and what Friends are doing to raise revenue.

With serious federal budget cuts for our refuges on the horizon, the need to recruit and train additional volunteers is more pressing than ever!  Volunteers and Refuge Friends do approximately 20% of all work on national wildlife refuges – the equivalent of 648 full time employees and worth more than $28 million!

Refuge Friends Groups around the country are using their own resources to maintain our National Wildlife Refuge System. Watch this video where Evan Hirsche, NWRA President, talks about the importance of supporting our refuges and the NWRA Refuge Friends Program. To view the video, go to

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