Nature needs no help, just no interference.
What do you see on the Ventura Coast ? Today an egret in flight. Tomorrow?
National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 380 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. While refuges are federal land and are funded by government money, many of the public access programs that occur on refuges, such as habitat restoration, education, field trips, and events are supported by Friends groups. The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge put on BirdFest & Bluegrass every year, and support programs like the Environmental and Cultural Education Program, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, and habitat restoration activities. But we can't do it without Friends like you: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/volunteer-support/join-the-friends/
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Spend this National Wildlife Week learning about National Wildlife Refuges! The Refuge System includes 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts covering more than 100 million acres of lands. That is a lot of protected lands dedicated to endangered and native species, but human expansion and reduction of resources are impacting wildlife every day. Voting for programs that support protecting those lands and wildlife is the best thing you can do, but there is more! You can volunteer, or join local support groups that work specifically to support your local federal lands, like a Friends group! For those in the Greater Portland-metro area- Ridgefield, Steigerwald, Franz Lake and Pierce National Wildlife Refuges are your closest Washington Refuges. These are supported by the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards. Join the Friends by becoming a member, and become a part of supporting nature and wildlife: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/volunteer-support/join-the-friends/
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Today is the start of National Wildlife Refuge Week! National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides vital habitat for thousands of native species, including sandhill cranes, bison and sea turtles. Refuge Week is a wonderful time to discover the outstanding recreational opportunities available on national wildlife refuges. Tens of millions of Americans visit refuges each year to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking and wildlife watching.
That means wildlife refuges are fee-free today, the first day of National Wildlife Week, October 14th! Take a walk and see some wildlife- let nature support you: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/visit-the-refuge/
Help support wildlife refuges by managing their habitat every Wednesday, and some Saturdays: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/habitat-restoration/
Or support them by becoming a friend and supporting the programs that keep the Refuge running smoothly: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/volunteer-support/join-the-friends/
Photo Credit: Angie Vogel, Adult Honorable Mention Landscape Category, Photo Contest Winner 2018
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John, Jim's Bruder der nach seiner verletzten Mutter Mary als letzter gestern wieder in die Freiheit durfte. Er wog 250g vor 4 Wochen und ging jetzt mit 654g. Draußen wird weiter gefüttert und mehrere Wohnungen stehen auch bezugsfertig bereit. John... Jim's brother and the last to leave my basement for freedom at 654g (having 250 four weeks ago). Food and apartments waiting for him in my garden if he likes to stay #hedgehogs #saveourwildlife #dontlookaway #weneednature
Join us today for the last Second Sunday at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse this season! Hear Jordan Mercier give his first presentation in our Plankhouse, and learn about historical and contemporary uses for Plankhouses. Bring the family and make pinecone birdhouses or take a tour around the Cathlapotle Plankhouse one more time before it closes until next spring. Visit the Refuge for free today, October 14th, to celebrate the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week, and spend time celebrating the vital habitats that endangered species and native wildlife call home.
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Saved from extinction, the Red Kite is now our national bird.
A reminder of how important nature is to us!
Learn about Plankhouses, make a bird feeder, spend time with the family, enjoy the outdoors, and learn something new! Join us tomorrow from noon to four, or be on time for specific walks and the presentation. Since Sunday is the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the Refuge is fee-free! Visit the Carty Unit or River 'S' Auto Tour for free this Sunday, and celebrate Wildlife Refuges with us.
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So some have noticed that there has been a bug explosion lately! Box Elder Beetles, Stinkbugs, and Western Conifer Seed Bugs seem to be invading our homes on these nice days (and some Ladybugs too!) Why is that happening? Because these insects are more sensitive to cold, they start to swarm to warmth as soon as temps begin to drop. All of them are trying to stay warm- because each will fall into torpor when the temperatures get cold enough (many of those dead bugs in your windows aren't dead!). To remove them, the best suggestion we have found is to vacuum them up and empty the bag outside. They won't die when they get vacuumed, and if you crush the bag, or squish any of the above insects except for the ladybeetle, you release that stink that is associated with all three. Besides being stinky, this scent is also a pheromone that attracts their friends- so you don't want to squish the stinky ones. The video below is just a small moment of ladybugs flying all around the Carty Unit Pedestrian Bridge on Wednesday. They were landing on everything and everywhere including on people's pants, arms, hair and catching a ride.
To tell the difference between box elder beetles, brown marmorated stink bugs, and western conifer seed beetles, check out their exoskeleton and compare to the helpful chart below: http://blogs.cornell.edu/jentsch/look-a-likes/
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Fun Fact Friday! The leaves are changing all around us as we dive deeper into fall in the Pacific Northwest. But do you know the reason we get to see such a wide variety of colors? Chlorophyll is the reason leaves are green, as it helps plants and trees turn sunlight into food. As temperatures drop and sunlight shortens, the plants shut down production of chlorophyll and turn to stored sugars already within the tree. Red leaves come from a presence of anthocyanins- which are produced as chlorophyll breaks down. Orange and yellow leaves are showing the pigments leftover from the shutdown of chlorophyll production; orange is displaying carotene (same pigment as in carrots), and yellow is xanthophyll.
Different trees change at different times throughout the fall because different trees sense the change in length of days and temperatures differently based on their genetics. Trees with identical genetics will all change at the same time- but it all comes down to the plant's ability to sense what is going on with the amount of sunlight available.
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This Sunday, learn about the history and contemporary use of Plankhouses from Jordan Mercier, who will be speaking for the first time in the house, make peanut butter pinecone bird feeders, join a bird walk or wetlands walk, join a Plankhouse tour, or just spend time with the family in some beautiful fall weather! Sunday is also the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week! That means that the Refuge is fee-free all day Sunday!
Stop by any time between noon and four, or make sure to be there for the scheduled hikes and talk, check out the flyer below, or read the details and download it yourself here: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/news/plankhouse-second-sunday-fall-lower-columbia/
Or just stop by and take a drive on the auto tour, or a walk on the Oaks to Wetlands Trail: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/visit-the-refuge/
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Make a space for nature, that's all we ask. It doesn't have to be something from our range, there's lots of great things out there (though ours are pretty great) but just create spaces in your world where things like hedgehogs, bees, birds and more can eat and sleep, nest and thrive. Join in the conversation, spread the word, our wildlife is in trouble like never before and if we don't act fast it will be too late.
Don't forget to join us this Sunday for our Cathlapotle Plankhouse Second Sunday, this Sunday!
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Schedule: 8:00 AM “Early” Bird Walk with Refuge Naturalist.
12:30 PM “Life in the Big House”
Join Jordan Mercier (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Rhonde), as he discusses the role and meaning of the Plankhouse in the Lower Columbia River region of the Pacific Northwest.
2:00 PM Refuge Naturalist-led Walk
Join us for a wetlands-focused walk focused on the changing of the seasons and it impacts on the landscape. Meet at the bump-out (bench area) of the Carty entrance bridge.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Plankhouse Tours and Activities
Explore hands-on displays inside the Plankhouse and family-friendly activities throughout the day.
Cathlapotle Plankhouse on the Carty Unit, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Free with $3.00 per vehicle refuge admission. Details on fees and directions: https://ridgefieldfriends.org/visit-the-refuge/
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We live as we had another planet to go to but we don’t. There is no planet B, there’s only earth. And earth gives us all we could wish for. But we need to stop exploiting resources and let greed rule. We have to go back to co-exist with nature and animals. If nature dies - we die. It’s that simple!