New PDF release: America's National Wildlife Refuges, 2nd Edition: A Complete

By Russell D. Butcher

ISBN-10: 1589793838

ISBN-13: 9781589793835

ISBN-10: 1589794109

ISBN-13: 9781589794108

An all-in-one consultant to the greater than 500 websites within the nationwide flora and fauna shelter method, this ebook lists each one safe haven alphabetically through country, delivering easy information regarding accessibility, amenities, and sort of habitat. extra in-depth descriptions are supplied for major or renowned refuges, detailing wildlife to be discovered there in addition to details at the most sensible time of yr to yr to view migrating species. excellent for the informal natural world watcher or looking fanatic, this advisor can be a welcome better half for an individual wishing to create his or her personal "eco-tour."

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A visitor center with interpretive displays and programs is located on Adak Island. Most of the islands are extremely difficult to reach. Fog, wind, and storms occur much of the year. When weather permits, scheduled flights go to Cold Bay, near the end of the Alaska Peninsula, and to Adak and Attu islands. Beyond Cold Bay, there are no lodgings. Some of the islands of the Aleutians have restricted entry to avoid disturbing the wildlife. Parts of several islands are owned by Native corporations, and permission to use these properties is required.

It is just one example of active human intervention succeeding in recreating a resource once thought to be beyond saving. Many of the refuges established during the drought of the 1930s and early 1940s are the product of habitat improvement, often done by the Civilian Conservation Corps or the Work Projects Administration (federal programs established to help employ those hard-hit by the Great Depression). Refuges such as Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, Piedmont in Georgia, and Back Bay in Virginia are products of construction and management that have resulted in renewed wildlife use and fundamental environmental improvement.

I feel like a parent who reviews the progress of his own children and takes pride and pleasure in the fact that their lives are better in significant ways than his may have been. Refuges today have larger staffs than was generally the case in my time. They do not have enough yet to realize the full potential of these places, to be sure, but specialists of many kinds have been made available. Biologists, key to the success of refuge management, are present in greater numbers and provide a wide range of skills.

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