Started on September 20th of this year, Refuge Watch is a wonderful blog showcasing the “News and Events From America’s National Wildlife Refuges”.
Why exactly are National Wildlife Refuges important? How about because they are home to:
- over 700 species of birds
- around 220 species of mammals
- approximately 250 reptile and amphibian species
- more than 200 species of fish
- over 250 threatened or endangered plants and animals
- used by millions of birds during spring and fall migrations
All 50 states have at least one refuge and in total there are 548 National Wildlife Refuges. No matter where you live in the U.S. there is a refuge relatively nearby. The refuge system provides wonderful natural places for not just for birding but for photography, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, and other wildlife viewing. Without our refuges we would lose much more than great places to go birding.
This is why it is vital birders unite as one group to promote the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge system. It is up to us to convey the conservation message and to support proper funding for our wildlife refuges.