Wisconsin National Wildlife Refuges are facing a $16.7 million deficit in funding, greatly hurting the management of these wonderful bird havens.
A typical scene at Horicon in July
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge staffing will be reduced to a single maintenance worker, shared with three other refuges. This will severely impact maintenance of the miles of dikes and levees upon which the 32,000 acres of Horicon marsh… –C.A.R.E.
The lack of proper funding will also hamper efforts to restore Whooping Crane populations at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge as well as protect federally endangered species such as the Piping Plover.
Wisconsin is home to 7 National Wildlife Refuges and gets over 1.5 million visitors a year. To learn more about ways you can help support these wildlife havens, visit RefugeNet. Or you can check out Pathways to Nature – Friends of Necedah.