Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges


  • 21 Mar 2019 7:32 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends,

    Desiree Sorenson-Groves is leaving the Refuge Association, but not the National Wildlife Refuge System. If you haven’t heard she will become the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign Director in April, leading a coalition of national and Alaskan organizations to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is fortunate to have her on its side. She is a dynamo that inspires people to care and take action. That’s what she has done for us, the Friends community.

    Let’s show her how much we appreciate her support of Friends and the Refuge System by pulling together messages of appreciate and support along with photos of our refuges and/or Friends organizations. Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates with assistance from the Refuge Association will pull them together and present them to Desiree in April.

    Please email or snail mail your messages and send your digital photos to me by this Wednesday, March 27th.


    Joan Patterson
    Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates
    13303 Robling Court
    Manassas, VA 20112

  • 21 Mar 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Friends!

    We have a special favor to ask of you to help promote conservation across the country and right here along the Ohio Lake Erie shoreline.

    As you may know, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge hosts 60,000+ visitors during the Biggest Week in American Birding in early May.  In an effort to raise awareness for the National Wildlife Refuge System, we’d like to ask each Friends group to send a postcard to us… let me explain why.

    If your group is anything like ours, we have a dedicated base of folks who understand how the refuge system works, and then we have new visitors who just have no idea. With such a large captive audience, we thought this would be a perfect time to promote the national wildlife refuge system in a unique way.

    These postcards will become part of a large wall display and a focal point for conservation during the festival. It will show the migratory flyways across the country and highlight some spots where “our” warblers have traveled through. This will be a great way for our visitors to see where the birds have stopped to rest along their migration route, and what other NWRs they might visit in the future. The idea is to create a sense of unity for our refuge system.

    So, can you help?

    Postcards may be sent to:

    Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (or FONWR)
    14000 W. State Route 2
    Oak Harbor, OH 43449

    Please send by April 5, 2019 to help with our project!

    Thank you for all that you do. 

    Aimee Arent

    Executive Director
    Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
    419-898-0014 x13

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