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Mini Gator Tales-October 2014

15 Oct 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous
Friends of Anahuac Refuge
Mini Gator Tales
October 2014

National Wildlife Refuge System News
National Wildlife Refuge Week
October 12-18, 2014
Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to mark this week as a week to celebrate our National Wildlife Refuges. It is a good time to talk to family and friends about them and bring them out to one. Remember...the majority of first-time refuge visitors were directly referred by family and friends!
Read USFWS Press Release
Photo credit: USFWS

Local and Urban Outreach
FOAR setup booths at Anahuac's Gatorfest in September and Winnie's Rice Festival in Winnie earlier this month again this year. Volunteers spoke to visitors about the importance of the refuge and public use opportunities. We also raffled off one of our 50th anniversary books at each event as a fundraiser. Thanks to who stopped by and to the volunteers!
We will be at it again this Saturday, October 18th near downtown Houston at

Kid's Day Buffalo Bayou Day. The event is an excellent urban outreach opportunity to promote the refuges to city dwellers. We are partnering with other Friends groups in the area to talk about refuges in the Houston area.
We will also have a booth at the Baytown Nurture Nature Festival on Saturday, November 1. It will be at the Baytown Nature Center. We hope you can come check out the event!

Refuge Volunteer Work Day
About 20 volunteers helped clean the Butterfly Garden on Saturday, September 27. Several native plant species have been planted in the garden over the years that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Unfortunately, weeds also grow in the garden which limit the growth of the desired plants. The best way to remove the weeds is by hand with the help of volunteers. Everybody got some hands-on experience with habitat management followed by lunch courtesy of FOAR. A BIG thank you to our great volunteers!

A History of Hurricanes Along the Upper Texas Coast
The Texas coast is no stranger to hurricanes, but it was not until the 20th century when they became mainstream in society. Beginning with destruction of Galveston by the 1900 hurricane to Hurricane Ike in 2008, find out how some of the largest storms left their legacy on the landscape and human development.

Save the Date!
FOAR Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24th in Anahuac. All members are invited to attend to here about our accomplishments from this year, plans for 2015, and receive Friends volunteer recognition awards.
More details coming soon...

Buy a Book About the Support the Refuge!
The 50th anniversary books are for sale at the Visitor Center and Visitor Information Station as well as online on our book project page. The book tells the story of the Anahuac NWR's 50th year through photographs and writing all done by volunteers. Profits from book sales go back to the Friends to pay for refuge projects.
Check out an article from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about the book here.

Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!
Don't forget to renew your membership online via PayPal or by check in the mail. When renewing, we also encourage you to receive our full quarterly newsletter, Gator Tales, electronically. It saves trees, saves us printing costs, and gets you access to more content.

Friends of Anahuac Refuge
P.O. Box 1348
Anahuac, TX 77514

Osprey at Anahuac NWR
Photo by Norman Welsh

Thank you for supporting YOUR
National Wildlife Refuge!

The Friends of Anahuac Refuge was established in 1997 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Anahuac, TX.

For questions, call the refuge office at 409-267-3337.


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1348

Anahuac, TX 77514

Refuge Office Address:

4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514

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