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  • 14 May 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Anahauc NWR Flickr group and share your photos!

  • 10 Jan 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous

  • 05 Jan 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    A Rail Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Visit our Rail Walks page for more details about the walks.
  • 04 Jan 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous
    FOAR is looking for volunteers to help in our booths at outreach events this spring.

    Nurture Nature Festival, Baytown- April 8

    Spring Outdoor Celebration, Mont Belvieu- April 22

    More information about refuge workdays will be posted soon. Visit our volunteer page for more details about our workdays.

  • 27 Dec 2016 9:38 AM | Anonymous
    The 2017 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Banquet is set for Saturday, January 28, 2017 beginning at 6pm. It will take place at First Methodist Church in Anahuac. Dinner will be provided. Visit the event page for more details.
  • 14 Dec 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The winter issue of our newsletter, Gator Tales, is now available. You can check it out and previous issues on our Documents page.

  • 01 Dec 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    You can support FOAR by shopping on Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate .5% of your total purchases to FOAR when selecting FOAR as your charitable organization.

    Click this link to get started setting up your Amazon account...

  • 10 Feb 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service News

    R/V Tiglax: Alaska Maritime Refuge's Vehicle for Research

    By Andrea Medeiros, Public Affairs Specialist, Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK

    Imagine working on a ship that takes you 15,000 miles through remote islands, from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea, in support of conservation. Six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jobs provide this opportunity, all operating out of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge aboard the R/V Tiglax.

    “Sometimes you don’t see another ship for days at a time,” says Captain Billy Pepper, who has worked on the Tiglax for more than 20 years and is responsible for the ship as well as hiring and managing the crew. Combined, the captain, first mate, two deckhands, a cook and an engineer have 60-plus-years’ experience sailing the refuge.

    Constantly on the move during the six-month field season that starts in April, the crew works 12 hours a day, seven days a week and is always on call. The Tiglax is at sea for extended periods of time without Internet or cell service. Beyond the hours and the isolation, weather, mechanical problems, medical issues and even natural disasters can challenge the crew.

    The challenges of working on the Tiglax are counterbalanced by being among rocky islands with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and distinctive cultural histories. Every summer more than 40 million seabirds nest on Alaska Maritime Refuge. One of the islands, Buldir, boasts more nesting seabirds than anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere. The Tiglax also encounters whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions and other marine mammals.

    Built in 1987, the 120-foot-long Tiglax plays a critical role in meeting Alaska Maritime Refuge’s research purpose by supporting scientists from the Service, universities, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and elsewhere.

    Umnak and Samalga islands in the eastern Aleutians have been part of the refuge since 1913. Last summer, thanks to the Tiglax, refuge biologists were able to survey the islands’ coastlines for the first time. They discovered tens of thousands of shorebirds in the intertidal zone of Samalga Island, potentially a globally significant resting area for shorebirds on their summer migration.

    In 2015, the Tiglax also supported a regular survey of sea otters in the western Aleutians and a second, rare survey on the hard-to-access Pacific Ocean side of Amchitka Island. Both will help biologists better understand sea otters.

    What other new discoveries are out there on Alaska Maritime Refuge? The possibility of being part of making a new one keeps the crew of the Tiglax coming back.

    CAPTION: The R/V Tiglax cruising off Bogoslof Island. Built in 1987, the Tiglax, which means eagle in Aleut, is 120 feet long and has a range of 14,500 miles before refueling is needed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel supports scientific research at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. More photos: (Paul Wade)

    For more stories like this, visit

  • 10 Feb 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service News
    Stories of Success

    By Cynthia Martinez, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System

    Some 380 of the nation’s 1,591 endangered and threatened species find a home on national wildlife refuges. The reason is straightforward: Home is where the habitat is.

    So it makes sense that restoring habitat and implementing the best science and management techniques are the roads to recovery for species. Sounds simple. It’s not.

    National wildlife refuges and other parts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have long faced competing demands that can change and tug and pull in different directions. Multi-year projects can be tough to fund from one year to the next. That’s why the Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI) is making a difference.

    The Service Director some years ago recognized that we needed a focused program that puts combined resources and partnership muscle on refuges and in areas with a close nexus to them if we are to maintain and expand high quality habitat for trust resources. So was born the CRI, a competitive program with specific criteria that gives funding to collaborative projects.

    CRI absolutely stresses collaboration – both among Service programs that sometimes operate in silos and with private landowners, who can make all the difference for the health of fish, wildlife and plant species.

    The competition for funding has been intense – and beneficial. First there’s the regional selection process. Then the top regional projects are submitted to a national review team that represents all Service programs. A second round of reviews at the Service’s Headquarters has ensured that funding goes to the projects most likely to succeed.

    In fact, the need to show results quickly has set CRI apart from other initiatives. CRI not only requires that each project have a monitoring protocol, but it also decides on funding for up to three additional years by considering data that demonstrate a project is making discernible progress.

    At the same time, the CRI process incorporates all elements of Strategic Habitat Conservation. Service staff members employ biological planning and design to develop project proposals. Selected proposals are then implemented – the “conservation delivery” step – and results are monitored. The outcomes then feed back into biological planning and adaptive management.

    A prime example of CRI success is the Oregon chub, the first fish ever removed from the federal Endangered Species list. The Oregon chub is found only in the Willamette River Basin. Just eight populations and fewer than 1,000 fish were known to exist when it was listed as endangered in 1993. While the minnow’s recovery was thanks to the work of many dedicated Service partners, the CRI invigorated the recovery program and led to the chub’s delisting years earlier than might otherwise have happened.

    Collaboration is the key to so much conservation success. It is the centerpiece of the Cooperative Recovery Initiative. Working across program lines and with partners, the Service can recover species listed as threatened and endangered and create a conservation legacy for the next generation.

    To read some CRI success stories, go to the January-February issue of Refuge Update:

    Brown Pelican at Anahuac NWR photo by Norman Welsh

    For more stories like this, visit

  • 23 Dec 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    Friends of Anahuac Refuge
    Mini Gator Tales
    December 2015

    Thank you for supporting Anahuac NWR in 2015!

    Remember to renew your membership for 2016!

    Photo of the VIS Pond at sunset by Allen Biedrzycki at Anahuac NWR 

    Save the date!

    FOAR Annual Meeting &

    Anahuac NWR Volunteer Banquet

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

    All FOAR members and Anahuac NWR volunteers are invited to FOAR's Annual Meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Methodist Church Hall in Anahuac. 

    The meeting will include:
    -FOAR officer elections
    -2015 Overview
    -USFWS volunteer recognition

    Click here for event page

    Urban Partnership Launched in Houston

    Clinton City Park in Houston was bustling with activity on November 18 when 300 people gathered to celebrate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, one of 17 partnerships around the country designed to connect city residents with conservation stewardship. The Houston partnership brings together more than 20 organizations to help Houstonians learn about, find, and care for nature in their community.

    Click here to read the full USFWS article

    National Wildlife Refuge System News

    New Deputy Chief of Refuge System

    Former Anahuac NWR Manager Shaun Sanchez has been named new Deputy Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System following the promotion of previous Deputy Chief Cynthia Martinez.

    Read the story here

    Support Anahuac NWR at Kroger

    You can support Anahuac NWR by shopping at Kroger by linking your Kroger card to FOAR. This program has provided additional funding to several of our projects over the years simply because you shopped at Kroger. It is free to link your card and can be done in store or online.

    Click here for instructions

    Buy a Book About the Refuge...

    to 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 newsletter Gator Tales, electronically.  It saves trees, saves us printing costs, and gets you access to more content.

    Send checks to:
    Friends of Anahuac Refuge
    P.O. Box 1348
    Anahuac, TX 77514 

    Giant Swallowtail 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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