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2015 Reunion Attendees - Are You In This Photo?

2015 Reunion Attendees

© Marvin Moriarty 2014

Wild Read: FWS Online Book Club

An online FWS book club called "Wild Read" is run by the NCTC Archives and Library. Many of the books have to do with FWS Issues and anyone can participate across the country. The URL is: http://wildread.blogspot.com/2015/04/feeding-wild-birds-in-america-culture.html

The book for may is "Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce, and Conservation" by Paul J. Baicich, Margaret A. Barker, and Carrol L. Henderson.

We celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in May so in recognition of this event, a Wild Read reading frenzy began May 1 with this brand new, hot-off-the-press book. Two of the three authors, Paul Baicich and Margaret A Barker, are moderating this blog discussion so stay tuned for their posts and join the vibrant discussion at http://wildread.blogspot.com/2015/04/feeding-wild-birds-in-america-culture.html

- Mark Madison, Ph.D., the U.S. FWS Historican, NCTC Archives/Museum


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Keep connected to USFWS, renew friendships,

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Friends groups of Refuges, Fish Hatcheries and other FWS facilities may apply for a matching grant to support significant anniversary celebrations of their facilities, e.g. 50th, 75th, 100th etc. anniversary. Click on the Anniversaries tab to read more and download an application. 


Our 2015 Focus Areas

  • Preserving and highlighting the rich history of the Service,
  • Mentoring youth and new employees,
  • Learning about current conservation challenges and successes,
  • Periodic reunions,
  • National and international volunteer projects,
  • Helping celebrate significant anniversaries of FWS facilities and programs

What We Did in 2014

The FWS Retirees Association had a very productive and successful year.  Highlights include:

  • Completed our second international volunteer trip to South Africa
  • Accelerated our efforts to obtain the oral histories of those who have made a difference in the work and accomplishments of FWS and/or in the natural resources conservation field (NCTC has provided funds to purchase digital recording equipment and cover expenses)
  • Helped support the sixth National Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3) at NCTC.
  • Provided funding to NCTC to purchase books
  • Board met with Directorate to share ideas on retirees’ continuing support for Service mission and heritage and Service support of retirees.
  • Supported anniversary events that promote the rich heritage and missions of the Service at Carolina Sandhills NWR, Ridgefield NWR, and Dungeness NWR
  • Assisted with memorial ceremonies for Fallen Comrades.
  • Planned and organized the upcoming 2015 Reunion in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Sent newsletters to 2,700 retirees and kept the website up-to-date
  • Maintained the database so retirees can keep current with the Service through Fish & Wildlife News, Refuge Update, and Eddies 
  • Kept members updated through quarterly newsletters and an up-to-date website