Emerging Issue - National Bison Range

Dear Association Members:

Our Board wants you, our members, to be aware of an emerging issue, and to encourage you to assist us in developing any future course of action by our Association.

ISSUE:  After failing to reach a reasonable agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) for the co-management of the National Bison Range (NBR) in Montana, the Service has indicated that it would support legislation to transfer the NBR to the CSKT for management of the lands to be held in trust by the BIA.

Our Board is generally opposed to the loss of any lands now within the National Wildlife Refuge System or actions that are not consistent with our heritage.  We have been in touch with the Directorate and have sent the Director a letter stating our concerns. 

Click here to read the letter from the Board Chair to the Director on behalf of our Association.

We will continue to investigate the nuances of any proposal and keep you informed. 

Numerous members have already voiced their concerns to the Director, the Secretary, and their elected officials.  We encourage you to do the same.  We do want to hear from you and learn of your thoughts and opinions as to what additional action the Retirees Association should take as the issue develops into some specific action by the Service or the U.S. Congress.  Please mail or email any comments to Bob Streeter, Chair, rgstreeter@gmail.com, who will share with the Association Board for further discussion. 

Click here for additional information about this issue.


Travel News

Members of the FWS Retirees Association recently returned from the 2016 Conservation/ Volunteer Safari to South Africa and another intrepid group explored Cuba in search of 28 endemic Cuban birds - and so much more! Read all about their adventures here (and scroll down on this page to learn how you can participate in the next trips planned for 2017).

2016 group in South Africa


This year's group in South Africa with the wild dogs they helped move to their new home.

From left to right: Back row - Nancy Morrissey, Allan Danise, Fran Lynch, Linda Evans, Robin Fields, Jim Tisdale. Front row - our host Joe Viljoen, Donna Stanek, Jacque Tisdale.







2017 South African Safari and Volunteer Opportunties Announced!

Due to the overwhelming success of the February 2016 Conservation Volunteer/Safari and requests to offer a summer opportunity, we have talked with the staff at Chazen Game Reserve and are happy to announce two new trips.

Trip 1 – February 5 – 17, 2017dusk at Chazen

This will be a work trip. Tentative itinerary – February 6-13 (am) at Chazen Game Reserve. February 13-16 at Pilanesburg National Park.  Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys. Visit to Marapeng, Sterkfonein Caves, or Lesedi Cultural Center.
Cost: $2500 plus airfare. ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees)

Trip 2 –June/July 2017, exact dates to be announced 

Departure will be on a Thursday with Friday arrival in Johannesburg and departure from Johannesburg the following Friday. This will be a non-work trip.  Tentative itinerary four days at Chazen Game Reserve.  Three days at Pilanesburg National Park.  Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys.  Visit to Marapeng, Sterkfonein Caves, or Lesedi Cultural Center.
Cost: $2500 plus airfare.  ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees)

For more information contact: Donna Stanek at dstanek0418@hotmail.com


Reunion 2016 – Memphis on the Big Muddy

Not too early to start planning. Our next big reunion will be in Memphis, Tennessee, on the mighty Mississippi and home of Graceland and Beale Street. The dates of the reunion are Sunday October 2, 2016 through Thursday, October 6. A draft agenda is being developed with a focus on migratory birds and big river fishes. We are working on several tours that we believe will be of interest to all and contacting some very knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. We will visit Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and Ducks Unlimited will host an evening reception at its headquarters campus. Ducks Unlimited and Bass Pro Shops, both headquartered in Memphis, are sure to figure prominently in our planning and logiCrowne Marriott Memphisstics. 

Our venue will be the Crowne Plaza Memphis with first class accommodations and a very reasonable $99 lodging rate that includes a cooked breakfast. The hotel has a wide variety of amenities to appeal to most guests. These include a full sized outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness room, free wi-fi and free local shuttle.

We’ll keep you posted as things develop. In the meanwhile, get with your former colleagues, plan to join us there and let us know what sorts of activities will be of greatest interest to you and your fellow retirees next fall. Suggestions thus far include:

  • Visit the Memphis Zoo - http://www.memphiszoo.org/
  • Musical tours, such as the Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour or the Memphis Coach Tour that includes the Rock & Roll Museum.
  • A visit to Graceland (anyone remember Elvis?)
  • Opportunities for birding.

Watch the New FWS Retirees Association Video

A new video is available on YouTube called "Join the FWS Retirees Association". Featuring interviews with FWS HIstorian Mark Madison, Pacific Region Retiree Jerry Grover and Board of Directors Member Dr. Mamie Parker, the video covers the history of the Association, the benefits of joining and how to join (if you're not already a member!), and some of the activities members participate in - especially the reunions!

Click here to watch the video.


Denny HollandDenny Holland

We are sad to announce that one of the FWS Retirees founding members, Denny Holland, has passed away after battling cancer for the last couple of years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Denny Holland had a remarkable life full of experiences, including more than 30 years of active service with the FWS. You can read his full obituary here:


The family of Denny Holland has requested that those wishing to remember Denny do so with a donation to the FWS Retirees Association.

You can also visit the FWS Retirees Page on Facebook for more information.


2015 Reunion Attendees - Are You In This Photo?

2015 Reunion Attendees

© Marvin Moriarty 2015

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