Will your yard be a refuge for birds?
Last month, YardMap hosted 16 Friends
representatives affiliated with 7 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuges across the country for a workshop on YardMap. Friends groups returned to their home refuges with insider knowledge about the Lab of Ornithology and YardMap, and with plans for using YardMap to connect visitors to the National Wildlife Refuge System.
According to Jim Kurth, chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, "These locally established, nonprofit citizen organizations have many different names, but they all share a passion for wildlife and our love of wild places. They are some of the Service’s best ambassadors to local communities – sharing knowledge, information, and their passion with their neighbors. They help conservation happen at the local level." YardMap is very excited to be partnering with Friends organizations to help refuge visitors learn more about turning their own yards into a refuge for wildlife.
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to find your nearest National Wildlife Refuge, then plan a visit for this summer. A refuge visit is a great way to gain perspective about the special habitat types in your area, and see the unique flora and fauna that inhabit them. If you go on a bird walk, tour a stewardship garden, or make a purchase from a gift shop, chances are good that you'll be interacting with a Friend of the refuge; many are trained naturalists with deep stores of local knowledge who can share insights with you. Back at home, create a mini-refuge in your yard
by planning some bird-friendly improvements suitable for your ecoregion. Birds need all the friends they can get–won't you give them refuge?