Lower Suwannee NWR Hunt Season is in full swing. Archery/Crossbow and Muzzleloader have passed and now we are into three General Gun Hunts:
George and Jason are doing a Special Project, rehabbing and improving Fishbone Creek, Dixie County access road, parking area, boat launch, and a ground-level fishing platform. We do not yet have the funds to replace the observation deck. Also, George finished the trenching for the new fire radio tower's electrical system and has been coordinating contractors doing the work.
Friends board members John McPherson, Debbie Meeks, Peg Hall, and John Thalacker are working with the Refuge to prepare for the eventual transfer of the Suwannee River's Vista Estate to the Refuge. Meetings are on-going to make plans on how to raise funds to repair, maintain, and promote this historic location for public access and interpretation. Meanwhile the Refuge is working with the USFWS on the administrative side of this transfer.
Avoid all those supply chain headaches! Do your holiday shopping online and support the Friends of the Refuges.
Shop early for the best selection of custom-designed t-shirts and hats and -NEW- earrings and Blue Goose National Wildlife Refuge Passport books.
Our volunteers will have your order mailed out within a few days. The pandemic has been the mother of invention for many things, including our store. It's been a great success and we want to thank all who bought t-shirts and hats over this last year, and the Friends Board volunteers who have made it happen.
NOTE -- If you want us to ship to an address other than your billing address, you MUST enter the shipping address where it is requested, not your billing address! Postage is calculated automatically and charged to Friends when you submit the order and it is based on the shipping address you include. After the order is submitted, we cannot change the address without having to pay the postage a second time. Ahhh, the joys of automation :)
Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates is a national organization that connects Friends groups across the country with each other to share ideas and to pool our thinking and power on issues that affect us all. Friends of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs worked closely with CORFA last year during the review of the Partnership Agreement that the Fish and Wildlife Service requires all Friends groups to sign.
This fall CORFA highlights Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys NWRs in its national newsletter. It also highlights Friends of St Mark’s NWR, our nearby refuge on the Big Bend of Florida, which is being honored as the Friends Group of the Year for 2022. And, CORFA showcases an idea from the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands that looks like something we would love to implement for our Friends!