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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Golden Shores Fire Station
Our November Friends General Meeting was held Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 at the Golden Shores Fire Station.
Old and new business, upcoming projects, and other items were discussed. Planning continued for the December 7 fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner at the Golden Shores Fire Station. In addition, the date was set for our next meeting, which will be our Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper to be held on January 11 beginning at 1:00 PM. Board elections will be held at that time.
Everyone is welcome! Please join us for both events.
2013 Christmas Bird Counts
The dates for the 2013 Christmas Bird Counts for the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges have been set.
This event is a great opportunity for birders of all levels, from first timers to experts, to participate in this nationwide event.
An article about the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts is available on our Birdwatching page.
Fall Birding Birding at Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges!
For a great article about fall birding at our National Wildlife Refuges written by DeeDee DeLorenzo, go HERE!
NFWF Grant Awarded to Friends of Bill Williams River and Havasu NWR
Earlier this year our Friends group applied for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Grant to purchase a computer, office equipment, and software that will enable us to have a mobile office capable of giving power point presentations to community groups and schools, enhancing our ability to provide Environmental Education to the public. On June 7, 2013 we received the following announcement from the NFWF:
“We are pleased to advise you that the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved a grant of $2,638.95 to the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges to support the Establishing Infrastructure for the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges (AZ, CA) project. This grant is provided on the condition that these funds will be matched by $2,638.95 in matching contributions raised by the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges.”
We would like to thank the NFWF for the award, and we will do our utmost to put it to good use.
Friends Board Retreat
May 18, 2013
Our Friends Board of Director's retreat was held on May 18, 2013 in Bullhead City. Joining the Board were Linda Miller, Havasu NWR Manager and Kathleen Blair, Bill Williams River NWR Refuge Ecologist.
Numerous topics were discussed including events, memberships, and future projects. To read a meeting summary, you can go HERE
The 2013 North American Migration Count is Done!
For more information about this great nationwide birding event go HERE!
Friends & Family Fun Day
The second annual Friends & Family Fun Day was held Saturday, April 13 at the Bill Williams River NWR Headquarters. The event is sponsored by Staff of the Lake Havasu NWR Complex; assisting were volunteers from our Friends group.
Approximately 300 visitors enjoyed a variety of events including a nature hike, archery, a chance to plant a native plant at the refuge, and a Fishing Clinic by Arizona Game and Fish.
Hot Dogs and snacks were provided by the Friends, and approximately $100.00 was donated to our group.
Be sure to attend next year, we promise it will be bigger and better!
Arizona Gives Day
March 20, 2013
On March 20, 2013, over 800 Arizona non-profits, including our Friends group, participated in Arizona Gives Day.
Our Friends group received a total of $60.00 in donations, all from our own members. Many thanks to those who participated.
We plan to participate next year, and hope to top that amount!
Special Event Summary
February 23, 2013
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held a Special Event at Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
The event began with a nature hike/birdwalk in the Bill Williams River delta area. The hike was led by Refuge Volunteer Jan Richmond and Refuge Ecologist Kathleen Blair, PHD. Participants hiked the uplands through a slot canyon to the Bill Williams River, where hikers waded the river, enjoying the sights and sounds of this riparian habitat.
After the hike, a presentation was given by Sharon Baur of the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. The event concluded with a short General Meeting.
February 20, 2013
Tree Planting Work Party
A work party consisting of Friends, Refuge Volunteers, and Refuge staff planted 34 cottonwood trees along the new canal near the Bermuda Pasture Observation tower in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on February 20, 2013.
It rained most of the day, but the little trees were certainly enjoying the moisture. Cottonwood trees are native to the area, and mature cottonwoods are magnets for all types of wildlife.
2013 Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Our Friends Group provided volunteers and hunting mentors to assist the Arizona Department of Game and Fish and Refuge Staff with a three day youth waterfowl hunt held at Pintail Slough on January 4-6, 2013. Hunters aged 12-17 were be treated to a full schedule of activities, including a Gun Safety class, and duck hunting in Pintail Slough. Ducks Unlimited also assisted with the event. For more information go to our Outdoor Activities > Hunting page located HERE
Our logo is a montage featuring the Bill Williams River landscape in the foreground, a Northern Pintail flying over Topock Marsh in the center, and the Needles Mountains area of Havasu NWR in the background.