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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
Spring Birding at the Refuges!
For a great article about spring birding at the Refuges, 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.
The Beal Lake and Bermuda Pasture Wildlife Observation Tower Maintenance Project is Complete!
The final touches were put on the Beal Lake Tower, and the Bermuda Pasture Tower was completed in one day! Many thanks go out to the Refuge Staff, volunteers, and Friends members who assisted with the work.
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.