Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges
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.
Our Friends group had a very busy day on April 5, 2014. We started with an ADOT Adopt-a-highway litter pickup event along our mile of Highway 95 adjacent to the BWR Headquarters. Eight volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash and a lot of junk that did not fit into bags. This is our second litter pick-up event on this stretch of highway; it is sad that there was that much trash accumulated since the last pickup.
After the litter pickup, we gathered at the BWR Education building for our April Friends General meeting. We discussed upcoming events, new business, and old business.
When the meeting concluded, many joined Chad Villamor at the Delta Point Trail to complete a project to construct steps from the highway pullout to the trail head. The existing "path" to the trail head was a steep slope with loose rock; the new steps will make it much easier for hikers and birders to access Delta Point, which has a great view of the Bill Williams River Delta. Delta Point is a well-known birding site that has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Chad did a wonderful job planning and installing the steps; the material was supplied by the Refuge.
A special thank you goes out to Kathleen and Jan for providing a wonderful lunch to keep everyone's energy up! We finished the long day about 3:30 in the afternoon, leaving time for some of us to do a little kayaking!
Watch our Facebook Page and Website for our next project; we would love to have you join in on the fun.
Our favorite Ecologist, Kathleen Blair, has written another essay. Read her latest offering on the value of endangered species by going HERE
The Pintail Slough litter pick event was held the morning of March 22, 2014. Nine volunteers picked up a full truckload of trash and litter along two miles of County Road One between Mileposts 4 and 6. A beautiful sidewinder rattlesnake was spotted sleeping under a bush during the work.
Our March Friends General Meeting was held at the Golden Shores Fire Station after the Litter pick-up event.
Old and new business, upcoming projects, and other items were discussed.
The date was set for our next meeting, which will follow our April 5, 2014 Bill Williams River NWR Adopt-a-highway litter pick-up at the Bill Williams River NWR Headquarters.
Everyone is welcome! Please join us for one or both events.
You can help support wildlife and our National Wildlife Refuge system by purchasing a Duck Stamp. Find out more and read the new article by Kathleen Blair, Ph.d. by going HERE
Upcoming Refuge Projects & Events (all dates are tentative), and other outdoors-related events:
September 24, 2016 - National Public Lands Day Kayak Litter Pick-up Event. Castle Rock to Mesquite Bay Central, Havasu NWR. Sign-in begins at 7:15 AM, Safety Briefing at 8:00 AM just before launch. For more information go to the printable pdf located HERE.
October 15, 2016 - Friends and Family Fun Day at Catfish Paradise, Havasu NWR, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Fun for the whole family including guided nature walks, fishing, archery, and other activities.
October 29, 2016 - ADOT litter pick-up event at Bill Williams River NWR. We will be picking up litter along AZ Highway 95 between the Bill Williams River bridge and CAP inlet near the Refuge Headquarters; the pre-event safety meeting begins at 9:00 AM.
November 12, 2016 - Friends Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Golden Shores Fire Station, 12950 Oatman Highway, Route 66.
Please consult our Facebook Page or emails from our Friends Group for the latest information about our events. We are looking for both volunteers and participants in these events.
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are a 501(C) (3) public charity; the effective date of our exemption is April 6, 2012.
The planned maintenance projects event was very productive. Refuge Staff, assisted by Friends volunteers and members of the public, removed a significant amount of pipe, steel barrels, and other trash from the Bermuda Pasture Revegetation area. In addition, over the 3 day event volunteers performed numerous other maintenance tasks at Bermuda Pasture, Catfish Paradise and the Beal overlook including repainting the handicapped parking spaces, cleaning and painting a number of parking bollards, and litter pick-up in the area.
Approximately 10 volunteers assisted on each of the 3 days. Several new faces were present, thanks to a nice article publicizing the event in the Mohave Valley Daily News.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more volunteering opportunities in the future!
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.
For a great article about fall birding at our National Wildlife Refuges written by DeeDee DeLorenzo, go HERE!
Memberships start at $15.00 per year for students and seniors, $20.00 per year for individuals. You can now join us, renew your membership, or donate to our cause online using Paypal and your credit card (Paypal account not required). Please check out our Membership Information Page for details or to join our group.
As part of the 75th Birthday Celebration of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges, you are invited to enter the Refuges' Nature Photography Contest. All photographs must have been taken on either the Bill Williams River NWR or the Havasu NWR within the last two years. The deadline for entries is January 6, 2016. For more information and the contest rules, go to the pdf file located HERE.
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The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held our second annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, December 6, 2014. We appreciate all those in our community who bought tickets and joined us for a fun evening in Golden Shores. Music was graciously provided by Antiquated Systems of Golden Shores. A beautiful cake with our Friends logo and a soaring pintail duck centerpiece was admired by all; thank you, Kelsie's Cakes. A special note of appreciation goes to Deanna Acosta and her family of Golden Shores who prepared and served a wonderful meal.
In addition to door prizes and our general raffle, tickets were drawn for the $1,000 Kayak Raffle from AZBuilt Sports, and the Nikon Spotting Scope donated by Bill Weidemann. Nancy S. of Lake Havasu City won the Kayak Raffle, and Ward V. of Golden Shores won the Spotting Scope.
Our Friends group raised approximately $1,500.00 during the festivities. We would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions and donations:
Chad Villamor and the Golden Shores Fire Department, Bill Weidemann, Howdey Hooches River Grill, River Stop Shell Station, the Gun Exchange, Golden Shores Realty, Desert Archery, Safeway-Bullhead City, Parker, and Lake Havasu City, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Sam's Club -Bullhead City, Desert River Outfitters, College St. Brewhouse & Pub-LHC, Jennifer Rose,Walmart-BHC, John West, Tom and Jacky Daugherty, Grand Canyon Railway, Big5 Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City stores, Dr. Thomas Dallman, Mohave Electric Cooperative, Marge Penton, Subway, Movies Havasu, CNH Arms, and The Springs Restaurant at Havasu Springs.
Join us for the event next year!
Read the article "The Trees Remember a River" by our Friend, Kathleen Blair, Ph.d. by going HERE
The Friends of Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are pleased to announce that we were selected to receive a $2,000 Grant from Pacific Gas & Electric.
Grant funds will be used for operating expenses and events. The check for the grant was presented to the Friends group by Chris Smith of PG&E during the annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser held November 14, 2015 in Golden Shores.
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife observers, hikers, birders, wildlife photographers, hunters, fishermen, kayakers, and environmental educators...
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts seeking like-minded individuals to join us in our efforts. Our goals include fund-raising for Refuge projects, and volunteerism to support Refuge projects and events. Your membership dues will help support projects on our refuges, and you can volunteer your labor and talents to give back to your community and help make this endeavor successful. If you would like to join our Friends group, or would like more information regarding our organization, please attend one of our general meetings, one of our events, or send us an email using the contact form located here: Contact Us
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held our third annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 14, 2015. We had over 180 dinner guests this year; we appreciate all those in our community who bought tickets and joined us for a fun evening in Golden Shores.
Music was graciously provided by Antiquated Systems of Golden Shores. A beautiful cake with our Friends logo was admired by all; thank you, Kelsie's Cakes. A special note of appreciation again goes to Deanna Acosta and her family of Golden Shores who prepared and served a wonderful meal.
In addition to door prizes and our general raffle, a ticket was drawn for the $1,000 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card; congratulations goes out the the winner, Susan Field of Mesa, Arizona.
Our Friends group raised approximately $2,000.00 during the festivities. We would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions and donations:
Chad Villamor and the Golden Shores Fire Department, Howdey Hooches River Grill, River Stop Shell Station, Golden Shores Realty, Safeway-Bullhead City, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Sam's Club -Bullhead City, Desert River Outfitters, Jennifer Rose, Walmart-BHC, John West, Tom and Jacky Daugherty, Grand Canyon Railway, Big5 Bullhead City, Dr. Thomas Dallman, Mohave Electric Cooperative, Marge Penton, and CNH Arms.
Join us for the event next year!