NWRA’s 2021 Molly Krival Refuge Friends Group of the Year

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Congratulations to the Friends of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the recipient of National Wildlife Refuge Association’s (NWRA) Molly Krival Refuge Friends Group of the Year for 2021. Robin Will, the Refuge Ranger/Liaison at St. Marks NWR, has described the Friends accomplishments as “33 years of excellence”. Here’s Phillip M. Pollock, President of the Friends, accepting the award.

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The Link — Fall 2021 Newsletter

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Fall 2021 issue of The Link

The Link is a quarterly newsletter produced in coordination between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates.

Two years ago, the Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates (CORFA) and the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) formally agreed to begin working together to advocate on behalf of Friends groups around the country. While NWRA has been around since 1975, CORFA is newer, and we wanted to take this opportunity in this edition of The Link to highlight our partnership and explain who CORFA is. 

With missions focused on national wildlife refuges and hatcheries plus thousands of members nationwide with the passion to pursue those missions, refuge and hatchery Friends groups (hereafter referred to as “Friends”) are unique in the nonprofit world. Further, if you consider that a majority of those Friends groups are led and managed by volunteers, you may find yourself shaking your head in amazement. “How do they do it?” you may be asking.

Well, besides passionate, professional leadership and committed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners, Friends groups can rely on the Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates and the National Wildlife Refuge Association for a variety of resources to help them navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of the nonprofit sea, including advocacy, keeping up with nonprofit regulations and trends, and adjusting to our ever-changing world. We hope you enjoy the articles here giving a closer look at CORFA, which is, relatively speaking, “the new kid on the block.” Like most Friends groups, CORFA is an all-volunteer organization, yet it offers Friends so much. Read on to get a close-up view of CORFA and also learn about the important role that NWRA plays in supporting CORFA and Friends. All this and more in the current issue!

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Sincerely,
Sue Hix, Editor
Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge


Credits

The fall 2021 version of The Link has been a coordinated effort between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates. 

To receive the next issue of The Link, complete the form at the bottom of this page https://www.refugeassociation.org/friends. And please add refugeassociation.org to the safe list for your email account.

You’re invited to join the CORFA Facebook group, a place to connect with other amazing members of the Friends community to share information, insights, and experiences concerning nonprofit governance, management, and advocacy. Go to  https://www.facebook.com/groups/coalitionofrefugefriends/ and request to join this private group.

  • Sue Hix (Editor) – Friends of Sherburne NWR
  • Joan Patterson (Co-editor)—Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates 
  • Caroline Brouwer—NWRA VP of Government Affairs 
  • Eden Taylor (designer)— NWRA Communications Associate 
  • Friends Editorial Staff:
    • Cheryl Hart—NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of Tualatin River NWR 
    • Kathy Woodward—Former NWRA Board Member, Board member of Friends of Great Swamp NWR 
    • Jim Stone– NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of the Wichitas

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Friends Share the Marvels of your Refuge or Hatchery!

Friends members post photos of your Refuge/Hatchery (or of a Refuge/Hatchery you have visited) as often as you would like on the Coalition if Refuge Friends and Advocates (CORFA) Facebook group. When you post photos, your Refuge/Hatchery could be chosen for the monthly “spotlight”. If chosen, your Refuge/Hatchery will have a special profile on the CORFA Facebook page, website.

This program will be a great way to celebrate the wonder and beauty of the Refuge System and explore our similarities and differences. Every Refuge/Hatchery is unique – let’s share this with each other and grow awareness of these extraordinary places.

When you post a photo, please include a short description, the name of the Refuge/Hatchery, the state it is located in and your name. This opportunity if for members of Friends organizations that support refuges and hatcheries managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By posting your photo, you agree that CORFA and potentially other partners can use the photo in their social media.So, get out your camera and share what you love about your Refuge/Hatchery!

Photo of one of the older bull bison at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City, Iowa. This bison was born in 2003. Each year the new calves have a microchip implanted, blood drawn and a hair sample taken so the Refugee staff can track their age, DNA and other vital statistics.
Photo credit: Joan Van Gorp/Friends of Neal Smith NWR, IA

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Martha Williams Nominated to be Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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CORFA thanks NWRA and specifically Caroliine Brouwer, Vice President of Government Affairs, for letting us share their blog. 

President Joe Biden has nominated Martha Williams to be the 23rd Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge Association is proud to support Martha Williams, who has been acting as Director since January 20th, and looks forward to supporting her confirmation in the Senate. 

“Acting Director Williams has been a huge champion for the National Wildlife Refuge System since she joined the Biden Administration,” said Geoffrey L. Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “From her work to increase the President’s funding request for the Refuge System to her support of wildlife conservation and land protection at refuges from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to expanding refuges under the President’s leadership in the America the Beautiful Initiative, we believe that she will continue to support refuge staff and land protection during her tenure as Director.” 

“Acting Director Williams has been a huge champion for the National Wildlife Refuge System since she joined the Biden Administration,” said Geoffrey L. Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “From her work to increase the President’s funding request for the Refuge System to her support of wildlife conservation and land protection at refuges from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to expanding refuges under the President’s leadership in the America the Beautiful Initiative, we believe that she will continue to support refuge staff and land protection during her tenure as Director.” 

When President Biden took office the National Wildlife Refuge Association prepared a Transition Report with various recommendations for the new administration to address. Finding someone ideal for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director position was one of our top priorities for the administration. 

We strongly recommend that the Senate swiftly confirm Martha Williams as the next DIrector of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Webinar on Donor-Centered Fundraising

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We want to thank Aimee Arent and Tom Romito from the Friends of Ottawa NWR in Ohio for presenting the webinar on Donor-Centered Fundraising: Challenging your mindset about the F word as promised.

Here is the recording and slides from the webinar.

This recording will be archived on this website in our Resource Center under the category, Webinars by CORFA/NWRA.

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