The Link is a quarterly newsletter produced in coordination between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates.
Letter from Caroline Brouwer, VP of Government Affairs, NWRA:
As COVID-19 continues to restrict normal warm-season activities, we know that Friends organizations across the country are redirecting their energy to find new ways to support their refuges and fish hatcheries. Spring events have gone virtual, nature store managers are trying online sales for the first time, and boards and volunteers are using Zoom and other online tools to connect, plan, and complete work safely “from a distance.”
Here at the Refuge Association, we want to invite Friends who can’t pursue their usual on-site volunteer activities to direct efforts to advocacy—whether this be by contacting their legislators about issues affecting the Refuge System or by taking time to develop their advocacy knowledge and skills. With this in mind, we will be offering a summer webinar series about communicating with Congress members, focused on their district and state offices. We’re also planning quarterly calls to keep you up to date on important issues here in DC. Our first call will be in September. And of course, our Action Alerts and letter “sign-on” requests will continue when your virtual voices are needed to support actions that will fund and protect refuges.
We hope you’ll enjoy this issue, which focuses on examples of Friends who have been making the best of these pandemic days to continue their work in creative ways.
Articles in the summer edition of The Link*
- Meet Linda Schnee, the new National Friends Coordinator
Welcome a new “friend” to FWS.
- Friends respond to COVID-19
How Friends groups are responding to, and making the most of, the current situation.
- Focus on Friends-Friends of White Horse Hill
Get to know the Friends of White Horse Hill NWR located in North Dakota
- Online Friends Stores
Visit examples of Friends online stores and see how they are set up.
- COVID-19 Resources
A list of organizations providing guidance on protecting health and safety.
- Share Your Story
The Refuge Association is looking for stories from friends members for a wildlife refuge storytelling report. What’s your story?
*Articles are hosted on the NWRA website, just follow any of the article links above to access them all.