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Teleconference Agenda

May 20, 2014
5 PM Alaska Time 


Guest Refuge Manager, Susanna Henry, Refuge Manager, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Friends heartlily welcomes Susanna Henry, refuge manager since May, 2013 for Togiak NWR. Susanna moved to Alaska from Yuma, Arizona where she had worked at Kofa NWR since 2000 as Assistant, and later, Refuge Manager.

Susanna has a Master of Science in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.  In her 31 years working for the Federal Government she has also worked with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. One of her earliest Federal jobs was working at the Tongass National Forest as a forestry technician. 

Let’s welcome Susanna to Friends and listen as she talks about her early impressions of Togiak NWR with special mention of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

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Bite Sized Science Presentation, Allyssa Morris, Visitor Services Pathways Intern at Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge will present information and photographs about Dragonfly Day. Tentatively scheduled  for June 28, Dragon Fly Day is an exciting event held in Fairbanks. Numerous activities fill the day including scheduled dragonfly walks with biologists who help people understand the ecology of dragonflies, how to properly collect and identify them. Nets, field guides, and hand lenses are provided so people are able to view various species of dragonflies and damselflies. Displays, crafts and a story telling station for younger children are also part of the event.  Friends volunteers are needed to help with all the activities. 

Allyssa is no stranger to Friends  and has worked with Friends volunteers on past projects such as the Dalton Highway Weed Pulls, Dragonfly Day, Henshaw Creek Science Camp and other outreach events.

In her spare time, Allyssa is also a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation in an online program at University Wisconsin Stevens Point. When not busy studying, or working at Kanuti, Alyssa also enjoys hiking, dogs, travel, and being outside with her family.

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News You Can Use

Board Update

FUNDING REQUESTS:  Alaska’s 16 national wildife refuges were asked to submit funding requests for their 2014 priority projects and outreach events. We received close to $13,328 in funding requests from the refuges. The board voted to allocate resources as follows: $4,900 towards Invasives, $6,050 towards Education/Outreach events, $878 in general funds and $1500 for the Arctic Polar Bear Ambassador Program.



Explore Wilderness: A Conversation on Alaska's Wilderness Values- April 16 in Anchorage

Join us for a conversation moderated by Charles Wohlforth among artists, scientists, Alaska Native leaders, and adventurers where they will explore the value of Alaska's Wilderness.

We will have 2 panels with Q&A over the course of two hours--doors open at 6:00pm, and the event is from 6:30-8:30pm. We will have lots of booths in the foyer, so come early! 



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Join Friends and 1000's of shorebirds
at 2014 Shorebird Festival in Homer
May 7-11, 2014 in Homer, Alaska

Making your Public Comments Count for the Birds

1 p.m. at Islands and Oceans on Sunday May 11 sponsored by Friends

Many of the decisions that affect the shorebirds we care about don’t happen in Congress, they happen with your local public land manager.  It’s these decisions where you can really make a difference for conservation. In this session learn where, when and how to make your voice heard. 



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First Ever National Friends Policy

Friends Forward February 2014 The national Friends policy is intended to help refuges achieve their mission through partnerships with Friends organizations. Credit: Friends of Alaska Refuges The first ever national Friends policy is expected to be published in its final form in the Federal Register before the end of March.



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Refuge System Celebrates Wilderness

The National Wildlife Refuge System has more than 20 million acres of designated wilderness. It has 75 wilderness areas - about one-fifth of the designated wilderness acres in the United States -- on 63 refuges in 26 states. About 90 percent of the Refuge System's wilderness is in Alaska.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Alaska’s 16 National Wildlife Refuges Need You!

As a Friends member, you can volunteer for education, outreach, advocacy, biology and maintenance projects happening around the state throughout the year. We match your time and talents with the needs of Alaska’s refuges. Applications and details can be found at:


You can also go directly to projects currently listed below.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Arctic NWR Marine Science Camp

Volunteers to fill Board positions

Dragonfly Day

Dalton Highway Invasives Project

Spring Birding in Kotzebue and Selawik

Tetlin Weed Smackdown

Venetie/Big Lake Youth Wetlands Project

Invasive Plants Project Management

Stream Watch (Outreach & River Restoration)


The Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges promote the conservation of all Alaska National Wildlife Refuges through understanding and appreciation, assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and through outreach to decision makers.

Mailing address: Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges , 2440 East Tudor Road , PMB 283 , Anchorage , AK, 99507-1185, USA