We hope to see you soon! We are planning two opportunities for you. First up is a sandhill crane expedition in March in Colorado. Then comes the 2018 Reunion on the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon.
Sandhill Crane Tour: Join in on some Spring 2018 birding fun! The Colorado San Luis Valley Sandhill Crane Expedition is planned for March 19-23. Click here for more details!
2018 FWS Retirees Association Reunion: O.K. Retirees, its time to make your travel plans and lodging reservations. Click here for the vital
information and schedule.
Each year the terms of 3 of our 9 Board members expire and their seats come up for election. This year, in addition, we have a 4th vacancy due to the resignation of another Board member. The criteria for candidacy are experience, competence, ability, and dedication to the purposes and goals of the Association. This year we have five interested candidates. Click here for a draft ballot, instructions for voting, and bios of each of the candidates.
All FWS Retiree Association members who have paid their dues in 2017 are eligible to vote to fill these seats.
Please cast your vote for four (4) candidates not later than 11:30 pm eastern standard time, December 22, 2017.
The next regular FWS Retirees Reunion will be on the central Oregon coast in May 2018. The week of May 6-10, 2018 is booked at the Chinook Winds Resort Hotel in Lincoln City, an enterprise of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The program is being developed and the accommodations are excellent. Negotiated room rates start at $99 per night for this venue which sits right on the ocean. All the rooms have an ocean view andif you walk out the door on the ground floor there are six miles of Oregonbeach. Amenities include a sauna, and spa, a heated indoor swimming pool. eight different on-site dining venues, headliner entertainment, and a lush 18-hole golf course just a tee shot from the casino.
Make your travel plans now while airfare sales are on! The Board is planning some fun activities and an engaging program. See you in Oregon!
Many of us are involved with youth programs and mentoring or have family members and neighbors who are educators. NCTC has been partnering with many organizations to improve and extend fish and wildlife conservation education. See their web page at https://training.fws.gov/programs/education-outreach/ and check back regularly as more resources are included.
USFWS Region 3 Refuge Chief Charles Blair needs help to identify people in the photos of the attendees at the 1964 Region 3 Regional Conference. Some have been identified, but not many.
Click here to see larger photos and see if you can help!
Bob Streeter, Chairperson of the Association of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees, joined with leadersr of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, the Public Lands Foundation, and the National Association of Forest Service Retirees to write to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and House Minority Leader Pelosi regarding the impact of a government shutdown on our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national fish hatcheries, resource conservation areas, national forests, and other special lands and waters where people visit and recreate. Read the letter here.
Click here to read FWS Director Dan Ashe's final all-employees message.
Thank you to dues paying sustaining members for taking the time to vote in 2 new members of the Board! They are Skip Ladd and Rowan Gould. In addition, Jim McKevitt was elected to another three-year term. We were pleased that there was a return rate of over 50% of the sustaining members using our new online ballot. The Board got business for 2017 underway by electing officers for the year: Bob Streeter, chairperson, Rowan Gould, vice chairperson, Jim McKevitt, Secretary and Gail Carmody, Treasurer. A big thank you goes out to outgoing Board members Nell Baldacchino and Matt Perry for their service to the Association. Nell Baldacchino has agreed to continue to coordinate the anniversary grants program, and Matt Perry, will continue to try to bring retirees from the research program into our fold..
Thank you for supporting the Association and taking the time to vote!
P.S. Sustaining members are those who are current on dues for 2016. Friendly reminder that our dues are payable for each calendar year. You can update your membership on the Join Us tab.
Our Board wants you, our members, to be aware of an emerging issue, and to write to Florida Governor Rick Scott supporting the FWS positon to work cooperatively.
ISSUE:The State of Florida is attempting to void the lease agreement for one of our most important National Wildlife Refuges.
Click here to read the letter from the Board Chair to all members of our Association.
Our Board wants you, our members, to be aware of an emerging issue, and to encourage you to assist us in developing any future course of action by our Association.
ISSUE: After failing to reach a reasonable agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) for the co-management of the National Bison Range (NBR) in Montana, the Service has indicated that it would support legislation to transfer the NBR to the CSKT for management of the lands to be held in trust by the BIA.
Our Board is generally opposed to the loss of any lands now within the National Wildlife Refuge System or actions that are not consistent with our heritage. We have been in touch with the Directorate and have sent the Director a letter stating our concerns.
Click here to read the letter from the Board Chair to the Director on behalf of our Association.
We will continue to investigate the nuances of any proposal and keep you informed.
Numerous members have already voiced their concerns to the Director, the Secretary, and their elected officials. We encourage you to do the same. We do want to hear from you and learn of your thoughts and opinions as to what additional action the Retirees Association should take as the issue develops into some specific action by the Service or the U.S. Congress. Please mail or email any comments to Bob Streeter, Chair, email@example.com, who will share with the Association Board for further discussion.
Click here for additional information about this issue.
Members of the FWS Retirees Association recently returned from the 2016 Conservation/ Volunteer Safari to South Africa and another intrepid group explored Cuba in search of 28 endemic Cuban birds - and so much more! Read all about their adventures here (and scroll down on this page to learn how you can participate in the next trips planned for 2017).
This year's group in South Africa with the wild dogs they helped move to their new home.
From left to right: Back row - Nancy Morrissey, Allan Danise, Fran Lynch, Linda Evans, Robin Fields, Jim Tisdale. Front row - our host Joe Viljoen, Donna Stanek, Jacque Tisdale.
Due to the overwhelming success of the February 2016 Conservation Volunteer/Safari and requests to offer a summer opportunity, we have talked with the staff at Chazen Game Reserve and are happy to announce two new trips.
This will be a conservation work trip. Depart Sunday February 5, arriving in Johannesburg February 6.
Tentative schedule: February 6- 12 at Chazen Game Reserve. February 13-16 at Pilanesburg National Park.
Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys. Visit to Marapeng and /or Sterkfonein Caves, You can find more information about Chazen on their website Africa Through Your Lens. Return flights depart JohannesburgFebruary 17, arriving back on the 18th. Many travelers opt for additional trips to Cape Town or additional safaris.
Cost: $2500 plus airfare ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees). Group is limited to 10 people.
For more information, contact: Donna Stanek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Departure will be on a Thursday with Friday arrival in Johannesburg and departure from Johannesburg the following Friday. This will be a non-work trip. Tentative itinerary four days at Chazen Game Reserve. Three days at Pilanesburg National Park. Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys. Visit to Marapeng, Sterkfonein Caves, or Lesedi Cultural Center.
Cost: $2500 plus airfare. ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees)
For more information contact: Donna Stanek at email@example.com
A new video is available on YouTube called "Join the FWS Retirees Association". Featuring interviews with FWS HIstorian Mark Madison, Pacific Region Retiree Jerry Grover and Board of Directors Member Dr. Mamie Parker, the video covers the history of the Association, the benefits of joining and how to join (if you're not already a member!), and some of the activities members participate in - especially the reunions!
Click here to watch the video.
Apply for membership - your first year is free!
Keep connected to USFWS, renew friendships,
make new friends with similar interests,
travel to unique wild places,
do volunteer work for fish and wildlife conservation,
and support the FWS Retirees Association