National Wildlife Refuge Week reminds Americans how nature enriches our lives and adds to the beauty of this country.
Celebrated during the second full week of October since 1996, Refuge Week highlights the National Wildlife Refuge System – the network of lands and waters that protect wildlife and their habitats.
National wildlife refuges have been part of America’s proud natural heritage since the first refuge was established in 1903. They enrich human lives and help conserve wildlife, protect against erosion and flooding and purify air and water. As a benefit to the economy, they generate over $2.4 billion dollars and support more than 35,000 jobs.
For more information about National Wildlife Refuge Week and special events occurring at refuges around the country, visit https://www.fws.gov/refuges/visitors/RefugeWeek2016.html.
Indian River County Historian Ruth Stanbridge will give a presentation about historic Jungle Trail, providing an overview of its history, and current issues regarding some local residents desire to close part of the Trail to vehicular traffic.
All are welcome so please join us. The meeting will by at the North Indian River County Library at 1001 Sebastian Blvd in Sebastian.
The Archie Carr Refuge celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Friends of the Carr Refuge member Vince Lamb will join us at our meeting this month to give a presentation on the history of the Refuge. The Carr Refuge has become one of the most important sea turtle nesting areas in the Western hemisphere.
The meeting will also be our Annual Meeting, at which current PIPS members will be electing this year's Officer and Directors. If you are interested in participating on our Board, please let us know!