Maybe you are just hearing about the Malheur NWR for the first time, during this unsettling takeover of the refuge by armed men from other states.
It is a truly amazing wildlife refuge.
Find photos and info on the facebook pages for Restore Malheur and the Audubon Society of Portland. The ASP just released this statement about the history and current situation at the refuge.
Watch this powerful video from Burns Paiute tribal council member Jarvis Kennedy and this Oregonian article, which includes his question, "I wonder if it was bunch of natives that went out there and overtook that, or any federal land," Kennedy said. "Would they let us come into town and get supplies and re-up?"
A friend of ours, Audubon Portland's superstar field biologist, spends 5 to 7 weeks in Malheur NWR each spring helping staff with bird surveys and birding outreach. The people who work at the refuge year round are not able to go to work during this takeover and cannot maintain all of the important projects which are already so crucial to migrating birds at this time of year.
We hope there is a peaceful resolution to this soon. And that this sad time's bright side is many more people learning about this incredibly special place and being a part of it in the future.