The Flyer E-Newsletter: October


Dear Gary,

Happy National Wildlife Refuge Week! From now until Saturday October 18 refuges across the country will be hosting celebrations ranging from bird watching, to bioluminescent kayak tours. Now is probably the best time throughout the entire System to visit refuges because of migration, the beautiful weather, and the extensive list of activities.




The National Wildlife Refuge System

This week is National Wildlife Refuge Week! Rather than featuring one specific refuge, this week warrants a feature on the Refuge System as a whole. Our national wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 types of birds, 220 varieties of mammals, 250 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 1,000 species of fish and countless invertebrates and plants.




The Refuge Association is Growing on Social Media

The Refuge Association is making great strides in our reach on social media. Recently, we joined Instagram with the username RefugeAssociation. On Facebook, we recently reached over 100k likes! To better engage these audiences we made a call for photos to celebrate Refuge Week and have received almost 500 entries!



Updates from the Hill and the Obama Administration 

Congress has come and gone and completed a few things before leaving on recess. They passed two resolutions and a C.R. to continue funding the government through December. And, the Obama administration announced the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.



Events Across the Refuge System for National Wildlife Refuge Week

Friends and Refuge Staff are hosting events across the country for National Wildlife Refuge Week. At Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge there are events happening all week. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida is hosting a wildlife festival filled with tons of wildlife-centric activities. Click below to learn more!





Keep an eye out for these upcoming events: 

October 12-18: National Wildlife Refuge Week


October 31: Halloween


November 4: Election Day


November 11: Veteran’s Day


November 27: Thanksgiving


We’re now accepting award nominations for the 2015 National Wildlife Refuge Association National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. The National Wildlife Refuge System Awards honor outstanding accomplishments by refuge managers, refuge employees, volunteers and Friends groups. For more information about the awards and how to submit a nomination, click here!

Attention Federal Employees!

As you know, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the annual fund-raising drive conducted by federal employees in their workplace each fall. Please help us make a difference for the Refuge System by checking #10076 on your contribution form. CFC donations help us carry out our mission of protecting refuges by building community support and educating decision-makers about the importance of refuges for wildlife conservation

More Headlines from this Month



Puddles the Blue Goose has been the official symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since 1936. The Goose can be seen on publications, posters and refuge boundary signs all across the US – and sometimes in person at special events!

The National Wildlife Refuge System is best known for: From one-ton bison to half-ounce warblers, you can find a vast variety of species and landscapes throughout the country. It is the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation.

The Refuge System’s best-kept secret is: An amazing amount of wildlife – from 700 species of birds to 220 mammals and more — right in many people’s backyards. At least one refuge can be found in every state, and world-class recreation is available at most of them.

The most interesting species in the Refuge System is: I might be biased, but I would have to say the blue goose. I was once thought to be a separate species but I’m now recognized as a dark form, or “morph,” of the snow goose.

Favorite activity in the Refuge System is: Flying! The Refuge System is vital for my survival as well as many other species of birds. I migrate from way up at the north end of North America in the summer, down to many regions in the United States for winter. If I’m around I’m hard to miss as I like to be in large flocks with others of my kind.

The best time to visit the Refuge System is: Right now! Most refuges will have migratory birds stopping through. The weather is perfect this time of year because the country’s “hot” climes aren’t so hot and the “cold” areas aren’t so very cold yet. However, each refuge is unique and may have special times of year that are particularly amazing. Find a refuge close to you.

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MLR mission: To protect Minnesota’s lakes and lake heritage for current and future generations
by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates and policy makers.




October 23rd, 1:00 P.M. CST

Learn How to Put Your Cabin or Lake Home in a TRUST or LLC for Your Family!

 If your lake place is the center of your family, the gathering place, the spot where friends and extended family gather to create life-long memories, then you cannot afford to miss this seminar.  Our places are heirlooms, not assets.  But moving a place from one generation to the next can be difficult. Recent changes to the Minnesota gift tax will require further planning. Now you and your heirs can establish a future for the family place that has been so important.

Find Out What Can Happen Without a Cabin Trust or Cabin LLC…


  • Disputes arise over who should pay the taxes, insurance and maintenance
  • Interests pass to unintended heirs
  • Interests in the cabin may go through multiple probates
  • Unexpected loss of step-up in basis
  • Disputes over who gets to use the property and when they get to use it
  • Too many common owners with too many different interests and financial situations to be workable

Find Out What Can Happen With a Cabin Trust or Cabin LLC…

  • Avoid disputes and bring family together for generations to come
  • Reduce estate and gift taxes and avoid multiple probates
  • Can be stand-alone or added to your existing will or living trust
  • Provide a cash endowment to fund taxes, insurance, maintenance, even a new boat
  • Create an orderly schedule of use, rules regarding guests and expense sharing agreements
  • Plan for cross purchases between siblings and other heirs

 Don’t miss this FREE presentation!

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

1:00 – 2:30 pm


Watch this Live Webinar from

your computer!

At this live, interactive webinar you can ask questions and interact with presenter Frank Heers.  Frank is a long time MLR member, and has 25 years experience in creating Trusts and LLC to preserve family legacies. His webinars are fun, engaging and informative.

Use this link to register for the Cabin Trust Webinar:

We encourage you to invite your kids.  MLR works for you and the next generation.  If you are not currently a member of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers, join today OR sign your kids up for an MLR membership so they can begin to connect with the issues surrounding lakeshore ownership like property tax code, shore land rules, aquatic invasive species and tax saving programs like the Sustainable Forestry Incentive Act.

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Dayton’s humor shines through at pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

“That you pulled together, financed together and preserved this priceless land is a testament to all of you,” he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.

The 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was in the works for a year, and although there was some mad scrambling behind the scenes, things went smoothly.

Dayton on Friday had the crowd at the banquet chuckling at some of his quips, including his story of hanging out in a duck blind with a BB gun at the age of 7 or 8.

“It took me a while to realize that the odds of getting a duck with a BB gun were not exactly in my favor,” he said.

He also talked about his more recent hunting skills, calling himself a charter member of Pheasants Forever, since when he was in the vicinity of one of the birds while carrying a gun, the pheasant lived forever.

He explained he would not be doing any hunting during his Worthington trip because of his hip.

“I’m on wounded reserve,” he said. “I’m sort of a walking poster board for the affordable care act.”

That didn’t stop him from gearing up in an orange vest and hat on Saturday and heading out to see the 10 Wounded Warriors and their guides off on their hunt. Before they left, Dayton chatted with the 10 veterans and listened in on a guides last minute instructions to the hunters.

“Watch the dogs, and listen up if a bird goes up,” the guide explained to the hunters gathered around him. “We’re going to call it out. If you hear ‘Rooster, rooster,’ it’s OK to shoot. If you hear, ‘Hen, hen,’ you know not to shoot. We’ll walk about a mile out, then turn and continue, coming up behind the dedication site.”

“That’s where I’ll be,” Dayton said. “If you hear, ‘Governor, Governor,’ don’t shoot.”

It was a last-minute decision that Dayton stayed for the dedication of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area. Members of the opener planning committee had been informed earlier in the week that Dayton had a change in plans that involved him leaving earlier than originally anticipated on Saturday.

During Saturday’s breakfast before the hunt, Dayton said he had stated earlier in the week during an interview with Radio Works that he would attend the dedication, so he had altered his plans and would attend.

At the dedication, his part was brief. He did more listening than talking, and when it was is turn to speak, he commented on the great turn-out and the phenomenal weekend, again thanking the people of Worthington for such a great event.

“Thanks for the great weather and for the birds,” he added. “Eat your heart out, South Dakota!”

He teased Congressman Tim Walz for his lack of luck in bagging birds that morning, then yelled out to the crowd for Sen. Bill Weber to see how he had fared.

“I only attracted the lady pheasants this morning,” Weber replied, much to the crowd’s amusement.

As he wrapped up his brief remarks, Dayton asked Darlene Macklin, Executive Director for the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to come forward, then took off the vest and hat he had been given that morning.

“I promised to return this. I had to borrow it this morning,” he told the crowd, “since my staff didn’t see fit to bid on the one for me at the auction last night.”

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Individual Registration link for 2nd Minnesota River Congress

River Enthusiasts,  Here is your opportunity to shape the future of the Minnesota River Basin and help all of us move forward with the potential to build something special among all communities of interest with similar aspirations.  Let’s build a strong new partnership together which demonstrates democratic principles where all voices are heard respectfully and equally.  Keeping in mind what is good for the river and its tributaries is ultimately good for all of us.  you don’t have to come alone please bring your significant other, because all are invited and most welcome.  The date is Thursday October 30th at Turner Hall in New Ulm.  Doors open at 4 P.M. with table displays from numerous organizations representing a wide variety of interests and markets, it’s a great opportunity to see what is going on in the basin.  At 5 PM there is a social hour, 6 P.M. a build your own burger bar with all the trimmings and 7 PM the congress begins.  We will be have the results from the 1st Congress held in June as well as the recently completed 6 Regional Listening Sessions and will report that to all.  Then we will begin a process of taking that information and using it to examine the pro’s and con’s of several scenarios for unification of spirit and intent to move forward.  Sign up today using the link below to make a difference.  You can arrive at anytime prior to the 7 PM Congress.

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Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources Launched!

Last month, there was a big announcement in Missouri, the same state where the Bridge to the Future Conference 20 years ago highlighted the need for fish and wildlife diversity funding.


John L. Morris, Founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Dave Freudenthal, former Governor of Wyoming, announced that they will be co-chairing the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources.  The Panel will bring together two dozen leaders from the outdoor recreation, energy, agricultural, automotive, financial, educational and conservation communities to discuss and offer recommendations on how to achieve greater and sustained funding for fish and wildlife conservation.


Under the leadership of the co-chairs- John L. Morris and Dave Freudenthal- the Panel will answer one of the most important questions facing fish and wildlife today…


What is the best and most equitable way to fund fish and wildlife conservation to ensure their sustainability?    


Conservation means balancing the sustainability of fish and wildlife with the many needs of humans for clean air and water; land; food and fiber; dependable energy; economic development and recreation,” said Morris. “By assembling this Panel of highly regarded leaders and problem solvers, we will find a way forward that safeguards not only vital natural resources, but also our nation’s economic prosperity and outdoor heritage.”  Freudenthal added, “with fish and wildlife species and natural resource-based enterprise at stake, we can’t afford an ‘us vs. them’ mentality.  It is time to create certainty for both industry and the conservation community by building a 21st century funding model.”


State hunting and fishing license dollars, federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear and motorboat fuel taxes have provided the backbone for funding states’ fish and wildlife conservation programs over the past century. However, there has always been a significant gap in dedicated funding for conserving the 95 percent of all species that are neither hunted nor fished.  Only partially filling that gap is the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, the sole federal source of funding to state agencies to prevent new endangered species listings. Since 2010, the program’s funding has been cut by more than 35 percent while petitions for federal endangered species listing has skyrocketed by 1,000 percent.  Over the next year, the Panelists will work together to produce recommendations on the most sustainable and equitable way to fund the conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species..


This day has been in the making since the 1990′s when the Teaming With Wildlife Coalition called for dedicated funding for state fish and wildlife diversity funding.  Your work has brought us to this next stage in the campaign for funding.  We will be keeping you regularly informed of the Panel’s progress and will need your help to ensure the Panel’s recommendations are implemented.
To kick things off, AFWA’s Teaming With Wildlife Committee hosted an input session that included six Panelists and over 90 conservationists to begin gathering ideas on funding options.   A website to solicit ideas from the public will be launched in the coming weeks.


To find out more about the Blue Ribbon Panel and the need to create a 21st century model of fish and wildlife diversity funding go to or contact Mary Pfaffko,




The Blue Ribbon Panelists on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources:


Kevin Butt-General Manager and Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. and Board Member, Wildlife Habitat Council


Jeff Crane-President, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Vice-Chairman, Sporting Conservation Council; Member, Sport Fishing & Boating Partnership Council and the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Member, Government Affairs Committee for Safari Club International and the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee for the National Rifle Association


John Doerr-President and CEO, Pure Fishing, Inc. and Board Member, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation


Jim Faulstich-Owner, Daybreak Ranch and Vice Chairman, Partners for Conservation


John Fitzpatrick-Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University; Co-inventor, eBird


Greg Hill-President and COO, Hess Corporation


Rebecca Humphries-Chief Conservation Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation


Dr. Stephen Kellert-Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Board Member, Bio-Logical Capital; Founding Partner, Environmental Capital Partners


Jennifer Mull-Chief Executive Officer, Backwoods Equipment, Inc. and Board Chair, Outdoor Industry Association


John W. Newman-Board Chairman, Ducks Unlimited; Member, Bonefish Tarpon Trust and Building Conservation Trust


Margaret O’Gorman-President, Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) and Board Member, Stewardship Action Council


Glenn Olson-Donal O’Brien Chair in Bird Conservation and Public Policy, National Audubon Society (NAS); Member, North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Council and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Advisory Council


Collin O’Mara-President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation


Connie Parker-CEO and Founder, CSPARKERGROUP; Founding Partner, HR Solutions by GP Partners and the KileyParker Group; Board Member, Bankers Financial Corporation and Chairman of the Audit, Compliance, and Enterprise Risk Management Committees; Board Member, Executive Committee Member, and Secretary, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership;  Board Member, Ducks Unlimited; Board Member and Secretary, Wildlife Foundation of Florida; Trustee, Florida House


Charlie Potter-President and CEO, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation; Founder and Chairman, Great Outdoors, LLC; Host, the Great Outdoors Show, WGN radio, Chicago


Steve Sanetti-President and CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF); Board Member, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Member, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council


Lynn Scarlett-Managing Director, Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy; Board Member, National Wildlife Refuge Association; Co-Chair, Landscape Conservation Cooperative Council; Chair, NOAA Science Advisory Board; Co-Chair, National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable


John Tomke-President, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico; Chair, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Vice President of Global Operations, Dow AgroSciences


Dr. James Walker-Vice Chairman of the Board, Électricité de France Renewable Energy (EDF RE); Vice Chairman, American Wind Wildlife Institute; Board Member, American Wind Energy Association


Dr. Steve Williams-President, Wildlife Management Institute (WMI); Board President, National Conservation Leadership Institute; Board Member, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Bob Ziehmer-Director, Missouri Department of Conservation




America’s fish and wildlife
are resources worth sustaining

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37 Great Lakes Facts

1. Lake Superior is actually not a lake at all, but an inland sea.

2. All of the four other Great Lakes, plus three more the size of Lake Erie, would fit inside of Lake Superior.
3. Isle Royale is a massive island surrounded by Lake Superior. Within this island are several smaller lakes. Yes, that’s a lake on a lake.
4. Despite its massive size, Lake Superior is an extremely young formation by Earth’s standards (only 10,000 years old).




5. There is enough water in Lake Superior to submerge all of North and South America in 1 foot of water.

6. Lake Superior contains 3 quadrillion gallons of water (3,000,000,000,000,000). All five of the Great Lakes combined contain 6 quadrillion gallons.
7. Contained within Lake Superior is a whopping 10% of the world’s fresh surface water.
8. It’s estimated there are about 100 million lake trout in Lake Superior. That’s nearly one-fifth of the human population of North America!
9. There are small outlets through which water leaves Lake Superior. It takes two centuries for all the water in the lake to replace itself.




10. Lake Erie is the fourth-largest Great Lake in surface area, and the smallest in depth. It’s the 11th largest lake on the planet.

11. There is alleged to be a 30- to 40-foot-long “monster” in Lake Erie named Bessie. The earliest recorded sighting goes back as early as 1793.
12. Water in Lake Erie replaces itself in only 2.6 years, which is notable considering the water in Lake Superior takes two centuries.




13. The original publication of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax contained the line, “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie.” Fourteen years later, the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss to make the case that conditions had improved. He removed the line.

14. Not only is lake Erie the smallest Great Lake when it comes to volume, but it’s surrounded by the most industry. Seventeen metropolitan areas, each with populations of more than 50,000, border the Lake Erie basin.
15. During the War of 1812, the U.S. beat the British in a naval battle called the Battle of Lake Erie, forcing them to abandon Detroit.
16. The shoreline of all the Great Lakes combined equals nearly 44% of the circumference of the planet.




17. If not for the the Straits of Mackinac, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron might be considered one lake. Hydrologically speaking, they have the same mean water level and are considered one lake.

18. The Keystone State was one of the largest and most luxurious wooden steamships running during the Civil War. In 1861, it disappeared. In 2013, it was found 30 miles northeast of Harrisville under 175 feet of water.
19. Goderich Mine is the largest salt mine in the world. Part of it runs underneath Lake Huron, more than 500 meters underground.




20. Below Lake Huron, there are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures used by prehistoric people from when the water levels were significantly lower.

21. There are massive sinkholes in Lake Huron that have high amounts of sulfur and low amounts of oxygen, almost replicating the conditions of Earth’s ancient oceans 3 million years ago. Unique ecosystems are contained within them.
22. Lake Huron is the second largest among the Great Lakes, and the fifth largest in the world.




23. In size, Lake Michigan ranks third among the Great Lakes, and sixth among all freshwater lakes in the world.

24. Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within the borders of the United States.
25. The largest fresh water sand dunes in the world line the shores of Lake Michigan.
26. Because water enters and exits Lake Michigan through the same path, it takes 77 years longer for the water to replace itself than in Huron, despite their similarity in size and depth. (Lake Michigan: 99 years, Lake Huron: 22 years)
27. When the temperature of Lake Michigan is below freezing, this happens.




28. Within Lake Michigan there is a “triangle” with a similar reputation to the Bermuda Triangle, where a large amount of “strange disappearances” have occurred. There have also been alleged UFO sightings.

29. Singapore, Mich., is a ghost town on the shores of Lake Michigan that was buried under sand in 1871. Because of severe weather conditions and a lack of resources due to the need to rebuild after the great Chicago fire, the town was lost completely.
30. In the mid-19th century, Lake Michigan had a pirate problem. Their booty: timber. In fact, the demise of Singapore is due in large part to the rapidly deforested area surrounding the town.
31. Jim Dreyer swam across Lake Michigan in 1998 (65 miles), and then in 2003, he swam the length of Lake Michigan (422 miles).
32. Lake Michigan was the location of the first recorded “Big Great Lakes disaster,” in which a steamer carrying 600 people collided with a schooner delivering timber to Chicago. Four hundred and fifty people died.




33. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes in surface area, and second smallest in depth. It’s the 14th largest lake on the planet.

34. The province Ontario was named after the lake, and not vice versa.
35. In 1804, a Canadian warship, His Majesty’s Ship Speedy, sank in Lake Ontario. In 1990, wreck hunter Ed Burtt manage to find it. Only, he isn’t allowed to recover any artifacts until a government-approved site to exhibit them is found. He’s still waiting.



36. Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run at Hanlan’s Point Stadium in Toronto. It landed in Lake Ontario and is believed to still be there.

37. A lake on Saturn’s moon Titan is named after Lake Ontario. It’s called “Ontario Lacus.”

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Mankato named host community of 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton announced earlier this evening that the city of Mankato has been chosen as the host community for the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.

“I want to thank the people of Mankato for putting together a fantastic plan to host next year’s Pheasant Opener,” Dayton said. “The communities of Montevideo, Marshall, Madelia, and Worthington have helped establish a great Minnesota tradition. I know next year’s event in Mankato will be just as outstanding.”

The announcement was made during the Governor’s Banquet of this year’s pheasant opener event, hosted by the city of Worthington.

Mankato was selected through an application process that considered hunting land in the area, event facilities and community support. There are more than 9,100 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Mankato.

The 2015 event in Mankato will mark the fifth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Previous host communities have been Montevideo, Marshall, Madelia and Worthington. The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.

Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.

Mankato has a population of 40,119. It is located in south-central Minnesota, at the intersection of U.S. highways 14 and 169.

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