Refuge Volunteer Newsletter

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Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
July 2019Visitors enjoy free fishing day at the Get Outdoors Festival on June 8th.
Photo by Pro Image Event Photography.
Volunteers Especially Needed For:
Restoration (ongoing) Help the Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge weed and water newly restored areas near the Refuge Visitor Center.
Water Quality Monitoring (ongoing) Monitor Lake Lowell water quality.
Weed Warriors (ongoing) Help remove noxious weeds at the Refuge.See High Priority Opportunities below for more information. 
What’s New?
We are so excited to report: for the first time in a few years, the osprey at Lake Lowell have successfully hatched chicks! The chicks were first spotted on June 12th while mom was feeding them. Since then, the Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge have worked hard to successfully get our live osprey camera back online in the Visitor Center. Be sure to stop by soon to check them out through our spotting scope or on the live camera!

A great big thank you to all the volunteers and Friends who made our very first Get Outdoors Festival a success. With over 190 visitors and 18 partners we could not have done this event without our phenomenal volunteers. Your enthusiasm to connect people to nature and help families find a new appreciation for the great outdoors made this event truly special. An additional thanks to the following businesses that donated to the Friends of Deer Flat and Scout Troop 213: AAA Bait, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi Sim Photography, Lowe’s, Ridley’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Staples, and Walmart.

Another thank you goes out to River, Jerry, Paul, Hai, and Rick for joining Deer Flat staff on a snake river boat trip to do maintenance, pull weeds, and collect bugs on our islands for the Deer Flat insect collection. We appreciate your hard work!

Around the Water CoolerRV Volunteers Craig and Debbie served their last day at the Refuge in June and are on the road to Montana. The Deer Flat team will miss having their quick wit and enthusiasm around the Refuge. They definitely brightened our office during their short stay! Many thanks to both for their hard work and dedication to the Refuge. We wish them the best in their future endeavors!

July will bring with it new RV Volunteers. Hank and Rosa are starting on July 1st and will stay through October. We are looking forward to welcoming them into our Deer Flat family! Next time you’re at the Refuge, please stop by and welcome Rosa and Hank.
Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife RefugeThe Friends of Deer Flat is a non-profit organization that supports Refuge activities like field trip bus scholarships, Refuge events, and restoration projects. Tax-deductible memberships start at $10. Or consider an extra donation to support your favorite Friends’ programs! for more info.

A special shout out to Tricia Matthews, Friends president, and Chris Matthews for their extraordinary efforts organizing and participating in the Get Outdoors Festival. They have been working hard since Novemeber 2018 to secure donations, curate activities, and so much more. Thank you!Upcoming Events
Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Visitor Center. 

Nature Photography Workshop—July 13th, 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Join photographer Levi Sim to learn five easy ways to make better nature photos with any camera. Photographers of all ages and skill levels will learn tips and tricks to make their cameras and phones take better pictures. This is a FREE workshop, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Nature Explorers—July 25th, 10:30 am. Preschoolers use their natural curiosity and participate in guided nature explorations. July’s theme is birds! 3-5-year-olds should bring a parent and be prepared to be outside and get a little dirty. Repeats on the fourth Thursday of each month. Free. Rain or shine, cold or hot. No dogs, please. Volunteer Hai collecting insects on the Snake River islands. June 2019. Photo by USFWS/Rick Longworth.
High Priority Volunteer Opportunities!
Think you might not have the skills needed to help? Don’t worry! Training is provided.

Restoration (ongoing) Help the Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge by weeding and watering restoration plots near the Refuge Visitor Center. These restoration efforts are critical to help battle noxious weeds, restore the land to a more natural ecosystem, and create a healthier habitat for local wildlife.

Weed Warriors (ongoing) Help improve wildlife habitat by battling invasive weeds. Weed management is underway and continues through the fall.

Water Quality Monitoring (ongoing) Help the Refuge keep visitors safe by monitoring for harmful algae blooms in Lake Lowell. If interested, contact rebeccaflock@cwi.edufor more information.Other Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Garden for Wildlife (schedule is flexible) Care for the wildlife-friendly landscaping near the Visitor Center. Enjoy delightful lake views while pruning, trimming, and weeding the water-conservation garden and landscaping around the Visitor Center.

Nature Explorers lead (fourth Thursday of each month) Help preschoolers use their natural curiosity to investigate nature as a program lead.

Two damselflies mate on the snake river islands. Photo USFWS/Saskia van Adrichem.
Know anyone who might be a good fit? Please pass this newsletter to family, friends, and neighbors! To sign up or find out more, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (208) 467-9278

Our mailing address is:
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
13751 Upper Embankment Road
Nampa, ID 83686

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