Refuge Volunteer Newsletter


Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
August 2019

Day campers from Canyon County’s Canoe Science Camp assist with restoration at the Refuge. Photo USFWS/Saskia van Adrichem

Volunteers Especially Needed For:
SEEDS: Nature Detective Field Trips (Weekdays September-October) 
Connect 4th graders with nature as a lead or helper at fall field trips.
Water Quality Monitoring Training August 2 to help monitor Lake
Lowell water quality.
Weed Warriors (ongoing) Do you hate goatheads as much as we do? Help battle invasive weeds at the Refuge!See High Priority Opportunities below for more information. 
What’s New?
In July the Refuge piloted a new teen internship program. The five-week program, which ends August 7, has immersed the interns in the ins and
outs of wildlife refuge management. Interns have assessed water quality
in Lake Lowell, created lesson plans and reports, dissected owl pellets,
helped in restoration efforts, and more. Idaho Youth Ranch provided a
three-day career workshop at the Refuge for the teens. We look forward
to the last session and seeing how our interns have grown!

Cheers!
July has been a productive month for our volunteers and partners! In
mid-July, Refuge volunteer and professional photographer Levi hosted a
terrific Nature Photography Workshop for visitors and volunteers.
Attendees enjoyed learning tips and tricks to take better photos with any camera and exploring the Refuge to practice their new tricks. Thank you so much, Levi! 
Also in July, we hosted Canoe Science Campers from the Canyon County
Parks, Cultural, & Natural Resources Department. Day campers enjoyed
learning about the Refuge and what we do here as they walked from
Lake Lowell Park across the dam to the Visitor Center, where they helped the Refuge and Friends with the restoration plot. Thank you to everyone
involved!

Around the Water CoolerAugust will bring with it many transitions at
the Refuge. Volunteer Coordination intern Emily and AmeriCorps members Saskia and Annalee are heading off to their next adventures. We are
sad to see them go, but thank each of them for their hard work and
dedication to Deer Flat NWR! Feel free to stop by to wish them well
before their last day on August 9.

As many of you know, the Refuge said goodbye to Refuge Manager
Annette de Knijf in December when she retired. That position is currently being advertised at www.usajobs.gov. If you or anyone you know is
interested in a position with the US Fish and Wildlife Service be sure to
check there. New jobs are posted regularly.

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! Emailfriendsofdfwr@gmail.com for more
info.

Upcoming Events
Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Visitor Center. 

Nature ExplorersAugust 22nd, 10:30 am. Preschoolers use their natural curiosity and participate in guided nature explorations. August’s theme
is water! 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. Service dogs only. Teen intern and Deer Flat volunteer Starlynn dissecting an owl pellet.
Photo USFWS/Saskia van Adrichem
High Priority Volunteer Opportunities!
Think you might not have the skills needed to help? Don’t worry! Training is provided.

SEEDS: Nature Detective Field Trips (Weekdays September-October;
training September 11, 8:30-12:30) Sign up now to lead or assist at SEEDS: Nature Detectives fall field trips. Volunteers will help 4th grade Students Explore the Environment and Discover Science. Help these SEEDS grow!

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.

Weed Warriors (ongoing) Do you hate goatheads as much as we do? Then become a weed warrior! Weed warriors improve wildlife habitat by
battling invasive weeds. Our main focus this time of year is removing
goathead from trails, roadsides, beaches, and more. The more the
merrier. Call or email the Refuge to sign up and schedule training!

Other Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Refuge Helpers Litter Control (schedule is flexible) Tired of litter bugs
spoiling our Refuge with trash? Help protect the Refuge’s wildlife, habitat, and natural beauty by joining our Refuge Helpers program. Adopt a part of the Refuge as a group or individually and visit monthly to remove
litter.

Nature Explorers (fourth Thursday of each month) Help preschoolers use their natural curiosity to investigate nature as a program lead or helper.
A bee helps pollinate sunflowers on the Refuge. 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 deerflat@fws.gov or (208) 467-9278
 
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Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
13751 Upper Embankment Road
Nampa, ID 83686

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