Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
NEWS: 2013 PHOTO CONTEST IS A SUPER SUCCESS
The annual FOHR Nature Photo Contest was a super success, with 50 photo entries, and eight winners in Adult, Young Adult and Youth categories. The "People's Choice" award was chosen at the Photo Contest Awards Ceremony on November 11 - "Seeing through my eyeglasses" by Meggan Cook, age 19. Meggan's creative photo was also the 1st place winner in the Young Adult category! Adult 1st place winner was Sanjib Bhattacharyya, a frequent contributor to our Facebook page, with his photo "Ruby-throated Hummingbird." Congratulations to all the 2013 FOHR Nature Photo Contest winners and participants, whose entries reflect impressive photography skills and great inspiration from nature's beauty and intrigue! Visit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to see the winning photos on display through the end of the year.
NEWS: 2013 ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE
The FOHR 2013 Annual Report, highlighting our group's work over the past year, was presented at the Annual Members Meeting on November 11 and is now available online.
NEWS: JOIN OR RENEW YOUR FOHR MEMBERSHIP TODAY
Now is a great time to join or renew membership in Friends of Heinz Refuge. All FOHR memberships run from October 1 through September 30, annually. Joining now ensures you will receive an invitation to our Annual Members Meeting & Luncheon on November 10, 2013. This members-only meeting is one of our most popular events, featuring a delicious catered lunch, year-in-review, address by the Refuge Manager, and election of FOHR Board Members. By maintaining membership in FOHR, you are playing an important role in sustaining Heinz Refuge and inspiring public participation and appreciation for its mission. FOHR works hand-in-hand with Refuge Staff to achieve mutual goals in wildlife conservation, habitat restoration and environmental education. We couldn't do it without our dedicated members! Click on the "Join" button above to join or renew FOHR membership today; download a membership form or use Paypal. Thank you!
NEWS: TWO BALD EAGLES FLEDGE FROM HEINZ NEST THIS YEAR
We are delighted to announce that two strong, healthy Bald Eagles have fledged from this year's nest on Heinz Refuge. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bald Eagles have nested at the Refuge, signalling increasing health of our riverine eco-system. The Eagles' diet is almost exclusively fish, which are abundant in the Refuge and nearby Delaware River. The Heinz Refuge Bald Eagles are one of 266 nesting pairs in Pennsylvania, a huge recovery since a low of just 3 pairs 30 years ago. Bald Eagles were de-listed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 2007, and the state is preparing to do the same, so that conservation dollars can be focused on other imperiled wildlife species.
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF HEINZ REFUGE: REFLECTION 36 OF 40
Dennis Brennan leads a bird walk across the “Big Boardwalk” in 2004. Free guided bird walks are held most Saturday and Sunday mornings by a dedicated group of bird walk leaders. Do you recognize anyone in this picture? Check out our current schedule of events and join us for a bird walk to celebrate 40 years of conservation!
Heinz Refuge celebrates its 40th anniversary with a collection of articles, stories, and images from the Refuge archives. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane featuring 40 years of collaborative efforts to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Read more reflections in our archive. If you have a memory or story to share, please email it to info(at)friendsofheinzrefuge.org. We'll be gathering as many as we can for a special retrospect.