> Contact: John Bianchi > jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx> > 212/979-3026 > > AUDUBON MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS 10 CROWN JEWELS OF > THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM > > June 2003 Special Issue Devoted to System> '> s 100th Anniversary > > New York, NY, May 15, 2003 - > "> There can be no greater issue than that of > conservation in this country.> "> - President Theodore Roosevelt, August 6, > 1912. > > Spoken nine years after he set aside Florida> '> s Pelican Island as the > first National Wildlife Refuge, this statement shows Roosevelt understood the > importance of protecting our great natural heritage. > > To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System and > highlight its importance, Audubon Editors have named > "> The Other Crown > Jewels> "> - the 10 most easily accessible, visitor-friendly refuges, one of > which may be just around the corner from you. With 540 refuges spread across > 50 states, there> '> s one within an hour> '> s drive of virtually every > major city - whether it> '> s the National Bison Range 10 miles north of > Missoula, Horicon NWR 75 miles northwest of Milwaukee, or Parker River NWR > located 35 miles north of Boston. Wherever you live, there> '> s bound to be > one close to home. Visit www.audubon.org for the complete list of 10 Crown > Jewels and a photograph of wildlife that can be found at each refuge. > > The list headlines the June Audubon - only the fifth special issue in the > magazine> '> s history. Highlights are: > "> A Century of Progress> "> by > Frank Graham Jr., ticking off refuge milestones; The Second Century> "> by > Ted Williams, addressing challenges the system faces in the next 100 years; > and > "> Labor of Love> "> by Jennifer Bogo, documenting countless hours of > behind-the-scenes work by volunteers to restore and protect their local > refuges. As Bogo points out, their efforts are vital to keeping the massive > refuge system afloat in a world of decreasing resources. > > The June 2003 issue of Audubon also includes > "> Prizes Worth Protecting,> > "> a stunning photo essay of three refuges and the spectacular animals and > plants protected within their boundaries; Bruce Stutz> '> s > "> Awakening > Wonder,> "> the journey of a father and son through the Klamath Basin; and > > "> Where Wildlife Rules,> "> by Frank Graham Jr., a celebration of what is > most essential to the refuge system - wildlife. > > "> It was important to devote a special issue to the centennial of the > National Wildlife Refuge System,> "> said David Seideman, Audubon > editor-in-chief. > "> Despite the size and importance of the refuge system, > it is little known or understood in many places. It is necessary to educate > people about this amazing resource, and celebrate its place protecting our > great natural heritage.> "> > > Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat > that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers > and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of > areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all > ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. > > # # # > You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.