As the effects of reduced budgets and staff are now impacting all federal agencies and programs, many difficult management decisions are having to be made in all offices across the nation.
After much discussion with all of our staff at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, there was a unanimous decision to cancel the 2013 Cradle of Birding Festival that had been scheduled for September 21st of this year.
The festival has been a very popular and successful community outreach program over the past nine years and we want to thank all of our important conservation partners for your tremendous support.
While early budget projections for next year currently look tight as well, such things often cycle and hopefully will rebound again in the future. Until then, let's continue to all we can for conservation and enjoy America's National Wildlife Refuge System, where wildlife comes naturally. Best wishes always. Gary