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Hero for a Day: About


We are looking forward to visiting the following volunteer conservation projects this Spring. Would you like to volunteer? Stay tuned for more information!

Montana Sage Grouse Protection Project
Saturday, May 10
Billings, MT

Utah Mule Deer Habitat Improvement
Saturday, May 31
Salt Lake City, UT

Cody, Wyo.

Saturday October 26, 2013

Water drawn from the Shoshone River system is necessary to meet the needs of ranchers and farmers in the area around Cody, Wyoming. Unfortunately, fish follow the natural path of the current into irrigation pools and canals, where they have no chance of return. For 20 years, volunteers with the East Yellowstone chapter of Trout Unlimited have performed a major fish rescue as the water recedes each fall. They coordinate with landowners, irrigation district managers, youth groups, and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to save thousands of trout—including some at-risk Yellowstone cutthroats, which spawn in tributaries of the Shoshone River’s North Fork. [LEARN MORE]

Portland and Seaside, Ore.

Saturday January 11, 2013

Since 2011, volunteers with the Tualatin chapter of Trout Unlimited have been giving new life to hundreds of Christmas trees discarded after the holiday season—as woody habitat for Coho salmon, an iconic and threatened fish species in the Pacific Northwest. [LEARN MORE]

Port Mansfield, Texas

Saturday March 15, 2014

Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) encompasses nearly 70 miles of pristine shoreline on a unique barrier island. It shelters the hypersaline Laguna Madre, where anglers can sightfish for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder, and its beaches serve as nesting habitat for endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. Kathie and Miller Bassler have been organizing an annual cleanup of the 5-mile stretch of PINS adjacent to their part-time home in the tiny fishing village of Port Mansfield since 2008, when storm surge from Hurricane Ike turned the beach into what looked like a landfill. Even now, every tide washes trash on shore, where plastics break down and become a risk to the ecosystem. [LEARN MORE]

Englewood, Fla.

Saturday March 29, 2014

Since 2010, the Lemon Bay Conservancy (LBC)—a group that has been protecting and preserving sensitive lands and waters since 1971—has been working to restore a reclaimed golf course back to its natural state as a wetland at the source of Lemon Creek. The LBC has also partnered with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to study and protect the juvenile tarpon discovered in the ponds of what is now known as Wildflower Preserve. [LEARN MORE]

Millville, NJ

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Since spring of 2011, when Hero for a Day volunteers planted native grasses and created predator cover for quail on Peaslee WMA, the South Jersey Quail Project has partnered with industrial landowners and local volunteers in an ongoing effort to improve quail habitat and connectivity in the Garden State's degenerated grasslands. [LEARN MORE]

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Saturday, April 25, 2014

A popular destination for hunters, anglers, hikers, and families, Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastline. The Atlantic City skyline is visible from one adjacent section of the refuge, and serves as a visual reminder of the vulnerability of the habitat, so close to urban areas, and the special outdoor opportunities this land offers to thousands of local residents. [LEARN MORE]

Payson, Ariz.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Arizona Elk Society scored a big win when they were able to facilitate the purchase of the 73,000-acre Buck Springs allotment and remove livestock for the benefit of wildlife, like elk, mule deer, whitetails, wild turkeys, and bears. Their seasonal work projects aim to restore flows to creek channels, rehabilitate wet meadows, and remove harmful livestock fences. [LEARN MORE]

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

One of California’s most significant coastal wetlands, Bolsa Chica is a source of food and rest for hundreds of ducks and other migratory birds, but for many years the area was troubled by habitat loss, pollution, and development. Thanks to the work of many citizens’ groups and government agencies, a major restoration of more than 500 acres was launched in 2004 and continues today. [LEARN MORE]