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    Friends of Noxubee Refuge was founded in 2003 as an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to conserving our natural resources through volunteer work and fund raising.  Friends promote and support the preservation, history, and use of the Noxubee Refuge, as well as assist Refuge staff in carrying out their mandates.

The latest newsletter is available: December newsletter

   We deeply appreciate the many people that work with us in so many ways to make the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as great place for wildlife and visitors.  We would like to invite you to come celebrate our successes with us as the calendar year  closes.  As is now our tradition, we are inviting all employees, past, present, currently working and those retired, all volunteers and Friends, and our many partners to our annual Holiday Social Potluck dinner to be held at the Larry Box Conservation Center on Saturday, December 3.  If able, we ask you bring a dish to share and if you wish to participate in our Dirty Santa gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift (family appropriate and something you would like to get) having value of $10 or less.  We’ll start gathering at 5 P.M. and begin dinner no later than 5:30 PM.  Again, anyone who has helped out at the refuge is invited, so we encourage you to share this message with others.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

The Staff
Steve, Paul, Regina, Chad, Steven, Andrea, Eddie, Jake, Dave, Brad and Brandon

Read this interesting article on the effects of volunteers at the Refuge and consider volunteering!

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 Tom Cowsert, Noxubee artist in residence during August,  presented an oil painting to add to the collection of art now hanging in the Tisdale Auditorium.  During his stay at Noxubee, Cowsert volunteered with a fourth grade class from Virgil Jones Elementary School in Brooksville.  Under the supervision of teacher Vera Taylor and Cowsert, students constructed a paper quilt using leaves, mushrooms, rock, birds, and flowers for inspiration.  The teacher, Vera Taylor, is a Friends board member and the coordinator for the Connecting Art to Nature/Nature to Art program.  In another quilt related project,  Cowsert collaborated with local quilt artist, Julia Graber who reproduced one of his paintings as an art quilt.  Cowsert also spoke to art classes at Starkville High School and Mississippi State during his visit.