If you have never visited a national wildlife refuge before, one of the fee-free days would be the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing, like these pelicans at sunset from J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Hoffacker.
If you have never visited a national wildlife refuge before, one of the fee-free days would be the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing, like these pelicans at sunset from J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Hoffacker.

National Wildlife Refuges Announce Fee-Free Days for 2015!

December 15, 2014
Get outside and enjoy some of the country's most magical places – America's national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015. The fee holidays are scheduled each year to encourage Americans to visit their public lands and enjoy firsthand the natural and cultural experiences they have to offer. There's at least one refuge in every state…and one within an hour's drive of most major metropolitan areas.
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Ducks fill the sky at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, which hosts the annual Festival of the Cranes in November. Credit: Marvin DeJong

Ducks fill the sky at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, which hosts the annual Festival of the Cranes in November. Credit: Marvin DeJong

Great Bird Festivals at National Wildlife Refuges

December 10, 2014
Surprise. You don’t have to be a serious birder to get a kick out of a refuge bird festival. All you need is a wish to see skies suddenly fill with more birds than you’ve ever seen before. National wildlife refuges make great festival sites because they’re bird magnets and many protect important bird habitat along the country’s major flyways.
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A tagged rufa red knot in Mispillion Harbor, DE. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS

A tagged rufa red knot in Mispillion Harbor, DE. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS

Service Protects Red Knot as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

December 09, 2014
The rufa subspecies of the red knot now will receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, the Service announced today. "Unfortunately, this hearty shorebird is no match for the widespread effects of emerging challenges like climate change and coastal development, coupled with the historic impacts of horseshoe crab overharvesting, which have sharply reduced its population in recent decades," said Service Director Dan Ashe.
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