The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will host HawkWatch events for Refuge Week, such as banding raptors and waterfowl, live raptor presentations and kids’ activities.  In the fall, you can spot diving duck species at the refuge like the pictured common merganser. Credit: Photo courtesy of Stan Bousson
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will host HawkWatch events for Refuge Week, such as banding raptors and waterfowl, live raptor presentations and kids’ activities.  In the fall, you can spot diving duck species at the refuge like the pictured common merganser. Credit: Photo courtesy of Stan Bousson

National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, 2014!

September 18, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge! National wildlife refuges help conserve wildlife, support regional economies, teach children about nature and offer protected places to be outdoors. A resolution commemorating the week was passed by the Senate to raise awareness about the importance of the Refuge System to wildlife conservation and available recreational opportunities. Learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life, find one by you!

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Jennifer Owen-White shares her love of wildlife with members of the Youth Conservation Corps. Credit: USFWS

Jennifer Owen-White shares her love of wildlife with members of the Youth Conservation Corps. Credit: USFWS

Service Brings Nature to the Cities

September 18, 2014

With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it a priority to forge a connection between nature and those in urban communities. The Service's Open Spaces blog asked five questions of some of our staff members in a series we are calling “Meet your Fish and Wildlife Service,” which this week focuses on how these wildlife educators maintain ties to the natural world and help foster them in others in the context of city living.

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Ivory Challenge PSA video. Credit: USFWS

Calling All Artists: Elephants Need Your Skills

September 15, 2014

In November 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of seized elephant ivory. Now we are asking you to design a way to display the crushed ivory so that it raises awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and reduces demand for illegal ivory. Visit www.fws.gov/ivorychallenge for all the challenge details.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Offices and Refuges by State

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