In the drought-parched Southwest, sandhill cranes take advantage of precious water at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge in west Texas, which has three lakes fed only by runoff. The refuge was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and sandhill cranes.
|Credit: Wyman Meinzer/USFWS|
Wild Angles: News From the National Wildlife Refuge SystemNews for March 2012 RSS
Savor Early Signs of Spring At a National Wildlife Refuge
Signs of spring abound at national wildlife refuges. What better time than this — March 14 is the 109th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System — to discover and savor them. Look for refuge open houses and birthday celebrations; or just go for the wildlife and the thrills.
Refuges improve human health, provide recreation, and stimulate local economies, boosting tourism and generating jobs. In 2010 more than 40 million people visited a national wildlife refuge, generating about $4.2 billion in economic activity, according to an October 2011 report commissioned by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization. Sample a refuge event and find out what all the excitement is about.
Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!
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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.Wild Angles is published monthly by the Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Department of the Interior.
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