Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

This Valentine’s Day Fall in Love with Nature

Feb 02, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159
February 2, 2010

This Valentines Day, Fall in Love With Nature 

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to fall in love with nature. Go outside to experience the excitement of a majestic bald eagle or the thrill of a bright red cardinal, whether in your own backyard or at one of America’s national wildlife refuges.  There is a national wildlife refuge or fish hatchery just an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas, and all are inviting portals to the natural world.   

 The Service’s “Let’s go Outside” Web site (www.fws.gov/letsgooutside) contains a wealth of information to help families connect with nature, including:

  • Electronic Valentines, in both English and Spanish, featuring bald eagles, red foxes and even turtles, that are great to send to friends and family.
     
  • Fact sheets about numerous wildlife species, including bald eagles, moose, sea turtles and cardinals.
     
  • Tips on how youngsters and their families can start observing wildlife.
     
  • Links to maps and a special events calendar that can help families find places to go and see nature up close.

    The following are just a few highlights:
     
  • Among the dozen or so national wildlife refuges where bald eagles are common is Klamath Basin Refuges (Tulelake, California, 530-667-2231, http://klamathbasinrefuges.fws.gov). Come visit the Winter Wings Festival, Feb 12-14.

  • Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (south end of the San Francisco Bay, 510-745-8695, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/index.htm), the first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting migratory birds, protecting threatened and endangered species, and providing opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities.

  • Located in the Great Basin of the West, Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (in Ruby Valley, Nevada, 775-779-2237, http://www.fws.gov/rubylake), is a wetland oasis in Nevada's high desert. This remarkable refuge lies along the eastern flank of the scenic, snow-capped Ruby Mountains. A pristine marsh, meadows, grasslands, and shrub-steppe uplands provide essential habitat for thousands of nesting and migrating waterfowl, water birds, songbirds, and native wildlife. 

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.