News Release

Get Outside, Click Your Shutter, Then Click Your Mouse: Upload Your Nature Images to the New Flickr Group “Let’s Go Outside”

June 10, 2010

Contacts:

Rachel F. Levin
703/358 2405
rachel_levin@fws.gov



This summer, get out into nature and see some wildlife – in your backyard, at a local park or on a nearby national wildlife refuge. You will create family memories to last a lifetime, and if you take your digital camera, you can capture these memories and share them through a new Flickr group called "Let's Go Outside."

Hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the "Let's Go Outside" http://www.flickr.com/groups/1385215@N24 group allows Flickr users to upload images of themselves, their family and friends outside in nature. You can use Flickr’s Map function to identify where your photos were taken and see the places where group members explore nature. You can also describe where the image was taken and what it was like, blog about particular photos and your experiences in nature, and chat on the Flickr Discussion board with other group members about their favorite places to go. You can even upload images from your cell phone.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Let's Go Outside" initiative encourages children, educators and parents to get outside and enjoy nature and wildlife. To learn about activities in nature, including the basics of digital nature photography, visit www.fws.gov.

You can also visit the "Let's Go Outside" web site to locate one of America’s 550 remarkable national wildlife refuges and discover what nature has to offer. Most metropolitan areas are within an hour’s drive of at least one wildlife refuge. But experiencing nature can also be as convenient as visiting a local state park, bird watching in your backyard or even taking a walk around the neighborhood to admire wildlife. Watching wildlife is an extremely easy, fun and free way to enjoy the environment, spend time with family or just to relax.

"Let's Go Outside" strives to promote environmental awareness while reconnecting Americans with nature – encouraging ; healthier lifes and helping to ensure future generations appreciate the natural world around them.

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



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.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.