Open Spaces: Service Sound Off - Friday, June 8, 2012

Service Sound Off - Friday, June 8, 2012

Welcome to Service Sound Off, a weekly round up of what's been going on in and around the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! Every Friday, we'll supply you with the best news and info you'll need before heading out the door for the weekend.

(And now, a disclaimer! We can't gather all of these lovely tidbits ourselves, so some of our links will take you away from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website. We will never knowingly link to anything malicious, but we are obliged to tell you to be careful out there.)

So, here goes. The inagural post!

This week, the Service …

… Kicked off National Fishing and Boating Week -- and Great Outdoors Month -- on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by teaching kids how to fish. For the past 23 years, kids from schools in and around the District have dropped their lines in the Constitution Gardens pond.

Revealed when the new Junior Duck Stamp will go on sale.

… Got to see some baby trumpeter swans, courtesy of the Refuges Facebook page

Commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the Midway Atoll. The Service and the U.S. Navy jointly sponsored the event.

And on Twitter we talked about …

Why raindrops don’t kill mosquitos. Turns out, NPR reports, they actually become one with the water as it cascades down from the sky. Read all about how some mechanical engineers at Georgia Tech were able to figure out how the pesky bugs can survive some of summer’s worst weather.

… How you can effectively attract hummingbirds to your garden. (Thanks National Wildlife Federation!)

This video. Shark eats giant squid. ‘Nuff said.


Pic of the Week

This astounding pic comes from our Southwest region.  Seems like one yellow rail really wanted to get noticed! (Check out more great pics on their Facebook page.)

Pic of the Week

A yellow rail gets up close and personal with visitors at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
(Photo:Scott Watson/Tropical Birding)

Need a pick-me-up on this Friday afternoon?

It’s back! Platypus on the Prowl!



And before you go …


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Last updated: June 21, 2012