Welcome to That's a Wrap, 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.
This week in the Service ...
... we saw members of an international ivory smuggling ring plead guilty
... we reached an historic settlement with USDA to support volunatry conservation efforts
... and our Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp just celebrated it's first anniversary!
In other news ...
... researchers were able to recreate the same sounds that Aldo Leopold heard while writing A Sand County Almanac (Wired)
... the race is on for natural resources as more Artic ice melts (NYT)
... and microbes from the age of the dinosaurs have been found (Discover Magazine)
Pic of the Week
We're batty about bats!
Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadaria braziliensis) (Photo: Ann Froschauer/USFWS)
In case you missed our BatsLive broadcast from earlier this week, here is a gallery of some stunning images from the Bracken Bat Cave.