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Conserving the Nature of America
Service employee taking data readings with scientific equipment in a open snow covered area.
Using science to inform action. Credit: Carmen Luna/USFWS

Conservation Is the Word on National Wildlife Refuges

August 12, 2020
Wildlife conservation drives virtually all decisions on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the National Wildlife Refuge System. A commitment to wildlife conservation underlies everything from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used.
Wildlife Conservation on National Wildlife Refuges »
Close up of a western snowy plover stand on a beach shore.

The western snowy plover is a tiny shorebird with a grey back and dark patches on either side of the neck, behind the eyes and on the forehead. Credit: USFWS

Public Recreation and Shorebird Conservation at Surf Beach in California

August 05, 2020
Working together, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California Coastal Commission and the community of Lompoc have amended a beach closure policy to provide increased beach access to Surf Beach. The beach is home to western snowy plovers, protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the public can enjoy the beach while sharing the shores with the plovers.
‘Wonderful Learning Opportunity’ »
Scenic view of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Scenic view of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Ian Shive/USFWS

August Fee-Free Day Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act

August 04, 2020
To celebrate President Trump’s signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced August 5, 2020, as a fee-free day for national wildlife refuges. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt also announced that every August 4 will be designated "Great American Outdoors Day," which will be a free entrance day for all public lands administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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