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A close up photo of a Roseate spoonbill looking down at it's reflection as it stands in a lake.
Roseate spoonbill at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit:Larry A. Woodward/USFWS

Why I Took These Shots

November 19, 2019

“Wildlife photography has become a passion of mine that I have shared with my special-needs daughter, Roland,” says Larry Woodward, deputy manager and wildlife biologist at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. “On a weekly basis, we are together, both with camera in hand, photographing wildlife.”

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Bontanist, Karen Little, attends to her greenhouse garden.

Karen Little is a botanist and the environmental laboratory manager for specialty gardens and greenhouses at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Credit: Al Barrus/USFWS

Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners Strike at Cactus Black Market

November 14, 2019

After years of investigation, four cactus traffickers have been sentenced to a combined total of nine years of probation and more for their role in the illegal harvest, sale and/or transportation of the protected living rock, a thornless cactus. There are several more defendants in this case, and the fight to protect the cactus is ongoing. It’s a felony to export the wild plant outside United States.

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Terry Barbour, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, carefully brushes away soil at a dig site.

Terry Barbour, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, carefully brushes away soil at a dig site. Credit: Ken Sassaman/University of Florida

Researchers Discover Bead-making Operation at Florida Refuge

November 12, 2019

Archaeologists have recently documented that centuries ago, on Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, Native Americans transformed the shells of lightning whelks into products in demand far beyond the shores where they were made. The ancient settlement, the researcher say, is “without parallel in the Southeastern United States.”

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