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Conserving the Nature of America
Lighitng striking the ground in a open prairie in the distance.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge  along 36 miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Celebrating 115 Years of the National Wildlife Refuge System

March 14, 2018
With the establishment of the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island on March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt created the National Wildlife Refuge System, which today spans 150 million acres, including 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetlands management districts. While wildlife refuges are set aside for the protection of wildlife and their habitat, they also provide a variety of great outdoor experiences -- from wildlife observation, photography and hunting to fishing, environmental education and interpretation.  
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Flamingo walking in water with a nice reflection of itself.
The San Diego flamingo seems quite happy on the refuge. Credit: Lisa Cox / USFWS

Pink Surprise Touches Down at San Diego Refuge

March 12, 2018

A wayward flamingo plunked its long slender legs into the salt marsh at San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge's South San Diego Bay Unit, fittingly this past Valentine's Day, creating a burst of color in the otherwise neutral landscape. The unexpected bird, which is still happily foraging on the restored marsh, energized news crews, neighbors and birders. Far from its home range, the flamingo is thought to have escaped from a private collection.
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A group of students fishing around a small pond at Fred Berry Conservation Education Center.
The Fred Berry Conservation Education Center provides opportunities to experience fishing for catfish to more than 2,000 young people per year. Credit: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

One Project, Many Outcomes

March 09, 2018

The Service was just one of many partners on a native grassland restoration project on the Fred Berry Conservation Education Center in Arkansas to provide habitat for declining grassland birds. Then monarch butterflies and other pollinators were added. Now groups take classes, camp, hike, fish, hunt or work on conservation projects. Livestock producers can even take workshops.
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