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Three generations of Bowies: Lane (from left), Mark and John, wearing hunting gear.
Three generations of Bowies: Lane (from left), Mark and John. Credit: Phil Kloer/USFWS

Making Memories in a Duck Blind

February 14, 2018
For a 12-year-old hunter in Alabama, connecting with family and the outdoors trumps video games, even in the cold, even if he harvests nothing. “It’s fun to be outdoors and take a break from school,” Lane Bowie says, “and I like being with my dad and grandpa.”
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Front of The White House.
The White House. Credit: The White House

President Requests $1.2 Billion Budget for Service in FY19, Proposes Fund to Improve Refuge Infrastructure

February 12, 2018

President Donald Trump has proposed a $1.2 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that includes proposed legislation to establish a Public Lands Infrastructure Fund. The fund would take revenue from federal energy leasing and development and provide up to $18 billion for repairs and improvements in national wildlife refuges, national parks and Bureau of Indian Education funded schools. The Service's budget also includes $1.6 billion in permanent funding, which is administered to states through grants that support state wildlife and sport fish conservation, recreational boating and other related programs.
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Young girl ( Serenity Coleman) squading in grass and smiling after planting milkweeds for monarch butterflies.
Serenity Coleman planting milkweed for monarch butterflies. Credit: Patrick D. Martin/USFWS

African American History Month: Sorority Embraces Environmental Stewardship

February 7, 2018
Each spring, national wildlife refuges across the country welcome leading African American sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a national partner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and friends for Zeta Days at the Refuge. This joint initiative promotes outdoor recreation and environmental education among Zeta members, including those not familiar with all nature and public lands have to offer. During African American History Month, we revisit last year’s Zeta Days event at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas.
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