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A manatee paddles in the waters of the Faka Union Canal at Port of the Islands.
A manatee paddles in the waters of the Faka Union Canal at Port of the Islands. Credit: USGS

Everyone Into the Pool: Manatees Enjoy Mitigation Feature

May 22, 2019

Part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was going to cost manatees in South Florida a key warm water shelter. So wildlife managers developed a series of warm water pools as a substitute, which the animals are now enjoying. Manatees cannot tolerate temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time.
Manatees Need Warm Water »


A close up shot of a Frosted-elfin butterflies on a the tip of a Q-tip.
Partners are hoping a coordinated effort to survey for this small, camouflaged butterfly throughout its historic range will find more populations. Credit: Geena Hill/Florida Museum

Butterflies, Craft Beer Help Each Other

May 17, 2019
Frosted-elfin butterflies contribute wild yeast used in the brewing of a craft beer. Beer brings attention and money to the recovery of the at-risk species.
Frosted Elfin: Best Served in Frosted Glass »

A tour group stops on a dirt tail to look out for birds.
A ranger leads a tour at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Rinus Baak

Enjoy Your Visit!

May 15, 2019
You’re in for a treat. No matter what leads you to visit a national wildlife refuge — curiosity, a bird festival or just a wish to unplug from the stresses of daily life — you are bound to enjoy the experience. To make sure you find what you’re looking for, and more, we’ve updated our “Visit” pages, highlighting lots of ideas under “Things to Do” and “Things to See.”
Adventure Awaits »
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