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Conserving the Nature of America
A pair of polar bears looking backhind themselves in a mixture prairie of dead black grass and snow.
Some marine mammals are fully aquatic, while others, such as polar bears, depend on the sea primarily for feeding. CREDIT: Gary Kramer/USFWS

50 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals, and We’re Not Done

January 19, 2022

With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Marine mammals play a vital role in the balance of marine ecosystems, and along with NOAA, we are working to ensure the health of our oceans for people and wildlife. Follow #OceanAndCoast50 on social media to join the conversation.

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Little girl holding a dandelion in her hand while the big brother holding her wrist.
People explore the grounds of the Meadowood property. Credit: Kesha Lambert, Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

Newly Conserved Connecticut Property Tied to Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2021

With the help of a Highlands Conservation Act grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Simsbury, Connecticut, bought the Meadowood farm last year. The land gives people an opportunity to connect not only with nature but also with history. Morehouse students used to travel north to this farm and work to earn money for their tuition. One of those students was Martin Luther King Jr.

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A USFWS staff in uniform with a group of hunters.
An FWS staffer with the 4 W's team. Credit: USFWS

The Spaces In-between the Hunting Inspire First-timer

January 11, 2021

It wasn’t the duck hunt that helped Tyrelle John Haney, an intern with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Houston Urban Program, connect with nature. It was everything else, from the hoot of an owl to the sunrise, that restored the first-time hunter.

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