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Conserving the Nature of America
Snow covered Rainbow trout pond at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin.
Rainbow trout pond at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin. Credit: Angela Baran/USFWS.

Fight the Winter Chills to Experience Thrills on Public Lands

January 22, 2021

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Bundle up, and enjoy all there is to see and do at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries in the winter.

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An arctic fox blends into the snow.
An arctic fox blends into the snow. Credit: Keith Morehouse/USFWS

Best in Snow: How Wildlife Weathers Winter

January 19, 2021

From frogs that freeze solid to meat-eating songbirds, nature has some fascinating winter survival tricks for enduring the cold weather.

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Winter Wildlife Sightings »

Crew of workers with earth moving machinery working at night.

All the construction work on the project was handled by the Service’s heavy equipment professionals, saving taxpayers close to $200,000 for the project. Credit: USFWS

Racing the Tide

January 19, 2021

A project on the Oregon Coast that aimed to reduce flooding and improve habitat for fish and wildlife included challenging nighttime work that had to be done at the lowest tides. Tackling this job were heavy equipment operators of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or as they are known throughout the agency, the backbone of the Service. They turn habitat conservation dreams into reality.

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