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Conserving the Nature of America
Mallard at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
Migratory bird species like the mallard will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

More than $100 Million in Public-Private Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects

September 16, 2019

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, today approved $28 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 150,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 20 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act matched by more than $72 million in partner funds. The commission also approved $4.2 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 2,200 acres in Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
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Mule deer bucks clash antlers to vie for dominance.

Mule deer bucks clash antlers to vie for dominance near Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Autumn Wonders

September 11, 2019

Fall brings a stir to national wildlife refuges. As daylight wanes, birds and butterflies start their long flights south, massing at many refuges along the way, and bull elk compete for mates. Check out our migration hot spots.
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Video: Follow Watts Through Kenai’s Landscape. Click image to view video.

Closeness to the Wild

September 04, 2019
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at more than 90 national wildlife refuges and other public lands. At Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, biologist Dom Watts seizes those opportunities every chance he gets. "Hunting and fishing gives me this connection with nature that you can't get any other way," he says. "It gives you this closeness to the wild."
Storymap: New Fishing Access Opens on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge »
Video: Happy Hunting and Fishing Season! »
Secretary Bernhardt Expands Public Access to Hunting and Fishing on 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide »