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Two piping plovers on the beach at New York’s Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge.
Piping plovers on the beach at New York’s Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge, one of 180 coastal national wildlife refuges. Credit: USFWS

Beach, Wildlife and You

July 11, 2018
The beach is a place to bask in the sun, relax to the rhythm of the surf and tune out for a while. If you tune in, though, there’s more than meets the eye: Piping plovers moving in and out with the waves. Crabs scurrying about. Sea turtle paths tracking to and from the ocean. Even the sand itself.
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A bog turtle in grass.
Bog turtles measure up to 4 inches and can be most easily identified by a mahogany-colored shell and bright yellow-orange blotches on both sides of the head. Credit: Leah Hawthorne/USFWS

Nature's Good Neighbors: Dairy Farmer Brings Together Turtles and Cows

June 29, 2018
The Service worked on conservation easements that helped a New York dairy farmer become steward of a large population of bog turtles, a threatened species. They also gave him, and his cows, his pastures back after invasion by non-native plants. And by putting easements on 60 acres of his property, he put some extra cash back in his pocket.
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2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a pair of mallards, art.
2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a pair of mallards, art by Robert Hautman of Delano, Minnesota. Credit: USFWS

A Great Day for Ducks and Geese: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unveils New Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp

June 29, 2018
Mallards and emperor geese were the stars of the show today as the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp – went on sale. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect more than 5.7 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation. The 2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp also went on sale today and supports youth conservation education.
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