link to fws.gov homepage
Conserving the Nature of America
A family enjoys a hike at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.
CREDIT: USFWS
A family enjoys a hike at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Credit: USFWS

Americans Call Nature Very Important, But Many Don’t Take Advantage of It

April 26, 2017

More than three-quarters of adults say contact with nature is very or extremely important for their physical health and emotional outlook, a new study reports, but more than half say they spend five hours or less in nature each week. Children report spending 6.6 hours a week outdoors. The study also finds ways to overcome this gap between interest and action.
News Release »
Learn More and Download Report »
Blog: The Paradox of Reconnecting With the Outdoors »
Find a Refuge Near You »


Northern pintail. Credit: Peter Pearsall / USFWS
Northern pintail. Credit: Peter Pearsall / USFWS

Secretary Zinke Announces Boost to Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands Through Conservation Grants, Federal Duck Stamp Funds

April 26, 2017
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, today approved $38.8 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The commission also approved more than $7.8 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 2,629 acres on national wildlife refuges and open thousands of additional acres to public hunting.
News Release »
The 2017-2018 National Junior Duck Stamp art by Isaac Schreiber, 12, from Duffield, Va., with trumpeter swans on acrylic. Credit: USFWS
The 2017-2018 National Junior Duck Stamp art by Isaac Schreiber, 12, from Duffield, Va., with trumpeter swans on acrylic. Credit: USFWS

Secretary Zinke and USFWS Announce Winner of National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

April 21, 2017
Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a talented young artist from Duffield, Va., took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A pair of trumpeter swans painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber will grace the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation's youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation.
Photo Essay »