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Thousands of Greater sandhill cranes fill the air at Monte Vista NWR
Thousands of greater sandhill cranes fill the air at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Credit: Kate Miyamoto/USFWS

National Wildlife Refuges Host Spectacular Bird Festivals

February 12, 2019
For a jaw-dropping nature spectacle, it’s hard to beat a bird festival. Some of the nation’s most celebrated bird festivals are at or near national wildlife refuges. Many celebrate the seasonal arrivals of large birds, such as sandhill cranes, notable for their great wingspans, noisy calls and striking mating dances. Other festivals focus on bald eagles, tundra swans, snow geese and prairie chickens. Refuges are family-friendly, so bring your whole crew!
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John D. Dingell cutting his a cake.
John D. Dingell. Credit: USFWS

A Conservation Hero Leaves a Legacy

February 11, 2019
Last week, the Service and the nation lost one of its most inspiring friends and conservation heroes: Congressman John D. Dingell, who passed away Feb. 7. Dingell’s name is synonymous with the country’s keystone conservation laws – the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, to name a few -- all of which he authored or sponsored. Of his six decades in the U.S. Congress, Dingell spent more than half as an influential member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. In 2017, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor center was named after Dingell, who worked to establish the Service’s first international wildlife refuge as a place to gather, learn and protect the area’s wildlife and natural resources.
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Wisdom’s mate Akeakamai stands over their newly hatched chick
Wisdom’s mate Akeakamai stands over their newly hatched chick. Credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS

Albatross Wisdom is a New Mom Again

February 8, 2019
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known banded wild bird, hatched another chick recently at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She is at least 68 years old, has raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime.
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