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Participants in the July 27 Walk of Sorrow to Hope include (rear, left) Edgar Timmons rear), Mary McIntosh, Johnnie Timmons, Darrell Dunham, Tyrone Timmons, (front left) Margaret Ann Timmons Finley and Fran Timmons.
A walk starting at the entrance to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday commemorates the 79th anniversary of the day the federal government took the land now comprising the refuge and used it for a World War II airfield. Credit: Mark Davis/USFWS

Service, Refuge Descendants Highlight Connection, Community

July 26, 2021

A community in Georgia forced off land that later became Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is holding a three-day observance this week stressing the community’s connection to the area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has entered into a partnership with the descendants of the community to amplify the voices of those who lived on the land before it was a refuge. 

Walking for Unity »


FWS employee, Juliette Gutierrez Fernandez and her Aunt Estella.
Juliette Gutierrez Fernandez and her Aunt Estella at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Juliette Gutierrez Fernandez

The Nature of Family

July 22, 2021

Conservation heroes are all around us, writes Juliette Gutierrez Fernandez, project leader at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex in southwestern Washington. Rachel Carson certainly is one of them, but so is the aunt who joined her in outdoor wandering and inspired her conservation career. Juliette's experiences drive her to reach out to the Hispanic community, go back to schools she attended as a child, share experiences, and provide opportunities.  

One Path to Conservation »
Latino Conservation Week »

A close up of a monarch butterfly on purple coneflower.
Monarch butterfly on purple coneflower. Credit: Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Small Efforts Can Make a Big Difference for Monarchs

July 21, 2021

Living in such a large and complicated world, it’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference. It’s easy to feel isolated and that your small efforts don’t add up. But they do! Even small efforts can add great value for monarchs and other pollinators. 

The Butterfly Effect »