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Conserving the Nature of America
A scenic photo of Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
A scenic photo of Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Credit: Doug Lester/USFWS

Eight Hidden Gems of the Pacific Southwest

June 25, 2019

Going on vacation and need a place to beat the crowds, enjoy the outdoors and see something out of the ordinary? These hidden gems in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System will get you off the beaten path. Beaches, deserts and forests: These marvelous finds are all surprisingly accessible.
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A close up photo of male and female cinnamon teal swimming across a pond.
Migratory bird species like the cinnamon teal will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

$78 Million in Funding Will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

June 19, 2019
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, today approved $29.4 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 205,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 22 states, as well as $33.6 million for 17 projects in Mexico and Canada, through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The commission also approved more than $15.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 4,886 acres on national wildlife refuges.
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A bumble bee nautering flower.
Nevada bumble bee on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

A Week for Praising Pollinators

June 18, 2019
Nearly 75 percent of the nation's crops are made possible by a fascinating group of hard-working wildlife species. Without pollinators -- hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies and flies -- the world would have to do without chocolate, coffee and many fruits and vegetables. We celebrate these species during National Pollinator Week, officially proclaimed this week by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
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