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Girl fishing at  J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Gary Eslinger / USFWS
Fishing is permitted in 12 public fishing areas at J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.  Credit: Gary Eslinger / USFWS

Gone Fishing

March 22, 2017
Anglers are a secretive bunch, keeping their favorite fishing spots to themselves. Not us. We’re proud to say that more than 270 national wildlife refuges provide wonderful fishing spots; and we want everyone to know.
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Miami blue butterfly. Credit: Molly McCarter / USFWS
Miami blue butterfly. Credit: Molly McCarter / USFWS

DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery

March 17, 2017
More than $3.7 million in funding will support nine projects on 12 national wildlife refuges across 12 states to help recover some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges. Species to benefit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Recovery Initiative program include the Miami blue butterfly, ocelots, Puritan tiger beetles, masked bobwhite and spectacled eiders. Since 2013, the Service has funded 66 projects for nearly $27 million through the CRI.
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While visitors watch, an expert tags a monarch butterfly at a fall monarch festival at a national wildlife refuge. During their annual monarch festivals, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas let visitors net butterflies for tagging. Tagged butterflies are released to continue on their route south. Credit:  USFWS
While visitors watch, an expert tags a monarch butterfly at a fall monarch festival at a national wildlife refuge. Credit: USFWS

Adventures in Monarch Tagging and Other Offbeat Nature Fun

March 17, 2017
Like your nature a bit out of the ordinary? Some upcoming national wildlife refuge events fill the bill. It’s not a matter of replacing bird walks and nature tours. Those will never go out of fashion. But sometimes you’re up for something a little different.
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