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A biologist examines a gray bat by expanding it's wing-span.
A biologist examines a gray bat. Credit G. Peeples/USFWS

Casual Sighting Leads to Endangered Bat Discovery

June 9, 2021

On May 9, 2016, biologist Chris Kelly saw a lone bat on a bridge crossing the French Broad River outside Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, everything wildlife biologists thought they knew about endangered gray bats in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been upended.

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Kayakers at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kayakers at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS

Top Five Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

June 4, 2021

June is Great Outdoors Month and #TeamPublicLands at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents our top five list to get you outside. There are so many great activities, we hope to pique your interest. America’s public lands, including national wildlife refuges, national fish hatcheries, parks, and forests, offer tremendous opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Have fun on your adventure!

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Parker River NWR, Newburyport, Massachusetts: Located as it is on a barrier island off the far northeast coast of Massachusetts, Parker River Refuge is a prime spot for birders. Its variety of coastal habitats offer habitat for such rarities as Ross' gull
Internationally recognized wetlands, such as those found at Parker River NWR, provide important shorebird habitat and protection from sea-level rise. Credit: Kelly Fike/USFWS

Facing our Climate’s ‘New Normal’ With Solutions for People and Wildlife

June 3, 2021

As National Ocean Month begins, Wendi Weber, our North Atlantic-Appalachian Regional Director, updates us on a few of the ways we’re working to deal with increased Atlantic storm activity and other climate changes on the coast. One answer, she writes, is to create a coast that can absorb storm surge and wave energy and recover quickly. Using natural infrastructure, such as healthy salt marshes and free-flowing rivers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing just that. 

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