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Sunrise at Malheur NWR

National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrates all the ways people can discover a range of world-class recreation opportunities from hunting, fishing, biking and paddling to trail running, photography, walking and virtual nature programs. Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week from October 11-17

Enjoy stellar outdoor recreation and the country’s wildlife heritage during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 11-17, 2020. Celebrate your access to nature on the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.You can find at least one refuge in every state and every U.S. territory and within an hour drive of most major cities.

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Bike riders at a National Wildlife Refuge

"Enhancing access to our public lands and expanding recreational opportunities to all Americans is a priority for the Trump Administration" - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt USFWS

Electric Bikes May Soon Be Allowed on Some National Wildlife Refuges

Electric bike riders may soon be able to use many National Wildlife Refuge that are open to bicycles. The Department of the Interior finalized electric bike regulations that allow land managers to carry out the new regulations after taking into consideration public health and safety, natural and cultural resource protection and other management activities and objectives. Check with your local refuge for specific information on use of bicycles.

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West Coast lady butterfly (Vanessa annabella) at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
West Coast lady butterfly (Vanessa annabella) at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon credit: Zach Radmer

Small Game Hunters: Catching Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest

According to USFWS biologist Zach Radmer, "Butterfly catching is for everyone." Butterfly catching turns every hike or picnic into a scavenger hunt. In an alpine meadow or even a brushy field on the eastern slope of the Cascades you never know what you might find. Learn how you can catch the joy!

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