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Securing the Right to Vote
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August 26 Officially Designated as Women's Equality Day


Women's Equality Day was adopted to commemorate the hard fight American women undertook to win the right to vote on this day back in 1920 (officially enacted by Bella Abzug in 1971). In celebration of this day the FWS recognizes the hard working woman of our agency and their commitment to natural resource conservation.  The FWS is committed to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workforce and are taking positive steps to eliminate barriers that prevent women from participating fairly in all aspects of the employment process, from recruitment, to training, to upward mobility, to career counseling and promotions. 


View the Presidential Proclamation

National Woman's History Project

Meet the Woman Behind Women's Equality Day


Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly
Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly USFWS Image

Oregon Project Awarded $193,000 from Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced more than $3 million in grants from its Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.  The Lomakatsi Restoration Project, a restoration project in Oregon will receive  $193,786 to restore and enhance 300 acres of degraded monarch habitat - including woodland edges, meadows, forest openings, riparian areas and roadsides.  Combined with $260,000 in matching funds this project will also unify monarch butterfly habitats throughout our region and expand the native milkweed supply for future  restoration projects.


News Release

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

For additional information about the Lomakatsi Restoration Project


Birds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Birds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge USFWS Image

Celebrations Abound!


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but did you know the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is older?  On August 18, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” The newly established “Lake Malheur Reservation” was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his tenure as president. At the time, Malheur was the third refuge in Oregon and one of only six refuges west of the Mississippi.


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System


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