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A great blue heron beats an unlucky frog to dinner at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware, this spring

A great blue heron beats an unlucky frog to dinner at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware, this spring.

Credit: Greg Obierek,

June 2010 Media Tip Sheet

Trained in Handling Contaminants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t wait for crises like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to learn how to handle contaminants that threaten people and wildlife. . . Read more

Last Chance for Refuge Camp. Many National Wildlife Refuges around the country will host summer camps and environmental education programs for children and teens this summer. Some camps may still have openings. . . Read more

Winning Farmers’ Support for Marsh Conservation. What do a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) retiree, a dairy products manufacturer, a wastewater treatment plant and the staff at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, in Wisconsin have in common? They all helped reduce the phosphorus and sediment entering Horicon Marsh. . . Read more

Birding Made Easier. Birding enthusiasts and novices have a powerful tool to assist them at a dozen National Wildlife Refugesf. . . Read more

A Comeback for Prairie Dogs. Gunnison’s prairie dogs are getting a second chance on Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico more than 70 years after the refuge’s former landowners did their best to eradicate the native mammals as pests. . . Read more

Animal Dads of Note. Good dads make the going easier, as we recognize Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20. That’s true in the animal kingdom, too.  Here are a few devoted animal dads and some National Wildlife Refuges where they live. . . Read more

Get Set for Summer in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Here is a sampling of upcoming refuge events for the whole family. . . Read more


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