Earth Day 2010
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  A little girl holds a minnow in her hand as a young boy looks on at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
A little girl holds a minnow in her hand as a young boy looks on at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Our programs are among the oldest in the world dedicated to natural resource conservation.

Here is just a sampling of some our programs, efforts and partnerships taking action to build a healthy environment for future generations and how you can get involved.

Visit a wildlife refuge. With 551 refuges throughout the nation, The National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s leading network of lands and waters dedicated to wildlife conservation. The Refuge System also manages six wildlife-dependent recreational uses: Hunting, Fishing, Wildlife Observation, Photography, Environmental Education and Interpretation.
Buy a Duck Stamp. When you buy a Federal Duck Stamp, you are doing your part to help ensure a bright future for wildlife, waterfowl and other migratory birds. For every dollar you spend on Federal Duck Stamps, 98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat for conservation purposes.

Support Junior Duck Stamp. Thousands of K-12th grade students from all over the United States are competing for the “Best of Show” first place win in their state Junior Duck Stamp contests. Join us on April 23 at the Science Museum of Minnesota as 52 states and territories compete in the national contest as the next Junior Duck Stamp design is selected.

Visit a National Fish Hatchery. Children’s positive interaction with the environment can lead to a life-long interest in enjoying and conserving nature. Choose from 70 locations throughout the country.

Get SMARxT. Stop flushing your unused medications. Instead, use SMARxT Disposal as a guide for proper disposal. SMARxT Disposal is a prescription for a healthy planet. Learn more.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day. On May 21, 2010, observe Endangered Species Day and recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation’s endangered species and their habitats.

Let’s Go Outside. “Let’s Go Outside” encourages children, educators and parents to get outside and enjoy nature and wildlife. Experiencing nature can be as simple as visiting a local wildlife refuge, state park, bird watching in your own backyard or even taking a walk around the neighborhood to see wildlife.

A canvasback duck with her babies in a wetlands habitat. Credit: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS 
A canvasback duck with her babies in a wetlands habitat. Credit: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS

Protect nesting habitat. International Migratory Bird Day (May 8, 2010) celebrates the migration of migratory birds between nesting habitats in South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Plant a garden. Each year we celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 21-27, 2010) in recognition of the importance of pollinator species to agriculture, forest and grassland environments and other ecosystems.

Go hunting. By respecting seasons and limits, purchasing all required licenses, and paying federal excise taxes on hunting equipment and ammunition, individual hunters make a big contribution towards ensuring the future for many species of wildlife and habitat. The Service recognizes that in many cases, hunting is an important tool for wildlife management.

Restore a wetland. May marks the annual observance of American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate one of nature’s most productive ecosystems. May is the month to recognize and celebrate the wonderful ways wetlands enrich the environment and our lives.

Consider a career in conservation. U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees are dedicated professionals working to conserve, recover and prevent the extinction of unique and imperiled species both locally and abroad.

Earth Day is a time to give back to the environment by participating in many of the Service’s scheduled events. Throughout the year, other celebratory activities can be found in the special events calendar.

Last updated: April 16, 2010
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