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Wisdom’s mate Akeakamai stands over their newly hatched chick Credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS
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Albatross Wisdom is a New Mom Again

February 8, 2019

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known banded wild bird, hatched another chick recently at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She is at least 68 years old, has raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime.

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Wisdom’s mate Akeakamai stands over their newly hatched chick Credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS
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Members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., youth auxiliary at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Credit: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
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Finding America's Future Conservationists

February 6, 2019

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida has had the privilege  of  hosting young men from the youth auxiliary of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., recently. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Sigma are working together to introduce young men to outdoor recreation and careers in wildlife conservation.

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Members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., youth auxiliary at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Credit: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
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A monarch butterfly visits a monarch habitat at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Credit: USFWS
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Teeing up for Monarch Butterflies

January 30, 2019

The U.S. Golf Association helps fund Monarchs in the Rough, an Audubon International project to establish monarch habitats on American golf courses. Since kicking off at the beginning of 2018, the project has commitments from 250 courses so far to plant milkweed and other pollinator flowers on at least one acre per course. With additional funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the goal for 2019 is 500 more courses, 50 in each of 10 states.

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A monarch butterfly visits a monarch habitat at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Credit: USFWS
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Several rams make a run for the mountains. Credit: USFWS
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When Bighorn Sheep Fly

December 18, 2018

Thirty-four wild bighorn sheep recently took wing during a trip from San Andres National Wildlife Refuge to the Sacramento Mountains of the Lincoln National Forest near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Their journey, which involved a helicopter ride, is part of a partnership effort to establish a brand new population of the once-declining species. As this population grows and becomes stable, it will provide opportunities for wildlife viewing, hunting and nature photography.

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Several rams make a run for the mountains. Credit: USFWS
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Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Midwest Regional Director at Plum Island, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Credit: Tina Shaw/USFWS
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Service Official is President's Pick for Canada-U.S. Fishery Commission

December 14, 2018

Acting Midwest Regional Director Charlie Wooley has been picked by the President as the Federal Commissioner representing the United States on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Wooley joins three other commissioners of the United States.

The Great Lakes Fishery Attracts Millions of Anglers »»

Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Midwest Regional Director at Plum Island, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Credit: Tina Shaw/USFWS
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California condor chick #933 taking flight in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo
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California Condor Chick Sets Milestones in Santa Barbara County

December 11, 2018

For the first time in more than three decades, an endangered California condor chick has successfully fledged from a cliff-side nest in Santa Barbara County.  Last month, condor number 933 took its first short flight after being raised by its parents for six months in the northern Santa Barbara backcountry of Los Padres National Forest. This chick represents another milestone in the condor recovery program: the first second-generation wild fledgling in Southern California. Its father fledged from the Santa Barbara backcountry in 1980.

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California condor chick #933 taking flight in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo
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Targeted for their high quality caviar, paddlefish are prone to illegal harvest. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Illegal Caviar Operation Leads to Prison Time

December 6, 2018

As a result of a multiyear undercover investigation into the illegal commercialization of paddlefish, an Indiana man – already a convicted wildlife trafficker – was sentenced to two years in prison. This joint operation involved law enforcement professionals from four states.

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Targeted for their high quality caviar, paddlefish are prone to illegal harvest. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS
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A Yearly Dose of Wisdom

December 6, 2018

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.  Wisdom was first banded as an adult in 1956, making her at least 68 years old.

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Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS
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Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuges Announce 2019 Fee-Free Days!

December 6, 2018

Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. Thirty refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on certain days in 2019, and nearly 500 other refuges are free year-round. Wildlife refuges offer world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography and environmental education. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.

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Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS
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In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart
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Investigation Roots out Bad Actors in Ginseng Trade

November 28, 2018

Operation Root Cause, one of the largest commercial ginseng cases ever prosecuted, brought 14 people to justice earlier this year. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent, with assistance from Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officers, worked undercover in Pennsylvania over two harvest seasons to gather evidence and build the case.

A Pound of American Ginseng Can Cost as Much as an iPad »»

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In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart
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A river otter family along a snowy wetland. Credit: Courtesy of Kenny Bahr
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Winter Adventures Await at a National Wildlife Refuges

November 26, 2018

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter. It’s a great time to get out and explore America’s national wildlife refuges. Here are a few fun ways to get outside in the colder months and see some amazing sights! Check it out and start planning your trip.

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A river otter family along a snowy wetland. Credit: Courtesy of Kenny Bahr
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Some of “Nature’s Good Neighbors.” Credit: Ozark Regional Land Trust, USDA, USFWS
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Nature’s Good Neighbors

November 20, 2018

Natural places help sustain our communities, fuel our economy, and contribute to the health and well-being of families in every corner of the nation. Our “Nature’s Good Neighbors” series highlights people who depend on the land as much as the land depends on them. With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which provides expertise, assistance, funding and tools to conserve and restore wildlife habitat, these land stewards are working with nature to make a home for people and wildlife. We are thankful for “Nature’s Good Neighbors” and all that they do.

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Some of “Nature’s Good Neighbors.” Credit: Ozark Regional Land Trust, USDA, USFWS
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Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Introduces Veterans to Hunting

November 15, 2018

Eleven military veterans celebrated Veterans Day with their first waterfowl hunt at the inaugural Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Veterans’ Waterfowl Hunt.

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Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter features a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background. Credit: United States Mint
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Mint Launches Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter

November 14, 2018

The U.S. Mint is celebrating the beauty of Rhode Island with the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter, the 45th coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Block Island is the second refuge in the series – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware has also been honored.

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The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter features a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background. Credit: United States Mint
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory has several veterans (from left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA). Credit: USFWS
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Thank You, Veterans

November 8, 2018

The brave women and men in the military make daily sacrifices to safeguard our freedoms. We are privileged that after their military careers, many veterans put their skills toward the defense of wildlife and their habitats. Continuing in the service of the country, these veterans join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as biologists, story-tellers, administrators, law-enforcement officers and more. Our military branches also are key partners in conservation, using their lands to protect and recover wildlife.

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Black-capped Vireo Endangered No Longer »»

Hawkeyes, Tritons and Ridgway's Rails? »»

The Elfin Has Landed: How Military Aircraft Helped Rare Butterfly »»

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory has several veterans (from left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA). Credit: USFWS
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