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Elk at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Celebrate Your Public Lands During National Wildlife Refuge Week: October 14-20!

October 11, 2018

Celebrate the great outdoors during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2018. Abounding with wildlife from tiny warblers to half-ton bison, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the Service, encompasses the natural heritage of America. 

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Elk at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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National wildlife refuges have something for everyone. Credit: USFWS
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Refuge Super Fans

October 10, 2018

The National Wildlife Refuge System is fortunate to have tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors, Friends and volunteers. During National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 14-20), we say thank you to each and every one of you. In the story, we introduce you to 17 Refuge Super Fans. And on social media, please tell us if and how you are a #WildlifeRefugeFan. Tell us what your favorite national wildlife refuge is and why. 

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National wildlife refuges have something for everyone. Credit: USFWS
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Sea cucumbers, animals related to starfish, are used in fresh or dried form in various cuisines. They are very important to the overall health of the oceans and coral reefs. C Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Bernard Dupont
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Arizona Seafood Company, Men Ordered to Pay $1.25 Million for Wildlife Trafficking

October 4, 2018

Blessings, Inc., owner David Mayorquin and former executive Ramon Mayorquin were sentenced to probation and $1.25 million in fines, restitution and forfeitures for their roles in trafficking $17 million worth of sea cucumbers. The funds will be distributed to the U.S. and Mexican governments. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, assisted by Mexican government officials, investigated the case. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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Sea cucumbers, animals related to starfish, are used in fresh or dried form in various cuisines. They are very important to the overall health of the oceans and coral reefs. C Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Bernard Dupont
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Mule deer benefit from SWG funds in California. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Nation's Wildlife Gets $50 Million Boost from Funding to States

September 28, 2018

The nation's wildlife will benefit from more than $50 million in funding to states provided by the Service through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program. SWG remains the United States' principal source of funds supporting state actions to conserve non-game fish and wildlife. The SWG Program offers critical support for imperiled species and habitats listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. SWG is the only federal program with the explicit goal of preventing endangered species listings.

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Mule deer benefit from SWG funds in California. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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On what refuge can you clamber along on a rock scramble? Credit: David Smith
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Refuge Trails Offer More Than Wildlife

September 26, 2018

Land and water trails on national wildlife refuges abound with wildlife and offer great, scenic outdoor recreation. But did you know they also boast some quirkier distinctions? 

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On what refuge can you clamber along on a rock scramble? Credit: David Smith
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Screenshot: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. members Kelsey Burks, Sierra Snyder and Cynthia Ofosu spent the day at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuges Now on Zeta Phi Beta Sisters To-do List

September 24, 2018

Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland refreshes Sierra Snyder, a summer intern at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and two of her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority sisters. And despite having to touch slimy worms, the visit connected them to the marvels of nature.
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Screenshot: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. members Kelsey Burks, Sierra Snyder and Cynthia Ofosu spent the day at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Wayne Hubbard is the co-founder of Urban American Outdoors, which encourages and facilitates diversity in the outdoors. Credit: Urban American Outdoors
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Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

September 23, 2018

With National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Wayne Hubbard, co-founder of Urban America Outdoors, pays tribute to hunters and anglers, who “contribute significantly to the conservation of wildlife and their habitat.”

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Wayne Hubbard is the co-founder of Urban American Outdoors, which encourages and facilitates diversity in the outdoors. Credit: Urban American Outdoors
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Volunteering at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Lisa Cox/USFWS Credit: Lisa Cox/USFWS
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Check Out Your Lands on National Public Lands Day

September 22, 2018

Why not join with others in the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands? The 25th annual National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 22, and it’s a perfect time to connect with YOUR public lands and communities. As an extra incentive, you can visit national wildlife refuges and other federally managed public lands free.  

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Volunteering at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Lisa Cox/USFWS Credit: Lisa Cox/USFWS
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Voluntourists Dave and Craig Gaviglia. Credit: Larry Miller/USFWS
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Father and Son Take a Volunteer Vacation at Fish Hatchery

September 19, 2018

Volunteering and tourism go hand in hand for this father and son duo who spent a week at Allegheny National Fish Hatchery in Warren, Pennsylvania.

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Voluntourists Dave and Craig Gaviglia. Credit: Larry Miller/USFWS
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The winning 2018 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy by Minnesota artist Scot Storm. Credit: © USFWS
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Minnesota Artist Scot Storm Wins 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest!

September 19, 2018

Scot Storm an artist from Freeport, Minnesota, is the winner of the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Andrea Travnicek announced the winner at the annual contest, held this year at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. Storm’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2019-2020 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation. 

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The winning 2018 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy by Minnesota artist Scot Storm. Credit: © USFWS
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Biologist Zach Eisenhower holds a salmon from Lake Champlain that returned to the Boquet River to spawn. Credit: USFWS
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For Anglers in Lake Champlain Basin, Salmon Fishing is a Science

September 19, 2018

In the 1970s, anglers in Lake Champlain and its tributaries experienced a memorable first: the first Atlantic salmon caught in the basin in more than a century. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners, including countless anglers, have been collaborating for years to restore Lake Champlain’s landlocked Atlantic salmon population and fishery.

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Biologist Zach Eisenhower holds a salmon from Lake Champlain that returned to the Boquet River to spawn. Credit: USFWS
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The eye of Category 4 Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. Credit: A. Gerst/ESA/NASA
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Service Prepares for Dangerous Florence

September 12, 2018

As Hurricane Florence’s path took a “dramatic shift” Wednesday, six Service Law Enforcement officers stood ready to follow wherever Florence lands. The Service also mobilized heavy equipment task forces and incident teams to get into the impact zones as quickly as possible. They will start assisting wildlife refuges and communities hit by the hurricane as soon as it is safe.

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The eye of Category 4 Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. Credit: A. Gerst/ESA/NASA
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Tri-colored bat with visible signs of WNS from Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Credit: NPS
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Service Provides $1 Million to States to Combat Bat-Killing Fungal Disease

September 5, 2018

The Service is awarding $1 million to 39 states and the District of Columbia to help build and adapt their capacity to combat white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats. States will use the funds to facilitate research, monitor bat populations, conduct surveillance and conserve bats vulnerable to the disease.

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Tri-colored bat with visible signs of WNS from Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Credit: NPS
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A northern pintail coming in for a landing. Credit: Krista Lundgren/USFWS
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Interior Announces More Than $36 Million to Boost Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands

September 5, 2018

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, approved $23.8 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve or restore almost 135,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 17 states throughout the United States. The commission also approved more than $13.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 5,802 acres for six national wildlife refuges and open thousands of additional acres for public hunting and recreational access. 

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A northern pintail coming in for a landing. Credit: Krista Lundgren/USFWS
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Youth fishing during a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority visit to a national wildlife refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Hunting and Fishing Opportunities Expanded at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

September 5, 2018

Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.

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Youth fishing during a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority visit to a national wildlife refuge. Credit: USFWS
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