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Perhaps someone will come up with a new use for tablets. Credit: Lester Dillard
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Advisory Council Will Promote Technological Innovation in Conservation

May 12, 2020

The newly formed Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council is looking for experts and leaders in wildlife and habitat conservation technology to advise the Secretary of the Interior. The Council will administer $500,000 in prizes and advise competition winners on opportunities to pilot and implement their nascent technologies.

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Perhaps someone will come up with a new use for tablets. Credit: Lester Dillard
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For more than a decade, the Service has collaborated with states, landowners and researchers to conserve the saltmarsh sparrow and its wetlands habitat. Credit: Paul J. Fusco, CT DEEP-Wildlife
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Celebrate American Wetlands Month with Us

May 11, 2020

Throughout May, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners will celebrate the history, diversity and importance of wetlands in America, as well as the people, collaborations and cutting-edge tools involved in conserving them. Learn what wetlands do for you and how the Service is helping conserve them through our podcasts, stories, interactive tools and more.

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For more than a decade, the Service has collaborated with states, landowners and researchers to conserve the saltmarsh sparrow and its wetlands habitat. Credit: Paul J. Fusco, CT DEEP-Wildlife
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The 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a wood duck and decoy painted by Minnesota artist Scot Storm, showcases the "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" theme. Credit: © USFWS
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Change to Federal Duck Stamp Contest Celebrates the Conservation Achievements of Waterfowl Hunters

May 7, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today is celebrating the remarkable conservation achievements of waterfowl hunters and our unique American hunting heritage with the permanent addition of a theme "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" in the Federal Duck Stamp, beginning with the 2020 contest. Funds from the sale of Duck Stamps go to help protect habitat on national wildlife refuges, increase access to public lands and provide communities with an economic stimulus.

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The 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a wood duck and decoy painted by Minnesota artist Scot Storm, showcases the "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" theme. Credit: © USFWS
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A firefighter maintaining a controlled burn at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Katie Goodwin/USFWS
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Wildland Firefighters Still Protecting Land

May 6, 2020

At Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, fire crews put out a blaze that broke out last month. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, fire crews around the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have stood at the ready in the event of a wildfire, prepared to meet new safety requirements sparked by COVID-19 for when the inevitable happened.

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A firefighter maintaining a controlled burn at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Katie Goodwin/USFWS
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The winning 2020 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck by Madison Grimm. Credit: © USFWS
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South Dakota Youth Wins 2020 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

May 1, 2020

Madison Grimm, a 13-year-old from South Dakota, took top honors in the Service's National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of a wood duck. Her artwork will grace the 2020-2021 Junior Duck Stamp, which will go on sale June 26 and supports conservation education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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The winning 2020 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck by Madison Grimm. Credit: © USFWS
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St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
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St. Marks Lighthouse to Again Light the Night Sky

April 29, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to announce that this Saturday, a beacon will again shine from the lantern room of the historic St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. The light helped with navigation in Apalachee Bay continuously from 1867 to 2000 before restoration. To avoid conflicts with bird migration, the light won’t operate in peak migration seasons.

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St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
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In Alaska, youngsters in the Kodiak Science and Salmon Camp try a fresh angle on learning. Credit: USFWS
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Fish and Wildlife Service Keeps You Learning

April 27, 2020

Even when you're stuck indoors or keeping close to home, you can still deepen your knowledge of the natural world and entertain yourself in the process. Fun reads, wildlife videos and webcams, nature puzzles and games, podcasts and coloring pages all can be good resources to inspire wonder and build nature knowledge at any age.

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In Alaska, youngsters in the Kodiak Science and Salmon Camp try a fresh angle on learning. Credit: USFWS
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Volunteers Kevin and Cheryll surprised David Stoughton, visitor services manager and longtime friend, at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia. Credit: Kevin Jones/USFWS Volunteer
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Thank You, Volunteers!

April 23, 2020

Across the country and throughout the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tens of thousands of dedicated Friends and volunteers venture to national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries to lend their time—more than a million hours—knowledge and experience to make public lands better for people and wildlife. One extraordinary group makes themselves right at home—by bringing their RVs. These so-called Resident Volunteers exchange hard work for a free RV hookup.

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Volunteers Kevin and Cheryll surprised David Stoughton, visitor services manager and longtime friend, at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia. Credit: Kevin Jones/USFWS Volunteer
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Video Screenshot: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Earth Day 2020 video. Cllck image to view. Credit: USFWS
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Celebrate Earth Day

April 21, 2020

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a healthier, more sustainable planet. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is honored to play our part in protecting Earth's wildlife and their habitats.

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Video Screenshot: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Earth Day 2020 video. Cllck image to view. Credit: USFWS
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Monarchs require late blooming flowers to feed on during migration. Asters are a great plant choice. Credit: Mara Koenig/USFWS
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Voluntary Conservation Agreement to Provide Habitat for Monarch Butterflies

April 17, 2020

A historic agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Illinois-Chicago encourages transportation and energy partners to participate in monarch conservation by providing and maintaining habitat on potentially millions of acres of rights-of-way and associated lands. Although this agreement specifically focuses on monarch habitat, the conservation measures will also benefit several other species, especially pollinating insects.

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Monarchs require late blooming flowers to feed on during migration. Asters are a great plant choice. Credit: Mara Koenig/USFWS
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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington is a gateway to nature south of Seattle. Credit: Ian Shive/USFWS
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Earth Day Turns 50

April 17, 2020

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – on Wednesday, April 22 – the National Wildlife Refuge System offers ways to take care of mother Earth and to help ourselves and the planet thrive.

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington is a gateway to nature south of Seattle. Credit: Ian Shive/USFWS
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Video Screenshot: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dir. Aurelia Skipwith Hunt/Fish Rule. Cllck image to view. Credit: USFWS
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Hunting and Fishing Provide Conservation Opportunities

April 14, 2020

With our latest proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities across 2.3 million acres, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to ensure a conservation legacy for years to come. America's sportsmen and women, among the first conservationists, generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes last year, supporting critical state conservation programs.

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Video Screenshot: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dir. Aurelia Skipwith Hunt/Fish Rule. Cllck image to view. Credit: USFWS
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Urban American Outdoors’ Wayne Hubbard and Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, with participants in a kids fishing derby. Credit: Urban American Outdoors. This photo was taken last summer, before social distancing became important.
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Service Partners with Urban American Outdoors to Better Reach Youth

March 30, 2020

As the country’s diversity grows, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determined to make sure these new constituencies find a welcoming spot in the conservation family. We have worked with Urban American Outdoors for years to help diverse youth in our nation’s cities foster a connection to nature. We are now proud to make it official.

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Urban American Outdoors’ Wayne Hubbard and Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, with participants in a kids fishing derby. Credit: Urban American Outdoors. This photo was taken last summer, before social distancing became important.
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Fishing at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Service Proposes Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

March 30, 2020

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries. This proposed rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the Service in history. The Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 60 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register on April 9, 2020.

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Fishing at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Fishing equipment purchases help pay for state conservation programs. Credit: Take Me Fishing
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Nearly $1 Billion from Sportsmen and Sportswomen Benefits State Conservation Programs

March 19, 2020

America’s sportsmen and sportswomen generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes last year that support state conservation programs. These funds, generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel, have been distributed to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Throughout the history of this program, the Service has distributed more than $22.9 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects.

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Fishing equipment purchases help pay for state conservation programs. Credit: Take Me Fishing
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