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Dragonfly at Port Louisa Refuge, IA. Credit: Jessica Bolser/USFWS
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Why I Took These Shots

June 13, 2018

National wildlife refuges are wonderful places for nature photography – for visitors and employees. Jessica Bolser, a wildlife biologist at Iowa’s Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, uses her keen observation skills to capture amazing shots. She has taken hundreds of photos at the refuge in recent years, including this one of an eastern amberwing dragonfly. What she loves about this shot “is the delicate detail on the wing and the tiny hairs on the legs.”

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Dragonfly at Port Louisa Refuge, IA. Credit: Jessica Bolser/USFWS
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Group photo of four generations of Reeds sit on the front stoop of Jewell Reed's home. Credit: Jennifer Strickland/ USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Family Builds Conservation Legacy

June 8, 2018

Wildlife is part of the business model at Reed Ranch, a sheep and cattle operation in Wyoming's Thunder Basin.

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Group photo of four generations of Reeds sit on the front stoop of Jewell Reed's home. Credit: Jennifer Strickland/ USFWS
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Fishing and boating are surefire ways to make memories. Credit: Ed Grimes
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'Catch the Summer Fun'; Fishing is the 'Reel' Deal at National Fish Hatcheries and National Wildlife Refuges

June 1, 2018

National Fishing and Boating Week begins Saturday, June 2 and ends on June 10. This celebration offers the perfect opportunity to engage in two great summer pastimes on your public lands and waters, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you have lost the habit of going outdoors, never found the time to connect with nature or are a certified outdoorsman or –woman, National Fishing and Boating Week is made for you.

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Fishing and boating are surefire ways to make memories. Credit: Ed Grimes
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A waterman inspects oysters. Credit: Harris Seafood Company. Credit: Harris Seafood Company.
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Service Helps Oysters and Watermen in the Chesapeake

May 30, 2018

For several years, the Fish and Wildlife Service has been helping communities in part of the Chesapeake Bay create oyster beds. More oysters mean cleaner water, a thriving habitat for other species, protection for shorelines and a boost for the local seafood industry.

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A waterman inspects oysters. Credit: Harris Seafood Company. Credit: Harris Seafood Company.
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Challenging and rewarding saltwater fishing opportunities can be found at. clockwise from top left, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Credit: USFWS
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As Summer Starts, Your Guide to Fishing

May 29, 2018

Fishing opportunities are available at public lands and waters managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service across the country. Those fishing opportunities represent virtually every type of sport fishing on the continent – seasonally and in accordance with state and federal regulations. From remote Alaska to mangroves in Florida, your public lands offer anglers adventure and diversity in a natural setting. Get hooked today!

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Challenging and rewarding saltwater fishing opportunities can be found at. clockwise from top left, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Credit: USFWS
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Rick Spring and his therapy dog, Max, at the door to one of his blinds. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Disabled Veteran Crafts Accessible Hunting Blinds

May 24, 2018

Rick Spring knows that spending time hunting, fishing and hiking isn't always a given for injured veterans or other people with disabilities. So he builds and donates to federal and state lands, including national wildlife refuges, hunting and bird-watching blinds that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. A Spring-made blind, for example, is big enough to accommodate two wheelchairs.

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Rick Spring and his therapy dog, Max, at the door to one of his blinds. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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Americans will have more access to hunting and fishing under the proposal. Credit: Creative Commons
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Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities at 30 Refuges

May 21, 2018

Continuing his efforts to increase recreational access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, this would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing would be permitted to 312.

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Americans will have more access to hunting and fishing under the proposal. Credit: Creative Commons
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Carolyn Read looking over her boysenberry crop. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Berry Grower Embraces Conservation, History

May 18, 2018

San Marcos, California, ranch owner Carolyn Read, 86, runs a ranch that started in the 1800s and faces increasing development pressure from sprawling San Diego. Determined to keep her land working and wild, Read is the only non-commercial boysenberry producer in Southern California. She’s worked with the Service to restore some of her property for pollinators and native birds.

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Carolyn Read looking over her boysenberry crop. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Federal Wildlife Officer Ashley Uphoff teaches orienteering. Credit: Joshua Bauer/USFWS
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Tools of the Trade: Kids Get Hands-on Experience Learning to Solve Wildlife Crime

May 17, 2018

What do federal wildlife officers do everyday? Like all law enforcement professionals, they serve and protect, but there’s more to the story. Learn about what federal wildlife officers in the Midwest Region are doing to inspire the next generation of women and men who protect America's National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Federal Wildlife Officer Ashley Uphoff teaches orienteering. Credit: Joshua Bauer/USFWS
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Thumbnail of the Attu 75: Remembering a Forgotten War video. Credit: USFWS
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Valor in the Aleutians: Commemorating the Battle of Attu

May 15, 2018

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge's Attu Island, the westernmost of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, and another Aleutian island, Kiska, share a unique history. These islands were refuge lands dedicated to wildlife before being captured by enemy forces during World War II. This month marks the 75th anniversary of the battles to retake Attu. The Service and partners are commemorating the Battle of Attu, World War II in the Aleutians, and the sacrifices of the Alaska Native Unangax? people.

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Thumbnail of the Attu 75: Remembering a Forgotten War video. Credit: USFWS
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Florida panther kittens are nestled in their den near Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: David Shindle /Florida FWCC
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Partnerships Put Once Near-Extinct Texas Cactus on Path to Recovery

May 15, 2018

Thanks to a slew of partnerships among the Service, Texas agencies and local stakeholders, the Service downlisted the Tobusch fishhook cactus from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. When listed under the ESA in 1979, fewer than 200 plants were known to exist. Today more than 3,300 cacti have been documented. This action brings this plant, once on the brink of extinction, one step closer to the ultimate ESA goal, full recovery and delisting.

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Florida panther kittens are nestled in their den near Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: David Shindle /Florida FWCC
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Florida panther kittens are nestled in their den near Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: David Shindle /Florida FWCC
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At a National Wildlife Refuge Near You: Some of Nature's Cutest Babies

May 11, 2018

As Mother’s Day approaches, try not to smile at these National Wildlife Refuge cuties. In addition to helping humans, refuges around the nation provide places for youngster and mom animals to thrive. 

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Florida panther kittens are nestled in their den near Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: David Shindle /Florida FWCC
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“There is nothing better than spending your day outside in beautiful surroundings, in a country you know and appreciate,” says Gary Lang. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: For Fly Fishing Guide, Conservation and Commerce Go Hand in Hand

May 10, 2018

In West Virginia, fly fishing guide Gary Lang works with the Service and others to preserve clean rivers. It helps his business because trout need the clear water. It’s also about preserving the streams for future generations of wildlife and people alike to enjoy.

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“There is nothing better than spending your day outside in beautiful surroundings, in a country you know and appreciate,” says Gary Lang. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Students from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School investigate in the creek. Credit: Nicole Vidal/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: The Homely Hellbender and the Diligent Schoolkids

May 10, 2018

Private landowners, including a private school along the stream’s lower reaches, work to restore Betty’s Creek in Georgia and save the at-risk eastern hellbender. Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School also operates a profitable cow and corn farm that straddles the stream. The school’s financial health is intertwined with the creek’s health.

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Students from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School investigate in the creek. Credit: Nicole Vidal/USFWS
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Raccoon Creek. Credit: Credit: Brett Albanese/Georgia DNR
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Partners and Volunteers Create an Angler Paradise Outside Atlanta

May 7, 2018

The Service and its partners are gussying up favorite fishing holes around the country for the season. These are fruitful relationships that improve habitat, boost under-siege species, and pump millions of dollars into local and state coffers. Nearly 50 volunteers recently cleared trails, trimmed branches and picked up trash at Raccoon Creek in Georgia, with many taking mental notes of pools, riffles and unimpeded casting spots.

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Raccoon Creek. Credit: Credit: Brett Albanese/Georgia DNR
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