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Collecting milkweed seeds. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Seeds for Habitat Mean Habitat for Hunting

October 16, 2017

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is in the midst of an oak savanna habitat restoration. This effort provides increased opportunities for native plants, such as milkweed, and for hunting, as the habitat attracts game species.

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Collecting milkweed seeds. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Ted Kendziora (left), a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist from Concord, N.H., consults with Tom McAvoy, a lifelong outdoorsman, hunter and proud owner of an old farm near Scotland, Connecticut. Credit: C. Fergus
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Economic Interests and Conservation Can Find Balance

October 13, 2017

About two thirds of all land in the United States is in private ownership, making private landowners a vital partner in conserving the nation's natural resources. Landowners from across the country met with state and federal agencies, conservation groups and universities to highlight voluntary, incentive-based conservation collaborations and further the vision of 21st century conservation collaboration at the annual Private Lands Partners Day conference last week in Maine.

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Ted Kendziora (left), a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist from Concord, N.H., consults with Tom McAvoy, a lifelong outdoorsman, hunter and proud owner of an old farm near Scotland, Connecticut. Credit: C. Fergus
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Conservation Stewardship and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program video. Credit: USFWS
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Hunting Molds Outdoor Stewards

October 13, 2017

Sportsmen and –women were behind the establishment of the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, which has provided state fish and game agencies a steady stream of funding for conservation stewardship. When you buy that new firearm, arrows or a new bow, a box of shotgun shells or fishing tackle you are making an investment in conservation’s cycle of success. As much as 11 percent of your purchase will be granted to your state fish and game agency and returned to you in the form of science-based wildlife and fisheries conservation.

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Conservation Stewardship and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program video. Credit: USFWS
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Celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week

October 11, 2017

This week we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week and the world-class outdoor recreation opportunities the more than 550 units of the Refuge System offer throughout the country. Celebrated annually during the second week of October, National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great time to connect with your local refuge.

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Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Recreational Opportunities Abound at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

October 11, 2017

As Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska celebrates its 25th anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to recognize this restoration success story. Land managers, hydrologists and biologists work together to restore habitat and bring a Missouri River gem back for hunters, anglers, birders and all recreationalists to enjoy. The refuge provides critical feeding, resting and spawning habitat for endangered pallid sturgeons and a wealth of other wildlife.

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Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Hunter Dave Buchner takes aim during an accessible hunt at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Credit: Tina Shaw/USFWS
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‘Ramping’ Up Efforts to Provide Hunting and Fishing Access to People with Disabilities

October 11, 2017

Autumn is when school starts, temperatures drop and the geese and migratory birds head south. It’s also the perfect time to break out the hunting gear and prepare for that trip outdoors where the deer and elk are beckoning. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our state partners are ensuring that hunting and fishing activities are geared for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

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Hunter Dave Buchner takes aim during an accessible hunt at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Credit: Tina Shaw/USFWS
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Eric Morris wants to improve the diversity in hunting. Credit: Courtesy of Eric Morris
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Hunting in the African American Community

October 11, 2017

Eric Morris has been hunting and fishing his entire life. He started the Black Wolf Hunting Club in 2011 to promote the sport of hunting in the African American community. “The time has come to stop just talking about diversity,” he says, “and shift into taking action on increasing diversity in hunting.”

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Eric Morris wants to improve the diversity in hunting. Credit: Courtesy of Eric Morris
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Houston Zoo Ambassador toad. Credit: Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
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Texas Ranchers, Stakeholders and Service Gather to Conserve Endangered Houston Toad

October 10, 2017

Last week some unlikely partners met at a Texas ranch on behalf of one of the state’s most imperiled species, the Houston toad. Signing a Safe Harbor Agreement at Rancho Zunzun were ranchers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Houston Zoo, Texas State University, non-profit groups and others. The Safe Harbor Agreement, one of the many flexibility mechanisms of the Endangered Species Act, will provide timely opportunities for landowners and stakeholders in nine counties to recover the Houston toad without additional restrictions on future activities as a result of their efforts.

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Houston Zoo Ambassador toad. Credit: Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
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Resting monarch butterfly. Credit: Courtney Celley/USFWS
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Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund Provides more than $9 Million for Conservation

October 6, 2017

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, a public-private partnership among the Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, the foundation and Monsanto, just awarded 23 grants for $3.7 million with an additional $5.8 in matching contributions, generating more than $9 million for monarch conservation. The 2017 awards will support efforts that increase the quality, quantity and connectivity of monarch breeding and overwintering habitat and enhance organizational capacity.

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Resting monarch butterfly. Credit: Courtney Celley/USFWS
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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge – midway between Buffalo and Rochester, New York  – offers several options for enjoying bird migration in fall. Credit: Megan Davis/USFWS
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Fall for Autumn on Northeast Refuges

October 6, 2017

The phrase "fall foliage” is practically synonymous with the Northeast. National Wildlife Refuge Week starts October 8, and a visit to a national wildlife refuge is a wonderful way for you and your family to #FindYourWay in nature as leaves turn from summer greens to autumn reds, yellows, pinks, purples and oranges.

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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge – midway between Buffalo and Rochester, New York  – offers several options for enjoying bird migration in fall. Credit: Megan Davis/USFWS
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Through a partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation, Ariel Martinez served as an intern at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge connecting youth with nature. Credit: USFWS
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Celebrating our Nation’s Hispanic Heritage

October 5, 2017

For the Fish and Wildlife Service, it’s fitting that we mark National Hispanic Heritage Month at national wildlife refuges, national fish hatcheries, and other field stations across the nation. That’s because our mission is increasingly intertwined with the Hispanic American community, which supports public lands, wildlife and conservation, and continues to grow and expand its leadership role across American society.

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Through a partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation, Ariel Martinez served as an intern at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge connecting youth with nature. Credit: USFWS
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Aerial view of Kisaralik River and the Kilbuck Mountains in Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Kristine Sowl/USFWS
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Celebrate the Myriad Benefits of National Wildlife Refuges During Refuge Week October 8-14!

October 4, 2017

National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed this year on October 8-14, celebrates the world-class recreation brought to Americans by the National Wildlife Refuge System, the nation’s largest network of public lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There is no better time to rediscover the rivers and trails that put national wildlife refuges on the “must visit” list for millions of Americans.

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Aerial view of Kisaralik River and the Kilbuck Mountains in Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Kristine Sowl/USFWS
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National Public Lands Day cypress tree planting at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Credit: D.Valentin/USFWS
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Celebrate Your Public Lands on National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2017

Saturday is one of the nation’s largest volunteer events, and we’d love to have you help out on national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries across the country. National Public Lands Day encourages everyone to celebrate your public lands.

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National Public Lands Day cypress tree planting at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Credit: D.Valentin/USFWS
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Ric (left) and Garric Shirrod from Washington with their pronghorn antelope at Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife for Everyone

September 27, 2017

How can you promote wildlife conservation by hunting for the same animals you’re working to save? Welcome to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, a model that is truly unique in the world.

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Ric (left) and Garric Shirrod from Washington with their pronghorn antelope at Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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A hunter holding a scaled quail in the right hand and a shotgun on the left. Credit: Craig Springer/USFWS
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Seeing With a Hunter’s Heart

September 27, 2017

Hunters fully immerse themselves not just as observers of nature but as people who are in nature. They feel a deep calling to be conservationists.

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A hunter holding a scaled quail in the right hand and a shotgun on the left. Credit: Craig Springer/USFWS
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