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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.

‘It’s not just about the fishing; it’s about getting involved’ »»

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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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Golden conure. Credit: Carlos Reis/Creative Commons
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Golden Conure Status Improves, Prompting Downlisting Proposal

September 4, 2018

The golden conure, a bright yellow bird in the parrot family found only in Brazil’s south Amazon Basin, is more widespread and abundant than previously thought – with an estimated population up from 2,500 to nearly 11,000 birds. Due to its improved status, we are proposing to downlist the golden conure from endangered to the less critical category of threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but it will remain protected as it still faces risks from deforestation and habitat loss. 

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Golden conure. Credit: Carlos Reis/Creative Commons
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A female Poweshiek skipperling is placed on a flower. Credit: Vince Cavalieri/USFWS
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Can Eight Butterflies Make a Difference? You Bet!

August 30, 2018

Eight butterflies may not seem like a lot. But when you are talking Poweshiek skipperlings, an endangered species with just 500 individuals estimated worldwide, it is significant. This summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and international partners in the butterfly’s conservation released eight captive-reared Poweshiek skipperling butterflies at sites in Michigan and Manitoba. The releases were the world’s first release of captive-reared Poweshiek skipperlings.

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A female Poweshiek skipperling is placed on a flower. Credit: Vince Cavalieri/USFWS
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Paddlers “Float the Fork.” Credit: Haley Hutchins/AmeriCorps
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Hope Floats

August 27, 2018

After removing three dams and picking up more than 61,000 pounds of trash, even a car, a restoration project on West Virginia’s West Fork River is bearing fruit. Conservationists, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the local community have been working for nearly a decade to repair the broken river.

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Paddlers “Float the Fork.” Credit: Haley Hutchins/AmeriCorps
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A pair of wild whooping cranes land at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Klaus Nigge/USFWS
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Wild Whooping Crane Population in Texas Breaks the 500 Mark

August 27, 2018

The estimates are in and the numbers are impressive! For the sixth year in a row, the wild population of endangered whooping cranes that winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding habitats in south Texas has increased in size, and for the first time the population has topped the 500 mark.

505 Whooping Cranes Arrive on Texas Wintering Grounds »»

Whooping Crane Survey Results: Winter 2017-2018 »»

A pair of wild whooping cranes land at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Klaus Nigge/USFWS
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