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Purchases of golden eagles and other protected bird parts occurred in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa, and in some cases, over the internet. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Bird Traffickers Sentenced

August 9, 2018

Nineteen people have been sentenced for various wildlife law violations. The sentencings, including fines, prison and more, are the result of the Service’s Project Dakota Flyer, focusing on the unlawful trafficking of protected migratory birds, primarily bald and golden eagles. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota calls Dakota Flyer one of the largest wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest in recent history.

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Purchases of golden eagles and other protected bird parts occurred in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa, and in some cases, over the internet. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Sarah and Ryan Voiland have owned and operated Red Fire Farm since 2007. Credit: Isaac Burke/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Getting into the Weevils

August 9, 2018

Conservationists, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have come to the aid of an organic vegetable farm in western Massachusetts fighting an invasive plant, mile-a-minute vine. Besides the hard work of weeding, they are using a biological control agent: weevils.

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Sarah and Ryan Voiland have owned and operated Red Fire Farm since 2007. Credit: Isaac Burke/USFWS
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Video: Name That Refuge: Culture & History Quiz Credit: USFWS
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Test Your Knowledge

August 9, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife conserves thousands of cultural, historic and archaeological resources on national wildlife refuges. Take our 12-question “Name That Refuge: Culture & History Quiz” to see how much you know about those resources. There are two ways to take it. You can click on the video of the quiz to do all of the questions at once, quickly. Or you can search #WildlifeRefugeQuiz on Twitter to take the quiz one question per day through August 20.

Video: Name That Refuge: Culture & History Quiz Credit: USFWS
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Grants will go toward improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed. Credit: Rachel Dawson/NFWF
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Service Supports Delaware Watershed Conservation Efforts

August 8, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have launched the $4.3 million Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund to support the protection, restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife habitats in the Delaware River Watershed, which provides drinking water for more than 15 million people.

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Grants will go toward improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed. Credit: Rachel Dawson/NFWF
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A western meadowlark sings while perched on a pole at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Wenshu Chen/USFWS
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Songbirds, Shorebirds and Other Migratory Birds to Benefit from $18 Million in Funding

August 8, 2018

Each spring, the air fills with the calls of millions of migratory birds making their annual journeys from wintering grounds in the Southern Hemisphere to breeding grounds in North America. Yet populations of many birds are in decline as a result of habitat loss and degradation. Thanks to the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants program, however, these long distance travelers will benefit from $18 million in federal and matching funds.

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A western meadowlark sings while perched on a pole at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Wenshu Chen/USFWS
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Sea otters interact in the mostly male "bachelor" raft in coastal California. Credit: Lilian Carswell/USFWS
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Keeping Sea Otters Wild

July 31, 2018

Recently, an online video went viral showing a southern sea otter jumping into a kayak in coastal California. While aww-inspiring for sea otter lovers, too-close encounters like this could have unintended and tragic consequences for both sea otters and people.

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Sea otters interact in the mostly male "bachelor" raft in coastal California. Credit: Lilian Carswell/USFWS
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Western snowy plovers fledged at Huntington State Beach. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.
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Help the Monarch Butterfly: Join the 2018 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

July 30, 2018

Through August 5, citizens from Canada, Mexico and the United States are invited to join the second International Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Blitz to help identify the monarch butterfly's breeding sites that are essential to its survival. We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hope you'll join us!

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Western snowy plovers fledged at Huntington State Beach. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.
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A small male hybrid Bengal tiger cub, named Moka, receives a health check at Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Credit: San Diego Zoo Global
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Big Cat Rescued From Smugglers Celebrates Tiger Day in New Home

July 27, 2018

July 29 is Global Tiger Day, and this year, a hybrid Bengal tiger will have something special to celebrate. Seized from smugglers attempting to enter the United States 11 months ago, the tiger now has a permanent home at a sanctuary in California. While the U.S. Department of Justice was successfully prosecuting the smugglers, the Service, with many partners, helped the tiger recover from the smuggling ordeal and found it a permanent home.

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A small male hybrid Bengal tiger cub, named Moka, receives a health check at Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Credit: San Diego Zoo Global
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Western snowy plovers fledged at Huntington State Beach. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Snowy Plover Chicks Fledge at Popular Beach in California for First Time in Decades

July 27, 2018

For the first time in more than 50 years, two pairs of federally threatened western snowy plovers nested, nurtured and successfully fledged four chicks at one of the most popular public beaches in California – Huntington State Beach in Orange County.

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Western snowy plovers fledged at Huntington State Beach. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Walrus “haul out” near Point Lay. Walruses are adapted to life in the ocean and on sea ice. On land, their large girth and short flippers make movement laborious. Credit: NOAA
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Village, Service Rally to Save Walruses Coming Ashore

July 25, 2018

In late summer or early fall, as many as 40,000 Pacific walruses come ashore near Point Lay, a small Inupiaq village in the northwest reaches of Alaska. This spectacle draws other seasonal visitors, too: reporters and curiosity-seekers. With help from the Service, the Alaska Native tribe in Point Lay helps monitor and safeguard the giant mammals.

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Walrus “haul out” near Point Lay. Walruses are adapted to life in the ocean and on sea ice. On land, their large girth and short flippers make movement laborious. Credit: NOAA
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Joonya Lopez is the owner and operator of Whisper Charters, an eco-friendly option for visitors to enjoy southern sea otters and other wildlife of Elkhorn Slough in a safe, natural and minimally invasive way. Credit: Hazel Rodriguez/USFWS
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Nature's Good Neighbors: Sea Otters Lure the World to Tiny Coastal Town

July 20, 2018

The return of southern sea otters to parts of the central California coast like Elkhorn Slough has meant a boost in visitors — a boost to the tiny town’s local economy, too. People from across the globe make the trek to the central California coast to explore the slough and see the sea otters.

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Joonya Lopez is the owner and operator of Whisper Charters, an eco-friendly option for visitors to enjoy southern sea otters and other wildlife of Elkhorn Slough in a safe, natural and minimally invasive way. Credit: Hazel Rodriguez/USFWS
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Federally endangered Nihoa Millerbird. Credit: Mark MacDonald/USFWS
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Service and NOAA Fisheries Seek Public Input on Proposed Reforms to Improve & Modernize Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

July 19, 2018

Continuing efforts to improve how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries today proposed revisions to certain regulations to ensure clarity and consistency. The changes incorporate public input, best science and best practices to improve reliability, regulatory efficiency and environmental stewardship.

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Federally endangered Nihoa Millerbird. Credit: Mark MacDonald/USFWS
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A young woman takes careful aim on a sunny afternoon. Credit: USFWS
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Texas Refuge Has the Cure for the Summertime Blues

July 18, 2018

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in south Texas have come up with an awesome way to help local youth fight those summertime blues. Refuge Ranger Raul Garza and a local youth and recreation center partnered to create a Youth Outdoor Skills program. The course brings backyard fishing and archery to youth, many for the first time.

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A young woman takes careful aim on a sunny afternoon. Credit: USFWS
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Curious cattle. Credit: Krista Lundgren/USFWS
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Wyoming Partnerships Help Land from Dust to Lush

July 17, 2018

The Service and partners work in Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeastern Wyoming to improve rangeland to benefit owners of working lands while conserving local wildlife.

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Curious cattle. Credit: Krista Lundgren/USFWS
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Piping plovers on the beach at New York’s Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge, one of 180 coastal national wildlife refuges. Credit: USFWS
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Beach, Wildlife and You

July 11, 2018

The beach is a place to bask in the sun, relax to the rhythm of the surf and tune out for a while. If you tune in, though, there’s more than meets the eye: Piping plovers moving in and out with the waves. Crabs scurrying about. Sea turtle paths tracking to and from the ocean. Even the sand itself.

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Piping plovers on the beach at New York’s Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge, one of 180 coastal national wildlife refuges. Credit: USFWS
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