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Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan wait in hiding for their prey to approach. Both are perfectly camouflaged.
Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Introduces Veterans to Hunting

November 15, 2018
Eleven military veterans celebrated Veterans Day with their first waterfowl hunt at the inaugural Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Veterans’ Waterfowl Hunt.
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A beautiful quartercoin with inscription that read Block Island, Rhode Island, 2018, E Pluribus Unum, with a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background.
The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter features a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background. Credit: United States Mint image.

Mint Launches Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter

November 14, 2018
The U.S. Mint is celebrating the beauty of Rhode Island with the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter, the 45th coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Block Island is the second refuge in the series – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware has also been honored.
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Photo collage of USFWS Veterans. (From left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory has several veterans (from left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA).

Thank You, Veterans

November 8, 2018
The brave women and men in the military make daily sacrifices to safeguard our freedoms. We are privileged that after their military careers, many veterans put their skills toward the defense of wildlife and their habitats. Continuing in the service of the country, these veterans join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as biologists, story-tellers, administrators, law-enforcement officers and more. Our military branches also are key partners in conservation, using their lands to protect and recover wildlife.
FWS Veterans Photo Gallery »
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