Conserving the Nature of America

News Release

New DVD Celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week - 2005

October 5, 2005


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In observance of this years National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15, 2005, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is releasing a DVD featuring a video tour of six outstanding refuges located across the country. Entitled "Americas Wildest Places - Volume 2," the video enlists the assistance of an animated Theodore Roosevelt, considered the father of the refuge system, to lead the tour.

The initial release in this series, "Americas Wildest Places - Volume 1," has sold more than 1,500 copies. For those who purchased Volume 1, and anyone else interested in wildlife, this new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service armchair DVD tour of the nations national wildlife refuges is the greatest, most-action packed window on wildlife to be found - short of being there in person.

Volume 2 takes you through Mississippis Noxubee refuges backwaters and woodlands, where your ears will be treated to the natural music of its "southern serenade." Ride with mighty bison herds at Montanas Bison Range, where these great shaggy creatures rumble across the prairie much as they did during the heyday of the wild West. Yukon Flats gives you its unique "Alaskan experience," where youll marvel at moose and other majestic mammals in Americas last frontier. And then fly to Bosque, Blackwater, and Crab Orchard national wildlife refuges, where viewers will be treated, in turn, to the color, flash, and sounds of sandhill cranes, great flocks of Canada geese, and secretive songbirds of deep forests.

An added attraction to Volume 2 is the 12-minute feature, "The National Wildlife Refuge System - A Place for Wildlife and People." This feature presents an overview of the more than 540 refuges scattered across our country, places where wildlife comes first, but where people play a significant role.

"Weve been pleased with the response to the first volume in the Americas Wildest Places series, and were quickly making our second collection available to the public. Join us as Americas national wildlife refuges come alive," says Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Matt Hogan. "Its a great time of year to get outside and enjoy these unique places. Americas Wildest Places is just an introduction to whats in store for you and your family in the outdoors."

Volume 2 presents more than an hour-and-a-half of the most stunning and dramatic scenes from the National Wildlife Refuge System, shot by the Fish and Wildlife Services most outstanding videographers, who travel to the far corners of America capturing scenes and unusual wildlife projects from some of the most picturesque locations on the continent. It is close-captioned for the hearing-impaired.

"Americas Wildest Places - Volume 2" sells for $6.00 each, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling, regardless of the quantity ordered. With each order, one copy of the National Wildlife Refuge System Visitor Guide is enclosed, providing a convenient "road map" to all refuges in the system and a listing of public use activities at each station.

Volume 1 in the series is still available, also for $6.00 plus $2.50 shipping.

To order either or both DVDs in the series, visit">, and click on the image of the "Americas Wildest Places" DVD.


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