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Albuquerque Dentist Discovers Joys of Birding During Pandemic

blue bird with black and brown wings sits outsideOne of the birds David Duniven has seen is a blue grosbeak. Photo by David Duniven 

A 38-year-old dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, David Duniven spends much of his time examining the inside of mouths, cleaning teeth, filling cavities, and administering the occasional but always-dreaded root canal surgery.



Not the Fool Hen Blues

black and white bird with orange on head and maroon spot on sideA male dusky grouse. Photo by NPS

It’s October and I am thinking about my shotguns and shot patterns, bird dogs and coming bird seasons. I throw a few clays at a shooting range near my home, hoping to restore “muscle memory” in case that is a real thing. My daughter who studies kinesiology says it is bogus—muscles cannot remember squat. But I remember missing more than a few birds on a chaotic flush, and practice does lead one toward perfection.


National Hunting and Fishing Day is a Time for Reflection

close-up of child  smiling with fishing rod on boat with adult fishing behind himAlmost 36 million Americans fished in 2016, according to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Photo by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
My trolling motor clicks, and from below the belly of my boat I hear the prop pulse as I ease into a lake cove near my Vermont home.

Click-pulse, click-pulse.


#WeAreUSFWS: Jennifer Chin, Duck Stamp Office Program Assistant

2 photos: left is of woman with owl on gloved hand; right is of smiling woman holding turtle in palmsJennifer with Eurasian eagle owl, Mr. Hoots, and holding a baby box turtle in 2017 when she helped the Patuxent Research Refuge Bio team. All photos courtesy Jennifer Chin

Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up and what was your family life like?

I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I remember my childhood as always being around extended family. I have 11 cousins and I feel like we got together at least once a month to celebrate someone’s birthday! I have a sister and a brother that I am super close to and each year we would go on vacations that ranged from Disney World, Universal Studios, cruises to Mexico, and visiting extended family.


The Green Status of Species: Measuring the Impact of Wildlife Conservation Around the World

Tiger on path through tall grassPhoto by Harshawardhan Dhanwatey/Tiger Research and Conservation Trust

Elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes, and marine turtles have long captivated the hearts of Americans. As with all of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation efforts, partnerships are key to their conservation success. For more than 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Affairs Program has worked with partners around the world to protect iconic and lesser-known species and the habitats they depend on, and to strengthen capacity to more effectively address conservation threats.


A Time to Celebrate Wilderness

 grassy beach under blue skyA beach in Key West Wilderness. Photo by Kristie Killam/USFWS

Lions and tigers and bears?  For real?  

Yes. Wilderness is home to mountain lions, grizzlies and black bears, tiger salamanders, and so much more! Wilderness provides homes to birds, mammals, butterflies and hundreds, of other types of animals and plants. It also preserves the clean air, clean water, and wild spaces that sustain our own lives.  


The International Conservation Chiefs Academy Breaks Down Barriers

Woman writes as she looks at parrots in back of SUVCoordinator Evelyn Solano inventories yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata) birds that were seized during an operation. Photo by Luis Brizuela


Evelyn Solano Brenes is the coordinator of the Wildlife Management and Conservation Program in the Guanacaste Conservation Area in Costa Rica. In September 2019, she graduated from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Conservation Chiefs Academy’s (ICCA) Cohort 6 and returned as a co-coach for the ICCA’s Cohort 7 in February 2021. We asked her to write about her ICCA experience and the importance of this academy.


The Lacey Act: Quietly Protecting Native Wildlife for Over 120 Years

A dark colored fish hides underwater. The wels catfish is a potentially harmful species that will hopefully never reach the United States. Photo by Elisabeth S. Mueller (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

You may have never heard of the injurious wildlife provision of the Lacey Act. And when it’s working its best, you’ll never see the species it targets.


Working Toward Environmental Justice

Kids in Sunday clothes with hands over heart in front of sign that says Welcome to Your National Wildlife RefugeMountain View Elementary School students recite the pledge of allegiance at a 2012 ceremony establishing Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. USFWS Photo

By Martha Williams, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We encourage people to get outside because nature can be rejuvenating and good for the soul. Unfortunately, for many communities—including people of color or those living in poverty—nature simply may not exist outside their doors. Environmental Justice is a way to remedy this disparity.


Clay Stern: Rewriting history through NRDAR

drawing of park near water with lots of pathsArtist’s rendering of Diamond Alkali proposed park.

Clay Stern’s passion for Environmental Justice is evident as he recounts the industrial history of the greater New York area—and the unfair price current residents pay in the form of contamination and lack of green space. It’s clear he finds improving lives, in addition to fish and wildlife habitats, rewarding.


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