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A Talk on the Wild Side.

Get a Rare Look Inside an 'Inaccessible' Refuge

By Cindy Sandoval, USFWS

We as an agency manage over 530 national wildlife refuges across the country. Most of the refuges are open to the public to visit and experience America’s plants and wildlife first hand.

There are, however, some refuges that are closed to protect wildlife and the habitat they need to survive.

One such refuge is Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Pyramid Lake, Nev.

anahoWhile Service employees regularly visit this Refuge, it's closed to the public year-round. (Photo: Cindy Sandoval/USFWS)

Founded as a refuge in 1913, the desert shores of Anaho Island see Service staff, the occasional stranded boater, thousands of nesting birds ... and not much else.

Migrating birds choose Anaho Island to rest their weary wings and raise their young away from human disturbance.

From April to September visitors to Pyramid Lake can see the refuge off in the distance covered in moving white dots. These dots are thousands of American white pelicans that form one of the species largest nesting colonies in the western United States.

Get the full story -- and learn more about what, exactly, all of these migrating birds sound like when they all caw together -- at Field Notes, our online magazine.

Cindy Sandoval works in the Region 8 Public Affairs Office

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