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Federal Wildlife Officer’s Persistence Leads to Justice in Large Scale Timber Theft

2 people between vehicles; one wears jacket hat says Federal OfficerFWS Patrol Captain Kelly Knutson, a Federal Wildlife Officer, and a U.S. Forest Service agent worked together on the firewood case. All Photos by USFWS

It was the summer of 2015 and eastern Washington was on fire.  Record drought and no snowpack left the forests in the Selkirk Mountains bone dry, and more than a million acres burned in Washington that summer.


Delaware Partners With Our National Wetlands Inventory to Map, Track State's Wetlands

orange sky over wetlandsThe sun sets over wetlands at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Kayt Jonsson/USFWS

More and more people appreciate the importance of wetlands, to both wildlife and people. They provide needed habitat, clean drinking water, flood protection, and so much more. 


Honoring Lancer

wet yellow lab with mouth openPhoto courtesy Amanda Dickson

If you have been following our Wildlife Inspection Canines, who first joined our Wildlife Inspector Teams in 2013, you might know the name Lancer, one of those first Wildlife Inspection Canines. Lancer passed away in April.


Spotlight on Spring White-tailed Deer Management

2 men sit in open bed of pickup with harvested deerThe bounty of scientific management made possible by excise taxes. Photo by Iowa DNR

Shining or jacklighting white-tailed deer is a known poaching technique.  A bright spotlight cast on deer in the dark of the night has a slight stupefying effect on the animal.  For that reason, it is also a remarkably effective tool for deer management in Iowa.


We are Interconnected – Celebrating Earth Day 2021

image of earth with words Earth Day 2021, each letter made from wildlife photo

Five succinct words written by Rachel Carson in her novel Silent Spring seem fitting for this year’s Earth Day, “In nature, nothing exists alone.”


Partners Discover Site of Harriet Tubman’s Father's Home on National Wildlife Refuge

a bunch of smal items mounted on white in frameArtifacts found at the site. Photo by USFWS

Land acquired last year to help Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland withstand rising seas contains the location of the home of Harriet Tubman’s father. Archaeologists confirmed the news after finding artifacts dating back to the 1800s. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes its role in preserving and sharing history seriously and wishes to thank the state and federal partners who helped unearth this discovery.

Classroom to the Field: Why We Do International Training, and Why it Matters

  man in fatigues holds water bottle while standing in a dirt road in forest

What do 162 kilograms, or more than 350 pounds, of smuggled elephant tusks, two corrupt officials, a Congolese park ranger, and training conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement’s Branch of Training and Inspection have in common?

The answer is a lot!

Jose Blanchard Bokandza (at right, photo courtesy of Republic of Congo, Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development) is a park ranger and coordinator for the Republic of the Congo Anti-Poaching Surveillance Unit.  He is also the first recipient of the U.S. Department of State International Law Enforcement Academy’s (ILEA) Outstanding Operational Success Award, one of three awards celebrating the program's core efforts. The award was presented to Coordinator Bokandza during a ceremony that also launched the ILEA’s newly created “ILEA Alumni Portal.” He was recognized for his successful wildlife investigation, during which he effectively used skills learned at the Wildlife Trafficking Investigators Program (WTIP) he attended at the Gaborone ILEA (Botswana) in 2014.


Counting Sheep: Research Pioneers Promising Wildlife Survey Method

one sheep headbutts another in sideAll photos of desert bighorn sheep at the Red Rock Wildlife Management Area caught on a camera trap.

By helping determine animal population sizes, wildlife surveys are vital to effective stewardship strategies, whether for the benefit of game management or the conservation of endangered species.


National Volunteer Week Celebration of Service: Brynn Garner #WeAreUSFWS

woman in mask works in garden with othersBrynn interns at a local garden as part of an agriculture course. “I absolutely fell in love with gardening. Nothing compares to the feeling of running your hands through the soil.” All photos courtesy Brynn Garner

This past year has presented countless challenges for people all over the world, with social distancing and remote living becoming the new normal. However, even during these historic times, the world has continued to carry on and find ways to adapt and overcome – and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers  are no exception.

As National Volunteer Week celebrates its 47th year, we honor all the incredible volunteers who keep our communities going, even through hardships and challenges. Volunteers play a critical role in achieving the mission of the Service, dedicating their time and energy to furthering conservation goals. Having volunteers allows us to complete projects that might otherwise be impossible.

To kick off National Volunteer Week, we highlight a woman that embodies the very essence of service and commitment: Brynn Garner.


Bird Festivals Are Back!

pair of brown and white birds with red eyes, long orange beak and black cap running down neck, swim; chick on one's back reaches for scrap in parent's beakA Clarks grebes family swims at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, a destination at the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in May. Photo by Renda Glick/Share the Experience, 2016 contest

Many bird celebrations featuring wildlife refuges are set to go again in 2021, after a year of widespread cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure visitor safety, some festivals will be all-virtual, some will be on site, and others will be a mix. 


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