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New Resource Guide from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
New Resource Guide from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies AFWA Image

New Resources to Teach about the Magnificent Monarch

How many of you raised caterpillars as kids? Did you stand in a field at watch the monarch butterflies flutter away? Today's youth are finding this harder to do because of threats to the butterfly. Educating the next generation of conservationists is vital to protecting this iconic species. Our partners from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies just released a new education resources guide "Teaching about the Magnificent Monarch: Resource Recommendations for Conservation Educators". Let's engage the next generation of monarch advocates and create a future filled with monarchs.

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Winter at Idaho's Camas NWR
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Let's Go Outside and Explore Cool Winter Activities on Public Lands

It may be cold outside, but that's no reason to stay indoors! There is lots to explore on public lands during winter, from sleigh rides and fishing to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing! Wildlife viewing cam be particularly fun if you wish to look for animal tracks in the snow or mud. From snowy owls and Roosevelt elk to river otters and bald eagles, you never know which wintery wildlife might cross your path. Be sure not to miss the stunning “super blue blood moon” appearing on Wednesday, January 31.

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USGS's Brynne Lazarus laying out a measuring tape while doing vegetation sampling.
Brynne Lazarus of USGS working near the Soda Fire burn area in Oregon and Idaho. Merry Davidson, USGS

Sneak Attack: Researchers Explore Bacteria in Fight Against Invasives

Cheatgrass. Medusahead. Redbrome. These hardy, water-sucking plants dry out sagebrush landscapes, out-compete native grasses for nutrients, and prolifically produce seeds. Read more to learn about a potential tiny solution to a big problem.

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