White-tail jackrabbit

Why I Took These Shots

National wildlife refuges are wonderful places for nature photography – for visitors and employees. Tom Koerner is project leader at Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming. He has taken thousands of photos that celebrate the refuges’ wildlife and high desert sagebrush plains. “The natural world can bring out a lot of emotions that connect us to it,” Koerner says. “It can make you laugh or cry, bring joy or amazement. This [white-tailed jackrabbit] photo is far from perfect … I just like it, and it makes me laugh a little.” See more of his favorite photos and why he took them in our story.

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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become complex. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission. Read More...

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Conserving the Future

Since 2010, the National Wildlife Refuge System has embarked on strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.

The efforts have culminated in an array of plans and products that strive for new ways to conserve America’s wildlife and wildlife places. Read More...

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