Dragonfly at Port Louisa Refuge

Why I Took These Shots

National wildlife refuges are wonderful places for nature photography – for visitors and employees. Jessica Bolser, a wildlife biologist at Iowa’s Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, uses her keen observation skills to capture amazing shots. She has taken hundreds of photos at the refuge in recent years, including this one of an eastern amberwing dragonfly. What she loves about this shot “is the delicate detail on the wing and the tiny hairs on the legs.” See more of her favorite photos and why she 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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