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footprints in the snow
Two trails of footprints intersect in a snowy field at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota.
Credit: Gredo Goldenstein

February 2010 Media Tip Sheet

Mushroom Madness Finds a Welcome at Several National Wildlife Refuges
Timing is everything, enthusiasts say, when stalking the wild morel. When the first spring rains dampen the forest floor, that's the signal to join other boot–clad, basket–carrying fungiphiles in search of the edible spring mushroom. Among the best places to find the elusive delicacy: some National Wildlife Refuges, particularly in the Midwest . . . Read more

We Sing the Same Song, Valentine
What better time than Valentine's Day to fall in love with nature? This year, you can share your ardor for the out–of–doors via e–cards, available for free in English or Spanish, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. . . Read more

Great Backyard Bird Count Just Around the Corner!
From February 12–15, join bird watchers from coast to coast for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The event engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real–time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent and in Hawaii. . . Read more

More Outdoor Events Celebrating Winter in the National Wildlife Refuge System

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour's drive of most major cities. Here is a sampling of February and March refuge events . . . Read more


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