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A song sparrow sings for a mate in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in upstate New York near Seneca Falls.
A song sparrow sings for a mate in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in upstate New York near Seneca Falls.
Credit: Scott Thomas Photography

May 2010 Media Tip Sheet

Fishy Attraction Who looks for fish in a desert? Well, the National Wildlife Refuge System does. It may seem strange, but two arid southeastern Arizona refuges owe their establishment to native fish. . . Read more

Free-Wheeling Birding Call it multisporting or call it fun. Whatever you call it, bicycling and birding make for a natural way to enjoy America’s Great Outdoors ( Some National Wildlife Refuges make it easy for visitors to give it a whirl. . . Read more

Counting on Fire Prescribed burns planned this year on several western National Wildlife Refuges may reduce public danger from wildfires in the drought-plagued region. . . Read more

Saving a Butterfly In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a fragile creature’s survival has hung on refuge biologists’ being able to woo private landowners to join in habitat restoration efforts. The effort is paying off. . . Read more

Coming Soon: A Tram to Ding Darling?. One thing that the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Sanibel Island has never lacked is visitors. Traffic congestion on the island’s two-lane roads has grown accordingly. A solution may be approaching. . . Read more

Big Day for Birders. Scores of National Wildlife Refuges across the country will hold events in early May to mark International Migratory Bird Day (IMDB), which will be officially observed on Saturday, May 8. . . Read more

Celebrate Spring in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Enjoy nature in all its spring finery at a National Wildlife Refuge.  Here is a sampling of upcoming refuge events. . . Read more


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