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A small woodpecker perched on a pine tree.

Steward of the land

February 14, 2018 Learn more...

In 2017, there were 36 active clusters of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on Cam Lanier’s land in Alabama, thriving there under a Safe Harbor Agreement. Photo courtesy of Cam Lanier.

Three men posing for a photo in camouflage after a day of waterfowl hunting.

Making memories in a duck blind

February 12, 2018 | 7 minute readEufaula National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama – “Some of the best memories are made even if you don’t pull the trigger” is a saying that circulates among some hunters. At 4:30 a.m., 12-year-old Lane Bowie is scrunched in the backseat of his grandpa’s truck playing a video game on his phone, one that involves frantic thumb movements and never-ending explosions on the little screen. At about 4:30 a.m., Mark Bowie helped Emmy, a black Labrador retriever, out of her kennel in the back of his pickup truck, and into a canine camo jacket. Learn more...

Lane, Mark and John Bowie at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Lane is a sixth-grader who has gone hunting with his dad and grandpa since he was 7 years old. Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

A man standing in front of a large pine tree trunk

Safe harbor for woodpeckers

January 29, 2018 Learn more...

Tarver, who grew up in Alabama, is a longleaf fan. His property, 200 miles south of Atlanta, is named Longleaf Plantation. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

A Service employee in uniform uses a small booklet to help students identify birds.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge hosts inaugural Christmas Bird Count for Kids

January 24, 2018 | 2 minute readWhat could be better than spending a morning outside, taking in the fresh air, and looking for birds on a national wildlife refuge? On Dec. 30, 2017, the first Christmas Bird Count for Kids took place at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in south Florida. The original Christmas Bird Count is an annual bird survey organized by the National Audubon Society, attended mainly by adults and birding clubs. The counting tradition began more than 100 years ago and is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in the world. Learn more...

Ana Castillo-Ruiz teaches young birders how to identify a little blue heron. Photo, Ira Rappaport, FWS volunteer

Three Native American men stand in front of a sign.

Woven from the Landscape

January 23, 2018 Learn more...

Coushatta Tribe members (from left) Bertney Langley, Ernest Sickey and Gardner Rose show a sign that honors the habitat restoration partnership between the tribe and the Service. Photo courtesy of the Coushatta Tribe.

Two people work together to lift a large sea turtle next to a wheelbarrow.

Service helps sea turtles hit by Florida freeze

January 8, 2018 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped rescue hundreds of near-frozen sea turtles during Florida’s recent cold snap. Roughly 900 threatened or endangered turtles, mostly green turtles, but including Kemp’s Ridleys and loggerheads, were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as water temperatures dropped below 50 degrees. Most were taken to the Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach where they were warmed up and fed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Learn more...

Jeff Schlafke and Anna Clark from Panama City but working in Cape San Blas, Gulf County, Florida where the stunned turtle event occurred. Photo by USFWS.

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