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Aid in the shade

August 9, 2018 | 4 minute readIn September 2017, Puerto Rico was already reeling from Hurricane Irma, which had doused it with torrential rains and caused widespread damage. Then, two weeks later, Hurricane Maria roared through, killing hundreds of residents, wiping out buildings, entire landscapes of vegetation, and practically the entire electrical grid. It was the worst natural disaster on record for the U.S. commonwealth island, which is still recovering from the Category 4 storm. Learn more...

A portion of Jose Roig’s coffee plantation immediately after Hurricane Maria struck. Photo by USFWS.

Children playing a game in a grassy field.

Dale Hollow holds sixth Wilderness Day Camp

August 3, 2018 | 1 minute readThe Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery hosted the sixth annual Wilderness Day Camp on July 12, 2018. The event was co-sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Archery instruction. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS. Activity stations included BB-gun and archery target shooting, water safety, a dog care and handling demonstration, fly rod casting, and an introduction to bats. Learn more...

Bat vs. Bug Chase Game. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS.

A YCC student loads fish into a net for weighing.

Local students work at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery

August 3, 2018 | 1 minute readClay County, Tennessee, residents Brandon Boles and Mila McCullough spent this summer working at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery as Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) enrollees. Mila scrapes raceway walls. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS The two helped the hatchery staff with feeding fish, collecting and counting dead fish, cleaning tanks and raceways, moving fish around the hatchery, distributing fish to local waters, performing janitorial work, maintaining the public fishing area, and doing general grounds maintenance. Learn more...

Mila and Brandon helped load trout on to state distribution trucks. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS.

hundreds of birds dot a small island below a bright blue sky.

Preconstruction monitoring activities kick off on North Breton Island Louisiana

August 3, 2018 | 2 minute readStaff working to restore bird habitat on North Breton Island recently began scientific testing of the sand and invertebrates that live there, to prepare for the upcoming construction phase. The island’s restoration is one part of our ambitious, $318 million Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration Project. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S Geologic Survey biologists took sand samples to study and determine the abundance and species composition of the worms, crustaceans and other invertebrates that call the island’s shoreline home. Learn more...

DOI is leading a $72 million restoration of Breton Island off the coast of Louisiana that will benefit brown pelicans, terns, skimmers and gulls. Photo by Brian Spears, USFWS.

Service’s Jon Wessman receives conservation award

August 3, 2018 | 1 minute readJon Wessman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s farm bill coordinator for Arkansas, , received the 2018 Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award presented by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in July, 2018. Jon Wessman with Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award, presented by Jim Taylor, Treasurer, Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Photo by Tom Edwards, Louisiana Migratory Bird Field Office, USFWS. The award recognizes Wessman’s contributions and commitment to the management, enhancement and restoration of wildlife resources during his 16-year career in Arkansas. Learn more...

A man wearing a yellow hard hat and firefighting gear

On the front lines

July 27, 2018 | 7 minute readAustin Griffin and Stephen McGuin are training to become wildland firefighters, an odd career choice given their unusual, at-times troubled backgrounds. Yet they’re perfect fits for a still-new training program crafted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to put a diverse and economically disadvantaged cadre of young men and women on the front firefighting lines. Learn more...

Stephen McGuin. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

Dozens of children line up with bows and arrows preparing to shoot at targets down range.

The longest day of play

July 18, 2018 | 2 minute readKids love to have fun outside in the summer but sometimes the lure of electronics is more appealing. The Longest Day of Play event at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is designed to spark the imagination of the participants and give them hands-on games and activities to do at home. This event, co-sponsored by the local Russell County Health Coalition and its partners, attracted more than 325 participants from the local community, three summer school groups, and a nursing home summer day camp. Learn more...

More than 300 kids learned the basics of archery. Photo by USFWS.

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