April 9, 2020 | 2 minute read
The big manatee rescued near Savannah last October recently reaffirmed one thing: When she’s ready to migrate, it’s best not to get in her way. The female nicknamed Jno swam from Miami to Savannah in 30 days along the Intracoastal Waterway, covering 500 miles between March 3 and April 2, according to satellite transmitter data tracked by Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It wasn’t Jno’s first interstate journey. After being stranded on a berm at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and saved with the help of a dozer Oct. Learn more...
March 19, 2020 | 8 minute read
Grand Bay, Alabama — Head west on U.S. 90 from this old Gulf Coast farming town, turn left onto Pecan Road and then follow Bayou Heron Road through the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge to one of Alabama’s best spots to go duck hunting. In Mississippi. Because you can’t easily reach one of the finest redhead-hunting sites in Alabama without first crossing the border into the Magnolia State. But that doesn’t keep dozens of Alabama duck hunters from hauling their Jon boats to the 10,200-acre, bi-state refuge each morning before the sun crests Grand Bay. Learn more...
March 17, 2020 | 3 minute read
In September 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office (CESFO) completed a restoration project at the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in southern Puerto Rico. Portions of the reserve had been used as a clandestine landfill in the past. The Service’s CESFO Coastal Program worked on the project in collaboration with a local NGO, Protectores de Cuencas, Inc. (PDC); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER). Learn more...
March 9, 2020 | 5 minute read
Some folks find a fulfilling job they love. Some folks find a hobby that brings them joy. The lucky ones find both, and the luckiest few find their job and hobby inextricably intertwined. Like Mike Piccirilli, avid lifelong trout fisherman, and Chief of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s South Atlantic-Gulf and Mississippi Basin regions. Trout fisherman Mike Piccirilli with a cutthroat trout in Slough Creek, Wyoming, in 2015. Learn more...
February 28, 2020 | 3 minute read
About a month ago, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released two groups of Puerto Rican parrots into a national forest in Puerto Rico – the first birds to fly free in the forest since two hurricanes devastated the region more than two years ago. Marisel Lopez-Flores, left, Project Leader for the Puerto Rican Recovery Program, and Iris Rodriguez, a Biological Science Technician with the program, tend to parrots at the El Yunque National Forest aviary in Puerto Rico. Learn more...
February 24, 2020 | 7 minute read
It was a fine day to sit in a tree — cool, the December sun casting shadows across the leafy floor below. Mark Carter didn’t move. The minutes passed. They became an hour. Carter and the man who’d brought him into the woods traded an occasional murmur. The shadows grew longer. Night would soon come to Georgia. Then, just about 100 yards away: a flash of tan in the dwindling light — Odocoileus virginianus, a white-tail deer. Learn more...