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November 14, 2019 | 3 minute read
One of the great benefits of working for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is its belief in work-life balance, allowing employees to pursue our own interests outside the office and providing the flexibility to take the time off needed to pursue these interests. My interest is in genealogy. Learn more...
November 12, 2019 | 4 minute read
Today, it is the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, but long-ago it was a factory where natural resources became treasures. Native Americans transformed the shells of lightning whelks into products in demand far beyond the shores where they were made. Working in what is now western Florida, craftsmen turned those shells into beads. By the time Europeans arrived at those Gulf coast flatlands about 500 years ago, the bead-making operation had been operating for centuries. Learn more...
November 7, 2019 | 8 minute read
St. Marks, Florida — The slash pine forest is thick and overgrown, impenetrable due to walls of saw palmetto, gallberry and fetterbush. A hunter this season would more likely get lost in there than bag a whitetail. Next season, though, will be different. Dan Frisk, project leader for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, stands by a deer stand used for the youth hunt each December on the refuge. Learn more...
November 6, 2019 | 2 minute read
Approximately 25 days after it was captured and tagged, a common nighthawk migrating from Canada became the first bird detected by the Motus tower on top of Vero Beach High School on Aug. 29. Learn more...
November 6, 2019 | 9 minute read
In Virginia and South Carolina hatcheries, biologists keep a close eye on shad and striped bass while taking time to focus on something that will never wear scales: mussels. And down in Florida, hatchery scientists charged with making sure rivers and streams are stocked with catfish and bass are singing the praises of a tiny bird they’re raising outside their labs. The Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery is growing alligator snapping turtles to boost that species’ population. Learn more...
November 5, 2019 | 2 minute read
Team Rubicon is a veterans service organization that uses disaster response to help reintegrate veterans back into civilian life. Veteran-founded, this international service organization employs leadership and organizational skills to assist communities with disaster response and recovery. At Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Project Leader Kevin Godsea recognized a partnership opportunity when David Venables of Team Rubicon called him to ask if he could partner with the refuge for field training. Learn more...
October 7, 2019 | 8 minute read
Apalachicola, Florida — In 1907, a New York doctor, patent-medicine salesman and one-term congressman bought St. Vincent Island for $12,500 and set about turning the palmetto and pine-fringed preserve into a “wildlife emporium.” Dr. Raymond Pierce built trails, cottages, barns, dams and sluice gates to create duck ponds. He grew vegetables and raised cattle. And he also imported a menagerie of exotic Asian antlered beasts including sambar deer from India, a prized trophy for big-game hunters. Learn more...
September 19, 2019 | 5 minute read
Hurricane Dorian obliterated hundreds of sea-turtle nests at National Wildlife Refuges as it clawed north along the Atlantic coast earlier this month, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) said. But it could have been much worse. The storm, wildlife refuge staff noted, had dissipated as it neared the fragile, sandy shores where turtles lay eggs. It obliterated some nests, but left others intact. Eroded sand dunes and a lost sea turtle egg at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...
September 9, 2019 | 2 minute read
Instead of firearms and handcuffs, volunteers from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Recruit Class 485⁄487- Night Law were wielding shovels and unloading rescued plants during a spring weekend at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Wading in mud and water and keeping an eye out for cottonmouths and pygmy rattlesnakes in the wetlands between the refuge’s Visitor Center and Education Building, academy students planted swamp milkweed, few-flower milkweed, and milkweed vine to provide host and food plants for monarch butterflies. Learn more...
October 8, 2019 | 4 minute read
Bird enthusiasts from around the world travel to northern Michigan in hopes of catching sight of a Kirtland’s warbler, a small songbird once poised on the brink of extinction. Now the species is thriving thanks to decades of effort by a diverse group of dedicated partners. Due to the species’ remarkable recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...