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  • A man wearing an orange Tennessee NWR shirt releases a brownish grey bird, which takes flight.
    Information icon A wood duck heads skyward after banding as Bill Ross watches. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Banded together

    September 4, 2018 | 8 minute read

    New Johnsonville, Tennessee — They gathered in a large group, more than 100. They didn’t know it yet, but they were about to help science. That began when Clayton Ferrell into their midst and selected one Aix sponsa ­– a wood duck. He held her with his left hand. His right grasped a set of needle-nose pliers. Something flashed in the sun — a small piece of aluminum, slightly curved, with a number engraved on it.  Learn more...

  • Veterans carry their hog through a swamp.
    Information icon Two wounded warriors and a volunteer, accompanied by a cameraman, carry a feral pig through the swamp at Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by SOWW.

    Hog heaven

    March 28, 2018 | 3 minute read

    Feral pigs are widely considered a nuisance species. The wild hogs cause an estimated $1.5 billion in property damage every year all over the United States on both public and private lands, according to the Mississippi State University Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts. They are an invasive species that can disrupt entire food chains. “They’re really bad for the ecosystem,” said Craig Sasser, refuge manager at Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.  Learn more...


  • A colorful acrlyic painting of a bird with a blue head, brown breast and blue features.
    Information icon “Wood Duck”, an acrylic rendition by 13 year-old Amber Dong, was chosen as the Best of Show in the 2015 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

    2015 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners chosen

    April 9, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Amber Dong, 13, of Johns Creek, Georgia, is the winner of the annual 2015 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in Juliette, Georgia. Five judges unanimously selected her acrylic rendition of a wood duck out of 532 total entries as the Georgia Best of Show. Dong will receive a $175 scholarship from Georgia Power, a long-time sponsor of the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Program, as well as additional prizes.  Read the full story...

  • Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky.
    Ducks at Upper Ouachita. Photo by Joseph McGowan, USFWS.

    Conservation effort in northern Louisiana is something to quack about

    April 20, 2012 | 4 minute read

    Morehouse Parish, Louisiana – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and The Conservation Fund announced today the completion of a multi-year project to add nearly 4,000 acres of mixed farmland and timberland to Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in northeastern Louisiana. This action secures the largest remaining inholding for the Refuge, enabling more effective management of the area for wildlife habitat and public recreation. Located along the Ouachita River at the Louisiana-Arkansas border, the Upper Ouachita NWR provides a seasonal haven for tens of thousands of migratory ducks and geese, including mallards, pintails, wood ducks and snow geese, which visit the refuge every year for resting, foraging and breeding.  Read the full story...

  • A grey bird with a brown head flying across a bright blue sky.
    Information icon A northern pintail by Christine Clayton of Ohio will be displayed on the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

    Ohio Youth wins the federal junior duck stamp competition

    April 20, 2012 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a northern pintail was selected to appear on the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by Christine Clayton, was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md. “I congratulate our winning artist and all of the talented young people who participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program each year,” said Dan Ashe, Director of the U.  Read the full story...

  • Service staff and family of Sam D. Hamilton reveal a new sign renaming Noxubee NWR.
    Information icon Unveiling of the new entrance sign at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom MacKenzie, USFWS.

    Salazar applauds passage of legislation naming Mississippi refuge after Sam Hamilton

    February 15, 2012 | 2 minute read

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today praised President Obama for signing into law legislation to change the name of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, in honor of the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It is fitting that Sam’s distinguished career and extraordinary contributions to wildlife conservation – and especially the National Wildlife Refuge System – will be honored by this tribute,” Secretary Salazar said.  Read the full story...

  • Banks of the Mississippi River.
    Mississippi River at Lower Hatchie Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Roland Klose CC BY-ND 2.0.

    Secretary Salazar announces $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds

    June 1, 2010 | 4 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved a total of $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds — $30.4 million in federal funding for grants to conserve more than 319,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in the United States and Canada under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and $5.3 million in Federal Duck Stamp funds to add more than 1,849 wetland acres to six units of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Read the full story...


  • A brown bird with purple wing tips floats on semi-frozen water.
    Information icon Female wood duck at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Quincey Banks.

    Setting duck seasons

    December 7, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. In the United States, the vast majority of wildlife management is done by state wildlife agencies – the same folks who issue your hunting and fishing licenses. But there are some areas where the federal government steps in and takes a larger role. Ducks fly up and down North America each year, and they are avidly hunted. What if hunters in Virginia shot all the ducks before they could get to North Carolina?  Learn more...

  • A brown bird with purple wing tips floats on semi-frozen water.
    Female wood duck at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Quincey Banks.

    Birding at Ochlawaha bog

    March 7, 2012 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The dry, late-winter brush covering the field was several feet high as we walked across, side-by-side, looking for birds. Then, with startling suddenness, a bird shot out of the brush, flying for several yards before settling back down to earth. It was a woodcock, a gamebird, and for the knowing observer, her flush gave away the existence of her nest, hidden on the ground and holding a pair of eggs.  Learn more...


  • A series of pink, conical gorwing vertically from green foliage
    Information icon Pennsylvania smartweed is a plant that is beneficial to waterfowl and can be found in moist-soil wetlands. Photo by Heath Hagy.

    Primary habitat resources for waterfowl on Refuges in the Southeast

    Moist-soil wetlands Managed moist-soil wetlands consist of natural vegetation dominated by plants that produce an abundance of seeds, such as grasses and sedges. These plants also provide essential nutrients for waterfowl that may not be found in other wetland types. Examples of desirable plants include wild millets, panic grasses, smartweeds, and flatsedges. Also, flooded moist-soil wetlands are home to an array of aquatic macroinvertebrates, an animal without a backbone that lives in water and can be seen without a microscope.  Learn more...

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