A young boy and girl discover something interesting during their hike. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.
Every Kid In A Park…and A National Wildlife Refuge Too!
From sea to shining sea, our country is home to inspiring landscapes, vibrant waterways, abundant wildlife and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy. Every Kid In A Park encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to all of us, including America’s national wildlife refuges. Through this program, fourth graders, including home schooled and free choice learners 10 years of age, can obtain fee-free entrance access to their public lands for one year. It’s easy! Simply visit the Every Kid In A Park website, participate in an educational activity, and print your Voucher! And remember, most national wildlife refuges are already free!
Learn more and get your Voucher here
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A flock of ducks lift off from a wetland. Credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS.
Habitat Improvements Bring Temporary Closure on Sevilleta Refuge
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico was recently awarded a competitive grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Recovery Initiative. This Initiative provides funding to national wildlife refuges to assist in the recovery of federally threatened or endangered species. This grant will allow for improvements to approximately 60 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat for a variety of endangered species and other wildlife. To complete the work, Wetland Units A & B on the Refuge are closed for the next several months to public access and all recreational activities including hunting and wildlife observation. The closure is to ensure public safety and is expected to last through the 2015/2016 hunting season. In addition to habitat improvements, the Refuge will also improve hunting and wildlife observation opportunities.
Map of closed area
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Operation in the Red
Red snapper in a cooler. Credit: Office of Law Enforcement, USFWS.
A multi-agency task force was organized as part of an investigation called OPERATION IN THE RED. The purpose was to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals and businesses involved in the unlawful catch, possession, sale and purchase of red snapper along the Texas coast.
Service Proposes Delisting the Hualapai Mexcian Vole
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove from the Endangered Species list the Hualapai Mexican vole of northwestern Arizona. The proposal is based on extensive reevaluation of the endangered subspecies’ status and updated genetic information. Publication of the proposal begins a 60-day comment period.
Read the published notice from the Federal Register, June 4, 2015.
Service Issues 90-Day Finding on BoneCave Harvestman Delisting Petition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing that a petition to delist the Bone Cave harvestman does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that delisting the Bone Cave harvestman may be warranted.
Read additional information on the 90-day finding.
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