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Wildlife win: Rehabilitation saves a tough turtle

14 hours 22 min ago
During a recent visit to the Wilkie Unit of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, we spotted a large western painted turtle in the road. The area is a busy hotspot this time of year, with traffic from bicyclists, joggers, hunters and families enjoying the crisp fall weather. As we got closer, we noticed she had a large crack in her shell that had been repaired. We took a few photos, helped her cross the road and reached out to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. It might be a long shot, but maybe they would recognize her unique repairs.

Neosho, Missouri: Where butterflies meet bikes

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:00
For several years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made saving the monarch butterfly a priority. The multi-generational, multinational monarch butterfly migration is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. The scale of this journey makes monarchs susceptible to habitat loss and fragmentation along their migratory route. The Service has emphasized monarch habitat restoration along the migration route for each refuge or hatchery, including Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

Neosho, Missouri: Where butterflies meet bikes

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:00
For several years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made saving the monarch butterfly a priority. The multi-generational, multinational monarch butterfly migration is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. The scale of this journey makes monarchs susceptible to habitat loss and fragmentation along their migratory route. The Service has emphasized monarch habitat restoration along the migration route for each refuge or hatchery, including Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

Your bait’s handbook for revenge

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:00
If you’re being used as bait in recreational fishing, you’re already on the losing end of the situation. Unless the person who owns the bait bucket you’re stuck in is a knucklehead. Then you’re a piece of bait in luck! There’s the chance that when your angler is done fishing for the day he or she might just tip the bait bucket into the water, in which case, you can begin to plot your revenge. And oh, what sweet revenge it will be.

Your bait’s handbook for revenge

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:00
If you’re being used as bait in recreational fishing, you’re already on the losing end of the situation. Unless the person who owns the bait bucket you’re stuck in is a knucklehead. Then you’re a piece of bait in luck! There’s the chance that when your angler is done fishing for the day he or she might just tip the bait bucket into the water, in which case, you can begin to plot your revenge. And oh, what sweet revenge it will be.

Catching up with Sparky, the world’s toughest bison

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:00
Who can forget the world’s toughest bison? Back in January 2016, we told the tale of Sparky, a bison that earned his name after surviving a lightning strike at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. His amazing story of survival quickly spread across the globe with coverage from Popular Science, Gizmodo, AOL, The Weather Channel and more. We recently checked in with refuge biologists to see what Sparky has been up to.

Catching up with Sparky, the world’s toughest bison

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:00
Who can forget the world’s toughest bison? Back in January 2016, we told the tale of Sparky, a bison that earned his name after surviving a lightning strike at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. His amazing story of survival quickly spread across the globe with coverage from Popular Science, Gizmodo, AOL, The Weather Channel and more. We recently checked in with refuge biologists to see what Sparky has been up to.

Weekly Wrap-up: October 6 - October 12, 2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features pileated sightings, turtle repair, Refuge Week celebrations and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: October 6 - October 12, 2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features pileated sightings, turtle repair, Refuge Week celebrations and more!

Mentoring hunting traditions in the Midwest

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00
America’s sportswomen and men have been strong advocates for conservation on national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other protected lands and waters across the country for more than a century. This support for wild places and the wildlife that call them home continues today. For a decade, we have been focused on empowering new hunters with the skills and confidence to continue the tradition of ethical hunting in the Midwest.

Mentoring hunting traditions in the Midwest

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00
America’s sportswomen and men have been strong advocates for conservation on national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other protected lands and waters across the country for more than a century. This support for wild places and the wildlife that call them home continues today. For a decade, we have been focused on empowering new hunters with the skills and confidence to continue the tradition of ethical hunting in the Midwest.

Partnering for plovers and plants in northern Michigan

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:00
Rare birds and plants in Michigan are benefitting from some team work among federal, state and local partners. This summer, staff from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with local volunteers to conduct plant surveys and describe beach characteristics at Wilderness State Park, located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. Part of an effort to restore the Great Lakes piping plover population, the surveyors examined vegetation encroachment in restored areas along with the regrowth of federally threatened Pitcher’s thistle and Houghton’s goldenrod. Staff spent two days surveying transects along the Lake Michigan shoreline throughout Waugoshance Point in Wilderness State Park. The information collected on plants and shoreline substrate (sand, silt and rock cover) will benefit future management of the site.

Partnering for plovers and plants in northern Michigan

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:00
Rare birds and plants in Michigan are benefitting from some team work among federal, state and local partners. This summer, staff from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with local volunteers to conduct plant surveys and describe beach characteristics at Wilderness State Park, located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. Part of an effort to restore the Great Lakes piping plover population, the surveyors examined vegetation encroachment in restored areas along with the regrowth of federally threatened Pitcher’s thistle  and Houghton’s goldenrod. Staff spent two days surveying transects along the Lake Michigan shoreline throughout Waugoshance Point in Wilderness State Park. The information collected on plants and shoreline substrate (sand, silt and rock cover) will benefit future management of the site.

Eight great places to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:00
Looking for great places to get out and explore? There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country where you can observe and photograph wildlife, go hunting and fishing, stop in for an education program or enjoy an evening talk. Refuges are the perfect place to take a hike, spend time on the water and enjoy some quiet time outdoors. For more than 100 years, your National Wildlife Refuge System has been protecting America’s lands and waters. From the tamarack bogs of northern Minnesota to the cypress swamps in southern Illinois, here are eight national wildlife refuges off the beaten path.

Eight great places to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:00
Looking for great places to get out and explore? There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country where you can observe and photograph wildlife, go hunting and fishing, stop in for an education program or enjoy an evening talk. Refuges are the perfect place to take a hike, spend time on the water and enjoy some quiet time outdoors. For more than 100 years, your National Wildlife Refuge System has been protecting America’s lands and waters. From the tamarack bogs of northern Minnesota to the cypress swamps in southern Illinois, here are eight national wildlife refuges off the beaten path.

Weekly Wrap-up: September 29 - October 5, 2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features waxwing diets, when to take in your hummingbird feeder, a Minnesota moose sighting and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: September 29 - October 5, 2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features waxwing diets, when to take in your hummingbird feeder, a Minnesota moose sighting and more!

Service partners with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:00
Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation released its grant slate for this year’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. The Fund awarded 23 grants for $3.7 million with an additional $5.8 in matching contributions, generating more than $9 million for conservation. Of those awarded, several projects highlight our work and the work of our partners.

Service partners with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:00
Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation released its grant slate for this year’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. The Fund awarded 23 grants for $3.7 million with an additional $5.8 in matching contributions, generating more than $9 million for conservation. Of those awarded, several projects highlight our work and the work of our partners.

Seeds for habitat; habitat for hunters

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:00
Wildlife conservation in America was born out of a concern that wildlife, particularly game species, were at risk without a regulatory authority and laws. Thanks to early conservationists, which included hunters and anglers, we have public lands to conserve wildlife, fish and plants and to enjoy through outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.