Jan 06, 2012
Numerous media and bird-watching sources report that many areas are experiencing a snowy owl invasion this winter. The Washington Post reports:
It’s typical for snowy owls to arrive in the U.S. every three or four winters, but this year’s irruption is widespread, with birders from the Pacific Northwest to New England reporting frequent sightings of the [...]
Sep 16, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that efforts are underway to establish a second population of the endangered Nihoa Millerbird on Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to prevent the bird’s extinction. Nihoa and Laysan Islands are part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which comprise the majority of the atolls [...]
Jul 01, 2011
The Friends of Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan have a wonderful Flickr account that you can visit for charming photos such as this one — showing a piping plover chick in the process of being banded at the refuge.
Jun 17, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently posted a photo of the pad fire that occurred at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, while the space shuttle Atlantis was getting ready to be rolled out to the launch pad. According to the USFWS:
The Pad Fire was started by a lightning strike on the Merritt [...]
Jun 10, 2011
In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, many refuges held their own fishing derbies. In this photo, kids enjoy fishing at the Northeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Jun 03, 2011
The Jamestown Sun reports that about 10,000 white pelican nests now dot Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.
Last year the BP oil spill possibly affected parts of the pelicans’ winter habitat. But [Refuge Manager] Shook said he hasn’t seen any effects.
“I think we would have been concerned this year if the numbers were [...]
May 27, 2011
May 27, 2011 is the 104th birthday of Rachel Carson, the author of the groundbreaking “Silent Spring.” In addition to being an accomplished environmental author and mother of the modern environmental movement, Carson was also a long-time employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she authored several publications on national wildlife refuges in [...]
May 13, 2011
On May 14, 2011, many places and people will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, which was created specifically to highlight the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. However, the day serves as an opportunity to [...]
May 06, 2011
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in rural northeastern California and southern Oregon, was established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as the nation’s first waterfowl refuge. The refuge consists of 46,900 acres of a varied mix of shallow freshwater marshes, open water, grassy uplands, and croplands that are intensively managed to provide [...]
Apr 15, 2011
The National Bison Range in Montana was established in 1908, and is one of the oldest national wildlife refuges in the nation.
A large portion of the 18,500-acre Range consists of native Palouse prairie, along with forests, wetlands, and streams, providing a wide range of habitats for wildlife. Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, coyote and [...]
Apr 08, 2011
When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that more than 110,000 Laysan and black-footed albatross chicks – about 22 percent of this year’s albatross production – were lost as a result of the tsunami and two severe winter storms preceding it in January and February, it was hard to imagine how so many birds [...]
Apr 01, 2011
At this time of year, many coastal refuges around the country are witnessing the return of their ospreys. Many ospreys in the U.S. spend their winters down south (in Central and South America) and return north for the breeding season.
This photo shows an osprey chick at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Chicks [...]