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Bison calves typically weigh 40-50 pounds at birth and can walk and run within hours. After about two months, their ligh...
04/10/2021

Bison calves typically weigh 40-50 pounds at birth and can walk and run within hours. After about two months, their light brown coats start to darken, allowing them to blend in more closely with other bison.

Photo: Bison mom with calf by Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS.

Time to TERN UP in California! 🥳Federally endangered California least terns, aka the smallest of the tern species, are b...
04/09/2021

Time to TERN UP in California! 🥳

Federally endangered California least terns, aka the smallest of the tern species, are back in California to feast, rest, party and nest. The story: http://ow.ly/2agh50Ejo7B

A least tern parent checks in on a chick. Photo courtesy of Kerstin Ozcan/San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance #NationalWildlifeWeek

04/09/2021
Basking Badger

If you have some time today, consider taking a moment to soak up some sun! If you see a badger out during daytime, it might be a female spending the day foraging or basking in the sun. At night, she will return to her burrow to care for her young.

Video: American badger at the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming by Kari Cieszkiewicz/USFWS

The oldest known common loons have returned to their summer breeding grounds at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michig...
04/09/2021
The oldest known common loons find continued success at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

The oldest known common loons have returned to their summer breeding grounds at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! Learn more about their special bond: http://ow.ly/TLQj50EjHJJ

A common loon’s iconic wail provides the summer soundtrack to northern waters. We want to tell you about one particularly impressive pair of common loons - a pair that’s made up of both of the oldest known common loons in the world.

If you love birds, then today is a great day for you. It’s Draw a Bird Day! We drew the birds, and now you get to color ...
04/08/2021

If you love birds, then today is a great day for you. It’s Draw a Bird Day! We drew the birds, and now you get to color them in. You can download and share these coloring pages with your friends and family to celebrate Draw a Bird Day with us!

Coloring pages made by Mikaela Oles/USFWS

Have you spotted any American white pelicans lately? Most of these birds spend winters along southern ocean coasts. In t...
04/08/2021

Have you spotted any American white pelicans lately? Most of these birds spend winters along southern ocean coasts. In the summer, they can be found on lakes and wetlands in parts of the west, midwest and western Canada.

Photo: American white pelican by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

Boreal beauty, of tiniest proportions. A true northerner!A Boreal Chickadee hangs on alder cones in Kenai National #Wild...
04/08/2021

Boreal beauty,
of tiniest proportions.
A true northerner!

A Boreal Chickadee hangs on alder cones in Kenai National #WildlifeRefuge. It has a brown cap instead of black, and lives in the coniferous forests of the far north year-round. 📸 USFWS/Colin Canterbury #birds #haiku

This isn’t a baby beaver, it’s a Point Arena mountain beaver! Considered the most primitive living rodent, these beavers...
04/07/2021

This isn’t a baby beaver, it’s a Point Arena mountain beaver!

Considered the most primitive living rodent, these beavers average about one foot in length and weigh around two to four pounds. While mountain beavers occur in many areas throughout Pacific Northwest, the endangered Point Arena subspecies is only found within Mendocino County, California.

They also spend up to 23 hours resting underground. #mood

More photos: http://ow.ly/8RR150EiZPg

Photo of a biologist handling a Point Arena Mountain beaver during a survey courtesy of Kim Fitts, BioConsultant. Source: http://ow.ly/lpSV50EiZqz

Good morning! What kind of wildlife have you seen on the move lately? This pronghorn was on a stroll and triggered a wil...
04/07/2021

Good morning! What kind of wildlife have you seen on the move lately? This pronghorn was on a stroll and triggered a wildlife cam at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.

Photo: Pronghorn triggering a wildlife cam at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming by Alex Schubert/USFWS

Time for dinner! Unlike many birds, eagles do not regurgitate food to feed their young. Eaglets are fed raw meat from da...
04/07/2021

Time for dinner! Unlike many birds, eagles do not regurgitate food to feed their young. Eaglets are fed raw meat from day one! Males provide most of the food for the first couple weeks after eggs hatch.

Photo: Bald eagle bringing a fish to the nest courtesy of Gordon Garcia.

Looks can be deceiving! At first glance, this reptile may look like a snake, but it's actually a lizard - a California l...
04/06/2021

Looks can be deceiving! At first glance, this reptile may look like a snake, but it's actually a lizard - a California legless lizard to be exact! Some cool facts:

🔵 Unlike snakes, California legless lizards have moveable eyelids aka the ability the blink.

🔵 These lizards are live bearing and have 1-4 offspring per litter.

🔵 They're typically found 1-3 inches under cover or soil.

California legless lizards can be found at Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge in California. http://ow.ly/anSQ50B2ZNZ

Photo of a legless lizard being handled by our biologist by San Francisco Bay NWR Complex /USFWS

Reddish egrets are named for that shaggy rusty color on their neck and head, but there is also a small percentage of the...
04/06/2021

Reddish egrets are named for that shaggy rusty color on their neck and head, but there is also a small percentage of the population with all white plumage. While one of these pictures shows a pair of white morph birds, they don't seem to have preference for color while choosing a mate, and some nests have chicks of both color morphs.

Photos: Reddish Egrets at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas by Brad James.

When you think of your favorite animals, what species come to mind?It’s National Wildlife Week – a time to celebrate all...
04/06/2021

When you think of your favorite animals, what species come to mind?

It’s National Wildlife Week – a time to celebrate all wildlife around you, including the ones that might be underrated and overlooked. Learn about some species you’ve maybe seen a lot of and some that you may have never heard of: http://ow.ly/Qeum50EhJcc

Photo: Sharp-shinned hawk by Belen Bilgic Schneider/Creative Commons

Looking sharp! Found year round across much of the country, mallards may very well be the most recognizable duck species...
04/06/2021

Looking sharp! Found year round across much of the country, mallards may very well be the most recognizable duck species. Mallards can be spotted on most waters ranging from bogs and ponds to rivers and lakes. Have you seen any ducks lately?

Photo: Mallards in flight courtesy of Gordon Garcia.

Starting the week off with a little art inspo! 🦆🎨Lia Bacon's painting of a green-winged teal drake titled, "Blue Autumn"...
04/05/2021

Starting the week off with a little art inspo! 🦆🎨

Lia Bacon's painting of a green-winged teal drake titled, "Blue Autumn" will represent the state of Nevada in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest later this spring.

Check out the other contestants’ artwork here: http://ow.ly/Ofam50Eh7Cd

Acrylic painting courtesy of Lia Bacon

Lia Bacon of Elko, Nevada, has taken Best of Show for the second year in a row in the Nevada Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Her acrylic painting of a green-winged teal titled "Blue Autumn" will represent the State in the national contest later this spring.

Lauren Fihn's Conservation Message, "Conservation is not a spectator sport. Don't be an observer. Be a participant!" was also selected to represent Nevada at the national contest.

The Junior Duck Stamp program is a science and art-based program to connect K-12 students to conservation though the arts. To learn more please visit: https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php

Painting courtesy of Lia Bacon

Elk shed their antlers between January and April, though the majority lose their antlers in March. Just a few weeks afte...
04/05/2021

Elk shed their antlers between January and April, though the majority lose their antlers in March. Just a few weeks after an elk sheds its antlers, a new set begins to grow. Three of these elk have shed their antlers (look for the nubs), five still have antlers left to shed.

Photo: Bull elk at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge in NM by Anna Weyers/USFWS.

Spring season comes with baby bison! Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge has officially welcomed its first b...
04/05/2021

Spring season comes with baby bison! Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge has officially welcomed its first bison baby of the year. Looking good, little buddy!

Photo: Bison with a calf at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado by R. Brilz

The great blue heron’s long, curvy neck and dagger-like bill allow it to quickly strike and grab food. They’ll eat prett...
04/05/2021

The great blue heron’s long, curvy neck and dagger-like bill allow it to quickly strike and grab food. They’ll eat pretty much anything they can grab!

Photo: Great blue heron with a fish courtesy of Jen Goellnitz/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/2j9ZiGv

Hey. Yelloweye 👀 Rockfish are found along the coast of #Alaska from the Aleutian Islands south to the Baja Peninsula. 🎧 ...
04/05/2021

Hey. Yelloweye 👀 Rockfish are found along the coast of #Alaska from the Aleutian Islands south to the Baja Peninsula. 🎧 all-new “Fish of the Week!“ http://ow.ly/3CD350EgrEf

Listen & share something you learned, and we’ll randomly select someone next Monday to win a fish-themed water bottle sticker. 🐟🎣

📷 Katrina Liebich #AllTheFish #Fish150

Have you spotted any rabbits recently? 🐰☀️🌱 Discover nearby nature at your local national wildlife refuge: https://www.f...
04/04/2021

Have you spotted any rabbits recently? 🐰☀️🌱 Discover nearby nature at your local national wildlife refuge: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/find-a-wildlife-refuge/

There's nothing to see here folks, move along.🐰

Marsh rabbits, like this one, are small cottontail rabbits with short rounded ears that are surprisingly strong swimmers. Found in marshes and swamps of coastal regions of the Eastern and Southern U.S., the ears of this one were spotted at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Photo by Clayton Vance (www.sharetheexperience.org).

The aptly named spring beauty is also known as fairy spud. Traditional uses include collecting the roots and cooking the...
04/04/2021

The aptly named spring beauty is also known as fairy spud. Traditional uses include collecting the roots and cooking them like potatoes. These wildflowers are common in woods, yards and parks throughout eastern North America.

Photo: Spring beauty flowers by Jessica Bolser/USFWS.

Sometimes porcupines get stuck by their own quills - especially if they fall out of trees. Lucky for them, they have ant...
04/03/2021

Sometimes porcupines get stuck by their own quills - especially if they fall out of trees. Lucky for them, they have antibiotics in their skin to help fight infection!

Photo: Porcupine in a tree courtesy of David Mitchell/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/U7LXNj

Give me a M, give me an I , give me a L, give me a K, give me a –VETCHES... what does that spell?! MILK-VETCHES. Check o...
04/02/2021

Give me a M, give me an I , give me a L, give me a K, give me a –VETCHES... what does that spell?! MILK-VETCHES. Check out these endangered beauties: http://ow.ly/J5Jk50Efzur

Oh and by the way, happy Friday.🌸

Photos by USFWS

Warblers are on the move! This is a great time to spend some time outdoors looking for one of the more than 50 species o...
04/02/2021

Warblers are on the move! This is a great time to spend some time outdoors looking for one of the more than 50 species of warbler found in the continental US. A quiet walk in nearby woods, and a sharp ear might help you see one.

Photo: Yellow-throated warbler by Dan Smith at Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in OK.

04/02/2021

Looks like these bison are as excited for springtime as we are! This bison herd was witnessed romping around at the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.

Video: Bison on the run at the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming by Kari Cieszkiewicz/USFWS

Wild columbine blooms in spring and early summer, providing the perfect early nectar source for many pollinators includi...
04/02/2021

Wild columbine blooms in spring and early summer, providing the perfect early nectar source for many pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds. After blooming, the plant provides seeds to many bird species!

Photo: Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on wild columbine by Grayson Smith/USFWS.

Wildlife play tricks too! Explore a few animals that blend in with their surroundings or pretend to be something else: h...
04/01/2021

Wildlife play tricks too! Explore a few animals that blend in with their surroundings or pretend to be something else: http://ow.ly/TFp750EeWdl

Whether through clever camouflage or artful mimicry, many members of the animal kingdom are masters of disguise or deceit! Have you spotted any tricky wildlife recently?

📷: Screech owl at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas by Danielle Brigida/USFWS

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What signs of spring have you been seeing in your neck of the woods? 🌱🌼🌞Photo taken at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Ref...
04/01/2021

What signs of spring have you been seeing in your neck of the woods? 🌱🌼🌞

Photo taken at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

Welcome, Spring! 🌎
🌱
You've probably heard that Ash Meadows is where the desert SPRINGS to life. Well, this is especially true as we enter the spring season. After last week's rain, the plants have been greening up so fast. Several species have already begun flowering, and the bees and lizards have sprung back into action. Meanwhile, some birds and sheep are ready to move on. It's a time of transition. Don't miss out!
🌱
Photo: R Colvin/USFWS

Image Description: An in-focus bighorn ram stands nobly atop a multi-colored rocky ridgeline dotted by out-of-focus hedgehog cacti of a variety of shades. He stands in stark contrast against the solid, deep blue cloudless sky.

Sea turtle nesting season is kicking off across the Gulf Coast, and will be expanding up the South Atlantic coast throug...
04/01/2021

Sea turtle nesting season is kicking off across the Gulf Coast, and will be expanding up the South Atlantic coast through May. If you see the telltale crawl in the sand on your next beach visit, please visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/report to report the site.

Photo: a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle crawling from its nesting site back to the ocean at Padre Island by NPS.

Northern leopard frogs are quite chatty this time of year. Between March and June is mating season for these spotted amp...
04/01/2021

Northern leopard frogs are quite chatty this time of year. Between March and June is mating season for these spotted amphibians and you might be able to hear male leopard frogs calling with a low, grumbling snore sound.

Photo: Northern leopard frog at Sand Lake Wetland Management District in South Dakota by Tom Koerner/USFWS

Barn swallows can be found across much of the U.S. and Canada in the summer. They prefer to build nests in dry places un...
04/01/2021

Barn swallows can be found across much of the U.S. and Canada in the summer. They prefer to build nests in dry places under eaves, bridges and sometimes even culverts! Flying insects make up the majority of their diet.

Photo: Barn swallow by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

*Plodding off to another sad lunch between virtual meetings*A Northern Hawk-Owlet horks down a meal near Kodiak National...
04/01/2021

*Plodding off to another sad lunch between virtual meetings*

A Northern Hawk-Owlet horks down a meal near Kodiak National #WildlifeRefuge. Unlike most owls, they hunt during daylight. 📷 USFWS/Lisa Hupp

Connecting people with wildlife conservation and... answering questions about manatee farts? It’s all in a day’s work fo...
04/01/2021

Connecting people with wildlife conservation and... answering questions about manatee farts? It’s all in a day’s work for Monica Scroggin, head of visitor services at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida: http://ow.ly/Z0AB50EdVy6

The refuge provides warm water habitat for manatees during winter thanks to warm springs that keep the water a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Manatees cannot survive long in water colder than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Have you ever spotted manatees in the wild?

📷: USFWS
#WeAreUSFWS #WomensHistoryMonth #Florida #Manatee #Manatees

A recent review of the best available science indicates grizzly bears should remain protected as threatened under the fe...
03/31/2021

A recent review of the best available science indicates grizzly bears should remain protected as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the lower 48 states: http://ow.ly/l7Sr50EdKZW While the latest science also indicates grizzly bear populations in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems in the American West are biologically recovered, the remaining four recovery zones do not meet recovery criteria.

Grizzly bears are currently protected across the entire lower 48 states since grizzly bears are currently listed as a single entity under the ESA. The ESA indicates that 5-year status reviews must evaluate the status of protected species, including grizzly bears, as currently listed to ensure an appropriate level of protection. For this reason, even as some populations demonstrate biological recovery, they remain protected as threatened.

Partnerships with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies remain critical to ongoing grizzly bear recovery. We’re committed to working with public and private partners to ensure grizzly bears continue enduring in the wild for future generations, while also ensuring safety for people and bears by reducing human-bear interactions.

Photo: Grizzly bear and cub at Yellowstone National Park by Frank van Manen/USGS

Clark's nutcrackers collect tens of thousands of pine seeds through the summer and store them to help make it through le...
03/31/2021

Clark's nutcrackers collect tens of thousands of pine seeds through the summer and store them to help make it through leaner times. Some pine species have become so adapted to the nutcracker that most individuals of those species grew from seeds "planted" by a nutcracker.

Photo: courtesy of Frank D. Lospalluto/creative commons flic.kr/p/2jWahra

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I am against a partnership with the NRA to train hunters to kill more wildlife. We face a crisis in health and the environment because of the destruction we continue to create by destroying keystone predators and wild life. This is not a viable plan for our future.
Utterly appalling! How do you even put "Conserving the Nature of America" on the same page as "Signs MOU to Recruit, Retain and Retrain Hunters in Partnership with NRA"? https://tinyurl.com/y55jyhot
Found it!
USFWS Member heads out on patrol at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Massachusetts on January 13th, 2021
The Arctic Refuge that is at risk of being leased off before the next inauguration. Please oppose to opening the last 5% of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas exploration and risking the lives of threatened polar bears. Visit the @ProTheArctic link and help #ProtectTheArctic!"
Great for a stocking stuffer just not for hunting but for conservation and the habitat show the love this Christmas promote habitat conservation the critters will thank you
A story about condor encounters in Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park, California:
American bison @ Custer State Park, SD
Has Wisdom the oldest banded bird been back since you posted a few years ago?
It's nuts...I'm seeing salmon in the ditch along Benson Road in Lynden and in Double Ditch near the border....and we're talking several pretty nice fish.