We love when trail cams capture an inadvertent wildlife selfie. I guess that makes this bobcat a Snapcat user? Check out some other critters caught on hidden camera: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Monarch butterflies face their most vulnerable time when they overwinter. This is especially true for the western population. In touring these places and studying them, we learn ways we can all help these magnificent travelers: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! We all have a story about these critters, what's yours?

Delmarva fox squirrel by Chelsi Burns/USFWS
Reptile traffickers were arrested trying to move 199 radiated tortoises. These tortoises are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, facing serious habitat destruction and intense collection for both domestic purposes and international trafficking. More impressive wildlife trafficking busts: [ Bit.ly Link ]
It's a great time of year for viewing bald eagles across America: [ Bit.ly Link ] We want to know if you've seen them!

Photo: Lisa Hupp, USFWS
Great underwater look at the release of a Blanding's turtle! There's nothing bland about them: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Martin Luther King Jr.

We can all be great: [ Nationalservice.gov Link ]
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This is a freeze frame photo on a whole new level!
Read the full story of this photo by Kelly Preheim: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Finding the best place to overwinter is a tricky business! Northern leopard frogs will move together in search of the perfect stream or lake bottom. What do they need to survive hibernation? Plenty of oxygen and an absence of predators. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Northern leopard frogs at Sand Lake Wetland Management District. Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
#ICYMI: The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bumble bee to be listed as endangered. For more: [ Go.usa.gov Link ]

Photo: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
"I searched more of the rocky terrain and in time spotted a very large ram and a smaller ram insulting and threatening each other. They soon began to battle. " [ Bit.ly Link ] by Stephen Torbit

Photo copyright: Stephen C. Torbit
Hooo's hoo-ting in your neighborhood? Owls that normally are hard to spot are making some noise this time of year! Great horned owls, like the one pictured, are even known as the "cat owl" or "hoot owl".

Photo: Gary Eslinger/USFWS
Big news for bees!
Good news for the lesser long-nosed bat! When these bats were initially protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1988, there were thought to be fewer than 1,000 of them at the 14 known roosts. There are now an estimated 200,000 bats at 75 roosts! Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The overwintering grounds of monarch butterflies demonstrate some of the real power of working together. Learn more about how we can do just that to help them:

Video by Danielle Brigida, USFWS
Happy #NationalBirdDay! As snowy owls make their way south, this one was spotted and photographed by Michelle Guillermin Photography: [ Bit.ly Link ] -- Many of us have stories where birds inspire awe or surprise us -- what's yours?
Watch live sleigh ride from National Elk Refuge. Beauty & elk - all while you're warm!
Here's an incredible close-up look at young salmon. Called alevins or yolk-sac fry at this stage, they are very tiny and still have their food supply attached. Once this is consumed that's when they are considered fry.
Everyone ruddy for the new year?

Ruddy Duck by Allie Stewart/USFWS
Happy New Year! Words don't cut it for the gratitude we feel for our community. Thank you and let's keep it up for the next year!

Here's a recap of our 10 most popular Instagram posts for 2016: [ Bit.ly Link ]