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#ICYMI Wisdom, the world's oldest known, banded, wild bird is back! She's about 66 years old and still breeding.
Her incredible story: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo credit: Kristina McOmber / Kupu Conservation Leadership Program & USFWS
Fantastic news! At about 66 years old, Wisdom the Laysan albatross has returned and she's expecting...
What would it be like to see 55 Bald Eagles in a single tree? [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Light Of The Moon Photography by Chuck Hilliard
When the stunning black-capped vireo was first listed as endangered there were only about 350 birds known to exist. But guess what? Recent surveys show that there are 5,200 known birds and more than 14,000 estimated. Learn more about this incredible bird: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Isaac Sanchez / CC BY 2.0
Some like it cold! These emperor geese spend their entire lives in Alaska. They breed on the western coast and then migrate to spend the winter in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska Peninsula, Afognak Islands and Kodiak. Video by Lisa Hupp / USFWS
Pronghorn do not hide: they remain in the open, relying on their speed and keen eyesight: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo by Tom Koerner / USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region
Plastic remains a devastating threat for wildlife. Beautiful places like #MidwayAtoll National #WildlifeRefuge are seeing the direct effects. "Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists today" - the full article is worth a read: [ Cnn.it Link ]

Photo: Dan Clark / USFWS
USFWS Pacific Region
Sooo... who's going to be the one to break the news?

Eastern Kingbird by George Phinney
For more amusing photos of birds on signs: [ Bzfd.it Link ]
Who's got the moves? The American woodcock! Learn more about this fascinating bird: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This young red-footed booby plays catch -- by itself! Learn more about the fascinating seabirds called boobies: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Video by Sheldon Plentovich / USFWS
Looking for excuses to avoid yard work this fall? Here are a few reasons it may be a good idea to leave your leaves for wildlife. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Julie Christiansen
The raccoon's Latin name, (lotor), means "one who washes", but research shows that what they're doing has little to do with washing and more to do with sensing: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Peter Pearsall / USFWS
Monarch butterflies start traveling southward when weather turns cooler, flying between 25 and 30 miles a day.

The frequency of extreme weather events such as severe storms, droughts and temperature fluctuations are impeding monarch survival. Here's a glimpse at what we know and what's being done to help: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo by AnnMarie Krmpotich / USFWS
Help wildlife when you send holiday cards to loved ones this year!

The "Save the Vanishing Species Stamp" features an Amur tiger cub and the proceeds go to wild endangered animals around the world - including tigers, rhinos, gorillas, Asian and African elephants, and marine turtles. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Looking for things to do with the family? Take your cubs and walk the trails at a nearby #WildlifeRefuge: [ Bit.ly Link ] #OptOutside

Photo Credit: Jim Teller
Wishing everyone a wild and wonderful Thanksgiving!

This wild turkey shows its wattle and caruncles. The wattle is a skin flap that goes from the beak to the neck. Caruncles are bumps of flesh that cover the birds’ necks and heads. More facts to impress the flock: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Matt Poole / USFWS
As we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let's not forget about the little critters that help us in a big way! Thanksgiving is brought to us, in many ways, by pollination. Here are just a few ideas on how you can thank a pollinator: [ Bit.ly Link ]

USFWS Videographers: Brett Billings, Ryan Hagerty, and Doug Canfield
Trumpeter swans are the largest swans in the world! Their wingspan is anywhere from 6 to 8 feet, which also makes them North America's largest native waterfowl. Winter is a good time to spot them. Learn where to see them and more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo: Tom Koerner / USFWS
They help us with food production, filter our waters, reduce pests and so much more. There are countless reasons to be grateful for wildlife! Here are just a few of the amazing animals we're grateful for: [ Bit.ly Link ] What about you?

Photo of a Sea Otter by Lilian Carswell / USFWS.
After the rut, elk, moose, caribou and deer shed their antlers. The pedicles — the bony protrusions from which the antlers grow on the animal’s skull — often are injured. Once the pedicles are healed, a week or two after shedding, growth of a new set of antlers typically begins. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Bull elk sparring at Fort Niobrara National #WildlifeRefuge in Nebraska. Photo: Todd Frerichs