Even though the video is some years old, the cycle of nature is never ending.
Yenori Alvarez of Lehigh Senior High School in Florida won second place for this fabulous photo of an anhinga in the Ding Darling Wildlife Society’s Theodore Cross High School photography contest. See more winning photos from students: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
~ author and naturalist Hal Borland

Photo: Mountain bluebird at Wyoming’s Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] by Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A slice of Americana: eagle fishing on the Mississippi River.
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge is in southeastern Iowa: [ Fws.gov Link ] Video by Scott Nagel
A highbush cranberry plant projects a brilliant hue at North Dakota’s J. Clark Salyer Wetland Management District ([ Bit.ly Link ]. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages 27,332 acres of waterfowl production areas and more than 150,000 acres of habitat conservation easements within the district. Fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation activities are permitted on many of those acres....
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Bison on the move a few weeks ago at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, about 25 miles southeast of Des Moines, Iowa.
Celestial lava lamp. Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, over Minnesota’s Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] a while back. Aurora Borealis are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. Details: [ Bit.ly Link ]. Photo by Bryan Worth
Watch this elk stand her ground against wolves at National Elk Refuge a year or so ago. The footage is a bit shaky at first, but it's pretty cool (Video: Steve Kallin/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Black ducks come in for a winter landing at E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ]. The refuge conserves more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitat. Its location in an Atlantic Flyway flight path makes it an important link in bird migration. Photo by Henry McLin/Creative Commons
“Downward dog and exhale!”
Thanks, Andrea Krava, for this week’s winning caption, which is a nod to yoga practitioners everywhere. It was fun, folks. Thanks. National Elk Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] is more than elk. You might also see bald eagles, bison, trumpeter swans and wolves at the refuge near Jackson, Wyoming.
Whether you’re an avid birder or someone who simply enjoys a pleasant walk in the woods, national wildlife refuges are wonderful places see birds in a natural setting. See this week’s photo essay, “Wildlife Refuges: Where the Birds Are” ([ Bit.ly Link ].
Photo: An American white pelican at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah by Roger Lewis
Check out this recent feeding frenzy at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, which stretches for 65 miles along the Tennessee River in the northwest part of the state, was established in 1945 as habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl like these guys.
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CAPTION CALL! What can we say about this coyote at Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] Jot your thoughts below. We’ll pick a winner tomorrow. Photo by Lori Iverson/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bald eagle today at Virginia’s Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ]
Geese today on the Potomac River at Virginia’s Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] [Sound ON, please.]
In mid-winter, a dive with a stingray within Rose Atoll Marine National Monument ([ Bit.ly Link ] can be a warming moment of Zen. Rose Atoll, a part of American Samoa, is the southernmost point under U.S. jurisdiction. It is almost 900 miles *south* of the equator. [Sound ON, please.] (Video: USFWS)
Silent treatment. Patuxent Refuge volunteer Joe Gentile snapped this photo of two American white pelicans standing back to back on an oyster bar at Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge in Florida ([ Fws.gov Link ]. Writes Gentile, “I thought these two resembled an old married couple who weren't speaking to each other.” Photo: Joe Gentile
Some mighty hunters come in small packages. The Northern pygmy owl, less than seven inches from head to tail, is adept at catching songbirds. This one was spotted at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuges ([ Fws.gov Link ]. More about the pygmy owl: [ Bit.ly Link ] (Photo: Peter Pearsall/USFWS)
That’s some view USFWS pilot/biologist Heather Wilson sees as she flies her Cessna over waterfowl breeding grounds in Alaska. She counts ducks and documents climate change along the way. Story: [ Bit.ly Link ] Wilson has worked at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Heather Wilson)
A white weasel stands in the winter grass at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah ([ Fws.gov Link ]. “I Am Weasel” was a Fan Favorite in the refuge’s 2014 photo contest. Every year shutterbugs compete in refuge photo contests around the country. [ Fws.gov Link ] (Photo: Jana M. Cisar /USFWS)