This is the nest of a hooded warbler, which is common in the moist leafy woodlands of the Southeast. The female chooses the nest site in deciduous shrubs within a forest or along its edge. The nest is usually about one to four feet above the ground. For other fascinating facts about birds’ nest, go to this article from 2016: [ Link ]
Photo: Mark Musselman, National Audubon Society
Who gets the treat? James Bardo captured this terrific photo of western kingbirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, just miles from the heart of Denver. Check out the refuge’s bird list: [ Link ]
Dawn Wilson has traveled to about 100 national wildlife refuges so far, and she plans on seeing -- and taking photos -- on way more. We thought the quote was perfect for the weekend. Find a wildlife refuge near you; [ Link ]
You can see cedar waxwings pretty much in any season in the northern third of the U.S. In winter, they are common in the southern half of the country. They mainly eat berries and small fruits, although they eat a lot of insects in the summer. If you’re lucky, you might see one fly to catch an insect in mid-air. This one was photographed at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas ([
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When a Chiricahua leopard frog wants attention, it snores. At least its distinctive call sounds like a snore. But the sound is more rare today than decades ago. Native to Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico, the frog has been listed as threatened since 2002. You could once find it in hundreds of watery places. Now, the frog lives in just scores of places, including Buenos Aires National Wildlife...
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Roseate spoonbills breed in spring in Texas, but you can commonly see them in coastal Florida and southwest Louisiana as well. Their nests are usually five to 15 feet above the ground or the water. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking slowly as they swing their heads from side to side to sifting the muck with their wide flat bills. Photo by Mike Carlo, USFWS
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Caption Call winner! Thanks everyone for some great lines. We got some great alterations to song lyrics. The winner is Betsy LaCompte Anderson for: “Nose bunny loves ya better!”
Exactly what we think. See our story about fishing on national wildlife refuges: [ Link ]
Largemouth bass, bluegill and gar. Kayak, raft or canoe trips that offer fishing. Sockeye or Coho salmon. Rainbow trout. Or get away from the crowds and surf fish at some national wildlife refuges in the Gulf of Mexico. We’re got your fish story: [ Link ]
Photo: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska: [ Link ]
Grabbing a bite on the fly!
Caption call! Thanks to photographer Bill Thompson and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region Facebook page ([ Link ] for this great photo. Now we’re looking for your great caption. Winner named tomorrow.
A pretty cool video from near American Samoa and Rose Atoll Marine National Monument ([ Link ] in the South Pacific.
Happy first day of spring! Wildflowers are abloom at many national wildlife refuges. At Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, brilliant fields of coreopsis are common. Coreopsis provides food for some caterpillars and can attract butterflies. More than 15 miles of nature trails are a great way to see the refuge: [ Link ] Photo by Carl Evans
American coots negotiating thin ice the other day at Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge [ Link ] Look at 'em all!
“To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.”
~ naturalist John Burroughs

Photo of Washington state’s Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge ([ Link ] by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
America’s other eagle. A golden eagle – not a bald eagle – cuts an impressive flight path through woodlands near southwestern Montana’s Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge ([ Link ]. Photo by Kimi Smith Rankin
This is some serious howling at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge ([ Link ] The 230,000-acre refuge straddles the Rio Grande in central New Mexico.
Top o’ the morning to you! This summertime photo of a turtle at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a bit out of season, but we think it works for St. Patrick’s Day. The refuge ([ Link ] stretches almost 70 miles along the Minnesota River from suburban Bloomington to rural Henderson. Photo by Jim Johnson/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer
Two sandhill cranes call out while traversing ice at Michigan’s Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge ([ Link ]. Audubon has designated the refuge an Important Bird Area for its global significance to migratory waterfowl. Photo by Jim Hudgins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Build a bison? Yes, there are two Build-a-Bison events at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver in the next month or so. Learn more about that and other offbeat happenings on national wildlife refuges in this week’s photo essay: [ Link ]. Photo of bison bones by George Ho