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Ferrets are making progress in their new Colorado home!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted 47 endangered black-footed ferrets last month at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. That includes 20 out of the original 28 captive-born ferrets that were released there in 2015, a survival rate of 71 percent.
"Seventy-one percent is phenomenal for survival," said Kimberly...
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Winter sleigh rides at National Elk Refuge, WY Details here [ Bit.ly Link ] Photo by Lori Iverson/USFWS
Hear the music of sandhill cranes at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. The birds stand more than three feet tall with a wingspan 6-7 feet. You can see them in Indiana through mid-December.
This, alas, from Midway Atoll via CNN: "On the beach lies a motorcycle helmet, a mannequin's head, an umbrella handle, and a flip-flop. They didn't fall from a plane or off a ship, and there aren't any civilians living here who could have left them behind. They were washed in with the tide, most likely from China or the US, thousands of miles away -- part of an enormous plastic garbage patch,...
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By December, whooping crane migration to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] in Texas is almost complete. Whooping cranes are one of the most highly endangered and intensively monitored bird species in North America. The only remaining wild, self-sustaining population breeds in and around Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Canada and winters at Aransas Refuge. Video: [ Bit.ly...
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You can see gray seals in coastal waters and at Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge ([ Fws.gov Link ], about 21 acres at the very tip of the Coskata-Coatue Peninsula in Massachusetts. In their cold water habitat, they use blubber to maintain their body temperature. During mating, pupping and molting, they gather into large groups. At sea they are usually found alone or in small dispersed groups.
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The Harris’s hawk is a southwestern bird, often seen in groups of three or more. You’ll usually see them in the saguaro cactus desert of Arizona or the mesquite brushland of Texas and New Mexico. They’ve recently become residents in suburban areas of some southwestern cities. Find refuges in your state: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Photo by Joe Howell
CAPTION CALL WINNER! Congrats to Dave Moody for his winning caption, “I’ve been doing pull-ups for weeks and no sign of any muscles! I think I’m gonna croak!” And thanks to all who gave us some laughs with their entries.
“What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself," said former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Mollie Beattie. The U.S. protects 765 wilderness areas, leaving space untrammeled, primeval, natural. See photo story of what wilderness means to America today: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Photo by Roy Lowe of Haystack Rock, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge ([ Fws.gov...
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It's salmon season in the Pacific Northwest and the Nisqually Estuary Trail at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington ([ Bit.ly Link ] is a great place to get amazing photos, like this one of harbor seals hunting during high tide. Photo by Michael Schramm/USFWS
Coconut crabs are huge: about 18 inches long and nine pounds. Their claws can lift items that weigh as much as 60 pounds. Charles Darwin tried to capture one in a biscuit tin, but it escaped. Researchers continue to study its life cycle. Laura Beauregard photographed this one at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] in the Pacific. Read about ongoing research: [ Bit.ly Link ]
CAPTION CALL! Marie Frost was in just the right place to snap this photo and an honorable mention in the Friends of Black Bayou Refuge (LA) photo contest ([ Bit.ly Link ]. Now, you have a chance to become the winner of this week’s caption contest. Winner announced tomorrow.
No medal for that late entry runner!
The convict tang has the Hawaiian name “manini”. It’s a member of the surgeonfish family, named for the sharp blades on either side of its tail. The fish is just one of the tremendous natural resources protected by Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Pacific.([ Fws.gov Link ] Photo by Dan Clark, USFWS
“The light in Alaska in particular is so beautiful. So beautiful! Such incredible light.”
~ documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado
Photo of Mount Dutton as a backdrop for a flock of brant at Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ] by Kristine Sowl/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
In 2013, this bison at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge survived being hit by lightning. (Details: [ Bit.ly Link ] He's since been named Sparky. If this photo from the other day at the Iowa refuge is any indication, Sparky's doing well.
As winter and its chill approach on the mainland, let’s imagine ourselves in south Pacific snorkeling near this pencil urchin at Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge ([ Bit.ly Link ]. Kingman Reef is less than 5 feet in elevation and has no permanent land. Still two small emergent coral rubble spits make it one of the most pristine coral reef atoll ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean. Photo by...
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A Thanksgiving weekend thought: Pollinators are vital to plants, humans and the global ecosystem.