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Weekly Wrap-up: July 6 - 12, 2018

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features nesting wrens, tiny turtles, singing cicadas and more!

How do birds keep cool in the summer?

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:00
Do you ever wonder how birds stay cool on hot summer days? We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to share some insights! Like people, birds can withstand changes in the weather and maintain their body temperature whether it’s hot or cold outside, but there are limits. When summer temperatures are on the rise, birds depend on adaptations to keep from overheating.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 29 - July 5, 2018

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features summer diets, climbing snakes, our national emblem and more!

Munising marina increases access to top Michigan attractions

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating increased boating access with our partners. On June 4, 2018 the Bayshore Marina in Munising, Michigan opened 24 new slips for recreational boaters traveling through Lake Superior. The Bayshore Marina received a Boating Infrastructure Grant through our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program to increase access while preserving the northern experience.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 22 - 28, 2018

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a loon family, shrew snacks, whip-poor-will calls and more!

Exploring partnership potential at Huron National Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage a unique collection of lands across the midwest, including a few islands in the Great Lakes. North of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the cold waters of Lake Superior, sits Huron National Wildlife Refuge. This collection of eight small, granite islands is a rugged landscape and the summer nesting home to gulls and other migratory birds.

Don’t touch these plants! Six lookalikes you want to avoid

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:00
It can be difficult to determine whether you’re looking at hogweed, hemlock, parsnip or lace, but all of these plants have several things in common. Contact can cause unpleasant, potentially deadly, reactions. Most of these plants are invasive and easily grow in ditches and disturbed soils across the country. Get familiar with these species and remember to keep your distance!

Weekly Wrap-up: June 15 - 21, 2018

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a bobcat crossing, milkweed munching, prairie shorebirds and more!

Pollinators sweeten summer foods

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:00
Pollinators are a vital part of nature. They also provide a vital service to farmers. We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognize the economic value of native pollinators in the U.S., which is estimated at $3 billion a year. We also recognize that they do this for FREE! Scientists are increasingly discovering how native pollinators can contribute to crop pollination. Let’s meet some favorite summer foods and their pollinators.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 8 - 14, 2018

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features snapper sightings, crane colts, killdeer calling and more!

Capturing the beauty of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that national wildlife refuges are wonderful places for nature photography - for visitors and employees. Meet Jessica Bolser, a wildlife biologist based at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Iowa. In addition to studying and monitoring the local wildlife, she uses her keen observation skills to capture some amazing shots. Bolser has taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos at the refuge in recent years. Here are some of her favorites and the stories behind them.

Growing access at Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that getting outside is beneficial for your health and well-being. It’s also fun! We want to get more Americans out birding, boating or just walking in the woods, whether it’s a trip of a lifetime to a remote national wildlife refuge or an urban escape close to home. Together with our partners, we’re are growing one of our newest national wildlife refuges here in the midwest.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 1 - 7, 2018

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features turtle crossings, robin nests, swallow sightings and more!

Increasing access to fishing and boating in Wisconsin

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know the importance of making America’s national wildlife refuges accessible for everyone. Together with our partners, we provide quality fishing, boating, birding and other watchable wildlife opportunities across the midwest. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin celebrated a recent success to this end with the opening of the Necedah Goose Pool Platform and Kayak Launch, an ADA-accessible paddling launch.

Unveiling of the Great River Road Interpretive Center at Genoa National Fish Hatchery

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pleased to announce the opening of the Great River Road Interpretive Center in Genoa, Wisconsin. Regional Director Tom Melius joined Congressman Ron Kind and other dignitaries to mark the grand opening at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery on June 1, 2018. A large, eye-catching, yellow and white tent stood on the grounds of the hatchery as a crowd of staff, supporters, friends and local-area families gathered in anticipation of the celebration.

Creating firewise communities in Wisconsin

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:00
Living close to nature has its perks - peace and quiet, cool wildlife sightings and easy access to hunting, fishing and hiking. For several decades, we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working with our neighbors and partners to make public lands safer and healthier for everyone. Learn about a recent success story in Wisconsin and how you can make your property firewise.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 25 - 31, 2018

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features blue jay pairs, box turtle snacks, hummingbird homes and more!

Gem in the heart of Minnesota turns 80

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which was established 80 years ago today. The refuge has a wide range of habitats, from forests of tamarack, black spruce and balsam fir to ponds and wetlands. Take a moment to learn about this peaceful refuge and plan a trip to experience it first-hand.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge welcomes new refuge manager

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region are pleased to announce that Tim Bodeen will be the new project leader for Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. With a wealth of experience as a refuge manager and a resume that spans the globe, Bodeen joins the team after five years as the project leader for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District in Minnesota.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 18 - 25, 2018

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features blue buntings, old birds, good neighbors and more!