Category: birds

Tomorrow is National Hunting and Fishing Day. …

Tomorrow is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Held every year since 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor sports, and how hunters and anglers contribute to conservation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned sportsman or woman, your public lands are some of the best places to wet a line or bag the big one. Just ask the people at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi, a very popular place for outdoor sports. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Located along the northeast coast of Massachus…

Located along the northeast coast of Massachusetts, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge provides feeding, resting and nesting habitat for a wide variety of migratory birds. The refuge includes more than 4,700 acres of diverse habitats – from sandy beaches and dunes to cranberry bogs, maritime forests and freshwater marshes. The most abundant habitat on the refuge is salt marsh, one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. It’s a great place to see your favorite birds as the fall migrations begin. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Caught

Caught

Fancy crest

Fancy crest

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the creat…

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the creation of the first national wildlife refuge at Pelican Island in Florida and the birth of the national wildlife refuge system. From Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific, over 550 wildlife refuges – many of them close to urban centers – protect an incredible array of wildlife and landscapes. Find a refuge near you. Photo of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia by Heather Bautista (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Su…

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Photo: Wisdom has a remarkable history of successfully raising chicks.  Wisdom newest chick finds comfort in her mother’s embrace. Photo credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS.   

At
67, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother
once more! On February 6th, approximately two months after Wisdom began
incubating her egg, Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai welcomed their newest chick
to Midway Atoll.

Midway Atoll National Wildlife
Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial
within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National
Monument
is a special place for over three million seabirds – they return to
Midway Atoll each year to rest, mate, lay eggs, and raise their chicks.

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Located in southeastern Virginia and northeast…

Located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is anything but dismal. With more than 111,200 acres of seasonally flooded wetland forest and the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center, the refuge contains some of the most important wildlife habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. In the winter, the lake provides a resting place for thousands of migratory birds including Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. In the summer, it’s home to Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. It’s also an amazing place to witness the start of a new day. Photo courtesy of Tom Hamilton.

Big dreams

Big dreams

Spiky perch

Spiky perch

You won’t see much snow at Merced National Wil…

You won’t see much snow at Merced National Wildlife Refuge in California, but you can see a whole lot of snow geese. The refuge’s wetlands attract large numbers of migratory birds throughout the winter. Living in large groups, they watch out for each other as they forage for stems, grains and berries. Sunset photo by Joanne Freemire (www.sharetheexperience.org).