The mornings and evenings are alive with the songs of birds and other wildlife at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, a vital oasis in the high desert of Nevada. Located 75 miles from Reno, it’s some of the only water around, providing a refreshing marsh for a variety of birds and other wildlife. Egrets, herons, hawks, owls, waterfowl and shorebirds all thrive there and you may even see coyotes, mule deer, or pronghorn as you explore the area. Photo by Marie Nygren, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
One adorable barred owl. Check. The Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 15 – 19 and encourages everyone to take 15 minutes in your backyard – or on public lands– and count the birds. Owls often get an early start on nesting each year and they’ll begin incubating their eggs in February. In a few short weeks we can be on the lookout for chicks like this one. Photo by Mark Danaher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great time to remind everyone that refuges are some of the best places for birdwatching. One of the most thrilling birds to spot is the bald eagle. A majestic symbol of our nation, bald eagles are found in every state except Hawaii. Males and females work together to build large nests, and you’ll often see them hunting over open fields and water. This one just left its perch at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Photo by Curtis Gibbens (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Located in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important resting, feeding and nesting ground for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. With almost 10,000 acres to explore, visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, boating, hiking and photography while learning about wildlife and the environment. Photo by Doug Racine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.