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The cool blue waters of Cherry Pond reflect a dramatic sky over Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire. The refuge’s Pondicherry division is a complex mix of forests, bogs, streams, wetlands and open water that provide habitat to black bear, moose, beavers, deer, lemmings, fish and a wide variety of birds. This peaceful scene shows the nearby Presidential Range, home to some of the worst weather in the world. Photo by Jeff Sinon (

May is an exciting time at Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Loggerhead sea turtles are coming ashore to nest. A female sea turtle lays an average of more than 100 eggs in each nest. If the nest is left undisturbed, the eggs will hatch around 60 days later and the hatchlings will race to the sea before they become snacks for hungry predators. Wildlife is not the only threat to the hatchlings. Human activity can destroy nests and distract hatchlings. Please help protect sea turtles by keeping beaches clean and limiting your use of lighting near nests. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This isn’t a scene you’d expect to find in the Nevada desert: pools of Caribbean-blue water supporting a grove of ash trees. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a unique oasis and an internationally recognized wetland of importance. Nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist any place else on Earth are found in this isolated wonderland. Springs of fossil water – melted ice buried thousands of years ago – feed the pools. You’ve got to see it for yourself. Photo by Rod Colvin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer.

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico offers access to quiet beaches, spectacular ocean views and topnotch snorkeling. The refuge was created to maintain rare subtropical dry forest habitat, help local wildlife and protect historical and archeological sites. It’s a blend of rich heritage and the soothing calm of paradise. Photo courtesy of Keenan Adams.

It’s easy to marvel at the striking symmetry of Shishaldin Volcano on Unimak Island. One of the many active volcanoes in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, it stands 9,373 ft above sea level, making it the highest mountain peak on the Aleutian Islands. In this land of cold and ice, the steam from this smoking volcano makes a remarkable sight. Photo by Kristine Sowl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This red fox at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey is enjoying a lazy Sunday morning. We can learn so much from nature. Photo by Don Freiday, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Whooping cranes are the tallest and some of the most rare birds in North America. Adults are mostly white and stand almost five feet tall with a wingspan of seven feet. Never an abundant species, the total population dwindled to a low of 16 birds in 1941 due to hunting pressures and habitat loss. Now there are about 600 in the world. These three adults and one juvenile were spotted at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. Photo by Barry Jones, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Autumn is a spectacular time to visit Santee National Wildlife Refuge with its cypress forest turning shades of red. This wildlife refuge is located on the north shore of Lake Marion – the largest lake in South Carolina – and is home to a wide diversity of wildlife species. It’s a major wintering area for ducks and geese, as well as a nesting and stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds and wading birds. Visitors can take in the amazing fall colors, try their luck fishing in Lake Marion or enjoy the sight and sounds of all the birds. Photo by Marc Epstein, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It’s fall at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi. The morning air is cool and crisp. Deer weave through the forest and squirrels scamper around searching for winter stores. Sunrise light hits the yellow leaves, making them an even brighter shade of gold. It’s a wonderful moment of peace. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The rolling plains and scattered wetlands of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge in Montana were created by receding glaciers more than 12,000 years ago. Today, these lands and waters serve as habitat for a great variety of wildlife, especially migrating waterfowl. Depending on the season, the sky can hold a lone eagle, fill with waves of tundra swans or show dramatic sunset colors. Photo by Christal Steele (