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.@USFWS is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution in the recent shooting and killing of a federally protected red wolf: ow.ly/f1Qt50JawFv The endangered red wolf was found dead in Tyrrell County, North Carolina on April 15. (1/5)
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Photos feature a western pond turtle and bullsnake, in case you were wondering.😋 📷USFWS
A friendly reminder from Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in CA to brake for snakes & their friends while out on the road! FYI: Tis' the season where heterothermic or "cold-blooded" critters like turtles & snakes are commonly seen enjoying the weather & basking on warm roads. 🐢T
The often secretive and shy king rails are experts at slipping through marsh vegetation and shallow waters in search of small crustaceans and other prey, but these two popped out into the open for a quick photo at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.
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Sometimes you watch the wildlife and sometimes the wildlife watches you... Spiders took over a viewfinder at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, but don't let them deter you from visiting. Here's some refuge wildlife watching tips: fws.gov/story/wildlife… 📷: Mike Murray3
“You’re so (ver)vain. You probably think this song is about you.” - Carly Simon The clustered flowers of this Texas vervain attract native bees and butterflies along with birds that eat the seeds. Photo: Brenda Loveless/USFWS
🦋 Explore tips for creating a pollinator garden with native plants, including milkweed native to your area:ow.ly/Zyr850JbjJyM 🐝 Learn more about how to help pollinators in your local communityow.ly/V58U50JbjHek4 📷: Tom Koerner/USFYj4
Monarch sightings have been reported across much of the upper midwest! Have you seen any lately? Planting milkweed is a great way to attract monarchs and a variety of other pollinators. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
GREAT NEWS! Recovery efforts are paying off for the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish. This past April, scientists counted 175 pupfish! The last time numbers were this high during a spring count was 22 years ago.→ow.ly/tUaj50JaBju 📷Olin Feuerbacher/USFWSL
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Rose-breasted grosbeaks are returning to summer breeding grounds across much of the midwest, northeast, Appalachians and parts of southern Canada. In the summer they mostly feed on insects, seeds, and fruit. Have you seen any lately?📸 Leah Riley/USFWSm
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#DYK More than one million people visit America’s national fish hatcheries every year? @USFWSFisheries improve recreational fishing and restore aquatic species that are in decline or at risk. Plan your spring fishing adventure: fws.gov/fishing/map Photo by @USFWS
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Photo: Greater sage-grouse by Bob Wick/@BLMNational
Don’t muss my brush. The male greater sage-grouse might seem tough but don’t let his stern appearance fool you. He needs your help protecting habitat in #SagebrushCountry. Threats include invasive species & unfriendly infrastructure. Discover how to help: ow.ly/AokY50J7Ejf
What's gross about it? Grosbeaks get their name from the French word “grosbec” which translates to “big beak”. This blue grosbeak was spotted at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Black-headed grosbeak and evening grosbeak can also be found in New Mexico.
Did you hear? Green eyepatches are in this year. Will you be rockin' one? American wigeon males also have vibrant green eyepatches. Males even earned the nickname "baldpate" due to the white crown that resembles a bald head. Photo:@USFWS
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Young sandhill cranes grow quickly and can leave the nest shortly after hatching, sometimes walking and swimming within 8 hours! Have you spotted any cranes lately? Photo courtesy of Gordon Garcia.
.@Interior received $28+ billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding & is working with @USFWS on ecosystem restoration, scientific innovation & more: ow.ly/kJ3T50J9yc6 📷: Sandhill cranes - Huron Wetland Management District in SD by S. Uecker/USFWSX
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Historic investments help conservation soar! 🦅 The recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests in America’s natural world & built environment, including public lands like@USFWSRefugess:ow.ly/UXS950J9yJmU 📷: Tom Koerner/USFWCu
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Disclaimer: This animal is being handled by a professional. Please leave wildlife wild and give them space.
Gopher snakes, Pacific tree frogs and orangebush monkeyflowers... oh my! Our biologists came across some pretty neat wildlife and plants on a recent field day in Santa Barbara County, California. What cool sights have you encountered recently? 📷Andrew Dennhardt/USFWST
American shad 🐟 Oh the migrations you've had Rivers ran silver American shad and SO MANY fishes undertake incredible spawning migrations...🎣 the latest Fish of the Week! podcastow.ly/FL0G50J8wOVHv 📷 SERC Fisheries Conservation L#AllTheFishi#WorldFishMigrationDayDzHp
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Discover how wildlife crossings help animals by allowing them to move safely between habitats & avoid deadly car collisions: ow.ly/exL750IXvCq The Florida panther is one species for which wildlife crossings offer a pathway for conservation success. 📷: USFWSI
That's why we're working with partners to develop innovative nature-based solutions that protect and restore our salt marshes in the face of climate change and sea-level rise. #AmericanWetlandsMonth fws.gov/story/setting-…
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Salt marshes are more than a breathtaking view.; they're vital to the future of wildlife and our communities. In the Northeast, these wetlands are home to species like the saltmarsh sparrow, a bird that you won't find anywhere else on Earth.
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Wise men say only fools rush in, but they must not know about the western grebe. Western grebes have an elaborate courtship display. One component is called rushing where the birds run along the surface of the water.. Photo: Mick Thompson CC BY-NC 2.0 flic.kr/p/G5hdVw
Happy #AmericanWetlandsMonth! 💧🌱🦆💙 Wetlands provide clean, reliable water, safety from flooding, and outdoor recreation. More than one-third of America’s threatened and endangered species live only in wetlands. 5 things to know about wetlango.usa.gov/xu6ykCobeB
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It's that time of year! Bears are out and about so we partnered with the Blackfoot Challenge to share some helpful best practices to reduce bear conflicts at your home if you live near bear habitat. More best practices here: ow.ly/9otq50J90la #KeepBearsWild Image:@USFWS
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Northern harriers have an owl-like face, which directs sound to their ears, making it easier to detect prey. Look for these long-tailed hawks gliding over grasslands and marshes. Photo by Mike Budd/USFWS.
This American kestrel caught a snake! These tiny falcons typically feed on a variety of invertebrates, small rodents and birds but sometimes eat snakes, lizards and frogs. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Migratory birds were built to fly extraordinary distances in search of food, warmth and a mate. From geese and cranes to blue jays and loons, we are dedicated to bird conservation and preserving the environments they need to live and thrive. Photo by Michael Hamilton
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Bird is the word and they need your help. 🐦 As birds continue to migrate,#DimTheLightsForBirdsAtNightt. Turning off non-essential lights during migration season can lessen the impact light pollution has on feathered friends:ow.ly/4kPV50J6QSAd 📷: Northern parula by USFW43
Coastal brown bear females are fierce protectors of their young. Cubs born in January/February emerge with their mothers in May/June learn life skills for survival in the bear world. Mother bear in Izembek National #WildlifeRefuge, Alaska. 📷 Mary Frische & Tom Collopy for USFWSm
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We've approved a recovery plan for NM’s last native freshwater mussel, the Texas hornshell. The plan will not only benefit the Texas hornshell but will also provide a cleaner and more robust water supply for the local communities. ow.ly/SEz650J7NAw 📸: Joel Lusk/USFWSW
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.@USFWS announces $16+ million to support healthy waterways! 💧 The Clean Vessel Act Program supports states & the boating community. It plays a crucial role in keeping waterways clean & accessible for local communities & wildlife.ow.ly/OZsB50J7YUzz 📷: Keenan Adams/USFWiI
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Striped skunks have a ✨smelly✨ reputation, but #DYK that spraying isn't their first line of defense? Skunks will also spit, growl, shake their tails, fluff their fur & stomp the ground before resorting to spraying. 🦨 📷courtesy of Hazel Holby. 📸 Taken at Sacramento NWR, CM1U
Last month @USFWSRefuges Senior Federal Wildlife Officer Jeremy Nguyen answered a soggy call at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. Thanks to Jeremy & other first responders, the waterlogged truck was pulled ashore, & the driver had only minor injuries. 📷:@USFWSSS
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This #NationalPoliceWeek & every day we’re grateful for America’s dedicated law enforcement professionals, including @USFWS Federal Wildlife Officers. They help ensure safety for people & wildlife across @USFWSRefuges: ow.ly/9yQS50J1MeT 📷: Brett Billings#WeAreUSFWSSC
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Sandhill cranes stalk in unison amid the reflective waters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge in southeast Oregon is known as a vital stop along the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds, including about 20% of the state’s breeding sandhill cranes. 📸: Dan StreiffertI
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Grizzly bear 399’s offspring are now independent. We need your continued help to avoid human-bear conflicts. Teton County residents should expect that recently weaned bears could travel through their neighborhoods in pursuit of available habitat. Info: go.nps.gov/xjvucc
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Have you ever wondered what the source of a spring looks like? Comal Springs in New Braunfels, TX is part of the Edwards Aquifer system. It's home to unique species, some endangered like the fountain darter, Texas wild rice and the Texas blind salamander. 📸: Ryan Hagerty/USFWSt
Happy Friday from K9 Adler and his Federal Wildlife K9 Officer! Adler and his Officer are one of the amazing duos in our Federal Wildlife K9 Unit. These dogs aren't just companions, but exceptional partners that help protect wildlife and people. Photo courtesy of Robin D. Brilz
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The northern shoveler is named after its large, shovel shaped bill that features its own filtration system! This system helps filter the shoveler’s favorite foods: aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans and seeds. Photo by Mike Budd/USFWS.
Meet the smallest chipmunk in North America - the least chipmunk! Measuring 6-9 inches long, least chipmunks have long tails & five dark stripes separated by four white stripes on their back. Photo taken in CA, courtesy of Greg Schechter (CC BY 2.0) ow.ly/Xeor50J6TlA
Water Ecology Threatened Lifeblood Amphibians Nesting Diversity Shelter Wetlands are vital to a healthy planet! Explore 5 things you should know about these watery wonders: fws.gov/story/5-things… #AmericanWetlandsMonth 📷: Common loon by Bill Hintonn
Don’t worry, bee happy! While this beehive cactus does not contain actual bees, it gets its name from its resemblance to a beehive. It can be found in the Southwest, including Imperial National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, where this photo was taken. Photo: John Magera/USFWS
This jiggly, gelatinous mass contains precious Oregon spotted frog eggs. After the threatened species in the Pacific Northwest lays these eggs, they will hatch into tadpoles in about three to four weeks. @USFWS photo: T. Waterstrat
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It's an owl...it's a gull...it's...a red-tailed hawk!? It's true: Those few pigmented feathers and the dark eyes mean that, rather than being albino, this bird has a rare genetic condition called leucism.
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When you thought it was Friday, but it’s Thursday. 😳 The weekend’s almost here, so it’s a perfect time to plan your next trip to@USFWSRefugess & nearby public lands:ow.ly/3pa650J5MNc1 📷: Eared grebe at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming by Tom Koerner/USFWcr
Fox squirrels can have various color patterns ranging from pale gray to reddish-brown. They're the largest tree squirrel native to North America, and their diet consists of plant matter, insects, birds and carrion. 📷courtesy of Veit (CC BY-ND 2.0) in CAow.ly/BLLp50J5ulmKF
May is Wildfire Awareness Month. With wildfire season lasting longer than ever, learn these 10 tips to help prevent human-caused fires: go.usa.gov/xuAd8 Video: @forestservice
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