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Spheksophobia (fear of wasps & yellow jackets): Did you know that yellow jackets will harvest meat in late summer? Within 24 hours, these yellow jackets will clear this mouse carcass – playing an important role as nature's cleanup crew! 📷Courtney Celley/USFWSd
You have now entered ✨Phobia Week✨. Arachnophobia (fear of spiders): Here we have dozens of newly hatched wolf spider babies (the orange dots) hitching a ride on mom’s back. While these spiders are large – they don’t pose a threat to humans. 📷 Megan Seymour/USFWSg
Fall migration is underway, and that means the honking calls of sandhill cranes will echo over the great plains as they fly south. Key stopover places like Quivara, Monte Vista, or Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuges are great places to see them. Photo: Paul Anders
Humpback chub is swimming closer to recovery! Based on the best available science, @USFWS is reclassifying humpback chub from endangered to threatened under the #ESA. We continue working to fully recover the species: ow.ly/umht50GsbZ0 Video credit: Freshwaters Illustrated
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Black-crowned night-herons tend to eat in the evening or early morning. This helps to reduce competition with other heron species that use the same habitat during the day! Have you seen any herons lately? Photo by Grayson Smith/USFWS.
This is a coho salmon. DYK male salmon get a hook jaw when they return to spawn? 🐟 This week we're taking you to some of the clearest waters of interior Alaska to catch the scoop on the late run of coho salmon:ow.ly/tdnT50GsRfT6 📷 Bureau of Land Managemen#AllTheFishs96
Have you seen any wood ducks lately? While these ducks can be found across much of the country year round, those that breed in the north will move toward warmer areas with open water for the winter. Photo courtesy of Rick Cameron/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. flic.kr/p/2gcYbVi
Ruffed grouse perform impressive displays by elevating their long neck feathers (known as a ruff) and fanning their tails. We caught a glimpse of this one displaying along a forest edge. These birds don't migrate but will wander in search of food. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
📷:A California thrasher, California quail and riparian brush rabbit all spotted together on the Pelican Nature Trail at San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in California.
The national wildlife refuges we have across the country are all special in their own ways. We gathered a list of eight hidden gems to look out for if you're ever in California, Nevada or Oregon: ow.ly/uYbj50Gsogt 📷Rick Kimble#NationalWildlifeRefugeWeekkr
As #HispanicHeritageMonth comes to a close, we’re reminded of Hispanic & Latino Americans' many contributions to our nation over the centuries. We strive to support a workforce that reflects our nation’s growing diversity & can inspire & engage Americans from all walks of life. twitter.com/SecDebHaaland/…
Though often feared and loathed as sinister creatures of the night, bats are vital to the health of our environment and our economy. Learn more about why bats are so essential, the threats they’re facing, how we’re conserving them and how you can help: fws.gov/midwest/news/I…
📷Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in California courtesy of Hazel Holby 📷Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by USFWS 📷Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada by Marie Nygren/USFW@USFWSRefugesges
In honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week and our love for the outdoors and prime visual content, we pulled together nine refuges with the most picturesque sunsets: ow.ly/2q1050GrFnR If you've taken sunrise/sunset pics at refuges, comment below. We'd love to see them. 😍A
Did you get my good side? This baby alligator snapping turtle may grow to be up to 175 pounds and may live to be 45 years old in the wild! Photo: USFWS at Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
Do you have favorite foods for every season? Maybe watermelon in the summer & soup in the fall. Yellow-rumped warblers also change foods with seasons! They eat mostly insects during summer, but switch to fruits & seeds during fall & winter. Photo: @USFWS
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Want to join in the celebration of the @USFWS National Wildlife Refuge Week? Don't let the universe stop you. We put together a list of refuges you should definitely check out: doi.gov/blog/celebrati…
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A short list of activities that are safe to do while Mercury is in retrograde: 🪐Take a walk at a@USFWSS national wildlife refuge 🪐Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week 🪐Go fishing at a refuge And that's it. Stay safe everyone! Pic of Conboy Lake National Wildlife RefuCUT
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Winter wrens are powerful singers. When comparing weight to song, they belt out more powerful calls than a rooster! Watch and listen for these little birds as they forage on the ground and hop around low branches. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
For National #WildlifeRefuge Week, we invite you to take time to walk, stroll, saunter, hike, prance, trot, amble, ramble or roll for the wild in a virtual 5K 🐾 Register for free and select a Refuge to represent during your walk!ow.ly/hOZx50Gr9s9P 📹 USFWS/Lisa Hup7p
Representation in STEM: How we address diversity for a better future. Learn about Lory's internship experience at one of our offices in Southern California. The story: ow.ly/btDP50GqWq3 #HispanicHeritageMonth
The desert millipede rarely emerges from underground burrows, but they play an important role. These millipedes recycle nutrients! By feeding on dead plants and animals, they nourish the soil faster than if the plants and animals decomposed naturally. 📷: Sarah Dzielski/USFWSj
Awesome sighting in Illinois! Hudsonian godwits breed near arctic coasts in Alaska and Canada. They travel long distances, spending winters in the southern half of South America. They aren't well studied and were once thought to be extremely rare. Photo courtesy of Gordon Garcia.
Stop scrolling! Want to play a game of "I Spy"? Some wildlife are hiding in this habitat. Can you see what species it is? Hint: Fall is the perfect time to see this animal. Photo:@USFWS
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We talked to local cyclists who gave us their favorite routes at refuges like Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in NV. They gave us insider knowledge on road conditions, places of interest along the way & the best time of year to complete the ride→ow.ly/qdm450GqkWL
Did you know that many national wildlife refuges across the nation are open to cyclists? Refuges offer open roads, beautiful vistas & opportunities to see diverse wildlife. #thread Photos: Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge & Devils Hole pupfish by USFWS
Living underwater and in complete darkness means functioning eyes are not necessary for the Texas blind salamander. But that doesn’t hold them back from being active predators that feast on invertebrates using smell and vibrations in the water. Photo: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
American kestrels can be found year round across much of the country, but some prefer a change of scenery. Individuals that breed in the far north may migrate all the way to South America! Photo by Grayson Smith/USFWS.
On Indigenous Peoples' Day, we celebrate the cultures and history of Indigenous and Native communities across the nation. It’s part of our mission to honor our trust responsibilities and special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities.
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Join us for a conversation w Cyrus Harris from Sisaulik, Alaska about whitefish and traditional Iñupiaq fish trapping techniques. Tune in here: ow.ly/vce650Gp5Eg 🐟 or wherever you get your podcasts. Whitefish scales. 📷 Oliver Barke#IndigenousPeoplesDay20212#AllTheFishsDO
National Wildlife Refuge Week allows us to celebrate the great network of lands and waters that conserve and protect Americans’ precious wildlife heritage. @USFWSRefuges Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge photo by David Doerning
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Did you know that some turkey vultures migrate all the way to South America while others don't migrate at all? Residents of southern and coastal state are more likely to see turkey vultures year round. Photo by Debbie Koenigs/USFWS.
Nearby nature’s closer than you think! 🌺 Visit@USFWSRefugess & celebrate National#WildlifeRefugee Week October 10-16:ow.ly/J8DV50GnmPt9 Sunday, October 10 is a fee free day! Find your nearest wildlife refuge:ow.ly/JMjy50GnmDL4 📷: Tom Koerner/USFWZO
Trumpeter swans form pairs for life and even stick together during migration! In the 1600s, these swans were hunted for their feathers, decimating populations by the 1800s. Aggressive conservation efforts helped the species recover by the early 2000s. Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS.
Welcome home! Recently, twenty black-footed ferrets were released in Meeteetse, Wyoming. Thanks to our partners, @WGFD and private landowners, who are dedicated to black-footed ferret conservation and continue to help us increase wild populations: ow.ly/3aPE50GnJ3y@USFWSSL
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Video by Madisen Norton/USFWS AD version: youtube.com/watch?v=21Ljjq…
*WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT* Down in #SoCal, we work closely with the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms to rehabilitate injured desert tortoises. Here's an update about one of the tortoise patients that came in last year. #DesertTortoiseWeek
This mama black bear would like to remind everyone that self-care is important. In the deserts of the Southwest, remote watering stations can mean the difference between getting young through a summer season and not. This black bear took not just a drink, but a soak. 📷:USFWSI
Tiger salamanders can be found throughout many midwestern and western states, but seeing them is rather rare. Adults spend most of their lives in underground burrows, emerging only when it’s time to breed. Have you spotted any salamanders? Photo by Sam Stukel/USFWS.
If you ever come across a tortoise in the wild, please them leave be. They're a listed species & easily startled. If a tortoise is scared, they will void their bladder, potentially losing a year's worth of fluids that they need to survive. ow.ly/kB9I50GnYxU📷J.Contois/USFWSA
#DYK: The temperature of desert tortoise eggs during incubation determines the sex of a desert tortoise. Eggs w/ lower temperatures (26-30.6 C) become males & eggs w/ higher temperatures (32.8 – 35.3 C) become females. This hatchling is being handled by a professional. #thread
.@Interior we celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. Join us in October celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. #NDEAM
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Young bald eagles look a lot different than their parents. It can take four years for their eyes and beak to change from brown to yellow and then another year for their characteristic white head. Have you seen any bald eagles lately? Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Wishing all bears their ideal weight gain over the coming weeks and congratulations to 480 Otis for understanding the assignment. Learn more about the fat bear diet plan: ow.ly/BZsS50GnjeC Kodiak brown bear (adult female). 📷 USFWS/Lisa Hupp#WildlifeRefugee#FatBearWeekk8
Hop to it! Explore events across the National Wildlife Refuge System & discover how wildlife refuges improve people's lives: ow.ly/J8DV50GnmPt 📷: Mule deer at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado by USFWSn
Join us for a fee free day across @USFWSRefuges on Sunday, October 10 as we kick off National #WildlifeRefuge Week. Find your nearest national wildlife refuge – there are more than 500 across America: ow.ly/JMjy50GnmDL
GOOD NEWS! Nearly $80 million in grants help conserve and permanently protect about 56,000 acres of habitat for 55 listed and at-risk species across 13 states through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund: ow.ly/3m7J50Gng6a 📷Scott Collins Oswit Land Trustc
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Dark-eyed juncos are starting to make their way south. Juncos that spend summers in Alaska and Canada migrate south with some traveling all the way to northern Mexico! These birds can be spotted across most of the U.S. in the winter. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
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