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.
Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about the intersection of national parks, conservation, and recreation with Hispanic heritage.
Discover these remarkable, complex, and at times, painful stories preserved in our @NatlParkService sites. nps.gov/orgs/1207/hisp…
Congrats to Carolina Sandhills NWR FMO Mark Parker, for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina RXFire Council for 28 years of service & leading a fire program that executed 675 #rxburns to improve more than 196k acres of imperiled longleaf pine habitat @USFWSNews
Polar bears have been protected under the ESA since 2008 due to threats posed by climate change & associated loss of sea ice. We’re committed to applying the best available science to ensure these arctic animals continue to thrive in the wild for future generations. 🐻❄️e
Fatten up and sleep: That’s the winter strategy of black bears, as well as some smaller mammals such as groundhogs and skunks.
Learn more about how other critters weather the cold.
Photo by Jackie Orsulak.
#Bats are vital for a balanced and healthy ecosystem. One reason is that bats act as natural pest control. A single bat in Alabama can eat up to 3,000 insects in 1 night! (That includes pesky mosquitos.)
📷: Egyptian fruit bat, Nicole Vidal, USFWSQ
Monumental news for migratory birds! @USFWS published a final rule clarifying the scope of MBTA & is taking steps to ensure we’re conserving birds today & into the future. This change revokes the January 2021 rule. fws.gov/regulations/mb…
(Photo: Golden-cheeked warbler/USFWS)
A tip of the hat to the fat bears of Alaska during #FatBearWeek --from a worthy competitor at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. @KatmaiNPS@USFWSAlaska@Interior
Photo of a black bear by Beverly Meekins.
For many pollinators, fire is as essential as rainfall. Low intensity #rxfires promote germination of seeds, increase plant species diversity, control vegetation, and clear areas for pollinator nest sites like these fuzzy little bumblebees. twitter.com/USFWS/status/1…
Welcome to @USFWSRefuges 1st ever national wildland fire Twitter page! We are excited to share fire management news from your National Wildlife Refuge System! 80% of our lands include fire adapted vegetation that provide habitat for key threatened & endangered species #USFWSNews
Fun fact for your Saturday. Black bears use their claws to scratch bark off some trees to eat the sapwood. And, sometimes they use their claws to scratch trees to mark their territory.
Photo by Jackie Orsulak.
Meet the royal #snail.
The size of a match head. You could be standing in a few inches of water with lots of royal snails at your feet, look down, and not even see them. ow.ly/jLKK50GglxZ
Photo by David Withers, @TNEnvironment.
Heading for the weekend like...a Cooper's hawk!
Yeet! Let’s do this. The Cooper's hawk is a medium sized hawk known for high speed pursuits. Learn more about what's flying in parks at: nps.gov/subjects/birds
📸:@JoshuaTreeNPSS NPS/Renata Harrison#FridayFeelinggR
This Key deer doe is standing on her hind legs nibbling at a royal poinciana tree's leaves & flowers. This non-native tree is well loved by Key deer.
#Keydeer who aren't able to reach high up make due with searching the ground underneath for flowers & leaves. 📷: Susan Natalea
Fall is here and many animals are spending time bulking up or collecting food for the winter. This eastern chipmunk was spotted with a full load! In the winter, these chipmunks spend much of their time resting, but don't truly hibernate. Photo courtesy of Gordon Garcia.
#AlligatorRiverRefuge in North Carolina is one of the northernmost regions where American Alligators breed & reside. @USFWSRefuges
Always view alligators from a distance. If you see a change in the behavior of wildlife (they move away, etc) you're too close. 📷Danielle CanningW
Southern Appalachian #bogs are one of North America’s rarest habitats and home to many rare plants and animals.
So what exactly are bogs? ow.ly/sXBu50GdtHn
📷: Snapping turtle, North Georgia Bogs, Gary PeepleJ
American toads can be found throughout much of the eastern half of North America. In the spring, they're found near wetlands, but travel far from water the rest of the year. In the winter, they burrow below the frost line to wait out the cold! Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Every year, more than one billion birds collide with glass in the U.S., but your small efforts can make a big difference! Help us strike-out bird strikes one window at a time by creating bird friendly window decals... and more! ow.ly/Vwmh50Gboao
Across the country, we all benefit from the Hispanic community’s deep connection to America’s lands, commitment to responsible stewardship, and interaction with the resources the Earth provides.
On behalf of @Interior: Happy Hispanic Heritage Month.
Snowy egrets can be seen stealthily hunting for fish, frogs, and other aquatic prey along coasts and lakesides across the southern half of the US. You can identify them by their black bills and bright yellow feet.
Photo: Rick Cantu/USFWS
Southern hognose snakes are known for their defensive displays – hissing, flattening of their necks, and feigning death. These “theatrics” have earned them nicknames like hissing adder, blow viper, puff adder, spreading adder, and hissing sand snake. ow.ly/AQ4650Ga7i0
Over the years, Venus flytrap plants have been taken from the wild for the horticulture trade and use in pharmaceuticals. Poaching #VenusFlytrap plants is now a felony in North Carolina. ow.ly/8gIu50G3voP
Big news for a tiny Tennessee fish! We’re proposing to remove the snail darter from the #Endangered Species List. Learn more about the incredible history of the darter and how you can submit comments. @TVAnewsfws.gov/southeast/news…
📷: Snail darter, USFWS.r
Yellow garden spiders build large, circular webs that can reach 2ft in diameter! The dense area of silk that forms a zigzag pattern in the center is believed to help warn birds of the web. Photo courtesy of Brett Whaley/CC BY-NC 2.0. flic.kr/p/2h9319m
Today we announce a recovery plan for the endangered rusty patched bumble bee focused on conserving existing populations and addressing threats. Learn more about the recovery plan and how you can help: ow.ly/EeKQ50FZn8M
Photo by Jill Utrup/USFWS.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts....There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
- Rachel Carson
Happy #InternationalDogDay! Learn more about dog-friendly public lands, and don't forget to check out rules and regulations for each location to know exactly where your pup is allowed🐶:ow.ly/shMF50FZ1UdB
📷San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge in CA by J. Gonzalez/USFWtQ
The @USFWSFisheries Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Georgia run a gopher tortoise head-start program. 🥰
The hatchlings are vulnerable to predators in their 1st year, so the hatchery raises them and then releases them back into the wild to help boost the population.q
Are you an active college or graduate student interested in joining the @USFWS? Well, the Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) may just be your golden ticket! Learn more about this life-changing opportunity to work in conservation: ow.ly/ekNY50FQPhm
Whether you want to get out fishing, go for a hike, sit quietly in nature, or practice your smart phone photography skills, there is a national wildlife refuge near you!
Photo: Jason Frels at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
#PuertoRico is home to some of the most diverse land & marine ecosystems in the U.S. Yet less than 10 % of lands are set aside for conservation. Learn how we're helping to protect Puerto Rico’s ecosystems & imperiled wildlife. ow.ly/X2Q350FNQaY
📷 PR parrot, Tom MacKenziek