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    • Whooping Crane

    • Whooping Crane
    • Birds; Endangered species;
    • A close-up view of a Whooping Crane photographed at the International Crane Foundation located in Barbaboo, Wisconsin. The Whooping Crane is an endangered species of which an estimated population of 383 continue to exist in the wild. The Whooping...
    • Male Short-tailed Albatross and Chick

    • Male Short-tailed Albatross and Chick
    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • A male short-tailed albatross protects his chick. As of 2010, the short-tailed albatross population is estimated to be 1,200 birds. Of these, the total number of breeding age birds is thought to be approximately 600 birds.
    • Short-tailed Albatross Pair-bonding Dance

    • Short-tailed Albatross Pair-bonding Dance
    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • A pair of short-tailed albatrosses dance together on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. This pair later mated and hatched a chick in the 2010/2011 breeding season. As of 2010, the short-tailed albatross population is estimated to be 1,200...
    • Whooping Crane

    • Whooping Crane
    • Birds; Endangered species;
    • A Whooping Crane photographed at the International Crane Foundation located in Barbaboo, Wisconsin. The Whooping Crane is an endangered species of which an estimated population of 383 continue to exist in the wild. The Whooping Crane occurs only in...
    • Wood Bison Calf

    • Wood Bison Calf
    • Mammals; Endangered species;
    • During the early 1800s, wood bison numbers were estimated at 168,000, but by the late 1800s, the subspecies was nearly eliminated. Excessive hunting was the primary factor leading to population decline. Another factor that is thought to have played...
    • Damage to the Pier on Eastern Island

    • Damage to the Pier on Eastern Island
    • Islands; Wildlife refuges; Wildlife impacts; Buildings, facilities and structures; Coastal environments; Weather impacts;
    • Eastern Island is the second largest of the three islands at Midway Atoll. It is estimated that 60% of the island was over-washed by the tsunami. The tsunami generated by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan struck the refuge at 11:36 PM on...
    • Wisdom Returns to Feed Her Chick

    • Wisdom Returns to Feed Her Chick
    • Coastal environments; Marine birds; Migratory birds; Tropical environments; Weather impacts; Wildlife refuges; Islands;
    • Fish and Wildlife Service announced on March 21, 2011 that Wisdom has returned. In the face of tremendous losses of Laysan and black-footed albatross at the Refuge - including an estimated 110,000 chicks and 2,000 adults - to the tsunami that...
    • Short-tailed Albatross Chick Survives Major Storm

    • Short-tailed Albatross Chick Survives Major Storm
    • Birds;
    • Gale force winds, rain, thunder, and lightning rocked Midway Atoll on Friday night, Feb. 11th, leading to moderate damage and loss of wildlife. Fortunately, no island residents or visitors were hurt and no major infrastructure was damaged. For at...
    • FWS Employee with Gopher Tortoise

    • FWS Employee with Gopher Tortoise
    • Endangered species; Reptiles; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; Georgia
    • The Gopher Tortoise is one of four tortoises that live in North America. It has been estimated that the Florida population will be reduced nearly 70% by 2000 A.D. and could be eliminated from all but protected lands by 2025 A.D. A combination of...
    • Female Short-tailed Albatross on Chick

    • Female Short-tailed Albatross on Chick
    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • This is one of the first images of the female short-tailed albatross with her chick. The chick is the first to be hatched outside of Japan. As of 2010, the short-tailed albatross population is estimated to be 1,200 birds. Of these, the total number...
    • Female Short-tailed Albatross and Chick

    • Female Short-tailed Albatross and Chick
    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • This is one of the first images of the female short-tailed albatross with her chick. The chick is the first to be hatched outside of Japan. As of 2010, the short-tailed albatross population is estimated to be 1,200 birds. Of these, the total number...
    • Male Short-tailed Albatross and Chick

    • Male Short-tailed Albatross and Chick
    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • This male Short-tailed Albatross checks on his chick that hatched recently on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. As of 2010, the short-tailed albatross population is estimated to be 1,200 birds. Of these, the total number of breeding age birds...
    • Female Short-tailed Albatross Incubating Her Egg

    • Female Short-tailed Albatross Incubating Her Egg
    • Birds; Marine birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service staff have observed a pair of short-tailed albatross incubating an egg on Eastern Island, Midway Atoll NWR. The adult male was banded as a fledgling on Torishima Island, Japan in 1987. The female was banded as a...

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