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    • Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

    • Sweetwater Marsh NWR, Imperial Beach, California: This bit of salt-marsh habitat, just 315 acres, is all that's left of the huge salt marshes surrounding San Diego Bay. The refuge was developed as a result of a court-ordered settlement over a...
    • Children line up to experience the thrill of firefighting

    • Adults; Children; Connecting people with nature; Education; Education outreach; Environmental education; Interpretation; Leisure activities; Public access; Recreation; Vegetation; Visitor services; Wildlife refuges; Work of the Service; Youth; Fire...
    • Students prepare to handle the fire hose, just like a refuge firefighter.
    • This couple just enjoys being outdoors

    • Adults; Connecting people with nature; Leisure activities; Public access; Recreation; Structures; Tourism; Visitor services; Wildlife refuges; Buildings, facilities and structures;
    • A leisurely walk and birdwatching go hand in hand. The boardwalk on the refuge makes the experience more enjoyable.
    • I'd rather be airboating!

    • Adults; Emblems; Employees (USFWS); Management; Maintenance; Personnel; Resource management; Service patch; Uniforms; Vegetation; Wildlife refuges; Work of the Service; Trees; Plants; Boating; Boats; Amphibious vehicles; Aquatic environments;...
    • Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge employee crusing the refuge in an airboat, just part of the job.
    • Helicopter in Bettles

    • Aircraft; Villages; Wildlife refuges;
    • Helicopter hovering just above the ground. Bettles is considered the access point to the Kanuti Refuge. It is located on the Koyukuk River just north of the Kanuti Refuge boundary.
    • Having a beautiful flight!

    • Aquatic birds; Aquatic environments; Birds; Coastal environments; Environments (Natural); Marine environments; Marine birds; Scenics; Wildlife refuges;
    • A Great blue heron reminds us of just how beautiful life can be.
    • We just love this place!

    • Aquatic environments; Aquatic birds; Birds; Birdwatching; Coastal environments; Connecting people with nature; Emblems; Environments (Natural); Icons; Interpretation; Islands; Leisure activities; Logo; Marine environments; Landscape photography;...
    • Two of the many happy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers waiting to welcome you to the refuge and share the fun.
    • Just get a good grip!

    • Aquatic environments; Children; Connecting people with nature; Education; Education outreach; Emblems; Employees (USFWS); Environmental education; Environments (Natural); Fishing; Icons; Interpretation; Law enforcement; Leisure activities;...
    • A little girl tries her hand at fishing for the very first time, smiling all the way.
    • Gulf Coast Recovery Act Project

    • Aquatic environments; Lakes; Partnerships; Videography;
    • Two local broadcast journalists capture video on the north shore of Campbell Lake outside Destin, Florida. The Gulf of Mexico is just beyond the large dunes on the other side of the lake from the cameras.
    • Bird tagging

    • Bird banding; Birds;
    • NCTC Deputy Director Jim Willis, handles a Royal Tern while participating in a bird banding/survey event conducted on New Dump Island located in the Core Sound just off the town of Atlantic N.C.
    • Pelican banding

    • Bird banding; Birds; Connecting people with nature; Employees (USFWS); Marine birds; Shorebirds; Surveying;
    • NCTC Deputy Director Jim Willis, handles a young brown pelican while participating in a bird banding/survey event conducted on New Dump Island - a manmade island located in Core Sound just off the town of Atlantic N.C.
    • What do you mean I can't fly yet?

    • Birds; Birds of prey; Foliage; Plants; Trees; Vegetation; Wildlife refuges;
    • A baby Owl is perched as if ready to take off and fly, just one more wonder of the refuge.
    • Short-tailed Albatross Nesting at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

    • Birds; Marine birds; Endangered and/or Threatened species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • Short-tailed albatross nesting (middle of image) for the first time at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The two decoys on either side have been used (along with others and accompanying taped bird calls) on Eastern Island for several years to...
    • Whooping Cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

    • Birds;whooping crane; Endangered and/or Threatened species; Texas; NWR; Migratory birds
    • Aransas NWR, Austwell, Texas: These palmettos and prickly pear cacti define just one of the many habitat types found on the 59,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the shore of San Antonio Bay. Best known for its large flock of wintering...
    • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

    • Birds; Wildlife refuges; Wading birds
    • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, Utah 74,000 acres of river delta spill across the Great Salt Lake valley welcoming hundreds of species of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Goldeneye, lesser scaups and American wigeon are just a few...
    • Successful fishermen in boat

    • Boating; Fishing; Recreation;
    • Two older men enjoying fishing from boat; one man is standing and raising hat while showing the fish he just caught.
    • I just want to touch the water

    • Children; Connecting people with nature; Education outreach; Employees (USFWS); Fishing; Landscape photography; Leisure activities; Work of the Service;
    • Young girl from NCTC day care center attempting to put hand in fish tank
    • Happy just to see my shadow

    • Children; Connecting people with nature; Leisure activities; Landscape photography; Places (Human-made); Plants; Public access; Recreation; Trees; Vegetation; Wildlife refuges; Wildlife viewing; Youth;
    • A child finds joy in strolling down the path of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
    • Man showing fish caught by boys

    • Children; Fishing; Recreation;
    • Man proudly showing off fish that was just caught by two young boys sitting in little chairs on fishing pier.
    • Shadows and light

    • Coastal environments; Environments (Natural); Grasses; Marine environments; Plants; Scenics; Tourism; Vegetation; Wildlife refuges;
    • Pretty photo of the dunes at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Just one more reason to go.


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