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    • 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 Vessel Ursa Major II

    • Boats; Coastal environments; Employees (USFWS); Logo; Marine environments; Personnel; Service patch; Uniforms; Work of the Service; Wage Grade Occupations;
    • Wage Grade staff from Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on board the Service's 48 foot research vessel Ursa Major II, assists the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the loading of fuel drums which were used during surveys of river otter...
    • Ursa Major at Uyak Bay, Kodiak

    • Work of the Service; Boats; Transportation; Wildlife refuges; Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
    • Conference on the stern of US FWS Vessel Ursa Major. Amook Pass, Uyak Bay.
    • First Short-tailed Albatross Chick to Hatch Outside Japan

    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered and/or Threatened species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • The chick hatched during a major storm but the parent did an excellent job protecting it from the inclement weather. Establishing a new nesting colony is one of several important steps needed to continue the rare bird’s recovery because volcanic...
    • Captain Jeff Lewis

    • Boats; Coastal environments; Employees (USFWS); Logo; Marine environments; Personnel; Service patch; Uniforms; Work of the Service; Wage Grade Occupations;
    • Refuge employee Jeff Lewis has his USCG 100 ton credentials and is the captain of the refuges 48' research vessel the Ursa Major ll.
    • Cambridge fire

    • Prescribed burning; Fires; Roads; Buildings, facilities and structures; Equipment
    • Prescribed fires conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on National Wildlife Refuge lands that are located near communities lessen the chance wildfires will cause major damage to private property and structures.
    • Muskox at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    • Wildlife refuges; Wildlife viewing; Mammals;
    • The entire Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain supports muskoxen. In summer, they concentrate along major rivers including the Canning, Tamayariak, Sadlerochit, Jago, Aichilik, and Kongakut. Muskoxen are an important part of the Refuge...
    • Blanket of snow on a refuge trai

    • Wildlife refuges; Hiking; Biking; Leisure activities; Public access;
    • The refuge maintains several miles of trails for either hiking or biking. Major recreational activities include wildlife/wildland observation, photography, education, and sheer enjoyment of the outdoors. About half are paved while the rest are open...
    • Milkweed bugs feasting on milkweed

    • Insects; Plants; Flowering plants;
    • Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of insects use milkweed as...
    • Milkweed pods and seeds at NCTC

    • Insects;
    • Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkwee Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of insects use milkweed as...
    • Milkweed pods in a field

    • Flowering plants; Plants; Insects; Invertebrates;
    • Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of insects use milkweed as...
    • Milkweed pods in a field

    • Flowering plants; Plants; Insects; Invertebrates;
    • Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkwee Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of insects use milkweed as...
    • Milkweed standing against the blue sky

    • Flowering plants; Insects; Invertebrates; Plants;
    • Milkweed standing against the blue sky. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many...
    • Milkweeds in a field

    • Flowering plants; Insects; Invertebrates; Plants;
    • Milkweed in a field. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of...
    • Milkweed  in a field

    • Flowering plants; Insects; Invertebrates; Plants;
    • Milkweed in a field. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of...
    • Milkweed seeds in a pod

    • Flowering plants; Insects; Invasive species; Plants;
    • Seeds inside of a milkweed pod. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other...
    • Milkweed in a field

    • Flowering plants; Insects; Invertebrates; Plants;
    • Milkweed in a field. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkwee Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of...
    • Coastal erosion

    • Coastal environments; Climate change; Erosion; Wildlife refuges;
    • The marsh system on the Aransas NWR is under constant threat due to erosion. Erosion is caused by a variety of factors, boat traffic and hurricanes are major contributors to erosion on the Refuge. Over the past 10 years multiple projects to armor...
    • Aransas NWR coastal erosion

    • Coastal environments; Climate change; Erosion; Wildlife refuges;
    • The marsh system on the Aransas NWR is under constant threat due to erosion. Erosion is caused by a variety of factors, boat traffic and hurricanes are major contributors to erosion on the Refuge. Over the past 10 years multiple projects to armor...
    • Aransas NWR coastal erosion

    • Coastal environments; Climate change; Erosion; Wildlife refuges;
    • The marsh system on the Aransas NWR is under constant threat due to erosion. Erosion is caused by a variety of factors, boat traffic and hurricanes are major contributors to erosion on the Refuge. Over the past 10 years multiple projects to armor...

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