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    • Several emperor geese at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

    • Wildlife Refuges; Waterfowl; Landscape photography;
    • Izembek National Wildlife Refuge lies between the highly productive waters of the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. Within the heart of the Refuge is Izembek Lagoon, a 30-mile long and 5-mile wide coastal ecosystem that contains one of the world's...
    • Early morning ducks.

    • Aquatic birds; Aquatic environments; Aquatic plants; Birds; Grasses; Landscape photography; Plants; Scenics; Vegetation; Waterfowl; Wetlands; Wildlife refuges;
    • Several ducks gather for breakfast in the marsh on the refuge.
    • Royal terns

    • Birds; Oil spills; Shorebirds;
    • Breton National Wildlife Refuge is a crucial nesting zone for several types of shorebirds including these royal terns.
    • Rescue of a Northern Gannet

    • Birds; Oil spills;
    • July 11, 2010 Destin, Fl - Refuge Operations Specialist Kenan Adams (Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge) rescues a juvenile Northern Gannet. The gannet was transported to one of several Oiled Bird Centers operated by Tri-State...
    • Royal terns

    • Birds; Oil spills; Shorebirds; Wildlife refuges;
    • Breton National Wildlife Refuge is a crucial nesting zone for several types of shorebirds including these royal terns.
    • Yellow Rat Snake

    • Reptiles; Employees (USFWS); Logo; Wildlife refuges;
    • A Fish and Wildlife Service employee holds a yellow rat snake, one of several species found on the refuge.
    • Yellow Rat Snake

    • Reptiles; Employees (USFWS); Logo; Wildlife refuges;
    • A Fish and Wildlife Service employee holds a yellow rat snake, one of several species found on the refuge.
    • Emerson Parcel Tidal Marsh in California

    • Coastal environments; Coastal restoration; Coastal zone management; Estuarine environments; Habitat restoration;
    • The California Coastal Conservancy was awarded $1 million to help restore 438 acres of leveed grazing lands to a mosaic of open water, tidal channels, intertidal marsh, riparian woodland, and uplands. This project is part a larger effort being...
    • Armadillo

    • Mammals; Wildlife refuges;
    • One of several unique species found on the refuge
    • Docent led birding hike on Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

    • Birds; Birdwatching; Wildlife refuges; Wildlife viewing; Hiking; Youth;
    • Throughout the fall to spring, several special docent or staff led hikes are available to the public. On April 24, 2010, visitors took a short 2 mile hike to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking managed wetlands hosting various spring migrants...
    • Wood Bison

    • Mammals; Endangered species;
    • Wood bison are the largest native land mammals in the Western Hemisphere, 10 to 15% heavier than plains bison. Bulls are slightly larger than cows and average around 1,800 pounds, but can get up to 2,000 pounds. Both males and females have short...
    • Market Hunting of Waterfowl

    • refuge centennial; Waterfowl;History
    • Market hunting – mass hunting of game birds for the dinner table and restaurant trade – pushed several species of waterfowl to the brink of extinction during the late 1800's and early 1900's, and led to a general decline in America’s bird...
    • 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...
    • First Short-tailed Albatross Chick to Hatch Outside Japan

    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered 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...
    • Short-tailed Albatross Male Showing the Egg

    • Birds; Marine birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • Proud parent short-tailed albatross showing its egg. If the pair's effort is successful, this would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history! Establishing a new nesting colony is one of...
    • Short-tailed Albatross Nesting at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

    • Birds; Marine birds; Endangered 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...
    • Male Short-tailed Albatross Incubating Egg

    • Birds; Marine birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • This historic photo documents the first siting of a nesting short-tailed albatross (middle) at Midway Atoll national Wildlife Refuge. The two decoys on either side have been used (along with others and accompanying broadcasts of bird calls) on...
    • Pearl and Hermes Atoll

    • Aerial photography; Islands; Wildlife refuges; Tropical environments; Marine environments;
    • Pearl and Hermes Atoll is a large atoll with several small islets such as the ones shown here, forming a total of 96 acres of land surrounded by over 300,000 acres of coral reef habitat.
    • North Prairie Camas and Buttercup

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation;
    • The name camas prairie refers to several distinct geographical areas in the western United States which were named for the native perennial camassia or camas, including regions in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Camas bulbs...

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