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    • American Bittern

    • Wading birds; Birds;
    • The American Bittern is found all across the country but prefers habitats that include freshwater wetlands with tall emergent vegetation where they can hide. Although you may not see them, you would have no problem hearing them as Bitterns have a...
    • What is that?

    • Adults; Aquatic environments; Coastal environments; Connecting people with nature; Environments (Natural); Leisure activities; Marine environments; Public access; Recreation; Recreation sites; Tourism; Visitor services; Wildlife refuges; Children;
    • A family wonders what is passing by underneath them while a Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge employee stands by.
    • Nutria

    • Mammals; Rodents; Invasive species; Aquatic animals;
    • Nutria is an invasive species brought to the U.S. from south America by trappers who thought to capitalize on the sale of their fur. The species has taken over rivers and lakes causing lots of trouble and habitat damage. US Fish and Wildlife...
    • Turtle egg relocation

    • Reptiles; Wildlife refuges; Work of the Service;
    • Loggerhead sea turtle eggs being relocated to keep erosion from washing them away; Cape Island, S.C.
    • Baited trap used to capture nutria

    • Aquatic animals; Invasive species; Mammals; Rodents; Wildlife management; Trapping; Tagging;
    • A trap baited with carrots and apples awaits a nutria to venture out of the water and investigate. The animals are trapped in order to tag them to better understand the habits of nutria and to prevent their spreading.
    • Capturing nutria

    • Aquatic animals; Invasive species; Mammals; Rodents; Wildlife management; Trapping; Tagging;
    • A safe trap awaits a nutria to venture out of the water and investigate. The animals are trapped in order to tag them to better understand the habits of nutria and to control populations.
    • Nutria tags are prepared

    • Aquatic animals; Invasive species; Mammals; Rodents; Wildlife management; Trapping; Tagging; Biologists (USFWS);
    • Biologists prepare a tag for a nutria. The animals are trapped in order to tag them to better understand the habits of nutria and to prevent overpopulation.
    • Caged Nutria

    • Aquatic animals; Invasive species; Mammals; Rodents; Wildlife management; Trapping; Tagging;
    • A caged nutria, waiting to be tagged. The animals are trapped in order to tag them to better understand the habits of nutria and preventing their spreading.
    • Roof Top Photovoltaic

    • Green infrastructure; Energy; Buildings, facilities and structures;
    • The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act provided funds for the USFWS to install photovoltaic panels. Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric...
    • Anesthetic Buckets

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Biologists (USFWS); Employees (USFWS); Work of the Service; Tagging; Threatened species; Monitoring;
    • The fish are placed in anesthetic to slow their breathing and make them easier to handle while tagging the steelhead. Biologists use this tracking information to see if the hatchery fish that are spawning here are affecting the survival and...
    • Electroshocking for Steelhead in Eagle Creek

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Biologists (USFWS); Employees (USFWS); Work of the Service; Tagging; Threatened species; Monitoring;
    • Electroshocking is a non-lethal process that creates involuntary muscular responses in fish and causes them to float towards the surface of the water.
    • Fish Ladder

    • Fisheries management; Fishes; Fish hatcheries;
    • This fish ladder leads directly from the Columbia River. Salmon returning from the Pacific Ocean travel hundreds of miles to reach the place of their birth. The salmon's sense of smell will lead them up the river, to the fish ladder and right back...
    • Duckwater Shoshone Tribe

    • Native Americans; Habitat restoration; Fishes; Fisheries management;
    • The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced their three awardees of the agency’s 2010 Recovery Champion Award. The Duckwater Shoshone Tribe have partnered with us and an interagency team to preserve and...
    • Learning About Birding

    • Connecting people with nature; Youth; Work of the Service; Education; Education outreach; Wildlife refuges; Employees (USFWS);
    • A USFWS employee engages students from a local school while teaching them about birding on the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.
    • Sherburne Celebrates Winterfest!

    • Children; Snowshoeing; Wildlife refuges; Winter sports; Youth;
    • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge doesn't let the weather or lack of Visitor Services facilities stop them from getting kids outside to enjoy nature. Refuge staff and Friends continue to provide environmental education programs to thousands of...
    • Sherburne Celebrates Winterfest!

    • Children; Snowshoeing; Wildlife refuges; Winter sports; Youth;
    • Ella Berge (right) takes a break from outdoor winter activities to pose with Tom Melius, Midwest regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at the 2011 Winterfest celebration at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. The...
    • Newly hatched loggerhead turtles

    • Reptiles; Threatened species; Wildlife refuges; Coastal environments;
    • Volunteer helps inventory a nest of hatched turtles in order to determine productivity. These hatchlings were left in the nest and did not get out. They were taken to the water due to the heat of the day and to protect them from being spotted and...
    • Shepherdstown Elementary Environmental Education

    • Birds; Environmental education; Education outreach; Youth;
    • Two elementary school girls take a step back as a large bird spreads its wings before them at the Shepherdstown, Elementary School located in West Virginia.

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