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    • From our Partners

    • From our Partners
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    • 2 Dear Friends and Neighbors, Private landowners, large and small, play a vital role conserving habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants. In fact, more than two- thirds of the nation’s threatened and endangered species use habitat found on...
    • Pearl and Hermes Atoll

    • 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.
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot poses beside a seaplane

    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot poses beside a seaplane
    • Aircraft; Aviation; Transportation; Wildlife refuges; Service patch; Work of the Service;
    • Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve white-fronted geese, other waterfowl and migratory birds, moose, caribou, and furbearers; to fulfill treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsistence uses; and to ensure necessary...
    • Rat Island, Aleutian Islands

    • Rat Island, Aleutian Islands
    • ALASKA MARITIME NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; AMNWR; Birds; birding; Marine birds ; rats; habitat; Coastal environments; biology. Rat prevention; Aleutian Islands; Aleutians
    • Rat Island in the western Aleutians got infested with rats in 1780 when a Japanese sailing ship went aground. It may have been an important seabird colony, but little bird life now exists. Rats in large numbers still persist on Rat Island by ...
    • Bald Eagle

    • Bald Eagle
    • Alaska; Kodiak Island; Raptors; Birds of prey;
    • Bald eagle draws wings back as it comes into the nest for a landing. Bald eagles generally lay 2 to 3 eggs in a large nest made of sticks and smaller twigs in tall trees or on rocky cliffs.
    • Wyoming toads and cattle: at home on the range

    • Wyoming toads and cattle: at home on the range
    • Aquatic animals; Biologists (USFWS); Extinctions; Endangered species; Amphibians;
    • Biologists feared that the Wyoming toad was extinct until 1987 when a fisherman discovered a population at Mortenson Lake on Swanson’s land. The discovery created excitement about a chance to save the species and its habitat, and it led Swanson...
    • Fish and Wildlife Service employee

    • Fish and Wildlife Service employee
    • Aquatic animals; Employees (USFWS); Environmental quality; Fishes; Refuges; Wildlife refuges;
    • Fish and Wildlife Service employee in the field, in dry area with remains of large fish.
    • Habitat suitability index models: Gadwall (breeding)

    • Habitat suitability index models: Gadwall (breeding)
    • Aquatic birds; Biological control; Habitat conservation; Migratory birds; Wetlands;
    • The basis for this HSI model was developed in a workshop that included the following waterfowl biologists form the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND: Leo Kirsch (retired), John Lokemoen, and George Swanson. These individuals...
    • Common loon

    • Common loon
    • Aquatic birds; Birds;
    • The common loon is best known for its call and is one of the most recognizable wilderness sounds. The loon is a large bird, about 28 to 36 inches, and has a thick, pointed, black bill. In breeding plumage the loon's head and neck are black with...

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