national wildlife refuge system

Happy birthday, Teddy Roosevelt! Often called “a force of nature” because of his irrepressible personality, he is remembered for his passion and advocacy for America’s great outdoors. Pictured here with naturalist John Muir in Yosemite National Park, President Roosevelt created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 bird sanctuaries, began the National Wildlife Refuge system and set aside more than 100 million acres for national forests.

Fall foliage lights up the lakeshore at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Along with changing leaves, late season sunflowers provide a colorful contrast to red-wing blackbirds that swoop and dart through grasses. The refuge protects a wide stretch of the Rio Grande river where sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl spend the winter each year. Photo courtesy of Robert Dunn via USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System.

Happy Birthday Jack Hanna!

Animal expert and Emeritus Director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, “Jungle” Jack was born on January 2, 1947.  Hanna has appeared on countless television shows to educate Americans about animals.  Here he shares a stage with Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and a bobcat to celebrate the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

We hope he has a roaring good time on his birthday!

Secretary Gale Norton, left, admiring bobcat held by animal expert and television show host Jack Hanna during wildlife display segment of the ceremony at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian, Florida, marking the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System, 3/14/2003