national wildlife week

It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week! National wildlife refuges are America’s best-kept secret – offering unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and providing vital habitat for thousands of species of animals and plants, both abundant and rare. With at least one national wildlife refuge in every state and territory (plus an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas), there’s a wildlife refuge nearby waiting to be explored. Photo Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico by Robert Dunn.

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Princely Tiger Moth, Chrysocale principalis by Ian & Kate Bruce
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A beautiful daytime moth with Iridescent wings. We sighted the Princely Tiger Moth high in the Mil Combres mountains in the Highlands of Mexico. They are found in Guatemala and Mexico and this one was on Ageratum flowers, Whiteweed in the USA, a genus of 40-60 flowering annuals and perennials native to Central America and Mexico with four species found in the USA.

It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week! Whether you’re looking for flippers, feathers, fur, fins or fangs, you can find amazing animals at wildlife refuges. Refuges across the country provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. There’s at least one national wildlife refuge in every state and territory and within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas. Photo of seals at Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts by Amanda Boyd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Celebrating National Wildlife Week with a Restoration Success Story from BLM California!

In the summer of 2014, 250-feet of historic slough channel was excavated by local watershed restoration groups in the BLM-managed Mattole River Estuary. The goal of the project was to provide threatened coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead with slack-water habitat in the winter and cool water in the summer.  The project is one component of the BLM’s larger 5-year restoration plan for the estuary and lower river.

Following construction, the slough channel was quickly inhabited by a wide range of fish and wildlife, most notably the target fish species and a family of river otters.  BLM Fish Biologist Zane Ruddy captured this video of a curious otter checking out his GoPro. 

It’s National Wildlife Week!  This year’s theme is “Branching Out for Wildlife” – celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people.

Raccoon in tree (French Creek Game Farm).  Taken by Paul Steucke, June 1968. Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.

From the series: Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, compiled ca. 1897 - ca. 1980; From the Records of the National Forest Service. 

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Happy National Wildlife Week from this river otter at the Mattole… From USF&WS and BLM.