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Portuguese Man-of-War

Look like a familiar beach scene? The Portuguese man-of-war (Physalia physalis) is not actually a jellyfish, but a colony of organisms living together. Please be careful if you find one for even if they are dead they can sting you. Have you seen any on the beach so far this summer?

Photos taken at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, MA, USA

(via: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

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This skunk family at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is so stinkin’ cute!

Nestled in central Wisconsin, Necedah hosts habitats including wetlands, prairies, savannas and forests. The usfws refuge is home to whooping cranes, trumpeter swans, skunks and red-headed woodpeckers. Visitors to Necedah can enjoy great hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Video by Ariel Lepito.

“The fox says; "I was following my mother learning to find food and a steel trap took my leg. Now I have lost my leg, my home and my family. My future is uncertain.

Thank you to Dr Paul Welch and his staff for removing the dead leg and giving me another chance.”

Leg and foot hold traps are barbaric and their victims are random. Stand against them and do not spend your money in stores that sell them. We pray for a ban in Oklahoma someday.

Time to evolve.“ – Wild Heart Ranch, Claremore, Oklahoma 

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge lies in northern Utah, where the Bear River flows into the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake. The Refuge protects the marshes found at the mouth of the Bear River, providing a critical habitat for migrating birds. More than 250 species move through this area annually by the millions to rest and feed, including this group of baby burrowing owls pictured here. Photo by Katie McVey, USFWS.

The newest national wildlife refuge – Mountain Bogs – will help protect one of the smallest, rarest turtles in the U.S., the bog turtle. Located in North Carolina, Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge is America’s 563rd refuge. It’ll be devoted to the conservation of southern Appalachian mountain bogs, which is home to five endangered species including bog turtles, green pitcher plant, mountain sweet pitcher plant, swamp pink (a lily), and bunched arrowhead. Photo of a newly hatched bog turtle by USFWS.

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About halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa lies Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge – a remote, tropical getaway. Palmyra Atoll consists of a circular string of about 50 islets nestled among several lagoons and encircled by 15,000 acres of shallow turquoise reefs and deep blue submerged reefs. The refuge’s lush vegetation supports over a million birds of 29 species – including the second largest red-footed booby colony in the world – and is the only nesting habitat for migratory seabirds and shorebirds within 450,000 square miles of ocean. Recreational diving and snorkeling programs offer visitors a chance to view the area’s colorful coral reef ecosystem, while hiking and kayaking tours give visitors the opportunity to see some of the refuge’s wildlife.

Top photo: Palmyra Atoll refuge wetlands by USFWS.

Middle photos (left to right): Strawn Island Lagoon by Laura M. Beauregard, USFWS. A Red-footed Booby at the refuge by Laura M. Beauregard, USFWS.

Bottom photo: Colorful coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jim Maragos, USFWS.