Lory sits in front of red boulders
Hiking in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada as part of the Ecology, Conservation and Evolution Club that I co-founded as an undergrad. Credit: Lory Salazar-Velasquez

As a person of color, my experience moving into a predominantly White graduate school for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program was difficult; being surrounded by not just white students, but white faculty and professors made me question the validity of my place there. The field is already…


Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge edition

a guy pops a reverse wheeley on his bike in the desert
Nathan Grill gets a good shot at the dry lake bed — the first stop on the 40 mile route. Courtesy of Mark Duncan

Did you know that many national wildlife refuges across the nation are open to cyclists? Refuges offer open roads, beautiful vistas, and opportunities to see diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. …


Endangered Species

Guidelines for Ethical Wildlife Viewing

a juvenile albatross sitting on the water
A young short-tailed albatross that has been spotted along the California coast. 📷 Brad R. Lewis

We need your help

We are asking members of the birding community to be ambassadors for ethical wildlife viewing.

We’ve received reports of illegal chumming and baiting of a critically endangered short-tailed albatross along the central California coast. Feeding or getting too close to this imperiled bird may cause undue stress, lead to habituation…


Connecting with nature through photography

portrait photo of Alex Miller
Portrait courtesy of Alex Miller

Alex Miller is a Los Angeles-based portrait photographer who was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. With over three years of professional photography under her belt, many within the social media community may recognize Miller as “Liquidverve.” Unlike most photographers, Miller uses natural light in…


Daniel standing on a sandy ledge next to a tree
Daniel Cisneros, first-ever Kendra Chan Conservation Fellow, stands beneath an island oak (Quercus tomentella) in a cloud forest on Santa Rosa Island, one of the northern Channel Islands off the California coast. Photo courtesy Daniel Cisneros

Daniel Cisneros stood atop one of the highest peaks on Santa Rosa Island off the California coast, admiring the island oak and bishop pine trees, an ancient forest among the clouds brought back to life after years of human disturbance.

Cisneros, an ecology student at the University of California, Santa…


A life-changing opportunity to work in conservation

dirt trail featuring flat grasslands and a forest and mountain range background and blue skies with some clouds
A trail out in Herman’s Gulch, Colorado. Credit: Amy Walsh

Are you an active college or graduate student interested in joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? Well, the Directorate Fellows Program may just be your golden ticket.

“Growing up, I always had an admiration for wildlife,” said Dimitri Pappas, fish and wildlife biologist for the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife…


New Science Can Help Determine How to Manage Invasive Carp in the Missouri River Basin.

Silver carp with white background
Silver carp. Photo by Sam Stukel/USFWS

Summer. A time to soak up the warmth of the sun, indulge in some cold treats, and of course — enjoy some exciting water recreation. During the summer, paddleboards, kayaks, fishing boats, and numerous other types of watercraft fill the Missouri River Basin. Anglers are hooked on opportunities to catch…


A landscape with oak savannah on the flats and juniper forest on the hill slopes
Yellow wildflowers at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Claire Hassler/USFWS

Few people know the rolling hills of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Texas as well as Kandace Glanville and Paris Phelps.

These two field technicians have hiked almost every inch of the refuge’s 27,000 acres. They’ve climbed up and down canyons, scaled fences, and shoved their way through brush…


Jorge walks down a path with yellow flowers
Jorge Ayón birding at Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Jorge Ayón

As the sun rises early in the morning, the fog fades away to reveal the secrets of the estuary. The fiddler crabs dance in unison before the next high tide, a peregrine falcon is in hot pursuit of breakfast, and all around, the initial silence is broken by birds of…


Carl Millegan and daughter Jada visit Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.
Carl Millegan and daughter Jada visit Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

Great Outdoors Month, celebrated each year during June, reminds us to head outside and explore our nation’s abundant natural beauty.

More than 101 million Americans, 40% of the U.S. population age 16 and older, pursue wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We’re dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.

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