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Families fish at the hatchery pond.
Families fish at the hatchery pond. Credit: USFWS

Casting for Community Connections

September 21, 2020
This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery found themselves with a sudden surplus of brook trout when local fishing events that they had planned to stock were canceled because of safety concerns. The hatchery stocked its small pond weekly with an estimated 1,600 good-sized, catchable brook trout and let the community know. Without a designated fishing event, visitors from near and far took advantage of a freshly stocked pond and an open gate to safely enjoy the outdoors.
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Two Mallards take off in flight.
Migratory bird species like mallards will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

More than $130 Million in Public-Private Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects

September 10, 2020
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, approved $33.3 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 157,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 21 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act matched by nearly $85 million in partner funds. The commission also approved nearly $1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states.
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A northern pintail duck swimming across a body of water.
A northern pintail duck at Delevan National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Steve Emmons/USFWS

Why I Took These Shots

September 09, 2020
Emmons is a California refuge manager, a bird lover and an avid photographer. He reflects on a dozen of his favorite photos, including the one above.
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