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Wisdom checks in with her newest chick. Credit: Naomi Blinick / USFWS Volunteer
Wisdom checks in with her newest chick. Credit: Naomi Blinick / USFWS Volunteer

Wisdom, the World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Has a New Chick

February 16, 2017

On a remote atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Laysan albatross Wisdom just became a mother again. Last December, volunteers and staff at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Memorial documented that Wisdom, at least 66, had returned to the atoll and was incubating an egg with her mate. About two months later, word came from Midway, Wisdom had hatched another chick!
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Monarch butterflies overwintering near Santa Barbara, Calif. Credit: Lisa Hupp / USFWS
Monarch butterflies overwintering near Santa Barbara, Calif. Credit: Lisa Hupp / USFWS

Monarchs Still Need Your Help

February 14, 2017
Conservation efforts count now more than ever for monarch butterflies. The eastern population of monarchs overwintering in Mexico continues to decline due to severe storms and habitat loss. Numbers also were down at historically large sites for populations of western monarchs. From entire nations to individuals, everyone can play a role in helping reverse these declines.
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Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, a tricolored heron executes what looks like an advanced yoga move while shaking off sea water. See tricolored herons at Florida’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and many other coastal refuges. Credit: Copyright Mia McPherson
Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, a tricolored heron executes what looks like an advanced yoga move while shaking off sea water. See tricolored herons at Florida’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and many other coastal refuges. Credit: Copyright Mia McPherson

Wildlife Chucklers

February 2, 2017
It’s hard not to laugh at some photos of wildlife taken on or near national wildlife refuges. See if you agree.
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