The leaves are passing peak, and the nights are getting colder, but there’s still plenty of autumn activities to enjoy at a national fish hatchery.
Here are five ways you can get out and enjoy a national fish hatchery near you!
During the summer evenings, lucky observers can witness a bat flying acrobatically as it forages on pesky insects. But as leaves start to change on the trees and days grow shorter with more rain in the Pacific Northwest, fewer and fewer bats are seen. So where do these nighttime critters go in the winter? That is a question biologists in the Pacific Northwest are trying to answer. There are at least 16 bat species in the Pacific Northwest, all of which have their own strategies for surviving the winter months.
Some bat species will migrate long distances in the fall to warmer climates where insects are more plentiful. In the Pacific Northwest, the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) is known for its long-distance travels; in one study this species was found to fly more than 1,000 km during its migration. Not much is known on the migratory behavior of these bats such as where they end up spending their winters, but we do know that their migration path crosses into areas where wind energy is being developed. Across the country, hoary bats have been found dead at wind energy facilities. Luckily, many researchers are working with the wind energy industry to find ways to eliminate or reduce the number of deaths of these migratory bats. …
Nevada is famous for its casinos and nightlife, but not necessarily for its striking geography and biodiversity (and it should be, to be honest).
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about plants, wildlife and their habitats in the Silver State.
Halloween, for many people, means it’s time for all things spooky, creepy and scary (although, some of us find excuses to celebrate those things all year). While Halloween legends may have us thinking about the holiday’s horror heavyweights like werewolves, vampires and bats (oh my!), bats are actually responsible for some of the highlights of the season, like pumpkin spice and witches brew.
Content warning for arachnophobes: This story contains images of spiders! If you fear spiders, you might not want to continue reading. Enter if you dare!
It’s fall in colorful Colorado. At dusk, the moon will soon replace the sun. You are taking a stroll outside in the crisp, cool air when something large, brown and hairy with eight long legs scuttles across the street. Would you be scared?
You shouldn’t be! It’s just a male Oklahoma brown tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi) (aka Texas or Missouri brown tarantula), out looking for love. You are witnessing the epic journey thousands of male tarantulas make every year. …
By Sandy Vissman, San Clemente Island Coordinator and Jessica D’Ambrosio, public affairs specialist, Carlsbad FWO
The California least tern (Sterna antillarum browni) faces many hurdles for successful nesting and chick production, and this year was no exception. A strong red tide, predators and recreational trespassing affected least terns at sites throughout California. Despite all odds, about 10–15 adult tern pairs, along with their 10 offspring, were observed at San Dieguito Lagoon this past spring, marking the first ever nesting success at two human-made sites.
By Zach Radmer, FWS Fish and Wildlife Biologist
“Swoosh!” My net lay still, a colorful quarry perhaps captured after a brief sprint along the trail. Admittedly I’m more excited than you would think. It’s not every day that you catch something new. I don’t think people know that most butterflies get away. The large and sun-warmed individuals are highly motivated and will easy outpace you even into a headwind. I have carried a net for miles and caught nothing but mosquitos. But this time it’s a lustrous copper (Lycaena cupreus) that sports bright orange wings covered in dark black spots. …
Waterfowl hunting is an incredibly important part of our conservation history and an essential part of the work we do in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program. We manage the Federal Duck Stamp Program, one of the most successful conservation programs ever created. Since 1934, this conservation revenue stamp, required for every waterfowl hunter, has raised more than $1 billion (yes that is billion with a “b”) in sales that has been used to conserve more than 6 million acres of wetlands. We also collect data through monitoring programs to set hunting limits for waterfowl hunters every year. …