#WildlifeRefuge

Went for a 4.5 mile hike at the refuge today! #steigerwald #wildliferefuge #lake #scenic #pnwonderland

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A dreamy day in nature complete from our dreamy summer with dreamy song ✨🌿☀️ #nature #wildliferefuge #familygoals #dreamy

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Flamingos 💁🏻‍♀️ #mexico #yucatan #wildliferefuge #celestun #ria #visitmexico

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#BearRiver Migratory Bird Refuge in #Utah is an oasis for waterbirds and #wildlife. The #wildliferefuge protects the marshes found at the mouth of the Bear River -- the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem -- and provides critical habitat for over 250 species of migratory birds that move through the area annually by the millions to rest and feed. Photo by Jana M. Cisar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws). #usinterior

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#Repost @30aprime (@get_repost)
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We got up close and personal with a real-life sloth! Here's a quick snippet from our recent Facebook Live interview with the awesome people at "Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge". For the full interview, go to the 30A Prime Facebook page... #emeraldcoastwildliferefuge #emeraldcoast #nwf #nwfdailynews #southwalton #floridapanhandle #wildliferescue #wildliferefuge #sloth #slothlove #slothlife #30a #hey30a #30aprime #sowal #visitsouthwalton

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Learned two things today. One Buoy is not so photogenic. Second he is not a hunting dog. 🌾#labsofinstagram #wildliferefuge #labradorretriever #newjersey #nature

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Some days, it is enough ecouragement just to watch the clouds break-up and disappear, leaving behind a blue patch of sky and bright sunshine that is so warm upon my face. It's a kiss from heaven.~

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@maritime_cowboy came to Missoula and she always needs a walk. #publiclands #multiuses #leemetcalf #wildliferefuge #bitterroots

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I meant to include this shot of a white deer doe in my post earlier today.
As I said in the previous post, the shooting conditions were far from optimal. I am posting this less than ideal shot just because so few folks have ever seen a white deer.
You can visit senecawhitedeer.org to schedule your own tour.  Highly recommended.
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#newyork #newyorkstate #show_us_nature #getoutdoors #getoutside #beinthemoment #fromthefield #outdoors  #refuge #sigma150600 #canon7dmarkii #upstatenewyork #getoutside #getoutdoors #igwildlife #whitetaildeer #wildliferefuge #senecaarmydepot #senecawhitedeer #whitedeer #bunker #senecacounty #pgdtracker

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We're still waiting on a decision from the Alaska Board of Game. Keep signing the petition to show them that citizens care about protecting cubs. Link in bio. #protectwildlife #yellowstone #yosemite #nationalparks #wildliferefuge

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“Sanctum”. 9x12”. Soft Pastel. The sanctuary of a wildlife refuge is a place of shelter for all souls! What is your sanctum?
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#wildliferefuge #blueearthpastels #sanctuary #protected #protectedarea #softpastels #blueearthpastels #globalartnetwork #tacomaartist #pastellandscape #goldenautumn #pnwart #pnwartist #outdoorwomen #terryludwigpastels #uart

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Polar bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. | Photo by Ian Plant

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Yesterday at 8AM I boarded a small bus to take the very first tour of the former Seneca Army Depot, now Deer Haven Park, under the guidance of Seneca White Deer, Inc.. Once a sprawling 10,000 acres of highly guarded military storage of munitions, including nuclear weapons, it also had the distinction of being home for a rare genetic variation causing the deer to be as white as snow.  They are not albino.  The 24 miles of fencing allowed this gene to flourish and the Army protected them.  The base closed in 2000 and was slowly reclaimed by the forces of nature.  The white deer population suffered due to the change of habitat.  In 2016 a local businessman acquired 7000 acres of the former depot with the intention of helping the white deer population grow and be  sustainable.  This is accomplished with countless hours of local volunteer effort.  Maintaining open grassy areas and planting of various crops help sustain them through the winter.

While the bus was far from an ideal photographic platform... and my limited shots testify to that, there is great potential for photo-centric smaller tours and they are in the works.

The white deer are easy to spot during fall and winter when the leaves are down, but like most deer they are a bit wary and it requires some luck to see them very close for a clear shot.

For history buffs, the tour is a fascinating education about a formerly highly guarded and secretive complex.  There are over 500 "igloos", where munitions were stored.
You can visit senecawhitedeer.org to schedule your own tour.  Highly recommended.

BTW... lots of birds, too... including eagles!
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#newyork #newyorkstate #show_us_nature #getoutdoors #getoutside #beinthemoment #fromthefield #outdoors  #refuge #sigma150600 #canon7dmarkii #upstatenewyork #getoutside #getoutdoors #igwildlife #whitetaildeer #wildliferefuge #senecaarmydepot #senecawhitedeer #whitedeer #bunker #senecacounty #pgdtracker

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Too many to fit in the frame.
#elk #wildliferefuge #pnw

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I love you Detroit chuff chuff chuff #tiger #chuff #tcwr #wild #wildlife #wildliferefuge

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Video caption- "A common reaction to this astonishing photo sequence of a great blue heron swallowing a giant carp is, “How’d it do that?!” For you #photography fans out there, you’re probably also wondering how the photographer did that. Read on to hear from the photographer himself about how he captures his incredible #WildlifePhotos: http://bit.ly/JimsBirdPhotoTips
Photos: Jim Leonard"
Video link: https://www.facebook.com/USFWSPacific/videos/1488897381155840/

But seriously, HOW?! Well, Fun Fact Friday! Great Blue Herons are able to swallow their prey whole by first walking slowly, or standing still for long periods of time and waiting for fish to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. They then deliver a deathblow with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and then their prey is swallowed whole. Great Blue Herons have been known to choke to death by attempting to swallow fish too large for their long, S-shaped necks.
Though they are best known as fishers, mice and snakes constitute a large part of their diet, and they also eat insects and other small creatures.

#Funfactfriday #wildliferefuge #nationalwildliferefuge #optoutside #weneednature #heron #fish #nature #cool #swallowthatfishwhole #howdoeshedoit

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Nothing better than watching the sunrise along Wildlife Drive.
But remember the Drive is always closed on Fridays and has new hours of 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

#sanibel #sanibelisland #ding #dingdarling #dingnwr #wildliferefuge #discoverding

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How are you celebrating #TakeAHikeDay? If you are visiting a National #WildlifeRefuge let us know below and tag us in any photos you take! This photo was taken at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge near #karluklake!
Photo by Lisa Hupp/USFWS

#hike #hiking #nature #landscape

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Y’all this place was gorgeous and I would love to do the trails there. But Elliott and I are both a little weary of Gators 😂😂🍾 #caution #alligators #stmarks #wildliferefuge #getoutside

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