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The beautiful sights and sounds of the Cahaba River this morning!! Turn up your sound. [video: USFWS]
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U.S. Department of the Interior

Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama supports 64 rare and imperiled plant and animal species -- 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world. It’...s home to largest known stand of Cahaba lilies, a beautiful plant that begins to bloom around Mother’s Day. It’s always a magnificent display. Photo by Keith Bozeman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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Given a shift towards being indoors instead of out, engaging with technology instead of nature, and sitting instead of moving, what exactly are kids missing out on? Research shows that children’s physical and mental health are both taking a toll. Encouraging outside games for kids is important in pr…
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region added 3 new photos.

Snowy owls got their share of the limelight when Hedwig stole the hearts of many in the popular Harry Potter series. A snowy owl wouldn't actually be able to ca...rry a Nimbus 2000, but Hedwig certainly did so for our Harry Potter! She was the best snowy owl any wizard could probably have: a little moody at times; she always remained faithful and loyal to Harry Potter even during his troubled times.

Look for these beautiful Arctic migrants to start hitting the northern U.S. You can find them in open areas like windswept fields or dunes, hunting for prey.

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Feeling anxious on this Monday? How about this poem by Wendell Berry:

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,...
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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Notice: The refuge is seeking comments on our Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

*Public Meeting* on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Bibb County Board of Education, 721 Walnut St., Centreville, AL. Open house from 4-7pm with a presentation on the plan at 5pm.

This plan creates a management road map for the next 15 years covering everything from timber management to biology to environmental education. Get a copy of the full plan here: http://www.fws.gov/sout…/planning/…/CahabaRiverDraf...tCCP.html

Comments on the Draft CCP/EA should be submitted to Sarah Clardy at P.O. Box 5087, Anniston, AL 36205 or by e-mail to: cahabariverccp@fws.gov. Deadline for comments is November 19, 2015.

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USFWS Southeast Region

The endearing playful behavior of river otters is not only entertaining to a bystander, but this “play” is inadvertently significant and is important practice of survival skills that young otters will need throughout their lifetime. (Photo: Keenan Adams, USFWS)

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Video by Autumn Phillips in Estes Park.

Nearsightedness: Myopia Risk Reduced When Kids Play Outdoors More Science World Report - September 23, 2015 | By Kathleen Lees | In the News Children who spend more time outdoors during the day may have a reduced rate of nearsightedness, also known as myopia. The findings are published in the Journa…
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USFWS Southeast Region

Happy first day of #PumpkinSpice everything...we mean Fall! Today also marks the autumnal #equinox. http://wxch.nl/1jbhTtB (Photo: Sarah Clardy, USFWS)

Photo by Joe Watts

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Reminder: This time of year means that a variety of animals are on the move. Please be on the lookout for wildlife for your safety and theirs!
Eastern Tiger Salamander Photo by Caitlin Smith, USFWS.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Reminder: This time of year means that a variety of animals are on the move. Please be on the lookout for wildlife for your safety and theirs!

Eastern Tiger Salamander Photo by Caitlin Smith, USFWS.

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USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System

As fall approaches, deer bucks lose their velvet – the soft blood-rich tissue covering their growing antlers – which turns into bone. Photo: Deer in velvet, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, WY http://1.usa.gov/17e1Dlz Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

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Children & Nature Network

Are you a teacher or educator who wants to bring more nature into the classroom? If so, Richard Louv shares ten ways to get started. Read his list here: http://bit.ly/1TQ05Ve

Want to know why you aren't catching fish? Check this list of 5 simple reasons why you might be sabotaging your fishing trips. Find helpful fishing tips.
blog.takemefishing.org

You may have noticed the Showy partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) in the reclaimed Piper area. This species has flowers with 5 yellow petals, pinnately-compound leaves, and its fruits are narrow pods. It is an important source of food for wildlife; the seed pods are eaten by gamebirds (quail, turkey) and deer.

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Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge added 2 new photos.

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Today's feature is the Showy partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). This species has flowers with 5 yellow petals, pinnately-compound l...eaves, and its fruits are narrow pods. There are two species of partridge pea found in Missouri. Both species are important for wildlife, the seed pods are eaten by gamebirds (quail, turkey) and deer.

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