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By: Ann Froschauer & Amanda Smith, Columbia Pacific Northwest Region, USFWS

Photo: Bats are unsung heroes that fight for us in many ways, learn how to fight for them at BatWeek.org, Credit: Bat Week

As far as Halloween costumes go, Batman ranks pretty high. And, sure when it comes to saving Gotham from the likes of the Joker or the Penguin, the Caped Crusader is hard to beat. But who can we count…


By Sarah Levy, Fish and Wildlife Service Public Affairs Officer in Portland, OR

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Picture courtesy of the Oregon Museum for Science and Industry

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) sits on the east side of the Willamette River in Portland, OR, and less than a mile away from the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. OMSI is one of the…


A closer look at a female pink salmon discovered at Dryden Dam, showing the classic marks and coloring of her species. Photo by Julia Pinnix/USFWS
A closer look at a female pink salmon discovered at Dryden Dam, showing the classic marks and coloring of her species. Photo by Julia Pinnix/USFWS

By Julia Pinnix, visitor services manager at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Complex in Washington.

“We pulled a pink salmon out of the trap at Dryden yesterday,” Dustin Wagner told me late this summer.

Dustin works for Yakama Nation Fisheries, which was trapping coho salmon for spawning at Dryden Dam on…


MAT Teams Use the Best Science to Restore Dusky Marsh

By Dana Bivens, a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

Geese flying above the wetland at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: George Gentry/USFWS

Robert Little has always been passionate about the outdoors. Raised on a farm in Southern Washington, he learned the importance of protecting natural resources and to appreciate their intrinsic value from a young age. It was…


Oregon Coast Resiliency

By: Amanda Smith, public affairs officer, Columbia Pacific Northwest Region, USFWS


By Sarah Levy, Public Affairs Officer for the Columbia Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Aribica plant.
Aribica plant. Graphic by Sarah Levy/USFWS

Coffee. America’s cup of ambition.

According to a 2018 study by Reuters, 64% of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. That’s nearly 210 million people.

But how many people…


Goldfinches travel to the tropics and back

By: Dana Bivens, a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Yellow bird with a blue background
Photo credit: Peter Pearsall/USFWS

Did you know, many of the birds we see in the Pacific Northwest in the summer spend their winters in the tropics? The goldfinch is no exception! You may have seen this charming bird in Idaho…


By Dana Bivens, a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Grey and white bird with yellow beak sitting on a tree branch
Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Photo credit: Aaron Hamilton/USFWS

Have you ever seen a western yellow-billed cuckoo? Standing about twelve inches tall with a distinctive black and white patterned tail, yellow-billed cuckoos are now a rare sight in the western United States. Once a frequent…


A happy little brother with his mentor after receiving his new fishing rod, reel, and loaded tackle box at the “Rods & Reels in Need” gear station.
A happy little brother with his mentor after receiving his new fishing rod, reel, and loaded tackle box at the “Rods & Reels in Need” gear station.

What better way to celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day than to provide fishing gear, instruction, and access for some well deserving youth?

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula Fisheries Complex teamed up with a host of partners to support Big Brothers Big Sisters families with a…

USFWS Columbia Pacific Northwest Region

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