National Wildlife Refuges Preserve Wild Places

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Spread across the country, America’s varied national wildlife refuges encompass more than 150 million acres of land and water. Wherever you are in the U.S., you’re likely near an iconic sign of the flying goose—the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s tiny Pelican Island on the St. John’s River […]

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A Small Town With A Big Back Yard

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“A Small Town With A Big Back Yard”, the tiny Arizona burg of Ajo (ahh-ho) is situated deep in the Sonoran Desert, 42 miles south of Gila Bend and 37 miles north of the Mexican border. A discovery worthy of Lewis and Clark, Ajo just might be the “best kept secret in Arizona.” This is the place where the  “Summer spends the […]

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2016 Free Entrance Days at National Wildlife Refuges

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Head outdoors and enjoy America’s national wildlife refuges, which offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive—nine free admission days in 2016. The entrance fee-free days for National […]

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Birds of a Feather: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Talk about a great migration! Every year starting in early November, some 10-15,000 sandhill cranes, 20-30,000 snow geese, and nearly 40,000 ducks migrate to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. This annual event also attracts birders, photographers, and nature lovers of all kinds who also migrate to the Bosque to […]

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Stephen Foster State Park: Land of Trembling Earth

Stephen C. Foster State Park, named after the popular Southern songwriter, is one of the primary entrances to the famed Okefenokee Swamp, a peat-filled wetland in the southeast corner of Georgia. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface.  Here, paddlers and photographers enjoy breathtaking […]

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Okefenokee: Land of Trembling Earth

Haunting. Mysterious. Okefenokee is the largest swamp in North America, a peat-filled wetland in the southeast corner of Georgia. The wildlife paradise boasts an amazing variety of ecological features, from sandy ridges to wet, grassy savannahs and marshes, to narrow water channels and tiny islands floating in the tea-colored water. Imagine a place where unusual […]

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Junction: Texas Hill Country Hospitality Starts Here

Watch some birds, take a leisurely stroll, tube down the river, enjoy a sunset—and relax. Junction boasts first-class outdoor recreation, a big-rig friendly RV park with true Texas hospitality, and all the mouth-watering Texas BBQ you can eat. I expected the fresh air and open sky. After all, Junction is located on the western edge […]

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