It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week! From Patuxent Research Refuge on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (seen here) on an Alaska island, refuges are the perfect places for people to connect to the outdoors and appreciate wildlife. Clever and cute, these foxes are just an example of some of the amazing things you might see when you visit a refuge. See more: https://on.doi.gov/2P6CcZw Photo by Josh Blouin (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Mothers feed, protect and share life lessons like this mama fox. Fox pups spend most of the summer in or near the den with their mothers providing them with food and teaching them how to hunt. When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. While this looks like a tender moment, it’s a teaching moment with the mama fox is scolding one of her young for biting her tail.
It seems like everywhere you look, you can see tender moments between couples – including in the animal kingdom. So this Valentine’s Day say, “Awww!” with sweet pics of animals showing affection: https://on.doi.gov/affectionateanimals.
Eat too much for Thanksgiving and just want to lay around this weekend? Looks like these cute little foxes feel the same way. Ben Kuropat snapped this pic a few years ago while visiting Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. Here, visitors can explore 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, wild cranberry bogs and lighthouses – and if you are lucky, you might see some of the wildlife that call this park home. Photo by Ben Kuropat (www.sharethexperience.org).
Here’s some serious cute for your Friday. This red fox was spotted at San Juan Islands National Monument. Situated in the northern reaches of Washington State’s Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks and pinnacles. This landscape draws visitors from around the world to explore forests that seem to spring from gray rocks, and the distant, snow-capped peaks provide the backdrop for sandy beaches. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the islands’ foxes. Photo courtesy of Matt Ferguson via Bureau of Land Management-Oregon, @mypubliclands
Here’s a cute pic of a red fox seen at Maine’s Acadia National Park. If you are visiting the park, keep your eyes open along Park Loop Road, you may see foxes playing nearby! Please keep your distance when you spot cool creatures. Help us keep the wildlife wild. Photo by Matthew Lambert, National Park Service.
Volunteer Marie Pierce took this cute video of baby foxes playing at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, which includes a mosaic habitat of sedge meadow, savanna, prairie and pine-oak forest nestled in central Wisconsin. It’s a place where wildlife thrive and where visitors can reconnect with nature. Video by Marie Pierce, USFWS.