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    December  2016

Spotlight: State Tracking Turtles
By:  USFWS, Mid-West Region
What do you look for in a house? Hopefully, it would have a roof and walls to protect you, a bedroom to rest your head and a community to fulfill your daily requirements. If you are a turtle, your home consists of soft sandy or gravel soil to lay a nest, adjacent habitat that is protected from predators and a variety of food- insects, berries, earthworms, mollusks, and mushrooms.

Ornate box turtle. Photo by:

  Jessica Pispanen, USFWS

Life for turtles is getting harder when it comes to creating a home. Challenges of surviving are increasing whether it's loss of habitat, road mortality or nest predation. Wood, smooth softshell and ornate box turtles, along with other important turtles are getting help through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's State Wildlife Grant program.

A man enjoys the afternoon at Harbor Park and a front-seat view of the Connecticut River.  Photo by: Cassandra Day, The Middletown Press
$110,670 State Grant will allow Middletown to build Transient Boat Docks 
By:  The Middletown Press 
Middletown, Conn. -  The city has been awarded a $110,670 boating infrastructure grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to construct transient boat docks on the Connecticut River, according to a press release from the mayor's office.
Funding comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Harbor Improvement Agency submitted the grant request in August to the state's boating division, which administers the grant.

Alabama 's Striped Bass Restocking Program
               By:  Outdoor Alabama
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Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Editor -  Kim Betton, WSFR Program, USFWS