Image description: A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Florida. 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which established the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary system.
Photo from NOAA
Image description: After a jogger reported an alligator sighting on a trail at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Biologist J.C. Griffin (pictured) partnered with base entomologist Rick Gilbride and other Moody base staff in the careful removal of the alligator.
Photo from the USDA.
Image Description: A Burrowing Owl near Las Vegas, Nevada. Burrowing Owls prefer dry and level habitats like deserts or grasslands, where they prey on small animals. They grow about 10 inches tall and are considered “unthreatened”.
Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services