Wild is closer than you think.

National Wildlife Refuges are some of the best places for wildlife photography thanks to their abundance of wildlife.

Nature photography offers a chance to be still, be silent, be patient, and ultimately to become engrossed in the challenge of capturing rare glimpses of nature’s mysteries; or to capture new views of the common but cool.

Through our lenses, we see the natural world much differently. We are keenly aware of light and its magical reflections. The full spectrum of color suddenly appears more vibrant. We become conscious of shapes and angles as we carefully construct our compositions, taking nothing for granted.

Recently, while checking out one of our favorite Facebook Groups for photographers, I stumbled across an impressive image captured on a National Wildlife Refuge. The photographer, Joan Robins, remarked in her post:

We were identifying distant ducks and pelicans when suddenly the view 3 feet from our car window came into focus--Damselflies galore!

Isn’t that what National Wildlife Refuges are about in many ways? Refuges are everywhere, and because they are there - access to wildlife is too.

There are iconic and majestic public lands in this country. Our National Parks represent some of the best; but our National Wildlife Refuges are no less important, no less impressive and MUCH more accessible. Often the best that our public lands have to offer is closer than you think.

Joan, thank you for helping us see that often the wonders of nature are closer than we think.

House Passes Bill To Prohibit Oil Exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

House Passes Bill To Prohibit Oil Exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Just now, the House has voted 225-193 to pass H.R. 1146, to prohibit oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are thrilled that the House has acknowledged the importance of this landscape. We will continue the fight in the Senate and beyond to ensure that oil and gas drilling never happens in the Arctic Refuge.

Senate Leaders Introduce Arctic Refuge Protection Bill

Senate Leaders Introduce Arctic Refuge Protection Bill

Leaders in the U.S. Senate today introduced the Arctic Refuge Protection Act to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a wilderness area and protect its sensitive coastal plain from oil and gas leasing and development.

Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex still considers itself a work in progress and promises to be a premier urban national wildlife refuge in the Denver Metro Area.