May 16, 2002

This unique collection of photographs is dedicated solely to fish and wildlife, wildlands, and wildlife conservation efforts. The copyright-free images have been digitized and loaded into a searchable database and are available for downloading in high and low resolutions from the new web site:

The pictures include a comprehensive collection of waterfowl and wildlife species, as well as shots of wildlife habitats. The library also includes unique images of wildlife management and scientific field activities involving a wide variety of species.

For a number of years the Service has made prints and slides of photos available to the news media, publishers, and teachers and students in order to assist with news stories and projects dealing with wildlife.

“Making these collections available via the Internet will provide better public service and will be more economical and efficient than distributing hard copies of photos,” said Robyn Thorson, Assistant Director of External Affairs for the Service.

The site is searchable by subject, location, photographer, and the results appear in a grouping of low-resolution thumbnail shots linked to higher resolution files suitable for high quality printing in nominal sizes. The lower resolution is scanned at 150 dots per inch (dpi) suitable for a 5×7 print, and the bigger file is around 400 dpi and capable delivering up to an 8×10 format.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Craig L. Rieben

(202) 208-5611