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GLIN==> [fws-news] Now Showing: Wildlife Conservation Photographs on Internet




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May 15, 2002
Craig L. Rieben (202) 208-5611

         NOW SHOWING: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHS ON INTERNET

Anyone who has ever looked for a picture of an eagle, a duck, or just a kid
fishing, can now find what they need in over 2000 photographs now available
via the Internet from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 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:
images.fws.gov/.

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 5x7
print, and the bigger file is around 400 dpi and capable delivering up to
an 8x10 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.

                                  - FWS -



      For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
                 visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov






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