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The Green Life: Wildlife From Your Bus Stop

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October 04, 2010

Wildlife From Your Bus Stop

Red-Tailed HawkIf you're a wildlife enthusiast, you have to face the irony of having to traverse many greenhouse-gas-spewing miles in a car or truck to reach pristine places of wilderness. Fortunately, there are several national wildlife refuges where you can enjoy nature and feel guilt-free about how you got there.

Take, for instance, Pennsylvania's John Heinz Refuge, which is accessible via bus or rail and only a mile from Philadelphia International Airport.

Still, of America's 500 or so national wildlife refuges, only 62 seem to have public-transit connections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to change that. Partnering with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, the agency is studying ways to make more wildlife refuges accessible without a car.

--Ronny Smith

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