The hotspots featured in our June 2017 issue (which will hit newsstands on April 25), Virgin Islands National Park and the National Bison Range, couldn’t be more different in terms of climate, terrain, and birdlife. What they have in common, however, is arguably more important: People who saw value in saving lands for future generations established each property. President Theodore Roosevelt, who created the National Wildlife Refuge System, set aside the bison range in 1908 as a site to protect buffalo. And we owe philanthropist and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller a debt of gratitude for Virgin Islands National Park, which he helped create in the 1950s. At a time when threats to public lands are increasing, it’s worth remembering the conservation heroes of the past. — Matt Mendenhall
Two new places to find birds
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