Chinese workers crushing ivory in large machine
China's first ivory destruction took place in January 2014. Credit: U.S. Department of State

Service Commends China’s Ivory Crush

May 29, 2015

The Service commends China’s destruction today of more than 1,400 pounds of confiscated ivory in Beijing. This event underscores China’s commitment to halt illegal wildlife trade and to raise awareness about a wildlife trafficking crisis that threatens the future of African elephants, rhinoceros, tigers and a host of other species.
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A tri-colored bat with WNS. Credit: Bruce Schuette/Missouri Department of Conservation
A tri-colored bat with WNS. Credit: Bruce Schuette/Missouri Department of Conservation

Recent Research May Help with Future Treatment of Bats with White-nose Syndrome

May 29, 2015
After several years of research to better understand white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has killed more than 5 million bats since it was discovered in 2007, scientists are beginning to see promising results that could eventually help treat and recover affected bat species.
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A monarch butterfly takes in the sun at Sullys Hill Game Preserve in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS
A monarch butterfly takes in the sun at Sullys Hill Game Preserve in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund Seeks Proposals to Help Iconic Insect, Other Pollinators

May 29, 2015
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – a longtime Service partner – is requesting proposals for the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. Funding for habitat restoration, outreach and education, and native seed production and distribution will support on-the-ground conservation projects around the country with a focus on the central United States. Proposals are due July 15.
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Since CDIP’s inception, 250 students have progressed through the program and gone on to permanent positions with federal agencies and other conservation organizations. Credit: Terry Whittaker / USFWS
Since CDIP’s inception, 250 students have progressed through the program and gone on to permanent positions with federal agencies and other conservation organizations. Credit: Terry Whittaker / USFWS

Service Kicks off 2015 Diversity Youth Program at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

May 22, 2015
Over this past week, 40 college students from around the U.S. came together at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of an award-winning diversity youth hiring program that theService created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in 2008. The Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) aims to prepare the next generation of wildlife professionals by introducing culturally and ethnically diverse youth to conservation careers. Each year, the students participate in a weeklong training orientation at a refuge before heading off to locations throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System to begin summer-long internships.
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Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Register Notices Final RuleFinal Rule Proposed RuleProposed Rule NoticeNotice
Proposed Rule 5/21/15. Refuge-Specific Regulations; Public Use; Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Proposed Rule 5/21/15. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Louisiana Black Bear From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of Similarity-of-Appearance Protections for the American Black Bear
Final Rule 5/21/15. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions