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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Megan Nagel / USFWS
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Megan Nagel / USFWS

Malheur Refuge Occupation Ends Peacefully

February 11, 2016
As the last four occupiers turn themselves in to police, Service Director Dan Ashe expresses his relief and his gratitude to Service staff, particularly those from the refuge and surrounding area, for their exemplary conduct during this difficult and stressful time. “I share your relief and joy that the occupation is over. It will take some time to repair the damage – both physical and psychological – that this occupation has left in its wake. But we will repair it! And like all adversity, squarely faced, along with our friends, neighbors and partners, we will emerge stronger than ever,” he says.
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Great horned owlet at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. Credit: Courtesy of Karen Dever, USFWS volunteer
Great horned owlet at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. Credit: Courtesy of Karen Dever, USFWS volunteer

Explore a National Wildlife Refuge on President’s Day Weekend!

February 12, 2016
In honor of President’s Day, national wildlife refuges will waive admission fees all weekend. America’s refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. There’s at least one refuge in every state…and one within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas.
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Channel Island fox surrounded by vegetation. Credit: National Park Service
Channel Island fox surrounded by vegetation. Credit: National Park Service

In Historic Endangered Species Act Success, Service Proposes Delisting Three Fox Subspecies on California’s Northern Channel Islands

February 12, 2016
Representing the fastest-ever recovery of a mammal in the history of the Endangered Species Act in the U.S., the Service has proposed delisting three subspecies of fox native to the California Channel Islands. The recovery of foxes on San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands is not only an unprecedented ESA success, but underscores the critical role of Service partnerships in recovering species. The Service also proposed downlisting the fox population on Santa Catalina Island from Endangered to Threatened.
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Monarch on New England Aster Sand Lake WMD. Credit: USFWS
Monarch on New England Aster Sand Lake WMD. Credit: USFWS

President’s FY 2017 Budget Request Highlights National Conservation Priorities, Fish and Wildlife Service’s Role in Preserving America’s Wildlife Heritage

February 9, 2016
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of $1.6 billion underscores the Administration’s commitment to building partnerships, strengthening management and using science to conserve wildlife and ecosystems. It emphasizes improving the resilience of communities and wild landscapes, enabling them to better adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and uses smart investments in conservation and landscape-level planning to improve the Service’s ability to facilitate economic growth, while avoiding and mitigating the impacts on wildlife and habitat.
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