National Wildlife Refuge System: Conserving Our Lands and Resources Seabirds Warn of Ocean Change June 19, 2013
What can 30 years of research and monitoring on Maine seabirds teach us? That the marine environment is changing fast. And ocean birds may be struggling to adapt. Staff at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, made up of more than 50 islands in the Gulf of Maine, are using data from studies to manage Maine seabird colonies and try to stem the birds’ decline. Photo Caption: Puffins at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Threatened and Endangered Species: Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction Tiny Catfish Hangs On June 18, 2013
As part the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week a different state and their unique story features our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about the efforts to restore the extremely rare, Neosho madtom in Kansas. Biologists are working with others to balance the development of the Neosho River and the protect the health of the river ecosystem for this small and scarce fish. Photo Caption: Neosho madtom. Credit: USFWS
Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation US Fish & Wildlife Service Named to AARP's "2013 Best Employer for Workers Over 50 List"
June 18, 2013
A first time honoree, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been selected as a recipient of the AARP 2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award, ranking 14th among the 50 winners, and one of only three federal agencies to make this year's list. The award recognizes businesses and organizations that have implemented innovative policies, actions, and best practices to attract and retain a multigenerational workforce. Photo Caption: AARP 2013 Best Employers Badge . Credit: AARP
Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation David Hoskins Appointed New Assistant Director
For Fish and Aquatic Conservation June 17, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the appointment of David Hoskins as the agency's Assistant Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation. Hoskins, who has more than two decades of experience in wildlife conservation law, policy and advocacy, will assume leadership of the agency's fisheries programs immediately. Hoskins will be responsible for overseeing policy direction and management of the National Fish Hatchery System, fish health and fish technology centers, fisheries management, aquatic invasive species and injurious wildlife, and aquatic restoration programs. Photo Caption: David Hoskins Assistant Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation. Credit: IWLA
Protecting the Nation's Wildlife Resources Celebrate Birds, Butterflies, Beetles and Bats During National Pollinator Week
June 17, 2013
Did you know more than 75 percent of flowering plants are pollinated by animals? Help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners celebrate National Pollinator Week June 17-23. Photo Caption: Monarch Butterfly. Credit: USFWS
National Wildlife Refuge System: Conserving Our Lands and Resources June is National Oceans Month! June 14, 2013
The National Wildlife Refuge System includes 180 refuges that protect ocean, coastal or Great Lakes habitats. Spanning from above the Arctic Circle to below the Equator – these refuges represent the world’s most ecologically diverse marine areas under conservation management. What is the best way to give your thanks for the many benefits the ocean offers us? By protecting it and keeping it clean. Photo Caption: The pink coral gardens of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific abound with tropical fish. Credit: Jim Maragos / USFWS
Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Latest Edition of Service Technical Journal Available Now June 14, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to announce the most recent edition of the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management is now available online. The technical articles presented in this edition examine a number of fish and wildlife topics, ranging from the dietary preferences of select waterfowl species to the effects of density and land use on the mass of white-tailed deer. Photo Caption: Cover Image Vol.4 Issue 1 Credit: USFWS
Threatened and Endangered Species: Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf
June 13, 2013
The Service’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List throughout its range while maintaining protections for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest published today in the Federal Register. The publication triggers a 90-day public comment period. The proposal is a culmination of four decades of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to protect and recover the gray wolf from the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states. Photo Caption: Conservation success: after rebounding from near extinction to a population of more than 6,100 in the lower 48, the gray wolf is ready to be removed from the Endangered Species List.
Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS
Promoting Global Wildlife Conservation Decisions Made at CITES CoP16 Go into Effect June 13, 2013
The 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in March in Bangkok had significant outcomes for the conservation of turtles, timber, marine species, elephants, rhinos, and a number of other animal and plant species. Changes in species listings and other results of this meeting go into effect on June 12, 2013. If you are an importer or exporter of timber or reptiles, a musician traveling abroad with your musical instrument, or if you desire to be an informed consumer, please review our implementation page. Photo Caption: CITES Logo
Threatened and Endangered Species: Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction Speeding up Nature in Georgia
June 10, 2013
As part the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week a different state and their unique story features our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about the efforts to restore Georgia's rare plants. By using jackhammers and diamond-cutting saws, Service biologists in Georgia are taking creative measures to restore and create habitat to increase populations of endangered quillworts in the suburbs of Atlanta.
Photo Caption: Biologists planting mat-forming quilwort in a man-made depression.