Endangered Species
Ecological Services

Partnership Stories

The Ecological Services Program works formally and informally with a large variety of groups and individuals to further species conservation. Partnerships for protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species have been established between the Ecological Services Program and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service programs, other federal agencies, state governments, private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and American Indian tribes.



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Posted
10/06/14

The Suleiman Markhor of the Torghar Hills (12:43)

Produced by: The Osprey Filming Company

Straight-horned markhor. Credit: Peter Hopper/Creative Commons
Status: Endangered / Listed June 14, 1976; proposed for downlisting
Scientific Name: Capra falconeri jerdoni

Description: Local tribes in Torghar, Pakistan have implemented a wildlife management plan allowing for limited trophy hunting to conserve straight-horned markhor populations, improve habitat for both markhor and domestic livestock, and improve the economic conditions.
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Posted
10/02/14

Texas Wild Rice (1:32)

Partners: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas wild rice. Credit: USFWS
Status: Endangered / Listed May 27, 1978
Scientific Name: Zizania texana

Description: Texas wild rice is unique to Texas, found only on the upper San Marcos River in Hays County. This plant is threatened by the loss and degradation of its habitat as well as competition from non-native species.
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Posted
08/14/14

Endangered Razorback Sucker Spawning (3:34)

Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, States, Tribes, and others

Razorback sucker spawning. Credit: USFWS
Status: Endangered / Listed October 23, 1991
Scientific Name: Xyrauchen texanus

Description: One of the largest suckers in North America, the razorback sucker can grow to three feet in length and can live for more than 40 years. To help bolster wild populations, partners spawn and breed the endangered fish in captivity.
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Posted
08/11/14

Endangered Wildlife: Ocelots (1:31)

Partner: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Ocelot. Credit: Tom Smylie/USFWS
Status: Endangered / Listed March 28, 1972
Scientific Name: Leopardus (=felis) pardalis

Description: Ocelots once roamed throughout Texas, Mexico, and into Arkansas and Louisiana. Today, only a few survive in the thick brush and shelters of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
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Posted
07/28/14

Clackamas Complete A Return of Bull Trout (4:26)

Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, and Portland General Electric

Bull trout. Credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg, USFWS
Status: Threatened / Listed on June 10, 1998
Scientific Name: Salvelinus confluentus

Description: This stunning video tells the story of the diligent efforts of fish biologists to once again see bull trout flourish in waters where they were eliminated over 50 years ago.
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Posted
06/13/14

A Day in the Life of a Polar Bear (2:18)

Partner: U.S. Geological Survey

Polar bear. Credit: USFWS
Status: Threatened / Listed on May 15, 2008
Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus

Description: This video was editied and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Posted
06/03/14

How Wolves Change Rivers (4:33)

Partners: National Park Service, state agencies, non-governmental organizations, private landowners, and others

gray wolf. Credit: USFWS
Status: Endangered, Threatened, Experimental Non-Essential and Delisted / Originally Listed March 9, 1978
Scientific Name: Canis lupus

Description: When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.
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Posted
05/19/14

Preventing Plant Extinction in Hawaii (6:43)

Partner: Plant Extinction Prevention Program

Alani (Melicope clusiifolia) habitat. Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

Description: A short documentary about preventing native hawaiian plants from going extinct featuring the work of botanist Hank Oppenheimer. The Plant Extinction Prevention Program's mission is to protect Hawaii's rarest native plants from extinction. It is committed to reversing the trend toward extinction by managing wild plants, collecting seeds, and establishing new populations.

Photo credit: Forest and Kim Starr.

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Posted
05/14/14

The Oregon Chub Makes History (2:22)

Partners: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, private landowners, and others

Spotfin chub. Credit: Conservation Fisheries Inc.
Status: Threatened / Listed October 18, 1993; Proposed for Delisting February 4, 2014
Scientific Name: Oregonichthys crameri

Description: When the Oregon Chub was first listed back in 1993, there were under 1,000 fish in eight locations in the Willamette Valley. After more than two decades of recovery efforts this species has been proposed for delisting.
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Posted
04/21/14

Saving Tennessee's Fish (4:58)

Partner: Conservation Fisheries Incorporated

Spotfin chub. Credit: Conservation Fisheries Inc.

Description: Reflecting the urgent need to preserve aquatic life, Conservation Fisheries Incorporated's (CFI) work has steadily increased over the 20 years it's been around. CFI monitors rare fish in at least six southeast states, working to rescue and restore non-game fish while checking water quality standards in rivers and streams.

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Posted
04/10/14

Restoring the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (5:11)

Partners: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Moorpark College, with support from Toyota TogetherGreen, Urban Wildlands Group, U.S. Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, and others

Palo Verdes blue butterfly. Credit: Jane Hendron, USFWS
Status: Endangered / Listed July 2, 1980
Scientific Name: Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis

Description: The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy works in partnership with Moorpark College's captive rearing program and other agencies to support the recovery of the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly and connect volunteers with the land through habitat restoration. This video highlights the recovery efforts and the volunteers that make it all happen.
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Posted
04/04/14

Saving Rare Plants in Florida (1:22)

Partners: Bok Tower Gardens, Center for Plant Conservation

Florida ziziphus. Credit: Bok Tower Garden

Description: Bok Tower Gardens is a member institution of the Center for Plant Conservation and works to conserve both live endangered and threatened plants and seeds for the future.

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Posted
03/28/14

Whooping Crane Tracking Study Underway (1:36)

Partners: Texas Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Crane Trust, Parks Canada, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and International Crane Foundation

Whooping cranes. Credit: Texas Parks & Wildlife
Status: Endangered
Scientific Name: Grus americana

Description: Biologists put tracking devices on adult whooping cranes captured on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where the birds winter on the Texas coast, and on chicks at Wood Buffalo National Park, the birds' nesting grounds in Canada.
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Posted
03/26/14

Endangered Freshwater Mussels in Kentucky (11:50)

Partner: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Freshwater mussel. Credit: USFWS

Description: Fresh water mussels are vital to the ecosystem of our streams. Often times they are the first indicator that a stream is becoming unhealthy. Join Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists as they raise mussels in a fish lab to be released into Kentucky's streams.

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Posted
03/21/14

Magazine Mountain shagreen snail (1:35)

Partners: U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Magazine Mountain shagreen
Status: Delisted due to recovery on May 15, 2013 / Originally listed April 17, 1989
Scientific Name: Mesodon magazinensis

Description: In the highest parts of Arkansas' Ozarks, the slow-moving Magazine Mountain shagreen snail won the race to become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
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Posted
03/13/14

Pollinators: Oregon Zoo Butterfly Restoraiton Project (8:52)

Partner: Oregon Zoo

Oregon silverspot
Status (Oregon silverspot): Threatened/ Listed August 2, 1980
Scientific Name: Speyeria zerene hippolyta
Status (Taylor's checkerspot butterfly): Endangered/ Listed November 4, 2013
Scientific Name: Euphydryas editha taylori

Description: The Oregon Zoo Butterfly restoration program is the topic. Habitat is the issue. The zoo is raising and releasing endangered Oregon Silverspot and Taylors Checkerspot butterflies for release back into the wild.
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Posted
02/18/14

Mountain Yellow Legged Frog Tracking Update (2:06)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo

Yellow-legged frog
Status: Endangered/ Listed on July 2, 2002
Scientific Name: Rana muscosa

Description: Research coordinator from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Frank Santana, updates us on our ongoing mountain yellow-legged frog project.
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Posted
02/12/14

Black-Footed Ferret Release at Walker Ranch (1:56)

Partners: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and ranch owners Gary and Georgia Walker

Black-footed ferret. Credit: USFWS
Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Mustella nigripes

Description: The black-footed ferret has returned to Colorado and other areas within its historic range thanks to a successful captive breeding and release program started in the 1980s.
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Posted
02/11/14

Panther Face Off (8:45)

Florida panther. Credit: USFWS
Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Puma concolor coryi

Description: Florida panthers are notoriously elusive animals known to avoid human interaction. Jay Groesser, a hog hunter in Florida, had a rare encounter with a panther family group. Dressed in full camo, Groesser was able to capture his experience on video. To enhance your safety and that of friends and family, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that wildlife never be approached.
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Posted
01/24/14

TN Wild Side: Conasauga Logperch (1:56)

Partners: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Wildside and Conservation Fisheries Inc.

Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Credit: Jereme Phillips, USFWS
Status: Endangered/ Listed on August 5, 1985
Scientific Name: Percina jenkinsi

Description: The Conasauga logperch is one of the rarest darters in North America. The 6-inch logperch lives where the pristine Conasauga water flows out of the Cherokee National Forest into Polk County, Tennessee, then ripples southward into North Georgia..
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Last updated: October 6, 2014