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Karner blue butterfly. Credit: Joel Trick/USFWS Federal Agencies Finalize Revised Rules to Improve Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

Building on the success of the Obama Administration in improving regulations and in implementing the Endangered Species Act in new and innovative ways, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service today finalized a policy and two rules that will provide a clearer, more consistent and predictable process for designating critical habitat.
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Featured Species

Channel Island fox. Credit: NPS

Channel Island Fox

Four of the six subspecies of island fox on California's Channel Islands – the San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cataline island foxs – were listed as endangered in 2004 following catastrophic population declines...

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California condor. Credit: USFWS

Condor Watch

Biologists studying the endangered California condor have launched a new web site to enlist the help of citizen scientists in research aimed at reducing lead poisoning, the primary threat to condors in the wild...

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Indiana bat

Indiana Bat

Indiana bats are found over most of the eastern half of the U.S. Almost half of them hibernate in caves in southern Indiana...

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Partnership Stories

Mount Graham Red Squirrel. Credit: USFWS

Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrel

Mild winters and multiple insect infestations have significantly affected the spruce-fir forest habitat of Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains— the only place the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel occurs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, along with state wildlife agency and U.S. Forest Service partners, are working with the Phoenix Zoo to develop a pilot breeding program to help the species rebound...
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Last updated: February 5, 2016