Honduran emerald. Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Honduran emerald. Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Service Protects Rare Hummingbird under the Endangered Species Act

July 28, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list the rare Honduran emerald as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Measuring less than four inches in length and the only bird species endemic to Honduras, this hummingbird is in decline due to degradation, fragmentation, and loss of its dry thorn forest habitat as a result of cattle grazing and agriculture. Only an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 breeding pairs of the birds remain, located in small, isolated valleys within the country, increasing its vulnerability to extinction.
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Seized ivory carvings destroyed at the Service’s recent Ivory Crush in Times Square illustrate the fate of many African elephants as a result of the illegal ivory trade. / Credit: Gavin Shire USFWS
Seized ivory carvings destroyed at the Service’s recent Ivory Crush in Times Square illustrate the fate of many African elephants as a result of the illegal ivory trade. / Credit: Gavin Shire USFWS

Amid Poaching Crisis, President Obama Announces Proposal to Tighten Controls on Domestic Ivory Trade

July 25, 2015
In response to a growing poaching crisis that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos and other species to the brink of extinction, President Obama today announced that the Service is proposing new regulations that will result in a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The proposed revisions to the African elephant rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would prohibit most interstate commerce (sales across state lines) in African elephant ivory and would further restrict commercial exports.
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Students from local schools learn about wildlife and habitat at the John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge through the Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS

Service Expands Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

July 23, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching new partnerships in cities across the nation to boost opportunities for their residents to connect with nature and engage thousands of volunteers in restoring local environments. Three new cities join 14 others with Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, and five new cities are now designated Urban Bird Treaty cities, joining 21 nationwide. The new partnerships, part of the Service’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, were made possible by the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which generated $2.35 million in direct contributions and matching funds from local partners.
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