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From Left to Right: Ricardo Romo, President of University of Texas - San Antonio; Cheryl Jefferson, U.S. Forest Service; Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director, Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio, TX. Credit: Katie Latta/USFWS

Mayors For Monarchs
Update: City of San Antonio Steps It Up For Monarchs

April 2016
Mayors of towns and cities across America are pitching in to help save the monarch butterfly from possible extinction. One of our partners, The National Wildlife Federation, has created the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge that helps cities take specific actions to benefit this iconic species. More than 100 mayors are already on board.

Today, Mayor Ivy Taylor from San Antonio, Texas received accolades from Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region for being the first Mayor to agree to take all 24 Actions outlined in the Pledge! In addition, Ricardo Romo, President of the University of Texas San Antonio, signed the Monarch Pledge demonstrating the University's commitment to partner with Mayor Taylor and the San Antonio community in protecting the monarch butterfly. Thank you Mayor Taylor and President Romo!

Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

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group supporting delisting of johnston's frankenia

L-R: U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service Southwest Deputy Regional Director Joy Nicholopoulos, Jose Dodier Jr, (landowner, and TX State Soil and Water Conservation Board Chairman), Dawn Gardiner, Robyn Cobb, and Ernesto Reyes (all FWS Corpus Christi Field Office). Photo credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Zapata County Soil and Water Conservation District and Local landowners Celebrate the Delisting of Johnston’s frankenia

April 2016
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to join the Zapata County Soil and Water Conservation District, local landowners and other partners to celebrate the delisting of Johnston’s frankenia. We started the day with visit to Chairman Jose Dodier’s property to see firsthand the work being done to conserve and protect this unique plant. Our visit was followed by an awards ceremony to recognize the landowners who had helped make the recent delisting of Johnston’s frankenia possible.

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USFWS firefighters Noe Garza from South Texas Refuges Complex (left) works with award-winner Derrick Nahill from Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge to assess damage to the Refuge’s perimeter fence, where supports were washed out by flooding of major creeks in May 2015. Photo credit: USFWS.

Fire Staff Recognized for Safe Response to Flash Flood

April 2016
A group of seven wildland firefighters stationed at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma were recently awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fire Safety Award for sustained safe performance during flash flood recovery efforts in May of 2015. 

The Oklahoma/North Texas Fire District operations staff at the time of the flood -- Aaron Roper, T.J. Lowder, Darren Proctor, Howard Boss, Steven Natho, Kimberly Frey, and Derrick Nahill – are professional wildland firefighters who respond to wildfires on the Refuge and elsewhere in the country, and help meet other Refuge management goals.

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A pair of whooping cranes find refuge at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Photo credit: USFWS.

And The Survey Says..." Whooping Crane Population at Record High!"

April 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed analysis of aerial surveys of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo whooping crane population, the only surviving wild population of whooping cranes in the world. Preliminary survey data indicated 329 whooping cranes, including 38 juveniles, centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The survey shows an upward trend in whooping crane abundance over the last five years and the highest ever documented for this population. Whooping cranes are one of the rarest birds in North America.

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Wildlife Selfies!
The Southwest Region has a brand new interactive webpage; every month new, exciting refuge trailcam photos will be highlighted.  Simply click on the Refuge Trailcam button and enjoy!  And remember…check back often!Visit the Southwest Region's Refuge Trailcam site of Wildlife Selfies!
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Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month. We would like to recognize women in our ranks conserving our natural resources in the Southwest Region. Check back to read more about extraordinary women in conservation.
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Projects Using State Wildlife Grants
​There are many projects using State Wildlife Grants taking place in the Southwest Region.Learn more...
R2 LE Agent Receives Honor Award
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department recognizes two of our employees
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Science Leadership Award
Grant Harris receives recognition for scientific leadership
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Southwest Region's Wounded Warriors
There are eight Wounded Warriors who have joined our ranks.
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Two New Refuges
Two new refuges in the Southwest Region are the 559th and 560th refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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Last updated: May 2, 2016