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Photo of smiling girl scouts after a few hours of ice fishing. Photo Credit: USFWS
Photo Credit: USFWS
 
Girl Scouts Learn More Than Catch and Release During Ice Fishing Event
March 4, 2014

A small lake north of Anchorage, Alaska was buzzing with activity as the sun began to rise over the mountains and nearly two dozen volunteers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Bass Pro Shops prepared for the arrival of members of 16 Girl Scout Troops from Anchorage and nearby communities of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. By 9:00 a.m., holes were drilled in the ice; tables were loaded with fishing equipment, and warming tents with hot cocoa were ready for children looking to take a break from the cold.



Steller's Eider on the water. Photo Credit: USFWS
Steller's Eider on the water.
Photo Credit: USFWS
 
Service Seeks Comments on Proposal to Reintroduce Steller's Eider in Alaska
February 25, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a public process to gather input on reintroduction of threatened Steller’s eiders to Alaska. A healthy population of these birds nesting on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in southwest Alaska is considered necessary for recovery of the listed Alaska-breeding population. Prior to release, the Service is seeking public input on the best approach, and will analyze the effects to the environment consistent with guidance in the National Environmental Policy Act. The public comment period begins March 3, 2014 and ends on April 15, 2014. The public will have an opportunity to review the draft environmental assessment in the summer of 2014.


Bear bait being loaded onto plane. Photo Credit: USFWS
Bear bait being loaded onto plane.
Photo Credit: USFWS
 
International Wildlife Investigation Results in Conviction of Haines Big Game Guide
February 21, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska- U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a joint United States-Canadian wildlife investigation has resulted in the conviction after a jury trial against Haines, Alaska, big game guide John Katzeek. Katzeek, who has been a big game guide for over twenty years, was convicted by a Juneau jury for a felony violation of the Lacey Act in connection with a guided hunt with two Canadian citizens.



Alaska Regional Director, Geoff Haskett and Award Recipient, Bill Rice. Photo Credit: USFWSAlaska Regional Director, Geoff Haskett and Award Recipient, Bill Rice. Photo Credit: USFWS
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Employee Receives National Recognition
January 30, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — On January 21, 2014, Bill Rice, P.E., received the 2013 National Fish Passage Program Field Biologist of the Year award in an all-employees ceremony held at the Alaska Regional Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). This national award is given each year to one Service employee in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the mission and objectives of the Service’s National Fish Passage Program. Alaska Regional Director, Geoff Haskett, presented the award on behalf of David Hoskins, Assistant Director of Fisheries and Aquatic onservation for the Service.

“Bill’s work helps support what all Alaskans love to do most—fish! We are proud of Bill’s accomplishments, as well as our other staff, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and other local partners involved with fish passage projects”, said Geoff Haskett.



Walrus hauled out on Round Island.  Photo Credit: USFWS
Walrus hauled out on Round Island. Photo Credit: USFWS
 
Togiak Area Man Sentenced for Wasting Walrus, Illegally Transporting Tusks and Firearms Violations
January15, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Togiak area resident Jessie Anariak, age 50, was sentenced by the Hon. Sharon L. Gleason, United States District Court Judge, to a term of 15 months imprisonment for his actions arising from the illegal take of a walrus on Round Island in May, 2011. News Release

 

 

 



In an effort to better communicate with Alaska Natives, federal wildlife officers have been making informal, unannounced, meet–and–greet visits to remote villages such as Nunapitchuk, which is surrounded by Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. (Ake Lindstrom)
In an effort to better communicate with Alaska Natives, federal wildlife officers have been making informal, unannounced, meet–and–greet visits to remote villages such as Nunapitchuk, which is surrounded by Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. (Ake Lindstrom)
 
Connecting With Villagers “in a Neighborly Fashion"
January 7, 2014

It’s only a slight stretch to say that Yukon River king salmon have spawned a novel approach to National Wildlife Refuge System law enforcement in Alaska.

King salmon is an important cultural and culinary part of Alaska Natives’ subsistence lifestyle. Its numbers in the Yukon River have been dropping for years. For the species’ long–term health, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imposes regulations on king salmon fishing. The regulations aggravate Alaska Natives whose remote villages are within refuges. Federal wildlife officers must enforce the regulations and issue citations for violations such as fishing during closed periods.

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 Last year’s grand prize winner, American Burying Beetle by Ava Bribiesco from Missouri.
Last year’s grand prize winner, American
Burying Beetle by Ava Bribiesco from Missouri.
 
Kids, Get Your Paintbrushes, Pens and Pencils Out
December 30, 2013

Parents, teachers and youth group leaders across America are invited to engage children in putting their creative skills to work in the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the ninth annual national Endangered Species Day celebration in May. For more information, including entry categories, judging criteria, prizes and the entry form, visit this page. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2014.

 



Mom and daughter ice fishing.  Photo Credit: Courtesy Julian Cabrera
Mom and daughter enjoy ice fishing together. 
Photo Credit: Courtesy Julian Cabrera
 

Get Outdoors for the Holidays!
December 23, 2013

This holiday, as you enjoy the season with family and friends, take them outdoors. Bundle up and go skiing, snowmachining, birding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, or build a snowman in the backyard. Connecting with the outdoors is good for everyone - physically, emotionally, and socially. It's free and it's fun. For more outdoor ideas visit:


This male and female pair of endangered short-tailed albatross are reunited at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.  Photo Credit: USFWS
This male and female pair of endangered short-tailed albatross are reunited at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: USFWS
 
Endangered Species Act Turns 40 on December 28
December 19, 2013

The Endangered Species Act, the bipartisan legislation that is credited with saving hundreds of species from extinction, was signed into law by President Nixon 40 years ago on December 28, 1973.

This landmark law has been the catalyst for fully recovering 31 species, including the bald eagle, eastern population of Steller sea lion, American alligator, Lake Erie water snake and the Virginia northern flying squirrel. It continues to work today to protect and recover more than 2,100 animals and plants in the U.S. and around the world.

 


Yellow-billed loon.  Photo Credit: Ted/Swem/USFWS
Yellow-billed loon.
Photo Credit: Ted Swem/ USFWS
 
Draft Peer Review Plan for Yellow-billed Loon Listing Evaluation Available
December 11, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a draft Peer Review Plan for the biological status review portion of the yellow-billed loon listing evaluation. The draft plan is available for review and comment through January 6, 2014.

Draft Peer Review Plan
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A bull stands on a former ranch road on Chirikof Island. Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS
A bull stands on a former ranch road on Chirikof Island. Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS
 
Wildlife Refuge Plans to Address Cattle Damage to Islands
December 6, 2013

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge manager, Steve Delehanty, today announced the start of a public scoping process to identify issues and alternatives to address damage from unauthorized cattle on Wosnesenski and Chirikof Islands. Scoping will include meetings with interested federal, state, and local agencies, Federally recognized Tribes, stakeholders and the general public.

Press Release 12/5/13
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Mr. Geoffrey Haskett (on right), U.S. Head of Delegation and US Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director, Alaska Region, meets with (from left) Mr. Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment the Russian Federation, Ms. Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Canada, Mr. Karl Lyberth, Minister of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture of Greenland, and, Mr. Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary Minister of the Climate and the Environment of Norway, in Moscow, Russia, as part of the 40 Anniversary of the Agreement for the Conservation of Polar Bears. Photo courtesy of Geoff York.
Representatives of the polar bear range states – United States, Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway and the Russian Federation. Photo Courtesy of Geoff York
 
Polar Bear Range States Celebrate 40th Anniversary
of 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears

December 4, 2013

Representatives of the polar bear range states – United States, Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway and the Russian Federation – convened in Moscow, Russia, today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears. Representatives responsible for polar bear policy, research, and management recognized the significant contributions over the past four decades to polar bear conservation throughout the species’ Arctic range.

Press Release 12/6/13
Press Release 12/4/13

 

 

 


Slippers made by Jessica May. Photo Credit: USFWS
Slippers made by Jessica May.
Photo Credit: USFWS
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Guidance to Clarify the Phrase Significantly Altered
November 18, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued guidance to clarify the phrase “significantly altered” as it pertains to authentic Native handicrafts and clothing made from sea otter, a species protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The intent of the guidance is to reduce confusion over what this phrase means; it does not change existing MMPA implementing regulations.

 

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