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US Fish and Wildlife Service Historic News Releases - DDT**

June 17, 1945 (pdf) Controlled study on effects of DDT undertaken at Patuxent Refuge
August 10, 1945 (pdf) Study on the Use of DDT in Fish Processing Houses Under Way
August 22, 1945 (pdf) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reports DDT is Capable of Considerable Damage to Wildlife, Beneficial Insects, and Indirectly to Crops.
May 18, 1946 (pdf) New Publication Announcement - DDT: It's Effects on Fish and Wildlife.
January 10, 1947 (pdf) Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 1946.
March 28, 1949 (pdf) Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 1948.
June 9, 1958 (pdf) Interior Follows Up On "Drown the Mosquito--Save the Duck Marsh" Plan.
June 21, 1959 (pdf) Department of Interior Endorses Enlarged Research Program on Effects of Pesticides on Wildlife.

[1962. Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" is published]


November 10, 1962 (600KB pdf) Assistant Secretary of the Interior Address Before the Meeting of the Audubon Society (mentions Rachel Carson).
May 22, 1963(500KB pdf) Secretary Udall Testifies on Pesticide Problems, Warning of Environmental Hazards.
August 12, 1963 (pdf) Announcement: New Wildlife-Pesticide Report Released by Interior Department.
February 4, 1964 (pdf) Announcement: Results of Pesticide-Wildlife Studies Reported in Interior Department's Annual Report.
April 8, 1964(630KB pdf) Udall Cites Pesticide Danger.
September 4, 1964 (pdf) Stringent Rules Ordered in Using Pesticides on Interior - Administered.
November 15, 1964 (pdf) High Percentage of North American Bald Eagles Carry DDT, Interior Department Study Reveals.
February 11, 1965 (pdf) DDT Found in Penguins and Seals from Antarctica.
May 27, 1965 (660KB pdf) Pesticides and Man: Remarks by John A. Carver, Jr. Under Secretary of the Interior.
September 7, 1965 (pdf) Mere Trace of Pesticide Kills Aquatic Life, Interior Department Study Finds.
February 3, 1966 (pdf) Pesticide Residues Found in Animals Throughout World.
January 11, 1970 (pdf) Pesticide Residues Found in Mallard and Black Duck Wings and Starlings.
June 18, 1970 (pdf) Secretary Hickel Bans Use of 16 Pesticides on any Interior Lands or Programs.

[July 9, 1970 - President Nixon Establishes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).]


October 8, 1970 (pdf) Woodcock Pesticide Samples Being Taken in Maine.
November 19, 1970 (pdf) What a Wonderful -- but Endangered -- Bird is the Pelican.
December 6, 1970 (pdf) News Brief from the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife: Chalk Up Another Victim for DDT.
December 14, 1970 (pdf) Hunter Safety Programs (includes discussion of sparrow hawk and DDT)
August 22, 1971 (pdf) Good News for Dove Hunters: The Fish and Wildlife Service is finding low levels of DDT .
June 27, 1972 (pdf) Secretary of the Interior Address Before the Outdoor Writers of America.

DDT Ban Takes Effect Federal Register

EPA press release - December 31, 1972


November 1, 1973 (740KB pdf) Reproductive Failure in Peregrine Falcons Increases.
September 30, 1975 (pdf) Brown Pelican Decline Puzzles Experts.
October 27, 1975 (pdf) Herons May Forecast Environmental Change.
March 20, 1976 (510KB pdf) Remarks of Secretary of the Interior Before National Wildlife Federation's Annual Conference.
March 22, 1976 (pdf) Top 10 Fish and Wildlife Stories Told in Annual Report.
March 17, 1977 (pdf) Polar Bears Being Studied Like Never Before.
June 20, 1979 (pdf) Peregrine Falcons for the Nation's Capitol.
July 11, 1979 (pdf) Endangered Peregrine's Flight Honors Rachel Carson, 17 Years After "Silent Spring".
August 15, 1980 (pdf) Nation's Most Endangered Species May Become Extinct Within Four Years.
December 31, 1981 (pdf) Good News About Wildlife in 1981.
March 8, 1982 (pdf) Ten Years Later: Bird Populations Rise as DDT Declines in the Environment.
April 1, 1983 (pdf) Proposed "Threatened" Status Reflects Improvement for Arctic Peregrine Falcons; Other Rule Changes Proposed for Peregrines.
November 10, 1983 (pdf) Brown Pelicans Has Recovered in Eastern States, May Be Removed from Endangered Species List.
March 2, 1984 (pdf) Fish and Wildlife Service has released results of-a study on levels of pesticides (DDT and DDE) in fish and wildlife from the Rio Grande and Pecos River drainages in Texas and New Mexico.
April 6, 1984 (pdf) Arctic Peregrine Falcon Reclassified to "Threatened;" Other Protections for Peregrine Extended.
February 5, 1985 (pdf) Brown Pelicans Removed from Endangered Species List in Southeastern States.
February 11, 1988 (pdf) Red Wolf Returns, but Last Dusty Seaside Sparrow Dies in 1987.
February 2, 1990 (pdf) Bald Eagle Numbers Show Dramatic Growth: Nation's Symbol Eyed for Reclassification Under the Endangered Species Act.
October 8, 1993 (pdf) Arctic Peregrine Falcon Makes a Comeback: Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Removing From Endangered Species List
June 3, 1994 (pdf) Bald Eagle Returning From Near Extinction; Celebrated as "Hope" Takes Flight.
October 4, 1994 (pdf) Saved from Near Extinction, Arctic Peregrine Falcons are Removed From Endangered Species List.
July 12, 1995 (pdf) Bald Eagle Soars Again! Population Increases Shift National Symbol To Less Critical Status.
May 9, 1996 (pdf) Endangered Species Act Successes Recounted as Adjunct to International Migratory Bird Day.
August 12, 1998 (pdf) The Peregrine Falcon is Back! Babbitt Announces Proposal to Remove World's Fastest Bird From Endangered Species List.

** We have attempted to make available every historic news release that refers to DDT. However, we do no guarantee that this list is all inclusive.
Last updated: January 14, 2014