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Director's Corner

Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Fight for Our Future

Engravers work to add a name to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. Photo by Lavonda Walton/USFWS

As we celebrate Police Week (May 11-15) and contemplate the contributions of law enforcement officers everywhere, I urge you to take a moment to honor the wildlife law enforcement professionals who risk their lives to protect our natural heritage. 


The Season of Celebrating Birds

Birdwatching on Theodore Roosevelt Island in DC. Photo by Glenn Olsen, National Audubon Society

Last week was for the birds – lucky me!

First, I had the pleasure of attending the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Meeting where $58 million in funding was approved for the Service and our partners to protect critical wetlands through acquisition and easements, conserving more than 200,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America. I also got to spend a morning birdwatching on Theodore Roosevelt Island in DC with many of our partners. A highlight of the morning was seeing a prothonotary warbler. 


A World Away, Biologists Track the Polar Bear

Hawadax Island
Me & Bear 15. She's wearing a GPS collar to help us learn. She's now running free on the Chukchi Sea. Thanks Bear 15! USFWS photo

For many people around the world, the polar bear has become the symbol for climate change. It’s not hard to understand why – the polar bear makes its home and its living on sea ice. Climate change and a rapidly warming arctic are making sea ice disappear.

And of course, it’s one of the most recognizable wildlife species on the planet. Yet few people will ever get to see a polar bear in its remote arctic habitat – or the teams of dedicated wildlife professionals who risk their lives and work long hours to help conserve it for future generations.


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