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Director's Corner

Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

A Small Step for the Monarch – a Giant Leap for Conservation

Conservation is in many ways a profession of faith – not in wildlife or the environment, but in people.

Faith that future generations will value and sustain the wildlife and wild places we protect and entrust to their care. Faith that habitat restoration will make a difference for species in trouble, even if that habitat won’t mature for decades.

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That’s why, of all the things I get to do as Director and the achievements I value in my career, there’s nothing quite like getting outside with kids and seeing the feeling of accomplishment and wonder blossom in their faces when they help wildlife. I find myself hoping that the seed planted by that experience will one day sprout, helping to shape their values and maybe even spurring them to become conservationists themselves.


Using Cutting Edge Science to Fight Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade

World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day is taking on trafficking and wildlife crime.

Today is World Wildlife Day, a day set aside to celebrate the incredible diversity of wildlife found across the globe – and to raise awareness of the threats many of these species face from poaching and wildlife trafficking. To mark this day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is spotlighting a crucial ally in the fight to protect the world’s wildlife and crack down on wildlife crime: The National Wildlife Forensics Lab.

You probably haven’t heard of this lab, tucked away at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in the small town of Ashland, Oregon. But the lab and its forensic experts are world-renowned for their work to identify the perpetrators of wildlife crime and help law enforcement agencies bring them to justice.

Our Wildlife Forensics Laboratory takes your questions live.

Today, you have a rare opportunity to learn about the Forensics Lab and how it has become a vital part of the global fight against poaching and wildlife trafficking. We’re hosting a LiveStream broadcast from the lab at 1 pm EST, giving you a glimpse into how the lab operates and making our forensic scientists available to answer your questions.


Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation – the Recovery of the Oregon Chub


An Oregon chub swims at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Oregon. Photo by Rick Swart, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.


A winter storm grounded me in Washington Tuesday, keeping me from traveling to Portland to mark the recovery of the Oregon chub. But no amount of snow can keep me from celebrating this milestone in conservation history.

As small as the 3-inch chub is, it will forever be known for a giant accomplishment – becoming the first fish ever removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife because of recovery.


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