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An Oregon chub swims at Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis, Oregon. Credit: Rick Swart / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Chub Becomes First Fish Delisted Due to Recovery

The small but significant Oregon chub has become the first fish ever to be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals due to recovery. The chub, listed as endangered in 1993 and reclassified as threatened in 2010, is a minnow found only in the Willamette River Basin in floodplain habitats with little or no water flow. Threats to the chub have been reduced through restoration and acquisition of habitat, promotion of natural river flows, and the reintroduction of the fish into historical habitat.
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California condor. Credit: USFWS

Condor Watch

Biologists studying the endangered California condor have launched a new web site to enlist the help of citizen scientists in research aimed at reducing lead poisoning, the primary threat to condors in the wild.

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Indiana bat

Indiana Bat

Indiana bats are found over most of the eastern half of the United States. Almost half of them hibernate in caves in southern Indiana.

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Light-footed clapper rail

Light-footed Clapper Rail

The San Diego Zoo has a long history of involvement in the conservation, captive breeding, and return to the wild of light-footed clapper rails. In this interview Mike Mace talks about the efforts to recover this species

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Mexican wolf. Credit: Jim Clark, USFWS

Arizona's Endangered Mexican Wolves

The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Once common throughout portions of the southwestern U.S., the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s. In 1977, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve the species. In 1998, Mexican wolves were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, their howl can once again be heard in the mountains of the southwestern U.S.
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Last updated: February 18, 2015