Green sea turtle. Credit: Blair Witherington / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Green sea turtle. Credit: Blair Witherington / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sea Turtle Nest Numbers Up Dramatically in Southeast

August 30, 2013

Along the southeast coast, endangered sea turtles are nesting in record numbers – the result of 30 years of federal protection efforts. National wildlife refuges provide critical habitat, protected beaches and extensive data on nesting sea turtles. Green sea turtles are the undisputed 2013 champs with record nesting numbers at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Bulletin »

The Service's Krishna Roy accepts a $10,000 check from Tigers' pitcher Max Scherzer, with Tigers' mascot Paws, CEO Dave Dombrowski and Dombrowski's wife, Karie Ross, founder of Pennies for Paws. Credit: Daniel Lesperance
The Service's Krishna Roy accepts a $10,000 check from Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer, with Tigers' mascot Paws, CEO Dave Dombrowski and Dombrowski’s wife, Karie Ross, founder of Pennies for Paws. Credit: Daniel Lesperance

Detroit Tigers Continue to Support Conservation

August 29, 2013

In a Tuesday pre-game ceremony, the Detroit Tigers presented a $10,000 check to the Service's Wildlife Without Borders program. The Tigers’ Pennies for Paws program has raised more than $53,000 for tiger conservation since 2008. The Tigers also support the Save Vanishing Species Stamp, a special first-class stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service, which has generated more than $2.3 million for conservation to date.

Wildlife Without Borders »
Pennies for Paws Program »
Save Vanishing Species Stamp »

Adult Piping  Plover.
An example of the use of surrogates: anticipated take of Northern Spotted Owls due to forestry activities may best be expressed by measuring habitat changes. Credit: USFWS

Services Solicit Public Comment on Proposed ESA Regulation Revisions

August 29, 2013

To make the implementation of the Endangered Species Act more effective and less burdensome, FWS and NOAA Fisheries Service are proposing to amend regulations governing Incidental Take Statements for endangered species. The proposed changes would codify the use of "surrogates" to express the anticipated amount or extent of take, and address incidental take statements for programmatic actions such as approval of federal land management plans.

News Release »
More Information »

Awardee Tom Will, USFWS, (middle) with Partners in Flight representatives. Credit: Alicia F. King / USFWS
Awardee Tom Will, USFWS, (middle) with Partners in Flight representatives. Credit: Alicia F. King / USFWS

Champions of Bird Conservation Honored at Partners In Flight International Meeting

August 29, 2013

Bird conservationists at the Partners In Flight (PIF) International Conference last night celebrated six winners of this year’s PIF awards. The awards recognize outstanding bird conservation achievements throughout the Americas in the areas of communications, innovative leadership, insightful ecological investigation, lifetime achievements and sound land stewardship.

News Release »

Adult Blue Jay sitting on a branch.
Blue jay. Credit: David Meinke / USFWS

America's WILD READ Now Online!

August 29, 2013

In her essay, "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah," Emily Hiestand writes of a blue jay pair building a nest in the wild black cherry tree outside her living room window. Frogs, sea turtles and backyard blue jays are all part of the latest stories about urban nature. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, book lover, young conservationist or teacher, you are invited to participate in America's WILD READ discussion.

Learn More »

Adult Piping  Plover.
Piping Plover. Credit: Don Freiday / USFWS

A Watchful Eye Protects the Piping Plover

August 27, 2013

As part of the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story to highlight our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about how a volunteer plover warden protects piping plovers and their nests on the beaches of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts.

ESA 40th Anniversary »
Get to Know Your Species »

Beautiful lush wetland surrounded by grasses and trees with backdrop of a mountain.
Wetland in the Catskills, New York. Credit: USFWS

Services Improve Process for ESA Critical Habitat Proposals

August 23, 2013

In an effort to improve transparency and facilitate public comment, FWS and NOAA Fisheries today issued a final rule to provide the public access to both the scientific analyses and the draft economic analyses of proposed critical habitat designations at the same time.

News Release »
More Information »

Sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico Credit: USFWS
Sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: Marvin De Jong

Great Scenic Drives On National Wildlife Refuges

August 22, 2013

To really explore a national wildlife refuge, of course, you’ll want to get out of your car. But occasionally time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. Here’s a sampling of some super refuge drives to whet your appetite for the next step. The ultimate benefits? Refuges can offer gorgeous views and wildlife abounds — and a peaceful retreat from daily life. 

Bulletin »
Learn More »

Service employee, Boby Duran, holding a large Colorado pikeminnow. Photo Credit: USFWS
The Service's Bobby Duran holds a Colorado pikeminnow at Mosquito Point. Credit: USFWS

Recovering Fish and Balancing People's Water Needs

August 20, 2013

As part of the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act’s 40th Anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story to highlight our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about efforts to restore the  Colorado pikeminnow and razorback suckerin New Mexico. The San Juan River Recovery Program and partnership is leading the efforts to recover these endangered fish in the San Juan River, while allowing water development projects to accommodate the needs of local residents.

ESA 40th Anniversary »
Get to Know Your Species »

Photo of Transient boat slips in river with bridge in background. Credit: USFWS
Transient boat slips built with Boating Infrastructure Grant funds.Credit: Terry Steinert / USFWS

Service Announces More Than $7.3 Million in Grants to Boost Recreational Boating

August 19, 2013

The Service is supporting recreational anglers and boaters through more than $7.3 million in competitive grants to several states and one U.S. territory. These grants spur major construction projects, create jobs and provide much-needed economic benefits.

News Release »
Link to Project List »

Adult Greater prairie chicken standing in field. Credit: USFWS
Greater prairie chicken. Credit: Dave Menke / USFWS

$5.1 Million in Service Grants to Help Species of Greatest Conservation Need in 11 States

August 16, 2013

Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.1 million in grants to 11 states through the Service's competitive State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects yielding measurable results, will be matched by more than $3.1 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners for projects that work to conserve and recover Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and their habitats.

News Release »
Link to Project List »

A female Kirtland's warbler perches among jack pines in Michigan. Credit: USFWSCredit: USFWS
A female Kirtland's warbler perches among jack pines in Michigan. Credit: USFWS

Remarkable Rebound of the Kirtland's Warbler

August 13, 2013

As part of the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story to highlight our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about efforts to restore the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan. Hitting an all-time population low of 167 males in 1987, the population has soared following conservation efforts, reaching 2,090 males last year. Learn about the research, management and habitat protection over the last 40 years that are helping this beautiful bird recover. 

ESA 40th Anniversary »
Get to Know Your Species »

Leopard shark swimming among seaweed. Credit: USFWS
Leopard sharks live in bays and estuaries along California's coast; the state uses size limits to regulate commercial harvest.Credit: Matthew Field / Wikimedia Commons

California Businessman Pleads Guilty to Shark Trafficking

August 9, 2013

A marine life dealer based in northern California has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of violating the Lacey Act, and nine counts of wire fraud in connection with the illegal harvest and sale of live, undersized California leopard sharks and live, juvenile nurse sharks from Florida. Both states regulate collection of these species for conservation purposes. 

New Release »

Beautiful libation cup carved from rhino horn. Credit: USFWS
Wildlife items purchased here in the United States that were destined for collectors in China include this carved libation cup. Credit: USFWS

Antiques Dealer Caught in Operation Crash Pleads Guilty

August 7, 2013

A New York antiques dealer, one of several individuals arrested earlier this year in connection with Operation Crash, the Service's ongoing investigation of rhino horn trafficking, has pleaded guilty to a federal count of felony conspiracy. The defendant admitted conspiring with others to smuggle objects, including rhino horn libation cups and ivory carvings, out of the United States using falsified customs declarations.

New Release »
About Operation Crash »

Endangered Wyoming toad Credit: USFWS
Endangered Wyoming toad Credit: USFWS

Using Fire to Save a Toad

August 6, 2013

As part of the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story to highlight our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about the efforts to restore one of North America's most endangered amphibians, the Wyoming toad. Prescribed burning is now being used to help manage toad habitat at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming, and as a result, almost 40,000 captive-bred tadpoles and toadlets have been released at the refuge and other safe-harbor sites.

ESA 40th Anniversary »
Get to Know Your Species »

Canvasback. Credit: USFWS
Canvasback. Credit: USFWS.

Liberal Frameworks Proposed for Late Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

August 2, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing liberal hunting season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2013-14 late waterfowl seasons. States select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks that establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits. The proposed late season waterfowl frameworks will appear in a mid-August edition of the Federal Register for public comment.
News Release »
Waterfowl Population Status, 2013 Report »

2013 Status of Waterfowl Video »

White ibis at White ibis at J. N. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
White ibis at White ibis at J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS

Refuges are Popping with Summer and Fall Events

August 1, 2013

Find a reason – or maybe 300 - to visit a national wildlife refuge. Refuge calendars are chock-full of festivals and events to spark a love of nature and make your visit special. Choose from a range of outdoor recreation and activities. Learn to recognize and photograph wildlife. Find out about wetland and prairie restoration. Join in an adventure, such as a night search for owls. All events are free or low-cost.

Learn More »