Kodiak bear family at Thumb River Credit: G. Wheeler / USFWS
Kodiak bear family at Thumb River. Credit: G. Wheeler / USFWS

Wild, Wonderful World of Landscape Conservation On the Web!

July 30, 2013

Ever wonder how the Service and our partners protect our natural and cultural resources at the landscape scale? Learn about how we are working together to ensure the sustainability of our economy, land, water, wildlife and cultural resources on the new Landscape Conservation Cooperative network website. 

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assortment of ivory pieces confiscated by USFWS agents
Smuggled elephant ivory intercepted by the Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement. Credit: USFWS

Call for Nominations: Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

July 29, 2013

The Service is seeking nominations for an Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in response to President Obama’s recent Executive Order. The Council will provide advice and recommendations on a multi-pronged approach to combat wildlife trafficking, including anti-poaching activities, law enforcement efforts and consumer demand reduction.
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White ibis at White ibis at J. N. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
Transient boat slips built with Boating Infrastructure Grant funds.Credit: Terry Steinert / USFWS

Recovering Endangered Fish Populations in Tennessee

July 24, 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 re-establish five fish species ­ to streams in central Tennessee where they were formerly found. Establishing experimental, self-sustaining populations in these waters will help improve the status of these species and speed recovery.

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Native only to Guam and the Northern Marianas, the Mariana fruit bat is listed as threatened under the ESA; factors contributing to the species’ decline include habitat degradation, illegal hunting for human consumption, and predation by invasive, introduced brown tree snakes. Credit: Anne Brooke / USFWS
Greater prairie chicken. Credit: Dave Menke / USFWS

Legislator Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Fruit Bat Investigation

July 24, 2013

A senator in the legislature of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Endangered Species Act and to obstructing a federal grand jury investigation in connection with the unlawful inter-sland transport of eight federally protected Mariana fruit bats.

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The Taylor's checkerspot butterfly is just one endangered species that will benefit from the Sentinel Landscapes partnership. Credit: Aaron Barna / USFWS
The Taylor's checkerspot butterfly is just one endangered species that will benefit from the Sentinel Landscapes partnership. Credit: Aaron Barna / USFWS

USDA, Interior and Defense Departments Partner to Benefit Agricultural Lands, Wildlife Habitat and Military Readiness

July 12, 2013
Through the Sentinel Landscapes partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Defense announced a plan to work together near military installations. The program would help farmers and ranchers make improvements to the land that benefit their operation, enhance wildlife habitat, and enable military training missions to continue. 
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This jaguar skin was sold to undercover Service agents in violation of the Endangered Species Act.  Credit: USFWS
This jaguar skin was sold to undercover Service agents in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Credit: USFWS

It’s a Wild, Wild Web for Wildlife Trafficking

July 11, 2013

Investigators in the United States and Southeast Asia broke up scores of internet-brokered wildlife transactions last summer during Operation Wild Web—a coordinated, Service-led crackdown on web-based wildlife trafficking. Participants included federal and state U.S. officers, and enforcement agencies in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, whose activities were regionally coordinated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).. 

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The threatened bull trout is just one of many species to benefit from this year’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grants. Credit: National Geographic Society
The threatened bull trout is just one of many species to benefit from this year’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grants. Credit: National Geographic Society

Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $32 Million in Grants

July 9, 2013

The Service today announced nearly $32 million in grants to 20 states to help advance their collaborative efforts to conserve America’s rarest species. The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grants will provide vital support to efforts by partnering state wildlife agencies and conservation organizations to improve the health of the land and water that supports these species and scores of communities across the nation.

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Photo Caption: A male and female Steller’s eider at the Alaska SeaLife Center, where captive breeding efforts are helping recover populations of this threatened species. Credit: USFWS
A male and female Steller’s eider at the Alaska SeaLife Center, where captive breeding efforts are helping recover populations of this threatened species. Credit: USFWS

Steller's Eider May Nest Again on the Delta

July 9, 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 the Steller's eider, a rare sea duck, in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Since 2005, the Service has partnered with the Alaska SeaLife Center to breed Steller's eiders in captivity. Their facility now houses 10 breeding pairs and sets the stage for reintroducing eiders into their historic range.

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Lesser prairie-chicken. Credit: USFWS
Lesser prairie-chicken. Credit: USFWS

Service Announces Six-Month Extension of Final Listing Determination for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

July 8, 2013

The Service today announced a six-month extension for making a final determination on whether to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is taking this action in order to solicit additional scientific information and public comment. Publication of the announcement reopens the comment period on the proposed rule for 30 days.
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Located on the high plains of west Texas, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and sandhill cranes. Credit: Wyman Meinzer / USFWS
White ibis at White ibis at J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS

Ready…Set…Travel to a National Wildlife Refuge

July 8, 2013

Summer means a chance to unwind and hit the road with the kids or your sweetie. Why not plan a summer trip around a national wildlife refuge! Of course, any season is the right season to get outdoors and enjoy a wildlife refuge. But if you want a wide choice of free or low-cost outdoor events – catering to most every taste – now is a great time. See iconic wildlife. Fish, hike, paddle…or just enjoy nature. Learn how the Refuge System is protecting your natural heritage.

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Healthy habitat and healthy fish mean more fishing opportunities. Credit: Sam Lohr / USFWS
Healthy habitat and healthy fish mean more fishing opportunities. Credit: Sam Lohr / USFWS

Service, Partners to Provide $12 Million for Fish Habitat Conservation in 27 States

July 3, 2013

The Service and its partners are providing $12 million during the next three years to support 75 fish habitat conservation projects in 27 states. The projects range from restoring submerged aquatic vegetation and oyster beds in Florida and New York to restoring degraded stream and estuary habitat for native fish in Hawaii.

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Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 10th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards competition awarded first place honors to the Fish and Wildlife Service for its conservation work with communities in Africa and Latin America.
Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 10th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards competition awarded first place honors to the Fish and Wildlife Service for its conservation work with communities in Africa and Latin America. Credit: 2013 Top Ten Innovations in Diversity Award Logo

Service Receives 1st Place in International Innovations in Diversity Award Competition

July 3, 2013

The Service has received top honors in the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 10th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards competition for its innovative conservation work with communities in Africa and Latin America. The awards recognize organizations and institutions that develop  creative solutions in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. The winning organizations are highlighted in the July/August 2013 issue of the Diversity Journal.

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State of the Birds Report Cover. Credit: Partners / USFWS
State of the Birds Report Cover. Credit: Partners / USFWS

Private Lands Essential to Our Nation's Birds, Says New Report

July 2, 2013

A new comprehensive report shows private lands play a key role in supporting populations of virtually all terrestrial and coastal birds of the United States. Of these birds, 251 are listed as federally endangered, threatened or of conservation concern. The 2013 State of the Birds Report on Private Lands indicates these lands have critical conservation value and that landowners can measure their natural resources yield not only in bushels, bales and cords but also in bluebirds, hawks and canvasbacks.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their host His Excellency President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Mama Salma Kikwete on arrival at the State House in Tanzania.Credit: U.S. Embassy Tanzania / Issa Michuzi
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their host His Excellency President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Mama Salma Kikwete on arrival at the State House in Tanzania.Credit: U.S. Embassy Tanzania / Issa Michuzi

President Obama Calls on Federal Agencies to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

July 2, 2013

During a visit to Tanzania, President Obama issued an Executive Order to enhance coordination of U.S. Government efforts to curtail wildlife trafficking and assist foreign governments in building their own capacity to combat this threat. As part of this strategy, a Service official will be assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam to support the Government of Tanzania's efforts to develop an overarching wildlife security strategy. The President cites threats posed by wildlife trafficking, including billions of dollars in illicit revenues that fuel instability of governments and in many cases directly threaten the national security of the United States. Trafficking of live animals also contributes to the spread of emerging infectious diseases. These threats to security and health illustrate how this issue falls into the national interest of the United States.

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Migrating red knots stop over in Delaware Bay each spring to refuel for their final push to their arctic breeding grounds. Credit: USFWS
Migrating red knots stop over in Delaware Bay each spring to refuel for their final push to their arctic breeding grounds.Credit: USFWS

Community Support for Red Knots

July 1, 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, learn about local community efforts to conserve red knots visiting the Delaware Bay along their migration.

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