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.
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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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.ESA 40th Anniversary »
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.News Release »
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)..
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.