A black-footed ferret pops out of a burrow. Credit: USFWS
A black-footed ferret pops out of a burrow. Credit: USFWS

Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Bolstered by New Agreement

October 31, 2013
The Service's Black-footed Ferret Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement with partners in 12 states is now completed after two years of collaboration. The agreement makes it easier for private and tribal landowners to volunteer their lands for reintroductions of this endangered species without affecting their ability to work the land as they see fit beyond agreed-upon measures.
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Local students join Service Director Dan Ashe and Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber in unveiling the new partnership. Credit: USFWS
Local students join Service Director Dan Ashe and Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber in unveiling the new partnership. Credit: USFWS

New Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Established in Connecticut

October 29, 2013
The Urban Oases project in the New Haven Harbor Watershed is now designated as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to help raise public awareness about the local watershed as well as expand habitat for migratory birds and other native species. With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the Service's new Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative is forging connections between the National Wildlife Refuge System, natural resource conservation and people living in urban areas.
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Blue-billed Curassow. Credit: ProAves
Blue-billed Curassow. Credit: ProAves

Five Species of Colombian and Ecuadorian Birds Protected as Endangered

October 28, 2013
The Service today announced the listing of four Colombian bird species – the blue-billed curassow, brown-banded antpitta, Cauca guan and gorgeted wood-quail – and one Ecuadorian bird species—the Esmeraldas woodstar – as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The species are endangered throughout their ranges due to multiple threats including habitat destruction, predation and inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms.
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Tufted puffins are winging their way back to Hawadax Island. Credit: Ilana Nimz / USFWS
Tufted puffins are winging their way back to Hawadax Island. Credit: Ilana Nimz / USFWS

Birds Flock Back with Rats Gone: Puffins Reclaim Hawadax Island

October 25, 2013
Tufted puffin nests were found for the first time this summer on the former "Rat Island" in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge just five years after Norway rats were eradicated by the refuge, aided by the Nature Conservancy and Island Conservation. Other birds are also flourishing. A 1780 shipwreck brought the predatory rats leading to the decimation of the island's birds. Native Alaska groups championed the name change to "Hawadax.".
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Gray Wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS
Gray Wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

Service Extends Wolf Comment Period, Reschedules Public Hearings, Adds Hearing in AZ

October 24, 2013
The Service today announced rescheduled dates for the remaining public hearings on its two proposed wolf rules and added another hearing and informational meeting in Arizona. To enable these hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules, the comment period deadlines also are extended until December 17.
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Reopened Wildlife Drive at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Credit: USFWS
Reopened Wildlife Drive at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Credit: USFWS

Service Receives $100 Million for 30 Projects to Protect Coastal Communities from Future Storm

October 24, 2013
In advance of next week's one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $162 million to protect coastal areas against future storms and a changing climate. The Service will lead projects to restore marshes and beaches, improve aquatic connectivity in rivers and streams, and provide science needed to make sound conservation decisions now and in the future.
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Varronia rupicola. Credit: Carlos Pacheco / USFWS
Varronia rupicola. Credit: Carlos Pacheco / USFWS

Service Proposes to List Three Caribbean Flowering Plants

October 24, 2013
Gonocalyx concolor's red flowers hang like tiny bells at high elevations of the Carite Commonwealth Forest in Puerto Rico. Deep yellow Agave eggersiana flowers stand tall on the coastal cliffs of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Varronia rupicola’s petite white flowers are found in low coastal shrub forests in southern Puerto Rico and Vieques Island. To protect these species and their habitats, the Service proposes listing for Agave eggersiana and Gonocalyx concolor as endangered species and Varronia rupicola as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
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Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: USFWS
Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: USFWS

Service Endorses Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan

October 23, 2013
The Service announced its endorsement of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan. The range-wide plan represents a dedicated effort by the five range states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken, a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act. 
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The endangered Moapa dace is endemic to the upper reaches of the spring-fed Muddy River in southern Nevada. Credit: USFWS
The endangered Moapa dace is endemic to the upper reaches of the spring-fed Muddy River in southern Nevada. Credit: USFWS

Desert Oasis for an Endangered Fish

October 22, 2013
To recognize the Endangered Species Act’s 40th anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story. This week we learn about efforts to restore the endangered Moapa dace in, of all places to find a fish, the desert. Thanks to habitat restoration efforts and the removal of non-native species in Nevada's Muddy River, this tiny but mighty fish is making a comeback. 
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Wind turbines. Credit: Joshua Winchell / USFWS

Service to Host Training Broadcast Oct. 30 for Voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines

October 18, 2013
The third training broadcast in a series of five covering the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines and related topics will be held Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m. EDT. The broadcast will focus on post-construction to estimate impacts to wildlife and their habitat.
To register and learn more about the broadcast, visit http://www.fws.gov/windenergy.
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Bull caribou at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS

Service Re-Opens Following Government Shutdown

October 17, 2013
“I am happy to welcome back the more than 7,500 furloughed Service professionals,” said Dan Ashe, the Service’s Director. “I know my hard-working, dedicated colleagues are eager to address their public service mission of conserving and protecting the nation’s fish and wildlife resources for all Americans.”
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