An endangered interior least tern chick and its soon-to-be siblings. Credit: USFWS
An endangered interior least tern chick and its soon-to-be siblings. Credit: USFWS

Channel Engineering Helps Two Endangered Species

September 30, 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 habitat for the pallid sturgeon and interior least tern along one of the world's most engineered river systems, the mighty Mississippi
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Winner of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, Adam Grimm, of Burbank, S.D.
Winner of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, Adam Grimm, of Burbank, S.D.

South Dakota Artist Adam Grimm Wins 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

September 28, 2013
Adam Grimm, of Burbank, S.D., today won the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his oil painting of a pair of canvasbacks. Grimm's painting bested 201 other entrants, and will appear on the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp, which raises money for wetlands conservation. Second place went to Hoyt Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., and third place went to Ron Louque, of Charlottesville, Va. The 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was held at the Maumee Bay State Park and Conference Center, in Oregon, Ohio.

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Young Fisherman, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Credit: USFWS
Young Fisherman, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Credit: USFWS

President Obama Issues Proclamation for National Hunting and Fishing Day

September 28, 2013
In recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28th, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation encouraging all Americans to connect to the great outdoors through hunting and fishing. Hundreds of family events will be taking place this week at National Wildlife Refuges, federal and state recreational lands across the nation. Find one near you!

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Red Knots, Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS
Climate change threatens coastal marshes, which provide clean water, groundwater recharge, and act as natural buffers against storms. States and federal agencies are working hand-in-hand to protect these important areas. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS

States Confirm Commitment to Working Together to Address Climate Changes

September 27, 2013

State fish and wildlife agencies resolved to partner with the Service and others to develop and implement strategies to help our native fish, wildlife and habitats adapt to a changing climate. At the annual meeting of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies held September 11, 2013, the 50 state fish and wildlife agency directors, along with representatives from several federal and Canadian agencies, passed a resolution of support for the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.

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Red Knots, Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS
Red Knots, Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese / USFWS

Service Proposes Listing Red Knot as Threatened Species

September 27, 2013

The Service today proposed listing the rufa red knot as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The range of the robin-sized bird includes 25 countries and 40 US states and it uses areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts during its annual migration from the Arctic to South America. Changing climate conditions are affecting the bird's food supply, the timing of its migration and its breeding habitat in the Arctic. The shorebird is also losing areas within its range to sea level rise, shoreline projects and development.

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The State of Florida regulates commercial harvest of spotted eagle rays and other marine species from State waters. Credit: John Norton /Wikimedia Commons
The State of Florida regulates commercial harvest of spotted eagle rays and other marine species from State waters. Credit: John Norton /Wikimedia Commons

Idaho Aquarium and Former Employees Guilty of Marine Life Trafficking

September 26, 2013

The Idaho Aquarium and two former employees have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in connection with the illegal harvest and interstate sale of spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks from Florida waters. In a separate criminal proceeding, the nephew of one defendant was sentenced for obstruction of justice for attempting to destroy records documenting the trafficking.

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Bonnethead shark. Credit: Mills Baker / Wikimedia Commons
Bonnethead shark. Credit: Mills Baker / Wikimedia Commons

Two Florida Marine Life Dealers Plead Guilty in Trafficking Conspiracy

September 25, 2013

Two Florida men admitted in federal court that they conspired to harvest and transport marine species from the Florida Keys to buyers throughout the United States and overseas. Live rock and attached invertebrates, sea fans and bonnethead, lemon and nurse sharks were among the species unlawfully collected by these marine life dealers from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Service national wildlife refuges and state waters.

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Mule deer against Denver skyline at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Mike Mauro / USFWS
Mule deer against Denver skyline at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Mike Mauro / USFWS

Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative Will Connect Millions to Conservation

September 25, 2013

The Service announced a multi-faceted Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to make its programs reflect the diverse perspectives, values and cultures of America. The initiative strives to make the Service's programs far more relevant to millions of Americans, 80 percent of whom live in big and small cities, giving them myriad ways to participate in wildlife conservation and recreation.

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Siberian sturgeon, one of 10 foreign sturgeon species for which the Service will conduct a 12-month status review. Credit: Alex Giltjes / Wikimedia Commons
Siberian sturgeon, one of 10 foreign sturgeon species for which the Service will conduct a 12-month status review. Credit: Alex Giltjes / Wikimedia Commons

Service to Review Status of 10 Foreign Sturgeon Species

September 25, 2013

The Service announced today it will conduct a status review of 10 foreign sturgeon species under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. This determination indicates there may be substantial information supporting a move to list the species as threatened or endangered.

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Brown pelican. Credit: USFWS
Oiled brown pelican awaits cleaning. Credit: Tom MacKenzie / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers a Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed

September 24, 2013

Restoring the Gulf of Mexico following years of degradation and in the wake of the nation's largest oil spill will require a large-scale, long-term, multi-partner effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershedintended to catalyze conversation across borders with many state, federal, non-governmental and private partners to help focus our collective restoration efforts.

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Brown pelican. Credit: USFWS
Angler at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Brett Billings / USFWS

Interior Department Proposes Expansion of Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System

September 24, 2013

In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The proposed rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 additional refuges and wetland management districts.

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Eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Credit: USFWS
Eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Credit: USFW

Rattling Support for the Eastern Massasauga

September 24, 2013

To recognize the Endangered Species Act's (ESA) 40th anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story. This week we learn about restoring habitat for the eastern massasauga, a rattlesnake in New York that is a candidate for ESA protection. The Service is working with partners to restore degraded swamps and turn them into basking and breeding habitat for one of the state's rarest reptilian residents.

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Tiger Stamp. Credit: USFWS
Tiger Stamp. Credit: USFWS

Tiger Stamp Turns Two

September 20, 2013

September 20 marks the second anniversary of the Save Vanishing Species (Tiger) Stamp. In two years, more than 23.4 million stamps have been sold raising more than $2 million for the Service's Wildlife Without Borders' international conservation funds. The funds help save tigers, elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles. The Service is teaming with the Detroit Tigers to promote the Tiger Stamp and raise awareness of critical conservation efforts.

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Angler releases a brook trout, a popular sport fish throughout the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. New models predict brook trout distribution to decrease by as much as 60 percent in parts of Wisconsin. Credit: Matt Mitro / Wisconsin DNR
Angler releases a brook trout, a popular sport fish throughout the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. New models predict brook trout distribution to decrease by as much as 60 percent in parts of Wisconsin. Credit: Matt Mitro / Wisconsin DNR

Organized Crime Member Charged in Rhino Horn Case

September 19, 2013

An Irish national known to be part of the Rathkeale Rovers, an organized crime group operating throughout Europe and North America, faces federal felony prosecution in connection with his role in a rhino horn smuggling ring. The defendant is the 15th individual arrested to date by Service special agents as part of Operation Crash, an undercover investigation into the black market trade in rhino horn.

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Skyrocketing black market demand for rhino horn is accelerating poaching and decimating rhino populations in Africa. Credit:  Yathin Krishnappa/Wikimedia Commons
Student participates in the National Archery in the Schools Program statewide competition. Credit: Lee Walker, VDGIF

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Launches Quarterly Newsletter

September 19, 2013

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) now has a new quarterly newsletter. The online publication features partnerships in wildlife conservation and sport fish restoration, state and industry success stories, science-based research, regional program highlights, WSFR publications and more. Articles and multimedia platform stories are from states, partnering agencies and WSFR regional offices.

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Angler releases a brook trout, a popular sport fish throughout the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. New models predict brook trout distribution to decrease by as much as 60 percent in parts of Wisconsin. Credit: Matt Mitro / Wisconsin DNR
Angler releases a brook trout, a popular sport fish throughout the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. New models predict brook trout distribution to decrease by as much as 60 percent in parts of Wisconsin. Credit: Matt Mitro / Wisconsin DNR

Hook, Line and Sinker: Sport Fish Conservation in a Changing Climate

September 16, 2013

Federal, state and academic partners are working side-by-side to determine how climate change may impact freshwater streams that provide important habitat for sport fish like brook trout and small-mouth bass. Learn how the the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is working to support sport fish conservation.

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Jumping for joy at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS
Jumping for joy at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS

Grants and Land Acquisitions Will Conserve More than 150,000 Acres of Bird Habitat

September 12, 2013

The Service will protect and restore critical wetland habitats for migratory birds across 18 states with approval received today from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. National Wildlife Refuges in Maryland, Texas, and Washington will add 42,000 acres to their boundaries. North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants will conserve another 115,000 acres from coast to coast with an investment matched 2-to-1 by non-federal partners.

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Photograph of rancher and son assessing cattle herd grazing the rolling prairie grasslands, Prairie Pothole Region, South Dakota.  Credit:  Photograph by Tim McCabe, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, 201
Photograph of rancher and son assessing cattle herd grazing the rolling prairie grasslands, Prairie Pothole Region, South Dakota. Credit: Photograph by Tim McCabe, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, 2011

Wildlife Recreation An Important Part of A Diverse Economy in Prairie Pothole Region

September 12, 2013

An economic analysis of the prairie pothole region highlights the relationship between the farm economy and off-farm economy and labor market, including the contributions of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities.

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Atlantic sturgeon. Credit:  NOAA Fisheries
Atlantic sturgeon. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Powering Atlantic Sturgeon Recovery with Science

September 11, 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 research and recover the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. This ancient resident of eastern waters has been around for 85 million years, and scientists with the Northeast Fishery Center in Pennsylvania are gathering information to help protect and restore the sturgeon's habitat to secure its future.

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Jumping for joy at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS
White rhino. Credit: USFWS

Poaching Crisis Prompts Protection of Southern White Rhino under ESA

September 10, 2013

The Service will take immediate action to protect the southern white rhinoceros under the Endangered Species Act in response to the poaching crisis decimating rhino populations worldwide. By extending ESA protection to the white rhino–the last remaining unprotected species of rhinoceros–the Service closes a loophole that has been exploited by poachers and traffickers seeking to cash in on global demand for rhino horn.

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Jumping for joy at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS
Jumping for joy at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: USFWS

Explore Your World During National Wildlife Refuge Week

September 10, 2013

See what refuges are doing to conserve our wildlife heritage during National Wildlife Refuge Week October 13-19, 2013. Refuges help protect wildlife, generate jobs, clean our air and water, reduce flooding, teach children about nature, and offer protected places to hunt, fish, hike and be outdoors.

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Pallet of raw tusks. Credit: USFWS
Pallet of raw tusks. Credit: USFWS

Interior Secretary Announces Wildlife Trafficking Advisory Council Members

September 09, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named members of a new federal advisory council on wildlife trafficking. During the White House Forum to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, Jewell also announced Service plans to crush and destroy elephant ivory seized by special agents and wildlife inspectors for violations of U.S. wildlife laws. In the coming months, the Service will propose changes to regulations and policies, especially with regard to elephants and rhinos, to facilitate law enforcement actions and close loopholes that could be exploited for wildlife trafficking.

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Gray wolf pair. Credit: Steve Jurvetson / Creative Commons
Gray wolf pair. Credit: Steve Jurvetson / Creative Commons

Service Extends Comment Period for Gray Wolf Proposals, Announces Public Hearings

September 4, 2013

To maximize opportunities for public comment, the Service has extended the public comment period until October 28 for two proposed rules to delist the gray wolf throughout its range while continuing to protect the Mexican wolf. The Service has also announced public hearings in Washington, DC; Sacramento, CA; and Albuquerque, NM.

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Green sea turtle. Credit: Blair Witherington / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
West Indian Manatee. Credit Tracy Colson USFWS

Manatees in Alabama?

September 3, 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 local communities embracing the newest visitor to Alabama's Mobile Bay, the West Indian manatee

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