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The projects in the Taking Action progress report “represent real progress,” Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould says. Credit: USFWS
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Agencies ‘Taking Action’ on Climate Change; Read How

September 26, 2014

A new report tells how state, federal and tribal agencies are rising to the challenge of climate change. The Taking Action progress report highlights 50 projects throughout the country that address the natural resource impacts of climate change.

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The projects in the Taking Action progress report “represent real progress,” Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould says. Credit: USFWS
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The stamp has already brought in millions of dollars for conservation. Credit: USFWS
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Save Vanishing Species Stamp Returning Soon to a Post Office Near You

September 26, 2014

President Obama has signed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act into law, meaning once again, Americans will be able to help conserve some of the world’s most well-known and threatened species by purchasing the Save Vanishing Species Stamp at post offices and online. 

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The stamp has already brought in millions of dollars for conservation. Credit: USFWS
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2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner. Credit: Jennifer Miller
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New York Artist Wins 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with Ruddy Ducks Painting

September 24, 2014

Jennifer Miller, an artist from Olean, N.Y., is the winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Miller’s acrylic painting of a pair of ruddy ducks will be made into the 2015-2016 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which goes on sale in late June 2015. Of 186 entries in this year’s competition, 17 entries made it to the final round of judging today. Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the brant, Canada goose, northern shoveler, red-breasted merganser and ruddy duck.

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2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner. Credit: Jennifer Miller
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Landowners replace native prairie cordgrass on their properties in the Midwest. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Public Asked for Comment on Proposal Regarding Voluntary Prelisting Conservation Actions

September 22, 2014

The Service has extended the comment period on a proposed policy that would give landowners credits for efforts that benefit declining species. These conservation credits could later be redeemed to offset actions that are detrimental to a species or they may be sold to a third party.

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Landowners replace native prairie cordgrass on their properties in the Midwest. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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At twice the size of the common gray squirrel, and with a much fluffier tail, this critter is not your average squirrel. Credit: Guy Willey
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Partnerships Lead Recovery of Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel

September 22, 2014

Conservation efforts by private landowners and many other partners have brought the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, included on the first list of endangered species in 1967, back from the edge of extinction, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove it from the Endangered Species List.

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At twice the size of the common gray squirrel, and with a much fluffier tail, this critter is not your average squirrel. Credit: Guy Willey
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The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will host HawkWatch events for Refuge Week, such as banding raptors and waterfowl, live raptor presentations and kids’ activities. In the fall, you can spot diving duck species at the refuge like the pictured common merganser. Credit: Photo courtesy of Stan Bousson
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National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, 2014!

September 20, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge! National wildlife refuges help conserve wildlife, support regional economies, teach children about nature and offer protected places to be outdoors. A resolution commemorating the week was passed by the Senate to raise awareness about the importance of the Refuge System to wildlife conservation and available recreational opportunities. Learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life, find one by you!

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The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will host HawkWatch events for Refuge Week, such as banding raptors and waterfowl, live raptor presentations and kids’ activities. In the fall, you can spot diving duck species at the refuge like the pictured common merganser. Credit: Photo courtesy of Stan Bousson
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Ivory Challenge PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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Calling All Artists: Elephants Need Your Skills

September 19, 2014

In November 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of seized elephant ivory. Now we are asking you to design a way to display the crushed ivory so that it raises awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and reduces demand for illegal ivory. Visit www.fws.gov/ivorychallenge for all the challenge details.

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Ivory Challenge PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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Jennifer Owen-White shares her love of wildlife with members of the Youth Conservation Corps. Credit: USFWS
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Service Brings Nature to the Cities

September 19, 2014

With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it a priority to forge a connection between nature and those in urban communities. The Service's Open Spaces blog asked five questions of some of our staff members in a series we are calling “Meet your Fish and Wildlife Service,” which this week focuses on how these wildlife educators maintain ties to the natural world and help foster them in others in the context of city living.

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Jennifer Owen-White shares her love of wildlife with members of the Youth Conservation Corps. Credit: USFWS
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will purchase 1,533 acres of land in the Glacial Lake Wisconsin Recovery Unit for the Karner Blue Butterfly. Credit: Melanie Cota / USFWS
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With $35 Million in Grants, Service Promotes Cooperative Efforts to Conserve Imperiled Species

September 18, 2014

Nearly $35 million in grants from the Fish and Wildlife Service will enable 20 states to work with interested parties to make conservation happen for threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will purchase 1,533 acres of land in the Glacial Lake Wisconsin Recovery Unit for the Karner Blue Butterfly. Credit: Melanie Cota / USFWS
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State of the Birds Report. Credit: Stef den Ridder / Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Conservation Investments Pay Off but Some Bird Species Declining, Says 2014 State of the Birds Report

September 18, 2014

The 2014 State of the Birds report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats and includes a watch list of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. However, the report also reveals that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering.

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State of the Birds Report. Credit: Stef den Ridder / Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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The stamp has already generated more than $2.5 million dollars for international conservation from the sale of 25.5 million stamps. Credit: USFWS
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Congress Reauthorizes Sale of Save Vanishing Species Stamp

September 15, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation requiring the U.S. Postal Service to resume sales of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp for at least another four years. The Senate had passed the bill earlier. The stamp functions as a regular mail stamp that sells at a small premium, with the additional money funding conservation of some of the world’s most at risk species.

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The stamp has already generated more than $2.5 million dollars for international conservation from the sale of 25.5 million stamps. Credit: USFWS
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Ivory Crush PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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Add Your Voice to Fight Illegal Ivory Trade

September 9, 2014

The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Geographic designed a public service campaign, now showing in New York City’s Times Square, to educate consumers about the devastating impact of the illegal ivory trade on elephants.

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Ivory Crush PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Service Director Dan Ashe and members of the Student Conservation Association show a log they sawed by hand. Credit: Tami A. Heilemann / DOI Credit: Tami A. Heilemann / DOI
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Wilderness at Great Swamp Refuge Sparkles for 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

September 9, 2014

On September 3, 1964, President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, protecting the country's wildest places for generations to come. On Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Service Director Dan Ashe and others celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act at Great Swamp N

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Service Director Dan Ashe and members of the Student Conservation Association show a log they sawed by hand. Credit: Tami A. Heilemann / DOI Credit: Tami A. Heilemann / DOI
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FWS forensic specialist Mary Burnham Curtis prepares to use DNA analysis to identify the species of seized wildlife parts. Credit: USFWS
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Service Forensics Laboratory Called a ‘Hotbed of Research, Discovery and Innovation’

September 9, 2014

The New York Times recently visited the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, and wrote about some of the innovative science it has developed in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

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FWS forensic specialist Mary Burnham Curtis prepares to use DNA analysis to identify the species of seized wildlife parts. Credit: USFWS
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Condor Kids, a pilot education program, will teach urban students about efforts to recover the endangered California condor at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Kim Valverde / USFWS
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Service Expands Urban Conservation Program

September 8, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities to connect with nature through the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. More than $1.7 million will be directed to community-led habitat restoration projects and engage thousands of volunteers in the efforts.

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Condor Kids, a pilot education program, will teach urban students about efforts to recover the endangered California condor at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Kim Valverde / USFWS
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