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Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS
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Live-streaming Cameras Connect People to Rare California Condors Nesting in the Wild

September 2, 2015

People around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California condors and their young chicks in real time via two live-streaming webcams. Conservation partners are launching the cameras near the Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.

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Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS
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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Service Expands Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System

August 25, 2015

Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The final rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts. The Service manages its hunting and fishing programs on refuges to ensure sustainable wildlife populations, while offering traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands.

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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Black rhino. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS
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California Man Pleads Guilty in Sale of Rhino Horns

August 24, 2015

The Service’s Operation Crash, an ongoing criminal investigation to end the illegal trafficking in rhino horns, has scored another victory. A man admitted in court he sold rhino horn to an undercover Service agent. Poaching of rhinos for their horn has soared and threatens the animal with extinction

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Black rhino. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS
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Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Service Director Dan Ashe. Credit: Katie Steiger-Meister / USFWS
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Service Dedicates $4 Million to Monarch Conservation

August 20, 2015

Time is running out to secure the future of the monarch butterfly, so today at an event at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge held by Senator Amy Klobuchar, Service Director Dan Ashe committed to spending $4 million starting in October to support partnership-driven, landscape-scale monarch conservation projects.

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Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Service Director Dan Ashe. Credit: Katie Steiger-Meister / USFWS
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on Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
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Weather Channel Highlights Refuges

August 18, 2015

Looking for a fun, educational and nearby vacation? National Wildlife Refuges are hard to beat. As you might expect, refuges pop up frequently in the Weather Channel’s photo gallery of “Incredible Places to See Wildlife in Every State.”

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on Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
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Processed paddlefish caviar. Credit: USFWS case photo
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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Trafficking in Paddlefish

August 17, 2015

An Illinois man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally trafficking in paddlefish caviar after being caught in an undercover operation in Missouri. Missouri law prohibits the sale or purchase, or offer of sale or purchase, of paddlefish eggs. “Black-market caviar has the potential to erode our American fisheries,” says Edward Grace, the Service’s Deputy Assistant Director for Law Enforcement.

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Processed paddlefish caviar. Credit: USFWS case photo
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Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles will benefit from grants made to Florida. Credit: USFWS
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State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts Boosted by $37.2 Million in Service Grants

August 13, 2015

The Service is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The competitive grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, enable states to work with private landowners, conservation groups and other government agencies.

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Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles will benefit from grants made to Florida. Credit: USFWS
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Turtles were wrapped in duct tape and placed in socks to avoid detection. Credit: Scotty Boudreaux / USFWS
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Turtle Trafficker Gets 41 Months in Prison

August 12, 2015

An Illinois man was sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and he must pay $41,000 in restitution for violating the Lacey Act. He tried to purchase imperiled wood turtles that were captured in violation of state law. An undercover Service operation, with Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, led to his arrest.

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Turtles were wrapped in duct tape and placed in socks to avoid detection. Credit: Scotty Boudreaux / USFWS
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Bull trout. Credit: Joel Sartore
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3 Million in Grants Will Help Conserve Native Fish Species and Their Habitats

August 10, 2015

The Service is providing $3.17 million in grants to 18 partners in 34 states to improve fish habitat and stem declines in native fish populations. The funding will help partners restore and enhance stream banks, remove barriers to fish passage, reduce erosion from farm and ranchlands, and address other conservation needs in stream, lake and coastal environments.

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Bull trout. Credit: Joel Sartore
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The newly formed alliance will leverage key partnerships. Credit: USWTA
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U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Formed to Help Stop Illegal Trade of Wildlife Products

August 5, 2015

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today praised the formation of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance that will bring together major companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations to work with the U.S. government in efforts to reduce U.S. demand for illegal elephant ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife products.

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The newly formed alliance will leverage key partnerships. Credit: USWTA
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White-tailed deer. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Father and Son Sentenced for Deer Trafficking

August 4, 2015

A man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scheme that among other things, shipped deer to Florida from Ohio without required disease-free certification. As a result, deer herds in Florida were potentially exposed to chronic wasting disease, tuberculosis and brucellosis. The man’s son was sentenced on similar charges.

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White-tailed deer. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Pintail in flight at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: George Gentry
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Service Announces Waterfowl Hunting Season 2015 -2016 Frameworks

August 3, 2015

The Service today proposed continued liberal waterfowl hunting season lengths and bag limits for the 2015-2016 late seasons. The agency also announced it is streamlining the process by which it sets annual migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.

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Pintail in flight at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: George Gentry
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The Fishbrain app includes threatened and endangered fish as well as other imperiled species, such as the California tiger salamander. Credit: Adam Clause
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App Addition Will Help Public Identify and Document Imperiled Species

August 3, 2015

The Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the producers of angling app FishBrain to add a feature enabling citizen scientists to identify and log 50 threatened, endangered and candidate species. This information will help in the conservation of native wildlife for future generations.

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The Fishbrain app includes threatened and endangered fish as well as other imperiled species, such as the California tiger salamander. Credit: Adam Clause
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At the Ivory Crush in Times Square, Service staff educate the public about the threat to many species posed by wildlife trafficking. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Service Director Lauds United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

August 3, 2015

Service Director Dan Ashe recently commended the United Nations General Assembly for adopting an important resolution on illegal wildlife trafficking. The resolution underscores the global commitment to the fight against the growing illegal wildlife trade and those who threaten the future of many of our planet’s species.

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At the Ivory Crush in Times Square, Service staff educate the public about the threat to many species posed by wildlife trafficking. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Orchid Research team 2015: From left to right: Ashlee O'Connor, Wendy Mazuk, Shannon Sharka, Justin Mably, Mark Danaher, Ernesto Mujica. Credit: USFWS
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New Relations with Cuba Lead to Better Understanding of South Florida’s Ghost Orchids

July 28, 2015

A lunchtime chat between scientists a few years ago at an orchid conference began a relationship that brought Ernesto Mujica from the Cuba’s Ministry of Science ECOVIDA Research Center to Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge this month to lend his expertise in conservation work for the rare ghost orchid.

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Orchid Research team 2015: From left to right: Ashlee O'Connor, Wendy Mazuk, Shannon Sharka, Justin Mably, Mark Danaher, Ernesto Mujica. Credit: USFWS
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