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Being added to the list are 18 flowering plants and four ferns found on one or more of the Hawaiian Islands. Credit: H. Oppenheimer / Plant Extinction Prevention Program
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List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act Protection Revised

December 5, 2014

Each year, the Service releases its Candidate Notice of Review, a revised list of plants and animals that merit protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but are precluded from listing due to other, higher priorities. In 2014, 23 species are being added to the candidate list, which helps landowners and natural resource managers work to conserve these species and remove the need for greater protection. There are now 146 species recognized by the Service as candidates for listing under the ESA.

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Being added to the list are 18 flowering plants and four ferns found on one or more of the Hawaiian Islands. Credit: H. Oppenheimer / Plant Extinction Prevention Program
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A tigress strolls through Tadoba National Park. Credit: Harshawardhan Dhanwatey, Tiger Research and Conservation Trust
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Teaching People to Live More Safely Among Big Cats

December 3, 2014

The Service provides funds for conservation projects throughout the world through the Wildlife Without Borders Program. One of the projects in India helps people deal with tigers that roam into their village.

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A tigress strolls through Tadoba National Park. Credit: Harshawardhan Dhanwatey, Tiger Research and Conservation Trust
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Fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in the Great Lakes generate almost $18 billion in annual revenue. Credit: USFWS
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The Great Lakes Restoration Journey Continues

December 2, 2014

In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service invested more than $49 million to restore habitat ansd more throughout the Great Lakes. The latest edition of Restoring the Great Lakes focuses on current progress but also highlights a few new projects. Even those who live far the Great Lakes benefit from projects there. For instance, the songbird chirping by your window or waterfowl swimming in your local pond is a testament to migratory bird habitat work in the Great Lakes.

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Fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in the Great Lakes generate almost $18 billion in annual revenue. Credit: USFWS
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Fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in the Great Lakes generate almost $18 billion in annual revenue. Credit: USFWS
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Senate Vote to Increase Duck Stamp Fee is a Win for Wildlife

December 2, 2014

The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan bill to raise the price of a federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25. The stamp, required annually to hunt migratory waterfowl, has not had a price increase since 1991. The legislation will help the Service work with thousands of additional landowners to maintain vital habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds and hundreds of other native species.

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Fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in the Great Lakes generate almost $18 billion in annual revenue. Credit: USFWS
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Most import and export of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as well as virtually all commercial trade are outlawed in the United States. Credit: Cyndi Perry / USFWS
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Canadian Antiques Dealer Guilty in Rhino Horn Smuggling

November 25, 2014

Xiao Ju "Tony" Guan, a Canadian antiques dealer, has pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to attempting to smuggle rhinoceros horns from New York to Canada. Guan was arrested in March as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide crackdown in the illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns, after buying two endangered black rhinoceros horns from undercover special agents with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Guan admitted that he had smuggled more than $400,000 worth of rhino horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral.

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Most import and export of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as well as virtually all commercial trade are outlawed in the United States. Credit: Cyndi Perry / USFWS
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Evidence photo. Courtesy of Department of Justice. Credit: Courtesy of Department of Justice.
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Eagle Killer Sentenced to Prison

November 24, 2014

Thanks to information from a concerned citizen, an Iowa man is going to prison for intentionally killing an American bald eagle.

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Wild turkeys strut and display and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania. Credit: Bill Buchanan. Used with permission.
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Eight Wild Facts about Wild Turkeys

November 24, 2014

Got turkey on the mind as Thanksgiving approaches? Learn eight fun tidbits about the bird Ben Franklin called “much more respectable” than the bald eagle and find a national wildlife refuge where you can see them strut.

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Wild turkeys strut and display and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania. Credit: Bill Buchanan. Used with permission.
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The 2014-2015 stamp features a pair of canvasbacks Credit: Adam Grimm
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House of Representatives Approves Increase in Price of Duck Stamp

November 18, 2014

Despite the long-term decline in wetland habitats across the country and the implications for populations of ducks, geese and other native species, the price of the Duck Stamp, a major source of revenue for waterfowl and wetland conservation, hasn't increased in more than two decades. This may soon change following passage of a bill in the House of Representatives. Service Director Dan Ashe commends the House for approving a price increase and hopes the Senate will do the same.

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The 2014-2015 stamp features a pair of canvasbacks Credit: Adam Grimm
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Gabon is home to the world's largest breeding population of leatherback sea turtles. Credit: David Rabon / USFWS
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Gabon's Conservation Leadership Earns Applause

November 17, 2014

Director Dan Ashe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service applaud Gabon's decision to protect more than 18,000 square miles of its territorial waters, home to one of the world's most productive marine ecosystems. Gabon also has 13 national parks that protect 10 percent of its land, and the Service is proud to support this conservation leader.

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Gabon is home to the world's largest breeding population of leatherback sea turtles. Credit: David Rabon / USFWS
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Black skimmer at Breton Island NWR. Credit: Greg Thompson / USFWS
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Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Approves $28 Million to Conserve Waterfowl, Shorebirds in 16 States

November 14, 2014

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $28 million for the Service and its partners to conserve more than 128,000 acres of wetland habitats for ducks, bitterns, sandpipers and other birds in the United States. The commission also recognized the contributions of Rep. John Dingell, who is retiring after an unprecedented 45 years of service as a council member.

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Black skimmer at Breton Island NWR. Credit: Greg Thompson / USFWS
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Thumbnail of the Ivory Crush PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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By Crushing Ivory, Service Builds Hope for Africa’s Elephants

November 14, 2014

Exactly one year ago, the United States sparked the imagination and conscience of the world when the Service crushed more than six tons of seized illegal elephant ivory. With the Ivory Crush, the United States assumed a leadership role in efforts to fight poaching and wildlife trafficking.

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Thumbnail of the Ivory Crush PSA video. Credit: USFWS
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The Gunnison sage-grouse is a ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Credit: ary Kramer / USFWS
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Service Determines Gunnison Sage-Grouse is Threatened

November 12, 2014

Efforts by Colorado and Utah, as well as tribes, local communities, private landowners and other stakeholders, to conserve the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and its habitat have reduced threats to the bird enough that the Service has determined that it requires the more flexibly protected status of "threatened," not "endangered," under the Endangered Species Act.

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The Gunnison sage-grouse is a ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Credit: ary Kramer / USFWS
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Jane Chorazy, a Public Affairs Specialist, served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1986 as a Cryptologist/Communications Specialist stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, and the Naval Communications Station in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Jane is "proud of my military service and enjoyed the opportunity to serve my country and gain valuable experience." Here, she is receiving an award from Rear Admiral Felt in 1982. Credit: USFWS
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Fish and Wildlife Service Thanks Our Veterans

November 10, 2014

We remember and thank all veterans for their sacrifices, but most especially, the more than 1,400 who now dedicate their lives to conserving the nature of America as employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service. One of these employees, Will Tucker, says he is privileged to protect the ideals of this country as a member of the Army Reserve and the country's natural resources as a wildlife biologist for the Service.

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Jane Chorazy, a Public Affairs Specialist, served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1986 as a Cryptologist/Communications Specialist stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, and the Naval Communications Station in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Jane is "proud of my military service and enjoyed the opportunity to serve my country and gain valuable experience." Here, she is receiving an award from Rear Admiral Felt in 1982. Credit: USFWS
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Video of Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the Urban Wildlife Refuge Program. Credit: USFWS
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Secretary Jewell: Urban Wildlife Refuges Can Help Kids Be Kids

November 5, 2014

"We have to let people know that we exist," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell says about urban national wildlife refuges in a November/December Refuge Update interview. "We need to make sure that urban wildlife refuges are on the radar." The interview centers on the Service's Urban Wildlife Refuge Program, part of a nationwide effort to connect residents of major cities with nature.

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Video of Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the Urban Wildlife Refuge Program. Credit: USFWS
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Karner blue buttlerfly. Credit: Melanie Cota / USFWS
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Service Seeks Grant Proposals from States for Conservation Projects

October 30, 2014

The Service is asking states to submit grant proposals for conservation projects that aid our most imperiled species. The grants are distributed under the Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, which provides grants to help conserve listed species and species that are candidates for listing under the act. For fiscal year 2015, the President’s budget requests $50 million in grant funding.  

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Karner blue buttlerfly. Credit: Melanie Cota / USFWS
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