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Group fishing at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Credit: Credit: Kim Lambert / USFWS
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Service Studies Fishing, Contaminants in the Anacostia River

August 19, 2014

As part of its commitment to Environmental Justice, the Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with Anacostia Watershed Society, University of Maryland College Park and the Anacostia Community Museum to study the patterns of urban anglers (subsistence, recreational and cultural) and fish contaminants in the Anacostia River region. Approximately 17,000 people, many African American or Hispanic, eat fish they catch out of the Anacostia River each year, but the watershed contains toxic hotspots.

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Group fishing at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Credit: Credit: Kim Lambert / USFWS
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Demand for ivory products threatens African elephants. Credit: Michelle Gadd / USFWS
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New Jersey Prohibits Trade of Ivory and Rhino Horn

August 13, 2014

With elephants and rhinos threatened with extinction by a tragic wave of poaching, New Jersey is making commercial trade of ivory and rhino horn illegal within the state. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to implement a near total ban of commercial trade of African elephant ivory into and out of the United States, and has restricted trade in rhino horn and other wildlife products.

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Demand for ivory products threatens African elephants. Credit: Michelle Gadd / USFWS
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Secretary Jewell unveils the sign for Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Secretary Jewell Announces Completion of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, First Urban Refuge in Southwest

August 13, 2014

Standing with members of the New Mexico congressional delegation, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that a diverse group of federal, state and local government partners and conservation groups, supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, have made it possible to acquire the lands needed to complete the 570-acre Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the Southwest’s first urban national wildlife refuge.

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Secretary Jewell unveils the sign for Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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There is no solid information about the specific effects of climate change on wolverine denning habitat and how potential changes would likely affect this wolverine population. Credit: Roy Anderson
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Service Determines Wolverine Does Not Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection

August 13, 2014

Using the best-available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the North American wolverine should not be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Climate change is real, but its effect on the wolverine is unclear. To that end, the Service will continue working on wolverine conservation with state partners and monitor the species for any change that might indicate a need for ESA protection.

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There is no solid information about the specific effects of climate change on wolverine denning habitat and how potential changes would likely affect this wolverine population. Credit: Roy Anderson
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Hunter. Credit: Pat Hagan / USFWS
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Service Proposes Liberal Waterfowl Hunting Season Frameworks

August 12, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes liberal hunting season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2014-15 late waterfowl seasons. States will select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks that establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits. According to the Service’s 2014 Waterfowl Population Status Report, population estimates for most species of ducks remained strong for this breeding season.

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Hunter. Credit: Pat Hagan / USFWS
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Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Credit: William H. Majoros
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Father, Son to Pay $240,000 for Poisoning Eagles

August 12, 2014

Two Wisconsin men whose illegal use of a pesticide caused the deaths of at least two bald eagles were ordered to pay $40,000 in criminal fines and $200,000 in restitution. The defendants were trying to improve their hunting opportunities by using poison to kill off wildlife species that prey on the same game.

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Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Credit: William H. Majoros
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The bison rut is under way at National Bison Range in Montana. When you see the herd, roll your windows down and turn off the car to hear the grunts and bellows. Credit: Credit: Eugene Beckes
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Don’t Let Summer Fly By Without a Visit to a National Wildlife Refuge!

August 1, 2014

Make the most of summer by visiting a national wildlife refuge. Take a bird walk, go on a moonlight hike, paddle on a river or listen to a history talk. Choose from lots of events. Bring your family and friends. Come away wowed. Learn how the Refuge System is protecting your natural heritage.

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The bison rut is under way at National Bison Range in Montana. When you see the herd, roll your windows down and turn off the car to hear the grunts and bellows. Credit: Credit: Eugene Beckes
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Both rhino poaching and black market trade have surged in response to increased demand for rhino horn. Credit: Credit: Yoky/Wikimedia Commons
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Canadian Antiques Dealer Indicted for Wildlife Trafficking

July 30, 2014

The owner and president of an antiques company based in British Columbia has been indicted in New York on conspiracy charges in connection with the smuggling of more than $500,000 worth of rhino horn, elephant ivory and other wildlife products from the United States to Canada. The defendant, who was investigated by the Service and Environment Canada as part of Operation Crash, was arrested last March in the Bronx after buying two black rhino horns from undercover special agents.

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Both rhino poaching and black market trade have surged in response to increased demand for rhino horn. Credit: Credit: Yoky/Wikimedia Commons
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CVA grants fund both traditional on-dock pump-outs and mobile pump-out boats that travel in designated harbors to make the collection of on-board waste more efficient and convenient, and ensure cleaner waters. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
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Service Awards $16.6 Million in Grants to Support Recreational Boating and Clean Water in 21 States

July 24, 2014

A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act program. Funds for the program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is maintained through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties, as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes. "Clean water is a fundamental need for both people and wildlife, and a perfect example of how the fates of both are intertwined," said Service Director Dan Ashe. 

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CVA grants fund both traditional on-dock pump-outs and mobile pump-out boats that travel in designated harbors to make the collection of on-board waste more efficient and convenient, and ensure cleaner waters. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
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Video outlines a $1.65 million beach habitat restoration project along the shores of Delaware Bay that is already benefiting native horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds. Credit: Credit: USFWS
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Coastal Communities, Wildlife Rebound After Hurricane Sandy

July 23, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched the first in a series of videos highlighting communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy and their journey toward recovery. This first video outlines a $1.65 million beach habitat restoration project along the shores of Delaware Bay that will benefit native horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds. At the same time, the project will help local communities like Middle Township, New Jersey, whose Mayor Tim Donohue describes how strengthening natural defenses will also protect homes and support the area's ecotourism industry. The beach restoration project is among 31 resilience projects managed by the Service and supported by funding from the Department of the Interior through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

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Video outlines a $1.65 million beach habitat restoration project along the shores of Delaware Bay that is already benefiting native horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds. Credit: Credit: USFWS
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Dove hunters. Credit: George Andrejko / AZGFD
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Dove Hunter Survey Results Provide Valuable Insights to Help Sustain Dove Hunting for the Long Term

July 22, 2014

Results from a first-of-its-kind survey of the nation’s mourning dove hunters were released today by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), National Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The survey, in which more than 12,000 dove hunters from around the country participated, will provide wildlife and natural resources managers with information to help them effectively manage and conserve this migratory bird species into the future.

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Dove hunters. Credit: George Andrejko / AZGFD
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Young visitors looks at a snake held by a refuge biologist at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: Andrea Brophy / USFWS
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Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife

July 17, 2014

In the course of greeting tens of thousands of visitors a year, rangers on national wildlife refuges bump up against a few fears. They've noticed, today's visitors tend to live more indoor lives than past generations and fears of nature are flourishing – in all ages. And it's not just snakes. Other wild creatures inspire exaggerated fears, too: bats; spiders; birds; fish – yes, fish. To help anxious visitors, refuge staffers have some proven tactics.

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Young visitors looks at a snake held by a refuge biologist at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: Andrea Brophy / USFWS
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Refuge staff fishing with kids at Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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Enjoy Great Recreation and Events at a National Wildlife Refuge!

July 17, 2014

Summer is a great time to discover what national wildlife refuges have to offer. Enjoy splendid kayaking or fishing. Try a guided hike or a bird walk. Or choose from a host of other family-friendly events. Come away wowed. Visit a refuge and learn how the National Wildlife Refuge System is protecting your natural heritage.

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Refuge staff fishing with kids at Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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“Having a close encounter with a bobcat was by far my most memorable event ever” at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, says volunteer Steve Gifford, who took a series of photos of this animal. A short video of that encounter is at http://bit.ly/1uXr8wf. Credit: Courtesy of Steve Gifford
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Refuge Volunteer Captures the Essence of a National Wildlife Refuge

July 17, 2014

As a volunteer and Friend for most of the past decade at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, Steve Gifford has assisted with marsh bird surveys, least tern-nest monitoring, trail clearing, invasive plant control, prescribed burns and presentations. But his extraordinary photography is what stands out. Read this and other stories in the July/August issue of Refuge Update

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“Having a close encounter with a bobcat was by far my most memorable event ever” at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, says volunteer Steve Gifford, who took a series of photos of this animal. A short video of that encounter is at http://bit.ly/1uXr8wf. Credit: Courtesy of Steve Gifford
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At-risk species such as the southern Idaho ground squirrel could benefit from voluntary conservation actions undertaken under the proposed Prelisting Conservation Policy Credit: Dennis Mackey / USFWS
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Policy Proposed to Benefit At-Risk Wildlife, Provide Credits to Landowners Taking Voluntary Conservation Actions

July 17, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed a new policy that would give landowners credit for voluntary conservation actions for at-risk species. Under the policy, landowners could obtain credits for current efforts that benefit declining species. These conservation credits could later be redeemed to offset or mitigate actions that are detrimental to a species were it to subsequently be listed under the Act. The credits could also be traded or sold to a third party.

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At-risk species such as the southern Idaho ground squirrel could benefit from voluntary conservation actions undertaken under the proposed Prelisting Conservation Policy Credit: Dennis Mackey / USFWS
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