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2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS
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New Federal Duck Stamps Go On Sale

June 26, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe bought the first 2015-16 federal Duck Stamp today in Memphis, as the new issue of the conservation stamp went on sale for the first time. The 82nd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, chosen from among 186 entries, depicts a pair of ruddy ducks painted by Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y. Proceeds from Duck Stamp sales fund wetland acquisition and conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The $25 stamps can be purchased online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges. 

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2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS
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Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS
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Investigation Leads to Wildlife Trafficking Charges

June 25, 2015

Hawaiian Accessories Inc. and five individuals were recently indicted on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and violations of the Lacey Act for the illegal sale and transportation of multiple types of ivory, whale bone/teeth and black coral. The indictments come after an investigation by Service Law Enforcement, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS
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Credit: Bruce Hallman / USFWS
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Youngsters Learn about Fish and Butterflies

June 23, 2015

Fresh off Friday's Ivory Crush, Service Director Dan Ashe on Saturday joined Urban American Outdoors and Kansas City Parks at their 10th Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Kansas City, Missouri. Staff from Neosho National Fish Hatchery were among those introducing the kids to angling. But before the first cast, some young people helped plant a butterfly garden by the fishing derby pond to conserve monarch butterflies. 

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Credit: Bruce Hallman / USFWS
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2015 NYC Ivory Crush. Credit: USFWS
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Illegal Ivory Crushed to Show World that U.S. Won't Tolerate Wildlife Trafficking

June 22, 2015

In an effort to crush what Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called the "bloody ivory market," the United States destroyed more than one ton of confiscated elephant ivory on Friday in New York's Times Square. In two crushes, the United States has pulverized more than seven tons of seized illegal ivory, signaling its determination to end the poaching and trafficking epidemic that threatens to wipe out the African elephant and a host of other species around the globe.

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2015 NYC Ivory Crush. Credit: USFWS
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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Service Proposes Expansion of Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System

June 16, 2015

Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 21 refuges. The 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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Avery and a monarch. Credit: courtesy of Matt Lipps
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Pollinator Week: Raising Monarchs with the Next Generation

June 16, 2015

Four-year-old Avery has been raising monarch butterflies for half her life. She finds it fascinating. As we celebrate Pollinator Week, let's all take a cue from Avery and support pollinators.

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Avery and a monarch. Credit: courtesy of Matt Lipps
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A Red-cockaded woodpecker flies from its natural nest cavity on the Francis Marion National Forest. Credit: Martjan Lammertink / U.S. Forest Service
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Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners Celebrate 20th Anniversary of First Safe Harbor Agreement

June 12, 2015

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first-ever Safe Harbor Agreement, created in 1995 to protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. That first agreement not only helped turn around the fortunes of the red-cockaded woodpecker in North Carolina and other states, but also heralded in an era of proactive collaboration between private landowners, states and federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conserve America’s most imperiled wildlife.

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A Red-cockaded woodpecker flies from its natural nest cavity on the Francis Marion National Forest. Credit: Martjan Lammertink / U.S. Forest Service
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Chimpanzees Bahati and her baby Baroza at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Credit: © the Jane Goodall Institute
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Service Finalizes Rule Listing All Chimpanzees as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

June 12, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a final rule to classify all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Threats to the chimpanzee, including habitat loss, poaching and disease, have intensified and expanded since wild populations were listed as endangered in 1990. The rule uplists captive chimpanzees from threatened status to match that of wild chimpanzees and removes them from a special rule for primates that allowed some activities otherwise prohibited under the ESA.

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Chimpanzees Bahati and her baby Baroza at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Credit: © the Jane Goodall Institute
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Children take part in the Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuges Offer Kids the Wonders of Nature

June 5, 2015

With the kids on summer break, many parents are looking for fun and interesting activities. National wildlife refuges are a great place to go exploring. And many refuges have events tailor-made for kids of all ages. 

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Children take part in the Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: USFWS
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Girl Scouts get their hands dirty for pollinators at San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Lisa Cox / USFWS
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No Time Like Great Outdoors Month to Get Outside

June 2, 2015

The President and many governors have proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month. It is a time to enjoy and celebrate the nation's natural treasures. National wildlife refuges are wonderful places to take part in the celebration.

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Girl Scouts get their hands dirty for pollinators at San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Lisa Cox / USFWS
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Promo photo for the Hunters and Anglers: America's Original Conservation hashtags. Credit: USFWS
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Why Do You Hunt or Fish?

June 2, 2015

The Service's Pacific Region has begun a valuable campaign to promote hunting and fishing. Using Social Media and the hashtags #iHuntBecause and #iFishBecause, hunters and anglers can share their photos and stories in an effort to connect the passion of hunters and anglers to the fruits of conservation.

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Promo photo for the Hunters and Anglers: America's Original Conservation hashtags. Credit: USFWS
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Monarch on Sunflower Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Service Provides $5.7 Million in Grants to Help Conserve Monarch Butterflies, Other At-Risk Species

June 1, 2015

The monarch butterfly, Topeka shiner and gopher tortoise are among imperiled species that will benefit from $5.7 million in grants to 11 states through the Service's competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants focus on large-scale conservation projects to conserve and recover species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. They will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners. 

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Monarch on Sunflower Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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A monarch butterfly takes in the sun at Sullys Hill Game Preserve in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS
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Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund Seeks Proposals to Help Iconic Insect, Other Pollinators

May 29, 2015

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – a longtime Service partner – is requesting proposals for the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. Funding for habitat restoration, outreach and education, and native seed production and distribution will support on-the-ground conservation projects around the country with a focus on the central United States. Proposals are due July 15.

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A monarch butterfly takes in the sun at Sullys Hill Game Preserve in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS
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A tri-colored bat with WNS. Credit: Bruce Schuette / Missouri Department of Conservation
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Recent Research May Help with Future Treatment of Bats with White-nose Syndrome

May 29, 2015

After several years of research to better understand white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has killed more than 5 million bats since it was discovered in 2007, scientists are beginning to see promising results that could eventually help treat and recover affected bat species.

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A tri-colored bat with WNS. Credit: Bruce Schuette / Missouri Department of Conservation
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China's first ivory destruction took place in January 2014. Credit: U.S. Department of State
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Service Commends China's Ivory Crush

May 29, 2015

The Service commends China's destruction today of more than 1,400 pounds of confiscated ivory in Beijing. This event underscores China's commitment to halt illegal wildlife trade and to raise awareness about a wildlife trafficking crisis that threatens the future of African elephants, rhinoceros, tigers and a host of other species.

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China's first ivory destruction took place in January 2014. Credit: U.S. Department of State
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