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California condor egg hatching video footage. Credit: USFWS
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California Condor Egg Hatches on Camera

April 7, 2016

A California condor egg hatched in the wild Monday, and for the first time in history, anyone with an Internet connection can watch it. A live streaming video from a cliffside nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California, will capture the young condor's journey to adulthood.

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California condor egg hatching video footage. Credit: USFWS
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Scarlet macaw. Credit: © Steve Milpacher / World Parrot Trust. Credit: All Rights Reserved. Source: www.parrots.org
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Service Revises Proposal to List the Scarlet Macaw under the Endangered Species Act, Reopens Comment Period

April 6, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising a proposed rule to list the scarlet macaw under the Endangered Species Act and reopening the comment period for 60 days. Threats to this neotropical parrot species include deforestation, habitat degradation and poaching for the pet trade. The existing laws and regulations are inadequate to address these ongoing threats.

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Scarlet macaw. Credit: © Steve Milpacher / World Parrot Trust. Credit: All Rights Reserved. Source: www.parrots.org
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Green sea turtle nesting at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Blair Witherington / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Listing of Green Sea Turtles Points to Conservation Successes and Challenges in Recovering Species

April 5, 2016

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reclassified green sea turtles, which occur globally, into 11 distinct population segments under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). All green sea turtles will remain protected under the ESA, and the revised listing will help ensure more effective conservation and recovery efforts. Due in part to the work of theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Commission, diverse stakeholders and special places like Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, green sea turtles in Florida will now be listed as threatened instead of endangered.

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Green sea turtle nesting at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Blair Witherington / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Generic tiger. Credit: Michael W. Dulaney / Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Service Strengthens Protections for Captive Tigers under the Endangered Species Act

April 5, 2016

In an effort to strengthen protections for certain captive tigers under the Endangered Species Act, the Service has finalized a rule declaring that anyone selling tigers across state lines must now first obtain an interstate commerce permit or register under the Captive-bred Wildlife Registration program. “Removing the loophole that enabled some tigers to be sold for purposes that do not benefit tigers in the wild will strengthen protections for these magnificent creatures and help reduce the trade in tigers that is so detrimental to wild populations,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “This will be a positive driver for tiger conservation.”

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Generic tiger. Credit: Michael W. Dulaney / Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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A little brown bat with symptoms typical of white-nose syndrome. Credit: Steve Taylor/University of Illinois
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Bat Dies from White-nose Syndrome in Washington State

March 31, 2016

Scientists have confirmed white-nose syndrome in a little brown bat found near North Bend, Washington – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. White-nose syndrome has killed more than 6 million bats in eastern North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago. Bats benefit people by eating insects that can impact forest health and commercial crops, pollinating plants and more.

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A little brown bat with symptoms typical of white-nose syndrome. Credit: Steve Taylor/University of Illinois
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Service Director Dan Ashe and National Wildlife Refuge System Chief Cynthia Martinez with Student Conservation Association high school community crew members. Credit: USFWS
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Service Invests $1 million in John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge to Foster Education and Community Engagement

March 31, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the agency will invest $1 million annually at John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Philadelphia, to continue engaging urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation at the refuge and nearby areas. Through close coordination with Audubon Pennsylvania and numerous other community groups, the Service has been working to close the gap between the area’s communities and green spaces to contribute to building a healthy, connected environment.

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Service Director Dan Ashe and National Wildlife Refuge System Chief Cynthia Martinez with Student Conservation Association high school community crew members. Credit: USFWS
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Ocelots require dense thornscrub habitat. Credit: Seth Patterson / USFWS
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Where is the Best Place to See Wildlife?

March 25, 2016

USA TODAY 10 Best invites you to vote in three contests to pick the best places for seeing birds, wildlife in general and aquatic critters. In each contest, your national wildlife refuges and other public lands stand tall among the nominees. Voting ends Monday at noon ET.  

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Ocelots require dense thornscrub habitat. Credit: Seth Patterson / USFWS
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Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director for the Service’s Southwest Region, releases an immature bald eagle inside of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Grey Snow Eagle House - an eagle aviary and rehabilitation facility partially funded by the Service's Tribal Wildlife Grants program. Credit: USFWS
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Service Awards $5 Million in Grants to Support Tribal Wildlife Conservation Projects in 16 States

March 25, 2016

Native American and Alaska Native tribes in 16 states will benefit from nearly $5 million in grants provided by the Service's Tribal Wildlife Grants program. The awards will support 29 fish and wildlife conservation projects that assist a wide range of wildlife and habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. 

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Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director for the Service’s Southwest Region, releases an immature bald eagle inside of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Grey Snow Eagle House - an eagle aviary and rehabilitation facility partially funded by the Service's Tribal Wildlife Grants program. Credit: USFWS
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USFWS Director Dan Ashe, USFWS Southwest Region Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Senator Martin Heinrich at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Jessie Jobs / USFWS
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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Conservation, Culture, and Community Receiving $1 Million to Expand Community Engagement

March 22, 2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Senator for New Mexico Martin Heinrich announced today that Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge will receive $1 million in additional annual funding through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The refuge located only five miles from downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, will offer opportunities to connect families and youth through conservation, culture and community. 

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USFWS Director Dan Ashe, USFWS Southwest Region Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Senator Martin Heinrich at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Jessie Jobs / USFWS
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Greater Sage-Grouse. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Service Distributes Nearly $50 Million to Support State Wildlife Conservation Projects

March 21, 2016

Species across the nation will benefit from almost $50 million in funding allocated to state wildlife agencies by the Service's State Wildlife Grants program. The program provides critical support for imperiled species and habitats listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which proactively protect species in greatest conservation need.  

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Greater Sage-Grouse. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling. Credit: USFWS
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Service Honors Conservation Leaders at Annual Science Awards Ceremony

March 18, 2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the recipients of the 2015 Rachel Carson and Sam D. Hamilton Awards for scientific excellence at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The awards honor Service employees and partners for their scientific contributions to improve the Service’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources. 

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Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling. Credit: USFWS
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Skyway Marina (Formerly Glass City Marina) - Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Ohio DNR
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Service Allocates $14 Million to 32 States to Support Recreational Boating Communities

March 17, 2016

States and recreational boaters will benefit from nearly $14 million in grants distributed by the Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities that support outdoor recreation. Funding for the program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and fuel.

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Skyway Marina (Formerly Glass City Marina) - Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Ohio DNR
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Blackbeard Island, GA. Credit: Becky Skiba / USFWS
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Service Updates Coastal Barrier Resources System Maps for Ten States

March 16, 2016

Final revised digital maps for all John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes region of New York, plus 125 units in Florida and seven units in Louisiana are now available. The Service administers the maps under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, which saves millions of taxpayer dollars by restricting Federal expenditures that encourage development in areas that are prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters. 

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Blackbeard Island, GA. Credit: Becky Skiba / USFWS
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Habitat for the California tiger salamander was disturbed by the developer. Credit: John Cleckler / USFWS
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Developer to Pay Millions in Endangered Species Act Case

March 15, 2016

California development company Wildlife Management LLC and its president, James Tong, were sentenced recently for securities fraud and violations of the Endangered Species Act. They will pay $1 million in restitution to groups that protect the environment. Tong was also ordered to provide a conservation easement valued at $3 million that permanently prohibits development on 107 acres. Developers must mitigate, or offset, a project's damage to protected species or their habitat. Wildlife Management tried to deceive regulators into believing it was mitigating when it had not. 

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Habitat for the California tiger salamander was disturbed by the developer. Credit: John Cleckler / USFWS
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Students can apply for a number of internships at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Pictured: An intern from the Student Conservation Association. Credit: USFWS
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Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 113 Years of Conserving Nature, Serving Communities

March 11, 2016

The National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier network of public lands devoted to wildlife conservation turns 113 on March 14. Refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to pastimes from fishing and hunting to nature watching, hiking, biking and boating. In an increasingly urban America, refuges also provide an important connection with the outdoors, particularly for young people. There is a refuge within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas. Tell us your favorite refuge!

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Students can apply for a number of internships at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Pictured: An intern from the Student Conservation Association. Credit: USFWS
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