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(Left to right) Phi Beta Sigma International President Jonathan A. Mason, FWS Director Dan Ashe, Sigma Deputy Director Steve Ballard, and FWS Deputy Director Rowan Gould. Credit: Tami Heilemann, DOI
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Service Signs Historic Agreement with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

May 5, 2014

A new partnership between the Service and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will encourage urban youth to experience the natural world and promote their interest in conservation and biological sciences. The initiative commemorates American scientist, botanist and inventor George Washington Carver – a Sigma member who inspired generations of youth to pursue careers in science.

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(Left to right) Phi Beta Sigma International President Jonathan A. Mason, FWS Director Dan Ashe, Sigma Deputy Director Steve Ballard, and FWS Deputy Director Rowan Gould. Credit: Tami Heilemann, DOI
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Grants will protect habitat for many species such as the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Credit: Copyright Greg Lasley
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Federal Grants Fund Conservation for Migratory Birds and Their Habitats Across the Americas

May 5, 2014

Migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere will benefit from $3.6 million in grants for 29 collaborative conservation projects funded under the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. This year's grants will benefit hundreds of species in 18 countries, conserving habitat from breeding sites in Canada and the United States to wintering sites in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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Grants will protect habitat for many species such as the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Credit: Copyright Greg Lasley
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working with partners and local land owners is reconnecting a community through restoration on the Calaveras River. Credit: USFWS

A River Story

May 5, 2014

Working with partners and local landowners, the Service is reconnecting a community through restoration of the Calaveras River in California. This 6-minute video tells a tale of success for salmon, other fish and wildlife — and people.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working with partners and local land owners is reconnecting a community through restoration on the Calaveras River. Credit: USFWS

Coastal and other wetlands in the United States can be identified online by the Service’s mapping tool. Credit: Wetland in Big Pine Key, FL,. Credit: USFWS
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Service Announces Completion of National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool

May 5, 2014

To coincide with the start of American Wetlands Month, the Service is announcing the completion of the most comprehensive and detailed U.S. wetland data set ever produced. The Wetlands Inventory Mapper has digitally mapped wetlands in the lower 48 states, Hawaii and dependent territories, as well as 35% of Alaska, as an aid to landowners, developers, government planners and permitting authorities, conservation organizations, and academic institutions in their collective efforts to ensure wetland conservation and inform development.

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Coastal and other wetlands in the United States can be identified online by the Service’s mapping tool. Credit: Wetland in Big Pine Key, FL,. Credit: USFWS
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This year's Endangered Species Youth Art Contest grand prize winner, Sea Otter by Amy Feng Credit: Endangered Species Coalition
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Winners Announced for 2014 Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

May 5, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation proudly announce the winners of the 2014 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. The contest is an integral part of the 9th annual national Endangered Species Day and engages school children in grades K -12 in expressing their appreciation for our nation’s most imperiled wildlife.

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This year's Endangered Species Youth Art Contest grand prize winner, Sea Otter by Amy Feng Credit: Endangered Species Coalition
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A portrait of a king eider is the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp winning entry. Credit: Si Youn Kim
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New Jersey Youth Wins 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Competition

April 28, 2014

Congratulations to 16-year-old Si youn Kim, of Tenafly, N.J., whose acrylic painting of a king eider will grace the 2014-2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The painting was chosen today by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.

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A portrait of a king eider is the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp winning entry. Credit: Si Youn Kim
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Wetlands restoration provides a host of benefits to wildlife, people, and the economy. Credit: USFWS
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Service Habitat Restoration Programs Generate Millions for U.S. Economy

April 28, 2014

A new peer-reviewed analysis finds that the Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. Research suggests that by working directly with partners to implement vital on-the-ground habitat restoration, Service programs have created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.

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Wetlands restoration provides a host of benefits to wildlife, people, and the economy. Credit: USFWS
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Species such as this New England cottontail benefit from the SWG program. Credit: USFWS
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Service Grants $47 Million to States, Territories for At-Risk Species

April 24, 2014

Species in need of conservation will benefit from $47,877,598 in grants from the Service’s State Wildlife Grants program. The funds are apportioned annually to all states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. The program awards grants for projects that conserve species identified in approved State Wildlife Action Plans.  States and their partners provide a non-federal funds match.

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Species such as this New England cottontail benefit from the SWG program. Credit: USFWS
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Dan Ashe talks with Tony Hansen on Open Country. Credit: Outdoor Life
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Outdoor Life Interviews Service Director Dan Ashe

April 24, 2014

Dan Ashe talks on camera on the Open Country show about what it's like to manage the world's greatest fish and wildlife conservation organization, its rewards and its challenges in implementing the nation's conservation policies and regulations, and overseeing some 150 million acres of public lands.

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Dan Ashe talks with Tony Hansen on Open Country. Credit: Outdoor Life
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A seized baby alligator illegally collected from Big Cypress National Preserve and later sold to undercover agents. Credit: USFWS
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Federal Sentences for Illegal Trafficking of Florida's Marine Life

April 24, 2014

Sentences were handed down today in two separate incidents of illegal trafficking in marine life, including alligators, lemon sharks, eagle rays, sea fans and ornamental tropical fish. The sentences were announced by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the Service and NOAA. In both cases, the marine life came from Florida.

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A seized baby alligator illegally collected from Big Cypress National Preserve and later sold to undercover agents. Credit: USFWS
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Flooding at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

Service Updates Coastal Barrier Resources System Maps in Five States

April 23, 2014

Final revised maps for all John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Delaware, South Carolina (including one unit that crosses the state boundary into North Carolina), Texas and one unit in Florida are now available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to review and edit the maps at least once every five years to reflect changes in coastal barriers from natural forces.

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Flooding at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

Operation Crash has secured 17 arrests and nine successful prosecutions to date for rhino horn and other animal-related trafficking. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS
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Pair Indicted for Selling Rhino Horns

April 17, 2014

Two California residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on felony charges connected with their sale of two black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent working on Operation Crash -- the Service's ongoing investigation of rhino horn trafficking. The pair were arrested on March 19 after closing the deal in a Vegas hotel room.

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Operation Crash has secured 17 arrests and nine successful prosecutions to date for rhino horn and other animal-related trafficking. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS
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Fin Whale. Credit: Pete Duley, NEFSC / NOAA
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President Directs Federal Agencies to Take Action in Response to Iceland's Trade in Whale Meat and Products

April 4, 2014

The President has notified Congress of actions he directed federal departments and agencies to take to encourage Iceland to cease international trade in whale meat and products. The instructions come in response to a certification issued by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell that Iceland's international trade is diminishing the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 

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Fin Whale. Credit: Pete Duley, NEFSC / NOAA
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Trumpeter Swan pair at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Trumpeter Swan pair at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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$61 Million Approved for Grants and Refuge Acquisitions

April 3, 2014

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $54.7 million in grants through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to conserve 200,069 acres of wetlands and protect migratory bird populations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The remaining funds, derived mainly from Federal Duck Stamp revenue, will be used to add 5,072 acres on five national wildlife refuges.

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Trumpeter Swan pair at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Trumpeter Swan pair at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
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Lesser Prairie-chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS
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Service Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened, Finalizes Special Rule Endorsing Landmark State Conservation Plan

April 3, 2014

In response to rapid and severe declines, the Service today announced the final listing of the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also announced a final ESA special rule that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing.

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Lesser Prairie-chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS
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