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Students look at different species of turtles at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, just twenty miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Lamar Gore / USFWS
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The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

March 25, 2014

Since 2008, the Service’s Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association has helped prepare the next generation of wildlife professionals and managers. The program, which began in the Northeast Region, seeks to build a more inclusive workforce in the wildlife profession. It has now grown to include states within four Service geographic regions, including Alaska, and in 2012 won The Wildlife Society's Diversity Award.

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Students look at different species of turtles at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, just twenty miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Lamar Gore / USFWS
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Birding at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuge System Marks 111 Years!

March 25, 2014

President Teddy Roosevelt created the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans. Today, 562 refuges and 38 wetland management districts make up the nation's premier wildlife conservation network, the National Wildlife Refuge System. Join in the birthday celebration!

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Birding at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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Scott Aikin Appointed New National Native American Liaison

March 11, 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the appointment of Scott Aikin as the agency's new national Native American Liaison. Aikin, an enrolled member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation of Northeast Kansas, has more than two decades of experience helping the Federal Government carry out its trust responsibilities toward Tribes throughout the United States. Aikin will work with the Department of the Interior and the Service's leadership to ensure that the agency's actions and authorities are implemented in ways that respect and acknowledge Tribal sovereignty and the importance of Tribal wildlife stewardship.

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Tri-colored bat with visible symptoms of WNS Credit: Darwin Brack
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Service Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Work on Deadly Bat Disease: $2 Million Available in Second Round

March 6, 2014

The Service announced grant awards totaling $ 1.4 million for nine projects addressing federal research and response to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease devastating bat populations across the country. The federal grants are the first round of WNS research funding planned for this year. A second-round request for proposals is currently open to all applicants for up to an additional $2 million. Information about the second round of funding is available on www.grants.gov

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Tri-colored bat with visible symptoms of WNS Credit: Darwin Brack
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Anglers contribute to conservation. Credit: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Credit: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
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Anglers, Boaters, Hunters and Recreational Shooters Contribute Billions to Conservation

March 5, 2014

Since its inception in 1937, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR) has generated more than $16 billion, which state fish and wildlife agencies use to purchase public land, improve essential wildlife habitat, and create additional outdoor opportunities for everyone.

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Anglers contribute to conservation. Credit: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Credit: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
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There were 13.7 million hunters in 2011. Credit: Pat Hogan / USFWS Credit: Pat Hogan / USFWS
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Hunter, Angler Participation Sees Gains, According to Service Five-Year Survey

March 5, 2014

Participation in hunting, angling and wildlife-associated recreation showed a 3-percent increase from 2006 to 2011, with the increase primarily among those who fished and hunted, according to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey is conducted every five years by the Service and the Census Bureau. Hunters, anglers and many other people who enjoy wildlife-related outdoor recreation also contribute substantially to the U.S. economy, according to the survey, which noted that more than 90 million U.S. residents 16 years old and older participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation in 2011.

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There were 13.7 million hunters in 2011. Credit: Pat Hogan / USFWS Credit: Pat Hogan / USFWS
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2013-1014 Federal Duck Stamp. Credit: USFWS. Credit: USFWS.
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Ducks + Art + Hunters = Conservation Success

March 5, 2014

Many wildlife species benefit when duck hunters, artists and conservationists collaborate to protect vital habitat through the 80-year-old Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp). Duck hunters over the age of 16 are required to carry the stamp. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the $15 Federal Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of wetland habitat for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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2013-1014 Federal Duck Stamp. Credit: USFWS. Credit: USFWS.
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Girl Scouts Learn More Than Catch and Release During Ice Fishing Event

March 5, 2014

A small lake north of Anchorage, Alaska was buzzing with activity as the sun began to rise over the mountains and nearly two dozen volunteers from the Service's Alaska Regional Office, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Bass Pro Shops prepared for the arrival of members of 16 Girl Scout Troops from Anchorage and nearby communities of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. By 9:00 a.m., holes were drilled in the ice; tables were loaded with fishing equipment, and warming tents with hot cocoa were ready for children looking to take a break from the cold.

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Angler at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Brett Billings / USFWS Credit: Brett Billings / USFWS
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Service Announces 2014 Expansion of Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in Refuge System

March 5, 2014

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 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 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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Angler at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Brett Billings / USFWS Credit: Brett Billings / USFWS
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Longstreth Elementary student gardeners learn about plants and wildlife at the garden they helped create at nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Frank Doyle
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Pollinator Garden Sets Shining Example for Engaging City Kids

March 4, 2014

Students at Longstreth Elementary School in Philadelphia created a pollinator garden at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in 2011 with plants from a school penny collection. Since then, the garden has gone on to win a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society award and helped teach hundreds of inner-city kids about the natural world.

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Longstreth Elementary student gardeners learn about plants and wildlife at the garden they helped create at nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Frank Doyle
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Young man fishing with dog at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
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President Requests $1.5 Billion in Fiscal Year 2015 for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

March 4, 2014

The President's Fiscal Year 2015 discretionary budget request supports $1.5 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $48.8 million over the 2014 enacted level to fund the agency's high priority needs. The budget also includes approximately $1.3 billion available under permanent appropriations, most of which will be provided directly to states to support fish and wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.

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Young man fishing with dog at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS Credit: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS
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Birding at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuge System Marks 111 Years!

February 28, 2014

President Teddy Roosevelt created the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans. Today, 562 refuges and 38 wetland management districts make up the nation’s premier wildlife conservation network, the National Wildlife Refuge System. Join in the birthday celebration!

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Birding at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS
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annually between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Their 3,000-mile journey has become more hazardous because of increased deforestation, development, agriculture, livestock raising, forest fires and other threats. Credit: USFWS
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White House Announces Renewed Collaboration with Canada and Mexico to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly

February 27, 2014

President Obama, Prime Minister Harper and President Peña Nieto recently met in Toluca, Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit. The leaders emerged with several commitments, including the conservation of the imperiled monarch butterfly. The Canada-Mexico-U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management will address the challenges faced by this species and dedicate discussions to its preservation in May 2014.

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annually between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Their 3,000-mile journey has become more hazardous because of increased deforestation, development, agriculture, livestock raising, forest fires and other threats. Credit: USFWS
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UAO TV team with Director Dan Ashe, WSFR AD Hannibal Bolton, and Kansas State Senator David Haley. Credit: Urban America Outdoor TV
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USFWS Teams up With Urban American Outdoors TV

February 26, 2014

Service Director Dan Ashe and Asst. Director for the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Hannibal Bolton appeared on the Urban American Outdoors Show to talk about the Service's mission and the importance of engaging urban audiences in conservation and outdoor activities. Director Ashe, Asst. Director Bolton and show host Wayne Hubbard spoke to an audience of young urban kids and took them fishing at a local pond.

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UAO TV team with Director Dan Ashe, WSFR AD Hannibal Bolton, and Kansas State Senator David Haley. Credit: Urban America Outdoor TV
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The illegal trade in ivory is placing African elephant populations in crisis Credit: Gary Stolz / USFWS
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Service Tightens Trade in Elephant Ivory

February 26, 2014

Service Director Dan Ashe has issued a Director’s Order tightening controls on the trade of elephant ivory and other products made from protected species. The Order is the first in a series of administrative actions to further restrict commercialization of elephant ivory as called for in the Administration’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Shortly after signing the Order, Director Ashe testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the National Strategy. Also testifying were Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones and the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General Robert G. Dreher, together representing the three co-chairing agencies of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking.

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The illegal trade in ivory is placing African elephant populations in crisis Credit: Gary Stolz / USFWS
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