display of dozens of carved ivory figures
Seized ivory carvings destroyed at the Service’s recent Ivory Crush in Times Square illustrate the fate of many African elephants as a result of the illegal ivory trade. / Credit: Gavin Shire USFWS

Amid Poaching Crisis, President Obama Announces Proposal to Tighten Controls on Domestic Ivory Trade

July 25, 2015
In response to a growing poaching crisis that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos and other species to the brink of extinction, President Obama today announced that the Service is proposing new regulations that will result in a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The proposed revisions to the African elephant rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would prohibit most interstate commerce (sales across state lines) in African elephant ivory and would further restrict commercial exports.
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Three young boys with binoculars look over a lake
Students from local schools learn about wildlife and habitat at the John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge through the Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: USFWS

Service Expands Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

July 23, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching new partnerships in cities across the nation to boost opportunities for their residents to connect with nature and engage thousands of volunteers in restoring local environments. Three new cities join 14 others with Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, and five new cities are now designated Urban Bird Treaty cities, joining 21 nationwide. The new partnerships, part of the Service’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, were made possible by the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which generated $2.35 million in direct contributions and matching funds from local partners.
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Milkweed and other native flower species now grow at Koobs Preserve. Credit: USFWS
Milkweed and other native flower species now grow at Koobs Preserve. Credit: USFWS

Volunteers Bring Back the Pollinators

July 20, 2015
John Cleckler, of the Service’s Sacramento Field Office, was excited to learn his daughter’s school in urbanized Carmichael, California, is next door to Koobs Nature Preserve. But invasive trees and weeds were taking over the four-acre site and crowding out native plants and animals. So Cleckler began organizing volunteers to maintain and improve the site. The preserve is now a home to native pollinators and birds, and provides urban school children a rare opportunity to connect with nature.
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