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CITES CoP17: Open Public Comment Period

May 11, 2015: The Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations on resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for the United States to consider submitting for discussion at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES to be held in South Africa in September 2016. Public comments will be accepted until July 10, 2015. For additional information or instructions on how to submit comments, please refer to the Federal Register notice.




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Strengthened Partnership to Prevent Extinctions from Islands

April 29, 2015: On the final day of the Trilateral Committee annual meeting, the Service strengthened its 17-year old partnership with the non-governmental organization Island Conservation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU promotes a coordinated approach to removing invasive alien species from islands - an action that can help prevent extinctions of iguanas, lizards, and a number of other species. Read more in a joint blog by Bryan Arroyo, the Service’s Assistant Director for International Affairs, and Gregg Howald, North American Regional Director for Island Conservation.




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Historical Progress for Bats, this Bat Appreciation Day

April 17, 2015: For the first time in history, North American nations have formalized their shared commitment to bat conservation. At this week’s Trilateral Committee annual meeting, wildlife leaders representing Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation, coordination and information-sharing related to the conservation and management of more than 150 bat species across all the three nations. Celebrate National Bat Appreciation Day by reading and sharing our latest blog!




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Girl Scouts and North American Conservation Leaders Grow Strategies for Saving Monarch Butterfly

April 16, 2015: Conservation leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States joined forces with Girl Scout troops yesterday to plant 80 native milkweed plants for monarch butterflies at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation of the monarch butterfly is one of the priorities discussed at this week’s 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California. Visit the Director’s blog and event photo album to learn more.




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The United States and Mexico Continue to Work Tirelessly Towards Recovery of the California Condor

April 15, 2015:The California condor is one of the species of common conservation concern discussed at the annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management - held this week in San Diego, California. Historically, the California condor's range covered most of North America. By 1982, only 22 survived in the wild. Learn how Mexican and U.S. conservation leaders are working hard to bring the California condor back in our latest blog.



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