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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champions
Residents of Missouri and Wisconsin
Among Those Honored
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized 55 individuals for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife and plants by designating them 2013 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored for their work this year were Service biologist Paul McKenzie of Columbia, Missouri, and Adrian Wydeven, a biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
“We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these dedicated conservationists who are on the front lines fighting the battle against extinction,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Their spirit and determination is the application of Aldo Leopold’s counsel to ‘keep every cog and wheel,’ and they provide hope for all of us that our children and the generations that follow will be able to enjoy the same tremendous diversity of plants and animals that we do today.”
Finding the Needle!
May 5, 2014
We spent the day looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. The needle, emerging spears of eastern prairie fringed orchids in a sea of vegetation growing up after an early spring burn.
A spring burn was prescribed as the first step in managing invasive reed canary grass that had inundated this wet prairie in Iowa; a site that also supports a healthy population of eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leuchophaea). Controlling reed canary grass is complicated by the orchid population. A graduate student from Western Illinois University is studying the site to determine the impact of reed canary grass management and climate variability on this federally threatened orchid.
The Little Native Prairie Fish that Could!
April 16, 2014
After one of the coldest and driest winters on record in North-central Iowa, biologists from the Rock Island Field Office seined restored oxbow ponds to determine overwinter survivability of Topeka shiners. During harsh, long winters fish kills can easily occur in lakes and ponds. When snow and ice cover the surface of a pond for a prolonged period of time sunlight is unable to reach the pond’s bottom, and plants begin to die. As the dead plants decay the oxygen in the pond is consumed by the bacteria decomposing the dead plants. Most fish cannot survive once dissolved oxygen levels get below a certain point. The prairie pothole region in Iowa had already suffered through two of the driest years on record in 2012 and 2013. Ponds and lakes in that area were already extremely low heading into the winter. This combined with the fact that it was so cold for so long made for very tough living conditions for fish. Fish kills were being reported all over the area, so biologists feared that restored oxbow ponds that were known to contain Topeka shiners last fall had also been affected.
Earth Day 2014!
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat.
Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world.
While climate change is perhaps the greatest ecological challenge of our time, Earth Day reminds us that we all can take steps to help protect the environment, which touches the human spirit, contributes to human health and well-being and promotes a healthy economy.
April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan
March 4, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Revised Recovery Plan for the Pallid Sturgeon
Jan. 13, 2014: Regional Director Gets Up Close Look at Hellbenders and Beetles
Jan. 13, 2014: 2014 Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines
Last updated: July 16, 2014