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The Office of External Affairs for the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides support to the regional office and field stations to communicate and faciliate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

One of the world’s rarest insects is getting a boost to its recovery. In order to keep this unique insect from extinction a draft recovery plan has been developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) that may help keep it from disappearing from the Cornhusker State.

Press Release | More Information

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Tribal Input on Listing Status of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the early stages of considering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing status of the Yellowstone grizzly bear. While we recently reached out to tribes near the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), we did not initially appreciate the breadth of historical, cultural, and spiritual connection some tribes outside that area have with the grizzly bear and the GYE. As a result, we at the Service are redoubling our efforts to engage our valued tribal partners who may be interested in government-to-government consultation on this matter.

Bulletin | Letter

 Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Invites Comment on Implementation Plans for Bull Trout Recovery

BOISE, Idaho – Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released draft Recovery Unit Implementation Plans (Implementation Plans) that will be part of a final recovery plan outlining the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus).

News Release

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2014 Endangered Species Recovery Champions

DENVER, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today recognized individuals and teams for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife, and plants by designating them as the 2014 Recovery Champions.

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International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster by Amelia Hansen for Environment for the Americas

Photo credit: International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster by Amelia Hansen for Environment for the Americas

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day

The Service is once again a proud sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), this Saturday, May 9th. The Service invites people to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation in their local communities and beyond.

News Release | Related Link

Ferret / USFWS

Ferret / USFWS

Partners Across the United States to Celebrate 10th Annual Endangered Species Day

The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated May 15, 2015, with special events and programs that recognize our nation’s efforts to conserve and protect America’s most imperiled species.

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Photo credit: USFWS

Photo credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Public Meetings for Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a series of public meetings focused on explaining and obtaining comments on a revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

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Service Announces Request for Proposals for the FY16 Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting proposals for the FY 2016 Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program. The program provides a competitive funding opportunity for federally recognized tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

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Service Provides $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies Benefiting Outdoor Recreationists, Conservation, Regional Economies

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industry to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation. The funds support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.

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Ferret / USFWS Potholes and Wind Turbines by Krista Lundgren / USFWS.

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Available for Wind Energy Projects in the Upper Great Plains

LAKEWOOD, Colo.  — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Western Area Power Administration have published a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), which evaluates the environmental impacts of wind energy development in the Upper Great Plains states of Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The final PEIS, when coupled with project-specific environmental assessments, is designed to standardize the environmental review process while ensuring protection for wildlife and other natural resources in the Upper Great Plains.

News Release | PEIS, Volume 1, April 2015 (54.8mb pdf) | PEIS, Volume 2, April 2015 (33.4mb pdf) | More information:

Bi-State Sage-grouse Jeanne Stafford / USFWS

Bi-State Sage-grouse Jeanne Stafford / USFWS

Service withdraws Bi-State DPS listing proposal

RENO, NV – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it was withdrawing a proposal to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of greater sage-grouse as threatened because a locally developed conservation plan and $45 million in funding will address the major threats to the species.

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Ferret / USFWS

Ferret / USFWS

Service Helps Recover Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Montana

DENVER-The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI), is committing $5.8 million to 14 projects across 18 states for recovery of some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.

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Barn Owl / USFWS

Utah man pleads guilty and is sentenced for Airborne Hunting Act violation

Dell Schanze, age 45, of American Fork, Utah, pled guilty to using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City Friday afternoon. There was no plea agreement, and federal prosecutors made no concessions to Schanze as a part of his guilty plea to both counts of the Misdemeanor Information.

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Black-footed ferret kits by Ryan Moehring / USFWS

Black-footed ferret kits by Ryan Moehring / USFWS

Service Proposes Measures to Facilitate Recovery of Endangered Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to designate the State of Wyoming as a special area for the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets, which are federally listed as endangered.

News Release | Frequently Asked Questions | Black-footed Ferret Recovery | Species Photos and B-roll

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Greater sage-grouse by Tom Koerner / USFWS

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Highlighted by Sage Grouse Initiative

The Sage Grouse Initiative regularly features its many partners as part of its Featured Friend series. They recently honored the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which helps to fund many of SGI's field staff, and also works with SGI in the field by carrying out conservation projects with private ranchers.

News Release | Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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Northern long-eared bat in cave Credit: Jill Uturp/USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.

News Release | Interim 4(d) FAQ | Listing FAQ|Buffer Zone and Range Map for Northern Long-eared Bat | Species Factsheet | Do I need a permit?

pronghorn

Pronghorn Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Tribes in 13 States Receive $4.2 Million From Service for Conservation Work

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to Native American Tribes in 13 states. The awards will support conservation projects that benefit a wide range of wildlife and habitat.

News Release

Pathfinder Ranch

Credit: Sweetwater River Conservancy

First Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Bank Launched

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has entered into an agreement with Sweetwater River Conservancy, the owner of several large historic ranches, to create Wyoming's first conservation bank for greater sage-grouse and the largest conservation bank in the country. The bank will manage a vast expanse of central Wyoming for sage-grouse, mule deer and other wildlife, allowing energy development and other economic activities to proceed on lands elsewhere in the state.

News Release

Sweetwater River Conservancy Conservation Bank Q & A

Bison

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Hunting and Outfitter Guide Sentenced for Illegally Killing and Transporting Wildlife

Assistant hunting outfitter and guide Nicholaus Rodgers, was sentenced to 6 months home confinement, a $5,000 fine, 50 hours of community service and 3 years' probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law.

News Release

Bison

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Mountain-Prairie Region States to Receive More Than $5 Million to Support Wildlife, Habitats and Imperiled Species

State efforts to protect species and habitats in greatest need of conservation received a boost today as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program with over 5 million going to projects in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. 

News Release

Bison

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NWF, Fish & Wildlife partner to sow seeds of conservation with youths

A partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving students in the Denver area and across the country a hands-on knowledge of native ecosystems, wildlife and more.

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Photo: Gray wolf in snow Credit: Tony and Ann Hough/USFWS

DNA Analysis Complete for Wolf Killed in Utah

After an extensive analysis by the University of Idaho, it has been confirmed that the gray wolf (Canis lupus) killed in Utah on December 28, 2014 is the same wolf seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.

News Release

Bald eagle

Photo: Bald eagle >Credit: Dan Anderson/USFWS

Reward for Information on Bald Eagle Shooting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Marion County, Kansas, near the Marion Reservoir Dam.

News Release

Monarch butterfly

Photo: Monarch butterfly

Service Teams with Conservation Partners to Launch Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly, Engage Millions of Americans

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today launched a major new campaign aimed at saving the declining monarch butterfly. The Service signed a cooperative agreement with the National Wildlife Federation), announced a major new funding initiative with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and pledged an additional $2 million in immediate funding for on-the-ground conservation projects around the country.

News Release

Last year's grand prize winner: southern sea otter by Amy Feng

Photo: Last year's grand prize winner: Southern Sea Otter by Amy Feng

Service Invites Kids Across the Nation to Participate in this Year's Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Youth across the nation are invited to put their creative skills to work for wildlife in the 2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 10th annual Endangered Species Day celebration.

News Release | Endangered Species Day | More information

Grizzly bear  Credit: Courtesy of Princess Lodges / Creative Commons

Photo: Grizzly bear

Credit: Courtesy of Princess Lodges / Creative Commons.

Montana Man Sentenced for Shooting Three Grizzly Bears

The United States Attorney’s Office announces that Everett Skunkcap, 75, of Browning, Montana, was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution for shooting three grizzly bears.

News Release

Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Steven Thomas / NPS

Photo: Northern long-eared bat.

Credit: Steven Thomas / NPS

Service Proposes Special Rule for Northern Long-eared Bat

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat, the Service is proposing a special rule under the ESA that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public.

News Release | FAQs | Range map

A Canada lynx kitten is measured by a wildlife biologist. Credit: James Weliver / USFWS

Photo: A Canada lynx kitten is measured by a wildlife biologist.

Credit: James Weliver / USFWS

Service Conducting Five-Year Review for Canada Lynx

The Service announced today that it will be conducting a five-year status review for the contiguous U.S. DPS of Canada lynx.

News Release | Learn More

Baird's sparrow. Credit: Jerry Schmidt

Photo: Baird's sparrow

Credit: Jerry Schmidt

Fire on the Prairie

The loss of native habitat in the Prairie Pothole is occurring at a rate not seen since the Dust Bowl.

Top Story | Bird Watcher's Digest

Duck Stamp Art. Credit: USFWS

Photo: Duck Stamp art Credit: USFWS.

Junior Duck Stamp Program Takes Off for 2015

The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is in full flight in 2015, and all Colorado students (K-12) are welcome to participate. This free art and science program is designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to America’s youth.

News Release | Junior Duck Stamp Website

Golden Eagle. Credit: USFWS

Photo: Golden Eagle Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS.

Utility Company Sentenced in Wyoming for Killing Protected Birds at Wind Projects

PacifiCorp Energy has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company's wind projects in Wyoming.

News Release

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Photo: Monarch butterfly.

Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS.

Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will be conducting a status review of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.

News Release

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, Calif., is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Credit: USFWS

Photo: Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, Calif., 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest winning entry of a common goldeneye.

Credit: USFWS.

It's More than A Duck Stamp. It's a Champion for Conservation.

Op-Ed by Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the signing of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act (Federal Duck Stamp Act) of 2014.

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Kathi Stopher. Credit: USFWS

Photo: Kathi Stopher greets visitors at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Credit: USFWS

Kathi Stopher Receives Environmental Education Honor

Kathi Stopher, Visitor Services Manager at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, receives 2014 "Sense of Wonder" award.

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