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Mountain lion. Credit: USFWS

Hunting and Outfitter Guide Sentenced for Illegally Killing and Transporting Wildlife

 

Hunting outfitter and guide Christopher W. Loncarich, 56, of Mack, Colorado was sentenced to 27 months in prison, and 3 years’ probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law. During his probation he is prohibited from hunting or fishing. The conspiracy involved felony interstate transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife, and felony creation of false records concerning wildlife that was sold in interstate commerce.

 

Photo: Mountain lion. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

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Wyoming toad. Credit: USFWS

Public Comment Sought for Proposed Wyoming Toad Conservation Area, Comments Accepted Through 1/5/15

 

The Service is holding a public meeting on December 4, 2014 to discuss a draft land protection plan and environmental assessment for the proposed Wyoming Toad Conservation Area project in Albany County, WY.

 

Photo: Wyoming Toad. Credit: Sara Armstrong / USFWS.

 

 

News Release | Project Homepage | Species Profile

 

Deon Steinle (left), Assistant Fire Management Officer at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, accepts the “drip torch� trophy from Jim McMahill (right), Midwest Region Fire & Aviation Management Officer. Credit: NPS.

Mid-Plains Interagency Fire Management Zone Receives Midwest Regional Fire Management Award

 

The Fire Management staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Region 6, Prairie Zone Refuges, located within the State of Kansas and Southern Nebraska-Kansas, have been named the winners of the annual Midwest Regional Fire Management Award which is conferred by the Fire Management staff of the National Park Service (NPS), Midwest Region.

 

Photo: Deon Steinle (left), Assistant Fire Management Officer at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, accepts the “drip torch� trophy from Jim McMahill (right), Midwest Region Fire & Aviation Management Officer. Credit: NPS.

 

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Gunnison sage-grouse. Credit: Mike Danzenbaker.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Gunnison Sage-Grouse as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act:

Low numbers and threats to satellite populations place the species at risk; Local conservation efforts will be recognized, including through forthcoming 4(d) rule, stakeholder meetings

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined that the Gunnison sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species. 

 

Photo: Gunnison sage-grouse. Credit: Mike Danzenbaker.

 

News Release | FAQs | Endangered Species Act Special Rules | Gunnison Sage-grouse Threatened Designation Factsheet | Service Programs | Listing a Species as Endangered or Threatened

 

Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling/Point Blue Conservation Science..

Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for 60 days for the proposal to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

 

Photo:Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling/Point Blue Conservation Science.

 

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Endangered black-footed ferret. Credit/USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States For FY 2015 Endangered Species Grants

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories for federal financial assistance for conservation activities that benefit the nation's most imperiled species.

 

 

Photo:Black-footed ferret. Credit: USFWS

 

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American burying beetle. Credit/USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Impacts of Proposed Transmission Line in Nebraska

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the natural and human effects of issuing a permit to authorize the take of the federally endangered American burying beetle.

 

Photo: American burying beetle. Credit: USFWS

 

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Photo of a Dakota skipper (left) and a Poweshiek skipperling (right). Credit/USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Two Prairie Butterfly Species Under Endangered Species Act

 

The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the Service announced today.

 

Photo:Photo of a Dakota skipper (left) and a Poweshiek skipperling (right). Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | FAQs | Dakota Skipper Factsheet | Learn More - Dakota Skipper | Poweshiek Skipperling Factsheet | Learn More - Poweshiek Skipperling

 

Trumpeter Swan. Credit: USFWS

National Elk Trumpeter Swan Survey Results Summarized

 

The National Elk Refuge completed a summary of the 2014 trumpeter swan nesting season this week, bringing with it good news regarding nesting pairs on the refuge.

 

 

Photo: Trumpeter swans. Credit: USFWS

 

 

 

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Bison herd at RMA. Credit: Ray Fetherman

Denver Joins U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Bird Treaty

 

Denver Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the implementation of an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds, also known as the Urban Bird Treaty.

 

 

Photo: Bison herd at RMA. Credit: Ray Fetherman

 

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duck banding in Canada. Credit: USFWS

Duck Banding in Canada Proves Informative and Inspirational for Regional Biologist

 

In August, Amanda Horvath, Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region, was assigned to a four-person banding crew based in Saskatchewan, Canada. Under the tutelage of Walt Rhodes, her crew leader, she and the other crew members banded just under 4,000 ducks—including mallards, blue-winged teals, green-winged teals, northern pintails, redheads, and canvasbacks.

 

Photo:Amanda Horvath, Fish and Wildlife Biologist. Credit: USFWS

 

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Grayling Creek Restoration. Credit: USFWS

Grayling Creek Restoration - A collaborative effort to restore native salmonids in Yellowstone National Park

 

Montana FWCO assist National Park Service with a major, basin-wide, native fish restoration and conservation project in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Photo: Grayling Creek Restoration. Credit: USFWS

 

 

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Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling/Point Blue Conservation Science

Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Receives Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act

 

The western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The Service determined that listing a distinct population segment (DPS) of the bird in portions of 12 western states, Canada and Mexico is warranted. In the U.S., the DPS will cover parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

Photo:Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling/Point Blue Conservation Science.

 

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Black-footed ferret and kits. Credit: USFWS

Service Launches "Ferret Cam" to Celebrate Endangered Species Recovery Efforts

 

Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery and USFWS Celebrate Black-footed Ferret Recovery during "Musteli-Day." Launch of "Ferret Cam" highlights recovery efforts.

 

Photo:Black-footed ferret and kits. Credit: Kimberly Fraser/USFWS.

 

 

 

News Release | Ferret Cam | Recovery Website | National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center Facebook Page

 

Photo of a Dakota skipper (left) and a Poweshiek skipperling (right) Credit: USFWS

Service Invites Additional Comments on ESA Proposals for Two Prairie Butterflies

 

The Service has reopened the public comment period on its proposal to designate critical habitat for the Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling, two species of butterflies, under the ESA.

 

Photo:Dakota skipper (left) and a Poweshiek skipperling (right). Credit: USFWS.

 

 

 

 

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

Secretary Jewell, Director Ashe Announce $35 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

 

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced nearly $35 million in grants to 20 states to enable collaborative efforts to conserve many of America's imperiled species.

 

Photo:Northern Long-eared bat. Credit: Steven Thomas / NPS.

 

 

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Lynx stalking prey. Credit: Erwin & Peggy Bauer / USFWS

Service Revises Critical Habitat Designation for Canada Lynx Under the Endangered Species Act

 

After more than a year of public input and scientific analysis, the Service has revised Endangered Species Act protections for the Canada lynx(Lynx canadensis).

 


Photo:Lynx stalking prey. Credit: Erwin & Peggy Bauer / USFWS.

 

 

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Wilderness 50 Act Brand. Credit: Jim Dubovsky/ USFWS

Walk for Wilderness at Leadville National Fish Hatchery

 

On September 6, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service co-sponsored the Walk for Wilderness at Leadville National Fish Hatchery to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

 


Photo:Wilderness 50 Act Brand.. Credit: Jim Dubovsky / USFWS.

 

 

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Soapstone Prairie Natural Area near Ft. Collins, Colorado. Credit: Ryan Moehring/ USFWS

Black-footed Ferrets are Back Home on Colorado's Northern Prairie

 

Yesterday, a crowd in Colorado witnessed history as the black-footed ferret, an endangered species, was released back into its native habitat at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, approximately 25 miles north of Ft. Collins.


Photo: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area near Ft. Collins, Colorado. Credit: Ryan Moehring/ USFWS.

 

 

Full Story | Black-footed ferret recovery

 

Bull trout underwater. Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan and Public Comment Period

 

In a positive step for the future of bull trout recovery, Service is announcing the availability of a Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout. The Service is requesting review and comments on the plan as part of a 90-day public comment period.


Photo: Bull trout underwater. Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS.

 

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Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Mary Jo Miller/USFWS

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: Standing Trees and the Many Faces of Wilderness

 

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. A Mountain-Prairie employee reflects on the significance of the milestone.

 


Photo:Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Mary Jo Hill/USFWS.

 

 

Full Story | Wilderness 50 Website

 

Bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Credit: Ray Fetherman

Service Expands Urban Conservation Program

 

The Service announced today it will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities to connect with nature.

 


Photo:Bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Credit: Ray Fetherman.

 

 

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Mountain Lion. Credit: Justin Shoemaker/USFWS

Guides Guilty in Hunting Conspiracy

 

Big game hunting outfitter pleads guilty to felony conspiracy charge in connection with illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunting activities

 


Photo: Mountain Lion. Credit: Justin Shoemaker/USFWS.

 

 

 

 

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Least Chub. Credit: Mark Belk

Conservation Agreement Amendment Allows U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Remove Least Chub from the Candidate Species List

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has removed the least chub from the Candidate Species List.

 


Photo: Least Chub. Credit: Mark Belk.

 

 

 

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Montana Arctic grayling fish. Credit: USFWS

Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnership

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

 


Photo: Arctic grayling. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

News Release | FAQs | Species Information | Arctic Grayling Photos

 

Dr. Jim Ringelman poses in front of the memorial in his honor. Credit: USFWS

Service, Ducks Unlimited, Honor Conservation Hero

 

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited honored Dr. Jim Ringelman for his contributions toward waterfowl conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region.

 


Photo: Dr. Jim Ringelman poses in front of the memorial in his honor. Credit: Heather Johnson/USFWS.

 

 

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Cokeville Meadows. Credit: USFWS

Service Releases Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

 

The Service announced today the completion and publication of the comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

 


Photo: Cokeville Meadows. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

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Yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling

Service Proposes Designation of Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

 

The Service is proposing to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units.

 


Photo: Yellow-billed cuckoo. Credit: Mark Dettling / Point Blue Conservation Science.

 

 

 

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Greenback cutthroat trout in bucket before release into Zimmerman Lake. Credit: Theo Stein / USFWS.

Return of the Native

 

On August 8, a group of biologists and researchers gathered to release 1,200 hatchery-raised greenbacks into Zimmerman Lake, jumpstarting the process of restoring a symbol of Colorado’s natural heritage to its rightful place.

 


Photo: Greenback cutthroat trout in bucket before release into Zimmerman Lake. Credit: Theo Stein / USFWS.

 

 

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Northern long-eared bat. Credit: NPS.

Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

 

Find out about our upcoming online information sessions on the proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered.

 


Photo: Northern long-eared bat with symptons of white-nosed syndrome. Credit: Stephen Thomas / NPS.

 

 

News Release | Learn More | White-nose Syndrome

 

wolverine. Credit: NPS.

Service Determines Wolverine Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine in the contiguous United States as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

 


Photo: Wolverine. Credit: NPS.

 

 

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Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS.

$1,000 Offered for Information on Arson Fires Set at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge

 

The Service will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for arson fires occurring on Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Linn County, Kansas.

 


Photo: Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

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White River Beardtongue. Credit: USFWS.

Conservation Agreement Allows U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Withdraw Proposed Rule to List Graham's and White River Beardtongues

 

The Service announced today that it is withdrawing a proposed rule to protect Graham's beardtongue and White River beardtongue under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision was made after the Service worked with county, state, and federal partners to finalize a conservation agreement, which will reduce threats and provide landscape-level protections to both plant species across their ranges in the Uintah Basin in Utah and Colorado.


Photo: White River beardtongue. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Mountain Lion. Credit: USFWS.

Big Game Hunting Guide Pleads Guilty In Illegal Mountain Lion Hunting

 

A case investigated by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (Service), Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has resulted in the defendant, Nicholaus J. Rodgers, 31, of Shady Cove, Oregon, pleading guilty in federal court in Denver to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from the assistance he provided to an outfitter who sold illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and Utah.


Photo: Mountain Lion. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Condor Chick in nest. Credit: The Peregrine Fund.

Biologists Catch First Glimpse of Condor Chick in Utah

 

Zion National Park – It’s official: a pair of California condors are raising a chick in Utah. For weeks, biologists from several agencies and groups have focused their attention on a rock cavity at Zion National Park. Inside the cavity, the biologists were hoping a pair of California condors had hatched an egg. Their hopes were realized on June 25 when a condor chick made its first appearance on the edge of the nest. This chick is the offspring of first-time nesting parents.


Photo: Condor Chick in Nest. Credit: The Peregrine Fund.

 

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Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS.

Leadville National Fish Hatchery Celebrates 125th Anniversary

 

The Leadville National Fish Hatchery (NFH) celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Saturday, July 26 2014 with a well-attended event that was sponsored by its non-profit “Friends� of the Leadville NFH group.


Photo: Leadville National Fish Hatchery in 1889 Credit: USFWS.

 

 

 

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Bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

Two Educational Programs Scheduled for Early August at National Elk Refuge

 

The National Elk Refuge will host two programs during the first week of August at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson, WY. Both programs, offered in cooperation with Refuge partners, are family–friendly and free of charge.


Photo: Bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

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Pete Gober (center) receives a Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2014 Special Achievement Award from WAFWA President Carter Smith (left) and Awards Chairman Jim Douglas (right). Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator Receives Special Achievement Award

 

Dr. Donald "Pete" Gober, Black-footed Ferret Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), received a 2014 Special Achievement award from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) at their summer meeting in San Antonio, TX, July 22.


Photo: Pete Gober (center) receives a Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2014 Special Achievement Award from WAFWA President Carter Smith (left) and Awards Chairman Jim Douglas (right). Credit: USFWS.

 

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bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

New Policy Proposed to Benefit At-Risk Wildlife, Provide Credits to Landowners Taking Voluntary Conservation Action

 

As part of an on-going effort to provide more flexibility under the ESA, the Service proposed a new policy that would give landowners credit for voluntary conservation actions for at-risk species.


Photo: Bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Tribal Officer Training. Credit: USFWS.

Tribes Strengthen Wildlife Conservation Efforts Through Game & Fish Law Enforcement Officer Training

 

To meet a unique requirement for Tribal wildlife law enforcement officers, federal agencies partnered with the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) to host a week-long intensive training program. All Federal law officers are required to receive 40 hours of annual in-service training.


Photo: Eddie Bennally, Navajo Nation, is working with a firearms instructor during the firearms proficiency session. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Black-footed ferret. Credit: USFWS.

Black-footed Ferret Conservationists Honored in Colorado

 

Last year Black-footed ferrets made a new best friend in Colorado. Gary and Georgia Walker, owners of Turkey Creek Ranch, west of Pueblo. The Walkers became the first private landowners in the nation to reintroduce black-footed ferrets on their lands (55 in total) under a cooperative Safe Harbor Agreement with the Service. This reintroduction represented the return of the species to eastern Colorado for the first time in more than 80 years.


Photo: Black-footed ferret. Credit: USFWS.

 

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

Shed Feathers Promise New Insights into Sage-grouse Populations

 

Feathers fly each spring when male greater sage-grouse square off on the lek. The lost plumage may matter little to the birds, but the genetic material in these feathers is giving researchers an opportunity to gain powerful new insights into the secret lives of these iconic sagebrush birds.


Photo: Sage-grouse. Credit: T.Gettelman.

 

 

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

Service Provides $5.6 Million in Grants to 12 States for Conservation Projects

 

Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.6 million in grants for 16 projects in 12 states through the Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects yielding measurable results, will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners for projects that work to conserve and recover wildlife identified by states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats. The 12 states receiving grants are: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina and Washington.


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

 

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Long-billed curlew. Credit: USFWS.

Long-billed Curlew on the Move

 

A long-billed curlew was fitted with a satellite transmitter on May 27, 2014 on the National Elk Refuge. Since receiving her transmitter, the curlew has hatched her eggs and headed south.

 

 

 

 


Photo: Long-billed curlew. Eric Cole/USFWS.

 

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Cleared area on Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS.

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge Improves Wildlife Viewing

 

It's no surprise that National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) are a great place to view wildlife. The Flint Hills NWR has been working to improve wildlife viewing for visitors. Crews worked along the east side of the K-130 Highway dike north of Hartford to clear brush and restore the view for visitors traveling on the highway. This month long project was completed by refuge staff over to restore the view of Troublesome Marsh.


Photo: Cleared area on Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS.

 

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white-faced ibis. Credit: USFWS.

National Elk Refuge to Participate in Plein Air Event

 

The National Elk Refuge is pleased to partner with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Grand Teton Association to present a group painting demonstration on Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public.


Photo: Paint palette.

 

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white-faced ibis. Credit: USFWS.

Bi-Weekly Bird Count Takes Flight on Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

 

From White-faced ibis to Double-crested cormorant over 2,000 birds were counted during the July 2nd Ouray National Wildlife Refuge bi-weekly bird survey. Located in Randlett, UT, the Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Green River National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is a temporary home to thousands of birds throughout the year.


Photo: White-faced ibis. Credit:Sam Stukel/USFWS.

 

 

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greater sage-grouse. Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Launches Greater Sage-grouse Website

 

The unprecedented effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups. To help journalists, stakeholders and the interested public stay informed about this effort, the Service has built a new greater sage-grouse website and assigned three public affairs officers to lead the agency's communication's effort.


Photo: Greater Sage-grouse. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Bison. Credit: USFWS.

National Elk Refuge Bison Hunting Permit Application Period to Open in Mid-July

 

The July dates for licensed bison hunters to apply for a National Elk Refuge 2014 bison permit were announced. Beginning this season, hunters will apply for a Refuge–specific bison hunting permit by completing an application online.

 


Photo: Bison. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

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Prairie Potholes. Credit: USFWS.

Report Shows Declining Trend in Prairie Pothole Wetlands

 

According to a new report, wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region declined by an estimated 74,340 acres between 1997 and 2009 - an average annual net loss of 6,200 acres.

 


Photo: Prairie Potholes. Credit: USFWS.

 

 

 

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Doni Sprague at National Wildlife Repository. Credit: USFWS.

Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species..


Photo: Northern Long-eared Bat. Credit: Steven Thomas / NPS.

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Doni Sprague at National Wildlife Repository. Credit: USFWS.

U.S Trade Representative Fights Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

 

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman toured the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Repository as part of a week-long visit to Colorado to discuss exports in the Centennial state.


Photo: USFWS Repository Specialist Doni Sprague explains to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman how illegal wildlife products are cataloged and stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository. Credit: Steve Segin/USFWS.

 

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Canana lynx (Lynx canadenis). Credit: USFWS.

Service Announces Draft Economic Analysis, Draft Environmental Assessment for Revised Canada Lynx Critical Habitat

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of a Draft Economic Analysis and a draft environmental assessment for the proposed revised designation of critical habitat for the Contiguous U.S. Distinct Population Segment of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) under the Endangered Species Act. Comments on an amended required determinations section of the proposal may also be made during this comment period.


Photo: Canana lynx (Lynx canadenis). Credit: USFWS.

 

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Lorrie Beck. Credit: USFWS.

Lorrie Beck Recognized for Creating Outstanding Outdoor Recreation Experiences

 

Lorrie Beck, director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas, is the winner of the 2013 Legends Award, recognizing outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities..



Photo: Lorrie Beck. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Piping plover. Credit: USFWS.

USFWS Asks Public to Share the Beach with the Piping Plover

 

Piping plovers are small, stocky migratory shorebirds and more than half of the continent's population nests in North Dakota. Due to rising water levels, plovers are running out of shoreline at North Dakota's Lake Sakakawea.



Photo: Piping plover on shore. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Happy angler at the Annual Watershed Festival. Credit: USFWS.

Annual Watershed Festival Connects Montana Families with Nature

 

Hosted by the Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, and Imerys Talc, the event was an opportunity for the public to learn about local waterways, dive into aquatic life, and connect with nature.



Photo: Happy angler at the Annual Watershed Festival. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Domestic goats at Bozeman Fish Technology Center. Credit: USFWS.

Got Invasives? Get Goats! Bozeman Fish Technology Center Uses Domestic Goats to Target Invasive Weeds

 

The Services's Bozeman Fish Technology Center in Montana uses domestic goats as part of a cooperative effort designed to control invasive weeds.



Photo: Domestic Goats at Bozeman Fish Technology Center. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: USFWS.

Conservation Groups & MTFWP Offer Rewards for Information on Grizzly Bear Shooting

 

Two conservation groups and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are each offering separate rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a grizzly bear on Gallatin National Forest.



Photo: Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: USFWS.


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Juvenile Condor. Credit: USFWS.

Utah’s First Condor Chick? - Could be the First in the State Since Reintroduction

 

A cooperative venture between wildlife conservation and public land management agencies excitedly and optimistically reports that a California condor has apparently hatched in the wild in the state of Utah for the first time since an experimental population was released in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona in 1996.



Photo: Juvenile Condor. Credit: USFWS.


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Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: USFWS.

Reward for Information on Grizzly Bear Shooting

 

The Service is investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear on Gallatin National Forest.



Photo: Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: USFWS.


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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signs HB 1267 into law. Credit: USFWS.

Black-footed Ferrets One Step Closer to Finding New Homes in Colorado

 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1267 into law Saturday, moving black-footed ferrets one step closer to finding new homes all across Colorado. The new law allows municipalities to reintroduce black-footed ferrets onto city and county land.



Photo: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signs HB 1267 into law. Credit: USFWS.


News Release | Black-footed ferret species information

 

 

Gunnison Sage-Grouse. Credit: USFWS.

Obama Administration Announces $6.7 Million to Hire Young People to Work on Public Lands Across the Nation

 

As part of the Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors and the President's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $6.7 million in grants to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities at 43 projects on public lands across the country - a 60 percent increase over last year's funding.



Photo: Crews Work on Trail Project. Credit: USFWS.


News Release | View the list of projects

 

 

Black-footed Ferret. Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champions

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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 2013 Recovery Champions.



Photo: Black-footed ferret. Credit: USFWS.


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Gunnison Sage-Grouse. Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Short Extension of Final Decision on Listing the Gunnison Sage-Grouse

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the D.C. District Court has granted a six-month extension of the deadline to make the final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage-grouse for protection under the Endangered Species Act.



Photo: Gunnison Sage-Grouse. Credit: USFWS.


News Release | Schedule | Fact Sheet | Additional Species Info

 

 

2014 International Migratory Bird Day Poster. Credit: Environment of the Americas.

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

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is once again a proud sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and invites people to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation in their local communities and beyond. Initiated in 1993, IMBD was created to focus attention on the amazing journeys that some 350 bird species undertake between their nesting homes in the U.S. and Canada and non-breeding habitats in Latin America.


Photo: 2014 International Migratory Bird Day Poster. Credit: Environment of the Americas."


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White River beardtongue. Credit: Jessi Brunson / USFWS.

Service Announces Draft Economic Analysis, Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Conservation Agreement for Graham's Beardtongue and White River Beardtongue

 

The Service announced the availability of a draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment on a proposal to designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for Graham's beardtongue and White River beardtongue, two endemic plants found on oil shale soils in Uintah and Duchesne Counties, Utah, and Rio Blanco County, Colorado.


Photo: White River beardtongue. Credit: Jessi Brunson / USFWS.


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Historic Miller Ranch. Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS.

Service Completes Wyoming Ranch Management Conservation Agreement for the Greater Sage-grouse

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed a Greater sage-grouse Wyoming Statewide Ranch Management Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCAA) with Assurances. The Service worked with several partners to develop this CCAA to offer Wyoming ranchers the opportunity to voluntarily conserve sage-grouse and its habitat while carrying out their ranching activities.


Photo: Historic Miller Ranch. Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS.


News Release | Final CCAA and EA

Fen Wetland Restoration - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program project in Ovando, MT. Credit: USFWS.

Service Habitat Restoration Programs Generate Millions for U.S. Economy

 

A new peer-reviewed analysis finds that the Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. Research suggests that by working directly with partners to implement vital on-the-ground habitat restoration, Service programs have created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.


Photo: Fen Wetland Restoration - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program project in Ovando, MT. Credit: USFWS.


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Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf / Photo Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Agencies Release 2013 Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Population Numbers

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with other federal, state and tribal agencies, is announcing the 2013 Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf Population numbers.


This annual report is conducted as part of the Service's work to monitor the wolf population to ensure that it continues to exceed recovery goals under professional state management, and no longer requires federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.


Photo: Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf / Photo Credit: USFWS.


News Release | 2013 Report

Photo: Gunnison sage-grouse male showing thick patch of philoplumes. Credit: © Lance Beeny.

Service Provides More Than $47 Million in Grants to States, Territories for Sensitive, Imperiled Species

 

Sensitive and imperiled species across the nation will benefit from $47,877,598 in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The funds are apportioned annually to all states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Apportionments are determined by a formula based on land area and population. States and their partners provide a non-federal funds match for projects that help species of greatest conservation need and their habitats.


Photo: Gunnison sage-grouse male showing thick patch of philoplumes. Credit: © Lance Beeny.


News Release | State Wildlife Action Plans | State, commonwealth, and territory funding allocations

 

Best of Show – Nadezhda Lyapunova (18), Erie, CO.

Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Winners of the 2014 Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Contest

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Nadezhda Lyapunova, an 18-year-old student from Erie, took top honors again by winning the "Best of Show" in Colorado at the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Nadezhda's artwork was selected from hundreds of amazing entries from across Colorado. Her colored pencil and acrylic paint rendition of Buffleheads, titled "Buffleheads on Calm Waters," will represent Colorado and be entered at the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.


Artwork by Nadezhda Lyapunova (18), Erie, CO - Best of Show


News Release & Slideshow of Winning Artwork | Junior Duckstamp Program

 

Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened Species and Finalizes Special Rule Endorsing Landmark State Conservation Plan

 

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as a final special rule under section 4(d) of the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing.


Photo: Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS.


News Release | FAQs | Final Conservation Efforts Table | Final 4d Rule | Final Listing Rule (1.76 MB PDF)

 

A young pelican newly banded on Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS.

Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Approves $61 Million to Conserve 205,000 Acres of North American Wetlands

 

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance more than 205,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Photo: Banded pelican at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | Additional information about the grant projects

 

 

 

 

Prairie potholes in northeast South Dakota. Credit: USFWS

Conservation Organizations Join Forces to Support Conservation in the Prairies

 

A coalition of conservation organizations announced today the launch of a coordinated, partner-driven "Prairies Conservation Campaign" to bring public attention to the dramatic conversion of grasslands and wetlands to cropland in one of America’s last intact grassland ecosystems – the prairie pothole region.


Photo: Prairie potholes in northeast South Dakota. Credit: USFWS.

 

News Release | Prairies Conservation Campaign

 

 

 

 

Champions of Change graphic.

White House Honors "Champions of Change" for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

 

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the White House will honor fourteen local heroes who are "Champions of Change" for their efforts to engage communities and youth in environmental stewardship and conservation. Through innovative approaches, they are creating opportunities for the next generation of Americans to take part in outdoor recreation and physical activity.


Photo: Champions of Change.

 

News Release | America's Great Outdoors Initiative | Climate Action Plan | Champions of Change | Environmental Learning for Kids

 

 

 

Photo of a Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Credit: Bradley A. Mills

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Draft Economic Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the availability of a Draft Economic Analysis and draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed redesignation of critical habitat for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana).


Photo of a Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Credit: Bradley A. Mills

 

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Juvenile pallid sturgeon at Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery / Photo Credit: Rob Holm / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Availability of the Final Revised Recovery Plan for the Pallid Sturgeon

 

The Service announced availability of the Pallid Sturgeon Revised Recovery Plan. The endangered Pallid sturgeon is a bottom-feeding fish, which is considered a relic of the dinosaur era.


Photo: Juvenile pallid sturgeon at Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery / Photo Credit: Rob Holm / USFWS

 

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Bald Eagle / Credit: USFWS

Eagle Take Permits Related to Construction Projects in Colorado

 

Recent media reports have suggested that a bald eagle nest along Weld County Road 1 and East County Line Road is delaying reconstruction of a bridge damaged by last year's flooding during September 11-18, 2013.


Photo: A Bald Eagle perched in a tree. Credit: USFWS.

 

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Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse. In this photo, the mouse is shown in torpor, a form of hibernation/sleep. Photo Credit: USFWS

Colorado Flood Recovery Efforts Not Delayed by Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse

 

Recent news accounts suggesting the Endangered Species Act and the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse are delaying flood recovery projects in Colorado are inaccurate.


Photo: Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse. In this photo, the mouse is shown in torpor, a form of hibernation/sleep. Photo Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | Preble's Jumping Mouse - FAQs | Response letter to U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner | Species Information

 

 

 

Greater sage-grouse / Photo Credit: USFWS

Service Extends Final Decisions on Listing Gunnison Sage-Grouse & Critical Habitat

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a six-week extension of its final decisions on proposals to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) under the Endangered Species Act, and to designate critical habitat for the species. A final determination on both proposals was due March 31, 2014.


Photo: Greater sage-grouse / Credit: USFWS

 

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Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf / Photo Credit: USFWS

Service Reopens Comment Period on Wolf Proposal

 

Following receipt of an independent scientific peer review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.


Photo: Gray wolf by Gary Kramer / USFWS

 

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Sunrise at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana / Photo Credit: Megan O'Reilly / USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex

 

The Service announced publication of the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Benton Lake National Wildlife Complex January 21.


Photo: Sunrise at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana / Photo Credit: Megan O'Reilly / USFWS

 

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Photo of a Great Plains Nature Center naturalist having fun with school kids as they learn about Kansas' state amphibian, the barred tiger salamander. Credit: USFWS.

Interior Secretary Honors Four Fish and Wildlife Conservation Partnerships with Major Award

 

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today presented the Department's 2013 "Partners in Conservation" awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The Secretary honored 20 partnership projects that have demonstrated exemplary natural resource conservation efforts through public-private cooperation. Four partnerships nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involving nearly sixty individuals and organizations located in California, Oregon, Kansas and Texas received awards.


Photo: Service biologists provide tribal youth in northern California and southern Oregon with a unique opportunity to combine their cultural knowledge about the local ecology with the high-tech capabilities of NASA, the Service and other federal agencies. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | 2013 Partners In Conservation Awards Page

 

 

U.S. Ivory Crush Poster

A Look Back at the U.S. Ivory Crush

 

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed some six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties.


More than 30,000 elephants are killed each year for the illegal ivory trade. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise.


Photo: Poster for the U.S. Ivory Crush Event.

 

View the story and photo narrative here | Official U.S. Ivory Crush Website

 

 

The center patch includes the Columbine Dusky Wing Butterfly (Erynnis lucilius), the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), and the Colorado Butterfly Plant (Gaura neomexicana var. coloradenis). Surrounding the octagon-shaped patch are six smaller patches of fish and wildlife: Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), Whooping Crane (Grus americana), and Gray Wolf (Canis lupus). Credit: Boy Scouts of America.

Patch Work: Endangered Species Get a Boost from Boy Scouts of America

 

Last summer, the Boy Scouts of America helped raise awareness for America's endangered species. The Mid-America Council of the Scouts created a patch to identify Scout Troops that participated in the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. By creating and wearing the patches, the Scouts helped raise awareness about some of the species the Service works to conserve.


Photo credit: Boy Scouts of America.

 

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The black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct, benefits from ESA protection that is aiding its recovery. Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States For FY 2014 Endangered Species Grants

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories for federal financial assistance for conservation activities that benefit endangered species.


Photo of a black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct, benefits from ESA protection that is aiding its recovery. Credit: USFWS

 

Click here for the full story | Learn more about the grants | Learn more about Endangered Species

 

 

Photo of a Junior Duck Stamp contest submission from Colorado.

Conservation Through the Arts

 

The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is in full flight in 2014, 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. JDS participants employ scientific and wildlife observation principles to learn about the subject matter, and then communicate that knowledge visually by creating an entry to the JDS art contest.


Photo of a previous Junior Duck Stamp submission from Colorado.

 

News Release | Junior Duck Stamp Program

 

 

Last year’s grand prize winner, American Burying Beetle by Ava Bribiesco from Missouri. Credit: Ava Bribiesco.

Kids, Get Your Paintbrushes, Pens and Pencils Out for the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest!

 

Parents, teachers and youth group leaders across America are invited to engage children in putting their creative skills to work in the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the ninth annual national Endangered Species Day celebration.


Last year's grand prize winner, American Burying Beetle by Ava Bribiesco from Missouri.

 

News Release | Entry and Contest Information | Endangered Species Day Information

 

 

Photo of a bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

Endangered Species Act Turns 40 on December 28

 

The Endangered Species Act, the bipartisan legislation that is credited with saving hundreds of species from extinction, was signed into law by President Nixon 40 years ago on December 28, 1973.


Photo of a bald eagle. Credit: USFWS.

 

News Release (PDF Version) | USFWS ESA 40th Anniversary Webpage | State-by-state guide of Endangered Species | ESA Bulletin Newsletter | Media Kit/Educational Resources | NOAA ESA 40th Anniversary Webpage | ESA Overview | Detailed species information | Quote Sheet

 

 

Photo of a North American Wolverine. Photo Credit: Roy Anderson

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Deadline for Final Listing Decision for the North American Wolverine Under Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will extend the deadline for our final decision on whether to list the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act. The Act allows for such an extension when there is substantial scientific disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the available data relevant to the decision at issue.


Photo of a North American Wolverine. Photo Credit: Roy Anderson

 

News Release | Species Info | Notice & Proposed Rules | Learn More About Endangered Species

 

 

Lesser prairie-chicken on a lek in the Red Hills of Kansas. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comment on Draft Range-Wide Lesser Prairie-Chicken Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances

 

Following months of cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the five range states of the lesser prairie-chicken, the agency today continued its support of state efforts to conserve the species and its habitat. The Service is soliciting public comment on a draft lesser prairie-chicken range-wide candidate conservation agreement with assurances for oil and gas activities (LPC CCAA) and draft environmental assessment (EA) that will help implement the Service-endorsed range states' lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan, a conservation strategy for the species that is compatible with the economic well-being of private landowners.


Lesser prairie-chicken on a lek in the Red Hills of Kansas. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

 

News Release | Species Info | Copies of the LPC CCAA and EA | FAQs

 

 

Spring wetland scene at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Credit: USFWS

New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.

 

The United States is losing wetlands in coastal watersheds at a significant rate, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These wetlands are vital to the survival of diverse fish and wildlife species. Wetlands also help sustain the country's multi-billion-dollar coastal fisheries and outdoor recreation industries, improve water quality and protect coastal communities from the effects of severe storms.


Photo: Spring wetland scene at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | Read the report | Learn more

 

 

Gray tree frog. Credit: USFWS

Landmark Study Reveals Low National Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges

 

An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE, finds that on average, less than 2 percent of frogs and toads sampled on 152 refuges had physical abnormalities involving the skeleton and eyes – a lower rate than many experts feared based on earlier reports.


Photo: Gray tree frog. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | Complete Study Data Set | Journal Article | Additional Info

 

 

Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Credit: Stephanie Raine / USFWS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces No Fish Hatchery Closures This Year, Issues Report Highlighting Ongoing Budget Challenges

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it does not intend to close any of the nation's national fish hatcheries in the current fiscal year, but warned that closures may be necessary in FY 2015 given fiscal uncertainty and growing operations costs.


Photo: Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Credit: Stephanie Raine / USFWS

 

News Release | Frequently Asked Questions | Full Report | Report Appendices

 

 

U.S. Ivory Crush Poster

U.S. Destroys Confiscated Ivory Stockpile, Sends Message that Wildlife Trafficking, Elephant Poaching Must be Crushed

 

The United States today destroyed its six-ton stock of confiscated elephant ivory, sending a clear message that the nation will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out the African elephant and a host of other species around the globe. The destruction of this ivory, which took place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Property Repository on Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado, was witnessed by representatives of African nations and other countries, dozens of leading conservationists and international media representatives.


Photo: Poster for the U.S. Ivory Crush Event.

 

News Release | Eyes On Ivory | CITES & Elephants | African & Asian Elephants and Grant Projects | U.S. Ivory Crush Q & A | U.S. Ivory Crush Quote Sheet

 

 

National Wildlife Refuges Support Over 35,000 Jobs, Pump $2.4 Billion into Local Communities

 

America's national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than 35,000 jobs, according to a new national report released today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The report, released during a visit to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, comes on the heels of last week's major speech outlining her conservation vision for the country and unveiling an ambitious youth initiative.


Photo: Refuge visitors paddle down a river. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.

 

News Release | Report: Banking on Nature

 

 

A pair of Gunnerson sage-grouses are pictured. Photo Credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS.

Service Announces Public Hearings for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the scheduling of three public information sessions and public hearings on proposals to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) under the Endangered Species Act and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for the species in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. The Service is reopening until December 2, 2013, the public comment period on these proposals, in order to provide the public an additional opportunity to provide feedback.


Photo: A pair of Gunnerson sage-grouses are pictured. Credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS.

 

News Release | Species Info Page

 

 

Photo of a Black-footed Ferret. Credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

Service Completes and Initiates Use of Black-footed Ferret Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a Black-footed Ferret Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement in cooperation with State, Tribal, Federal, and local partners in 12 states after more than two years of collaborative effort.


Photo: The Black-footed Ferret. Credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

 

News Release | Species Info Page | Species Fact Sheet | Additional Photos

 

 

Male greater sage grouse in mating display on rocky ground. Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS.

Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed for Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse.


Photo: Male greater sage grouse in mating display on rocky ground. Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS

 

News Release | Species Info | Fact Sheet | Additional Photos

 

Image of Gray Wolf. Credit: Eric Cole / USFWS

Service Extends Comment Periods for Gray and Mexican Wolf Proposals, Reschedules Public Hearings, Adds Hearing in Arizona

 

As a result of delays caused by the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series of public hearings on two proposed rules—one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. Comment period deadlines also are extended until December 17 to allow these hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules.


Photo Credits: Credit: Eric Cole / USFWS

 

News Release | Draft Federal Register Notice | More Information

 

Photos of the Dakota Skipper (left) and the Poweshiek Skipperling (right). Credit: The Dakota Skipper Butterfly / Photo Credit: © Robert Dana. Credit: The Poweshiek Skipperling Butterfly / Photo Credit: Gerald Selby.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Butterflies

 

Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Photo Credits: The Dakota Skipper Butterfly (left) - © Robert Dana. The Poweshiek Skipperling Butterfly (right) - Gerald Selby

 

News Release | Dakota Skipper Info | Dakota Skipper Fact Sheet | Poweshiek Skipperling Species Info | Poweshiek Skipperling Fact Sheet | Listing Fact Sheet | Critical Habitats - What are they? | Butterflies Q & A

 

Photo of a Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endorses Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan

 

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorsed the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan, a landmark, collaborative planning effort to conserve a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act.


The range-wide plan represents a dedicated effort by the five range states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken.


Photo: Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS.

 

News Release | Species Information & Fact Sheets | Photos

 

Yellow-billed cuckoo. Grand Junction Wildlife Area along Gunnison River. Creed Clayton / USFWS.

Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Proposed for Federal Protections

 

On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the U.S., the western yellow-billed cuckoo is known to occur in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.


Photo: Yellow-billed cuckoo. Grand Junction Wildlife Area along Gunnison River. Creed Clayton / USFWS.

 

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The Coral Pink Sand Dune Tiger Beetle occurs within Kane County, Utah. Credit: Photo by Mark Capone / USFWS

Rare Utah Beetle No Longer Warrants Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle under the Endangered Species Act. The decision was reached after the Service worked with county, state and federal partners to expand an existing conservation agreement that will better protect the rare invertebrate's habitat in Kanab, Utah.


Photo: The Coral Pink Sand Dune Tiger Beetle occurs within Kane County, Utah. Credit: Photo by Mark Capone / USFWS

 

News Release | Learn More | Flickr

 

Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf / Photo Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Postpones Denver Public Hearing on Gray Wolf Proposed Rule

 

Due to the current lapse in appropriations necessary to support event and logistical preparations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is postponing the October 17 public hearing at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado. This public hearing was scheduled to take comments on the Service's recent Endangered Species Act proposed rule to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies in the Southwest and to delist the gray wolf elsewhere.


Photo: Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf / Photo Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | Gray Wolf Recovery | Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Re-Opens Following Government Shutdown

 

With the President's signature of a continuing resolution that funds the government and ends the shutdown, employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service") returned to work today and began the process of re-opening agency facilities following a sixteen day government shutdown.


"I am happy to welcome back the more than 7,500 furloughed Service professionals," said Dan Ashe, the Service's Director. "I know my hard-working, dedicated colleagues are eager to address their public service mission of conserving and protecting the nation's fish and wildlife resources for all Americans."

 

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Lynx stocking prey / Photo Credit: Peggy & Erwin Bauer / USFWS

Revised Critical Habitat Designation for Canada Lynx Proposed under the Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to revise the critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) in the contiguous United States, a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal would designate approximately 41,547 square miles as critical habitat within the boundaries of five critical habitat units in the states of Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming.


Photo: Lynx stocking prey / Peggy & Erwin Bauer / USFWS

 

News Release | FAQs | Learn More | Species Info

 

Private land in the Prairie Potholes Region provides excellent habitat for migratory birds such as this mixed flock of ducks and white-fronted geese. Credit: USFWS

Weathering the Perfect Storm in the Grasslands of the Northern Great Plains

 

A perfect storm is hitting the Dakota Grasslands as record crop prices, advances in technology and equipment, and federal farm subsidies are creating incentives to plow up grasslands and drain wetlands for cropland. This is nothing new but the pace has grown rapidly, and the loss of this habitat has had devastating effects on many migratory birds and other fish and wildlife.


Photo: Private land in the Prairie Potholes Region provides excellent habitat for migratory birds such as this mixed flock of ducks and white-fronted geese. Credit: USFWS

 

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A pair of Gunnison sage-grouses are pictured. Credit: USFWS

Service Announces Draft Economic Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the availability of a draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment on a proposal to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. The Service is reopening until October 19, 2013, the public comment period on the proposal to list the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designate critical habitat.


A pair of Gunnison sage-grouses are pictured. Credit: USFWS

 

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Get Your Goose On! (at a National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Kate Miyamoto / USFWS

Get Your Goose On! (at a National Wildlife Refuge)

 

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched an educational and outreach photo campaign called "Get Your Goose On! (at a National Wildlife Refuge)." The campaign, which supports the Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative, encourages the public to learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System and the myriad outdoor recreational opportunities it provides.


Photo Credit: Kate Miyamoto / USFWS

 

News Release | Get Your Goose On

 

David Lucas has been selected to be the new Project Leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Credit: USFWS

New Project Leader Announced for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex National Wildlife Refuge

 

David Lucas has been selected to be the new Project Leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Complex includes the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats, and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges. Lucas has been at the RMA since January 2013 as the acting project leader and has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for thirteen years. He has served in Anchorage, Atlanta, Denver, and Washington. He began his career with the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources before moving to the Service.


Photo: David Lucas has been selected to be the new Project Leader for the USFWS Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Credit: USFWS

 

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Jump for joy at a National Wildlife Refuge near you. Credit: USFWS

Explore Your National Wildlife Refuges: October 13-19, 2013

 

Explore your world. Visit a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 13-19). See what refuges are doing to conserve your wildlife heritage.


Even if you've never been to a refuge before, refuges enrich your life. These precious places help protect wildlife, generate jobs, clean our air and water, reduce flooding, teach children about nature and offer protected places to fish and hike and be outdoors.


Photo: Jump for joy at a National Wildlife Refuge near you. Credit: USFWS

 

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Greater sage-grouse are a candidate species for Endangered Species Act protection. The males display on dancing grounds in the spring and use the air sacks to create a booming or popping sound that can be heard a mile away. Credit: USFWS.

Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Advance sage-grouse conservation through funding for science projects

 

The Western Association of Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have collaborated to fund four projects to address threats and improve the scientific basis for Greater sage-grouse management. These projects also seek to improve coordination between western states and the Service in relation to sage-grouse management. Although states are responsible for managing the species the bird’s habitat is largely on federal lands.


Photo: Greater sage-grouse are a candidate species for Endangered Species Act protection. The males display on dancing grounds in the spring and use the air sacks to create a booming or popping sound that can be heard a mile away. Credit: USFWS

 

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Prescribed burning is being used to help recover the endangered Wyoming toad at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming. As part of the effort, almost 40,000 captive-bred tadpoles and toadlets have been released at the refuge and other safe-harbor sites. Credit: USFWS

$5.1 Million in Service Grants to Help Species of Greatest Conservation Need in 11 States

 

Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.1 million in grants to 11 states through the Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects yielding measurable results, will be matched by more than $3.1 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners for projects that work to conserve and recover Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and their habitats.


Photo: The Greater short-horned lizard ranges from semiarid plains to high into the mountains, from Canada to Mexico. Credit: E. Meyers

 

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Prescribed burning is being used to help recover the endangered Wyoming toad at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming. As part of the effort, almost 40,000 captive-bred tadpoles and toadlets have been released at the refuge and other safe-harbor sites. Credit: USFWS

Using Fire to Save a Toad

 

August 6, 2013 - As part of the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story to highlight our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week we learn about the efforts to restore one of North America's most endangered amphibians, the Wyoming toad.

 


Photo: Prescribed burning is being used to help recover the endangered Wyoming toad at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming. As part of the effort, almost 40,000 captive-bred tadpoles and toadlets have been released at the refuge and other safe-harbor sites. Credit: USFWS

 

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White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis) is found only in the Uintah basin in Utah and Colorado. Credit: Jessi Brunson / USFWS.

Service Proposes to List Two Rare Western Plants as Threatened Species, Extend Critical Habitat Protections

 

August 5, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input on a proposal to protect the Graham's beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii) and White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis) as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We also propose to designate critical habitat for these two species. Both species are endemic to oil shale soils, which are at high risk of loss due to energy development.

 


Photo: White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis) is found only in the Uintah basin in Utah and Colorado. Credit: Jessi Brunson / USFWS.

 

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Each year, with the ebb and flow of the Yellowstone River's currents, sediments are moved around, picked up, and deposited. The sill upon which the screens set must be clean of all debris. Photo Credit: George Jordan / USFWS

Veazie Dam Removal Highlights Importance of Fish Passage Projects

 

July 22, 2013 - More than 200 blockages in the nation’s major natural resource "arteries" were removed last year thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program. Working with numerous partners, the program improves fish passage, local economies and public safety by ridding the nation’s rivers of derelict dams that no longer serve a purpose.

 


Photo: Each year, with the ebb and flow of the Yellowstone River's currents, sediments are moved around, picked up, and deposited. The sill upon which the screens set must be clean of all debris. Credit: George Jordan / USFWS

 

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Ducks Unlimited Denver Manager of Conservation Programs & Environmental Water Markets, Greg Kernohan (left), with Ducks Unlimited's 2013 Colorado Partner of the Year award recipient, Bill Noonan.  Photo by Ducks Unlimited.

Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Receives "Partner of the Year" Award from Colorado Ducks Unlimited

 

July 19, 2013 - The Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife program recently received the "Partner of the Year" award from Colorado Ducks Unlimited at an event held in downtown Denver. Along with recognizing the cumulative accomplishments of the program, Bill Noonan, Colorado PFW State Coordinator was acknowledged for his significant role in supporting on-the-ground delivery of habitat and administering critical financial resources.

 


Photo: Ducks Unlimited Denver Manager of Conservation Programs & Environmental Water Markets, Greg Kernohan (left), with Ducks Unlimited's 2013 Colorado Partner of the Year award recipient, Bill Noonan. Photo by Ducks Unlimited.

 

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Photo of a Sage Grouse. Credit: USFWS

Service Announces 6 Month Extension for Endangered Species Listing Determination and Designation of Critical Habitat for Gunnison Sage-Grouse

 

July 15, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a six-month extension for a final decision on a proposed rule to provide Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus), and a proposed rule that would designate areas of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah as critical habitat for the bird under the ESA.

 


Photo: Gunnison Sage Grouse. Credit: USFWS

 

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A portion of the Kennedy Conservation Easement along the Platte River, Nebraska.  Photo by Dave Sands, Nebraska Land Trust

Cooperative Agreement Preserves Habitat in Nebraska

 

July 12, 2013 - In a cooperative agreement between the Nebraska Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Nebraska Public Power District, 262 acres of the Schramm Bluffs, inclusive of Platte River frontage, floodplain, and forested bluffs have been placed in a perpetual conservation easement.

 


Photo: Dave Sands, Nebraska Land Trust

 

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Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, Photo: Copyright Bradley A. Mills, All Rights Reserved

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $32 Million in Grants

 

July 9, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $32 million in grants to 20 states to help advance their collaborative efforts to conserve America’s rarest species. The cooperative grants will provide vital support to efforts by partnering state wildlife agencies and conservation organizations to improve the health of the land and water that supports these species and scores of communities across the nation.

 


Photo: Salt Creek Tiger Beetle - Copyright Bradley A. Mills, All Rights Reserved.

 

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Healthy habitat and healthy fish mean more fishing opportunities.Credit: Sam Lohr / USFWS

Service, Partners to Provide $12 Million to Undertake Fish Habitat Conservation Projects in 27 States

 

July 3, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are providing $12 million during the next three years to support 75 fish habitat conservation projects in 27 states, ranging from restoring submerged aquatic vegetation and oyster beds in Florida and New York to restoring degraded stream and estuary habitat for native fish in Hawaii.

 


Photo: Healthy habitat and healthy fish mean more fishing opportunities.Credit: Sam Lohr / USFWS.

 

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State of the Birds Report Cover. Credit: Partners / USFWS

DOI and USDA Highlight Successes of Protecting Bird Habitat on Private Lands

 

July 2, 2013 - U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of the 2013 State of the Birds Report on Private Lands. A collaborative effort as part of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative, involving federal and state wildlife agencies and scientific and conservation organizations, the report shows how private land conservation incentives positively impact bird habitat.

 


Photo: State of the Birds Report Cover. Credit: Partners / USFWS.

 

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A bat showing signs of white-nose syndrome hangs in a cave. Credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 28 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

 

June 27, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $950,694 to twenty-eight states for white-nose syndrome projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats.

 


Photo: A bat showing signs of white-nose syndrome hangs in a cave. Credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS.

 

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New Mexico jumping mouse. Photo credit: @copy Jennifer Frey.

Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection with Critical Habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

 

June 19, 2013 - In order to conserve the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus) and protect its habitat the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the jumping mouse as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and proposing to designate critical habitat. A 60-day public comment period will begin on each of these two proposals when they are published in the Federal register. Comments should be received by COB August 19, 2013.

 


Photo: New Mexico jumping mouse. Photo credit: © Jennifer Frey.

 

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Neosho madtom. Credit: USFWS

Tiny Catfish Hangs On

 

June 18, 2013 - At just 3 inches long, the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus) is hard to find. Today, these small catfish are extremely scarce — just four populations remain in the wild. Now living primarily in southeastern Kansas in the Neosho River, the species continues to face many of the same challenges today as it did over 20 years ago, when it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

 


Photo: The Neosho madtom. Credit: USFWS

 

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Gray Wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf

 

June 7, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species. The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago. 

 

The Service is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest, where it remains endangered.


Photo: Gray wolf by Gary Kramer / USFWS

 

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Grace and Beauty - Several trumpeter swans gather on the edge of the ice along the Flat Creek. Credit: USFWS / Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer, Some Rights Reserved

Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Approves Acquisition of 9,000 Acres of Wetlands for National Wildlife Refuge System

 

June 5, 2013 - The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $28 million in funding to conserve, restore and enhance vital wetlands, including acquisition of more than 9,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System.


"Conserving wetlands is one of most important things we can do to ensure our land and wildlife remain healthy," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who attended her first meeting in her role as chair of the commission.


Grace and Beauty / Credit: USFWS / Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer

 

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Salt Creek Tiger Beetle / Copyright Bradley A. Miles

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Revise Critical Habitat For the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

 

June 4, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a proposed revision of critical habitat for the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana), listed as endangered in 2005 under the Endangered Species Act. While only a few hundred beetles remain in three small populations in Nebraska on less than 35 acres, this revision will guide conservation efforts for the species, which includes proposed critical habitat for 1,110 acres of saline wetlands.


Salt Creek Tiger Beetle / Copyright Bradley A. Miles

 

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Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse by USFWS

Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse Retains Protections Under Endangered Species Act

 

May 23, 2013 - Current scientific evidence indicates that removing the Preble's meadow jumping mouse from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife is not warranted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the completion of a 12-month status review in response to two petitions to delist the Preble's.

 

Habitat loss continues to threaten the existence of the mouse throughout its range in Colorado and Wyoming. As a result, the Preble's retains its protections as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act


Photo: Preble's meadow jumping mouse in torpor (sleep) by USFWS

 

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Endangered Black-footed Ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Partners Celebrate Endangered Species Day

 

May 17, 2013 - The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated on May 17, 2013, with special events and other programs throughout the country to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America's imperiled species. This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.


Photo Caption: Endangered Black-footed Ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart / USFWS

 

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Bob Danley. Credit: USFWS

Bob Danley Selected as USFWS Nominee for American Recreation Coalition's Beacon Award

 

May 14, 2013 - Bob Danley, Outdoor Recreation Planner at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, is one of two individuals nominated by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the American Recreation Coalition's Beacon Award.


Photo: Bob Danley. Credit: USFWS

 

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Lesser Prairie-Chicken Credit: Kevin Vande Vusse / Kansas State University

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

 

May 6, 2013 - The Service is once again a proud sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day and invites people to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation in their local communities and beyond.


Photo Caption: 2013 International Migratory Bird Day Poster Credit: Environment of the Americas

 

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Lesser Prairie Chicken

Service Reopens Comment Period on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Listing Proposal

 

May 6, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the reopening of the public comment period on its 2012 proposal to add the lesser prairie-chicken to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The public comment period will be reopened for 45 days to allow an opportunity for the public, the scientific community and other interested parties to provide input on the original listing proposal in light of a newly-released range-wide conservation plan for the species.


Photo Caption: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Credit: Kevin Vande Vusse / Kansas State University

 

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle / Photo Credit: Mark Capone / USFWS

Service Announces Availability of Amendment to Conservation Agreement for Utah Invertebrate

 

May 3, 2013 - Service announces the availability of an amendment to the conservation agreement for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle.


Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle / Photo Credit: Mark Capone/USFWS USFWS

 

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Grizzly with Cubs Photo Credit: USFWS

Service Opens Comment Period on Draft Conservation Strategy for NCDE Grizzly Bear Population

 

May 2, 2013 - The Service is seeking the public's input on a draft conservation strategy for the Northern Continental Divide grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) population.


Photo: Grizzly bear with cubs Credit: USFWS

 

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Semifinalist Ava Bribiesco's artwork, Credit: Endangered Species Coalition

National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest Winners Chosen

 

April 22, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation proudly announce the winners of the 2013 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest.

 

More than 2,000 young artists from throughout the country entered the annual contest, which is an ideal opportunity to learn about and promote the conservation of threatened and endangered species through art.


Credit: Endangered Species Coalition

 

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Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf Photo Credit: William Campbell / USFWS

Service & State Agencies Release 2012 Annual Report for Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf

 

April 12, 2013 - The Service in collaboration with other federal, state and tribal agencies, released the 2012 Annual Report for the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Population.


Image: Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Credit: William Campbell/USFWS

 

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Richardson Flat Tailings Site / RMC Inc., August 2009

Finding of No Significant Impact for the Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Richardson Flat Tailings Site, Park City, Utah

 

April 11, 2013 - The Service prepared a Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Richardson Flat Tailings Site, Park City, Utah.


Image: Richardson Flat Tailings Site / RMC Inc., August 2009

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service Make Progress on Proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas

 

April 3, 2013 - The Services worked collaboratively to develop a draft environmental impact statement and land protection plan for two large conservation areas along the Missouri River in Nebraska and South Dakota.


Image: The Missouri River is a rich riparian community supporting a diverse group of wildlife species, while providing for spectacular recreational opportunities and scenic qualities / Photo Credit: NPS

 

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Image: Campers and Counselors at an ENOR environmental day camp. Credit: Jefferson County 4-H, CSU extension

USFWS And 4H Award 2013 Youth Conservation Award to Environmental Day Camp in Colorado

 

March 28, 2013 - The 4-H National Headquarters and the Service have awarded the 2013 Connecting Youth with Nature through Natural Resources Conservation Education Award to the Eagle's Nest/Owl's Roost Environmental Day Camp Project. ENOR is an Environmental Day Camp for students entering the 4th and 5th grades and has been a part of Jefferson County 4-H since 1974 educating nearly 15,000 youth. Eagle's Nest/Owl's Roost embodies many of the holistic and comprehensive developmental ideals that 4-H programs represent.


Image: Campers and Counselors at an ENOR environmental day camp. Credit: Jefferson County 4-H, CSU extension

 

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Climate Strategy Thumbnail. Credit: USFWS

Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change

 

March 26, 2013 - In partnership with State and Tribal agencies, the Obama Administration today released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them.

 

The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a unified approach - reflecting shared principles and science-based practice - for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on the environement.


Image Credit: USFWS

 

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Greater Sage-Grouse. Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

USFWS Releases Report to Help Guide Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Objectives

 

March 25, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making available a final report that is designed to help guide the efforts of the States and other partners to conserve the Greater sage-grouse with a landscape level strategy that will benefit the species while maintaining a robust economy in the West. The report, prepared by state and federal scientists and sage-grouse experts, identifies the conservation status of the Greater sage-grouse, the nature of the threats facing the species, and objectives to ensure its long-term conservation. 


Image: Greater Sage-Grouse. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

 

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Duck hunter with his labrador retriever. Credit: Chris Jennings / Ducks Unlimited

State Wildlife Agencies to Receive $882 Million for Critical Conservation Projects

 

March 21, 2013 - More than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues generated in 2012 by sportsmen and sportswomen will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. These funds are made available to all 50 states and territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration.


Image: Duck hunter with his labrador retriever. Credit: Chris Jennings / Ducks Unlimited

 

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Paddlefish. Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation

Arrests Made in Multi-State Paddlefish "Caviar" Trafficking Operation

 

March 15, 2013 -Seven men involved in the black market purchase and sale of American paddlefish roe have been arrested in a multi-state undercover investigation conducted by the Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation. More than 100 additional suspects were interviewed and cited or arrested on state charges by law enforcement officers from these agencies and eight other states.


Image: Missouri Department of Conservation

 

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Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon. Credit: Rob Holm / USFWS

USFWS Opens Comment Period on Draft Recovery Plan for Endangered Pallid Sturgeon

 

March 15, 2013 - A draft recovery plan aimed at recovering the federally endangered pallid sturgeon, a bottom-feeding fish considered to be a relic of the dinosaur era, is available for public review and comment.

Pallid Sturgeon are an important indicator of the health of several of America's largest rivers, and represent a unique piece of America's natural history, with fossil ancestors dating back over 70 million years. The draft revised plan summarizes and updates the available information on the species life history needs, reevaluates the threats to the species, and identifies recovery efforts.


Image: Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon. Credit: Rob Holm / USFWS

 

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Bald Eagle. Credit: George Gentry / USFWS

Operation Rolling Thunder Rolls up 11 Convictions for Eagle Take/Trafficking

 

March 13, 2013 - Unlawful killing and commercialization of eagles and hawks has resulted in the successful Federal prosecution of 11 individuals in South Dakota and Montana. Special agents documented black market trafficking involving the carcasses and parts of at least 80 eagles and 30 hawks. Sentences include prison terms up to two years.

 


Image: Bald Eagle. Credit: George Gentry / USFWS

 

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Rocky Flats. Copyright: Steve Torbit

Salazar, Lahood, Hickenlooper Announce $1.7 Million Grant for Rocky Mountain Greenway

 

February 18, 2013 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today to announce more than $1.7 million in new funding for the Rocky Mountain Greenway. The funding, part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit in Parks program, will help establish an uninterrupted trail and open space network in the Denver metropolitan area.


Image: Rocky Flats in Spring. Copyright: Steve Torbit.

 

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Bull Elk by Erwin and Peggy Bauer

Colorado Outfitter Sentenced to Prison for Six Lacey Act Violations

 

February 14, 2013 - Big game hunting outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, of Meeker, Colo., was sentenced in Denver February 13 to 41 months in prison to be followed by three years supervised release for six felony counts of violating the Lacey Act. District Judge Christine M. Arguello also sentenced Rodebaugh, to pay a $7,500 fine to the Lacey Act reward fund and $37,390 in restitution to the state of Colorado for the value of illegally taken elk and deer. 


Image:Under the Lacey Act today, it is illegal to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants taken, possessed, transported, or sold: in violation of U.S. or Indian law, or in interstate or foreign commerce involving any fish, wildlife, or plants taken possessed or sold in violation of State or foreign law. Credit: Erwin & Peggie Bauer / USFWS

 

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Endangered Whooping Crane by Ryan Hagerty / USFWS

USFWS Agents Secure $85,000 in Restitution for Endangered Whooping Crane Killing

 

February 14, 2013 - A man who admitted shooting an adult male whooping crane near Miller, South Dakota, last April pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act and was ordered to pay $85,000 in restitution and spend two years on probation. He must also forfeit the rifle used to kill the crane and will be barred from hunting, fishing or trapping anywhere in the United States for two years.


Image: Whooping cranes are one of the rarest birds in the world. Although Service conservation efforts have kept the species from becoming extinct, the current population totals only 600 individuals Credit: USFWS

 

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The Bald and Golden Protection Eagle Act prohibits the take and sale of these birds and their parts and feathers. George Gentry/USFWS

Operation Rolling Thunder Rolls Up 11 Convictions for Eagle Take/Trafficking

 

February 13, 2013 - A two-year undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigation of the unlawful killing and commercialization of eagles and hawks has resulted in the successful Federal prosecution of 11 individuals in South Dakota and Montana. Special agents documented black market trafficking involving the carcasses and parts of at least 80 eagles and 30 hawks. Sentences include prison terms up to two years.


Image: The Bald and Golden Protection Eagle Act prohibits the take and sale of these birds and their parts and feathers. George Gentry / USFWS

 

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Woodland Caribou, painted by Sky Waters from Minnesota

Service Announces Annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest!

 

February 12, 2013 - Parents, teachers, and scout leaders tell your kids to start the drawing engines and participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest! Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. The Youth Art Contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the International Child Art Foundation, the art contest is an integral part of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day on May 17, 2013.


Image:Woodland Caribou, painted by Sky Waters from Minnesota, was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. Credit: Endangered Species Coalition.

 

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Greater Sage Grouse. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

Sage Grouse Initiative Releases Groundbreaking New Report

 

February 5, 2013 - Sage Grouse Initiative: Tracking Success, a highly visual 44-page report, for the first time reveals the "six secret ingredients" to a paradigm for bringing back wildlife in trouble, without a need for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The first ingredient has everything to do with the hundreds of Sage Grouse Initiative partners - shared vision. They agree that what's good for rangelands is good for grouse, and that's why an unprecedented alliance of nonprofits, for profits, and conservation groups are teaming up with western ranchers.


Image: Greater Sage-Grouse. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

 

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Wolverine. Copyright: Roy Anderson

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Wolverine as Threatened Under ESA

 

February 1, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, in response to a court-ordered deadline, that it is seeking information from the scientific community and the public on a proposal to protect the North American wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also seeking comment on two proposed special rules designed to facilitate management and recovery of the species should it receive protection.


Image: Wolverine. Copyright, Roy Anderson

 

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A mother lynx watches warily as her kittens are evaluated by Colorado Division of Wildlife Biologists. Credit: Colorado Division of Wildlife

Canada Lynx: A Rocky Mountain Success Story

 

January 29, 2013 - Thirteen years ago, the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) returned to its native range within the state of Colorado. Through a committed state-led initiative, this elusive cat has made a remarkable resurgence within a part of its southern-most range, from which it had been absent for more than 25 years.

 

Historically, the lynx ranged across the vast northern boreal forests from Alaska to eastern Canada, including the northernmost U.S., and extending in an increasingly patchy distribution along the coniferous forests of the Rocky Mountains as far south as Colorado.


Image: A mother lynx watches warily as her kitens are evaluated by biologiests. Credit: Colorado Division of Wildlife

 

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Matt Hogan, DRD, USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region

Matt Hogan Named Deputy Regional Director for Mountain-Prairie Region of USFWS

 

January 24, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the selection of Matt Hogan as the new Deputy Regional Director for the Mountain-Prairie Region, which is headquartered in Denver. The Mountain-Prairie Region includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.


“Matt has brought substantial executive level leadership and project management to the Mountain-Prairie Region,” said Noreen Walsh, Regional Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region. “Over the past three years, we’ve been fortunate to have Matt as part of the Region's senior leadership team. During that time, Matt has led two programs and helped us advance our landscape approach to cooperative conservation.”


Image: Matt Hogan. Credit: Tom MacKenzie / USFWS

 

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New Publication Marks 75th Anniversary of Conservation Effort

 

January 17, 2013 - The Fish and Wildlife Service today released a landmark publication celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America. Each year this unique program provides more than $700 million to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation through the sale of outdoor equipment.


Image: Front Cover of the Celebrating the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Publication.

 

News Release | 75th Anniversary Publication

 

Bald Eagle. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA Inc.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Endangered Species Act

 

January 14, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with a year-long commemoration of the Act that has been so successful in stabilizing populations of species at risk, preventing the extinction of many others and conserving the habitats upon which they depend. A new dedicated web site spotlights the history and accomplishments of efforts to protect and recover America’s threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.


Photo: Bald Eagle at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA Inc.

 

News Release | ESA 40th Anniversary Website

 

Gunnison Sage-grouse. Copyright Mike Danzenberger

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Gunnison Sage-Grouse Under Endangered Species Act

 

January 10, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is taking the next steps in a process to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. After an extensive review conducted in compliance with a court approved settlement agreement, the agency found that current scientific evidence suggests that the Gunnison sage-grouse is in danger of extinction.


Photo: Gunnison Sage-grouse. Copyright Mike Danzenberger

 

News Release | Rangewide Conservation Plan | Species Info

 

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Copyright Eugene Beckes, flickr user "cordivaceous"

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Identifies Important Habitat for Recovery of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

 

January 4, 2013 - As part of its ongoing efforts to conserve our nation's most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has identified riparian lands that are important for the recovery of the southwestern willow flycatcher. This small songbird, which nests in vegetation along rivers and streams or other wetlands, is known to occur only in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, and has been listed as endangered since 1995 under the Endangered Species Act.


Photo: Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Copyright Eugene Beckes, flickr user "cordivaceous"

 

News Release | Rule, Maps, and Outreach

 

rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. Copyright: Steve Torbitt / USFWS

America's Great Outdoors: Salazar, USFWS Announce Expanded Conservation at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Colorado and local municipalities today closed on a land exchange that will add approximately 1,200 acres of important wildlife habitat to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, increasing the refuge's size by nearly one-third and connecting it with the region's open space and trail system.


Photo: Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. Copyright: Steve Torbitt / USFWS

 

News Release | Rocky Flats NWR Map | Rocky Flats Web Site

 

Black-footed Ferret. Credit: Kimberly Tamkun / USFWS

New Multi-Agency Partnership Expands Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Efforts

 

A new agreement between federal and state agencies has set the stage for an innovative effort to recover the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in North America. The agreement seeks to engage more private landowners, including tribes, in recovery efforts for this species.

 


Photo: Black-footed ferret. Credit: Kimberly Tamkun / USFWS

 

News Release | Recovery Program Website | Species Factsheet

 

 

Mexican Spotted Owl. Credit: Flickr User Aaron Maizlish

USFWS Announces Availability of Final Recovery Plan for the Mexican Spotted Owl

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the final Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, first revision.

 

The Mexican spotted owl was listed as threatened on March 16, 1993 under the Endangered Species Act. This species occurs in the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and south through the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico.

 


Photo: Mexican spotted owl, copyright: Aaron Maizlish

 

News Release | Species Profile

 

 

A view of the newly-established Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area. Photo: Copyright Trinchera Blanca Ranch

Secretary Salazar and Louis Bacon Finalize Historic Agreement to Protect 170,000 Acres as part of new Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Blanca Ranch Holdings, LLC today entered into a historic agreement to place 90,000 acres of land in Colorado's San Luis Valley into a perpetual conservation easement. Louis Bacon, noted conservation and principal owner of Blanca Ranch, made today's announcement in partnership with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Service.

 


Photo: A view of the newly-established Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area. Copyright Trinchera Blanca Ranch

 

News Release | Land Protection Plan | Federal Register Notice

 

 

Noreen Walsh. Credit: USFWS

Noreen Walsh Named Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mountain-Prairie Region

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the appointment of Noreen Walsh as the new Regional Director for the Service's Mountain-Prairie Region. Walsh, a 22-year veteran of the Service, has served as Deputy Regional Director for the Region since December 2008.

 


Photo: Noreen Walsh. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release

 

 

Lesser prairie-chicken on a lek in the Red Hills of Kansas. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

USFWS Initiates Process to Consider Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act

 

Based on scientific evidence that the lesser prairie-chicken and its habitat are in decline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is initiating a process to consider whether the species should be recognized as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

 


Photo: Lesser Prairie-Chicken on a lek in the Red Hills of Kansas. Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

 

News Release | FAQs | Federal Register Notice | Learn More

 

 

Antlers seized during the investigation: Photo USFWS

Professional Hunter Pleads Guilty to Lacey Act Violation in Kansas

 

A professional hunter from Tennessee has pleaded guilty to a Lacey Act violation in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. William “Spook” Spann, 50, Dickson, Tenn., pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of transporting across state lines wildlife that was taken unlawfully in Kansas

 


Photo: Antlers seized during the investigation. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release

 

 

Greater Sage-grouse, a candidate for ESA protection. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced its Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There are now 192 species recognized by the Service as candidates for ESA protection, the lowest number in more than 12 years.


Photo: The greater sage-grouse is North America's largest grouse. It is also a candidate for ESA protection. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

 

News Release | Learn More | Improving ESA

 

 

Monte Vista NWR in Colorado's San Luis Valley. Credit: USFWS

A Win For Both People and Birds in Southern Colorado's San Luis Valley

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Rio Grande Water Conservation District are pleased to announce that the Final San Luis Valley Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (HCP/EA) are completed and available for viewing. The plan allows for routine activities to continue while also conserving two bird species native to the San Luis Valley.


Photo: A view of the San Luis Valley from Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release | HCP/EA

 

 

Mountains and Marshes in the Bear River Watershed. Copyright: Hal Reeder

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Conduct Public Meetings for Proposed Conservation Easement Program in Bear River Watershed

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a series of open houses to provide information and receive public comment on the Service's draft land protection plan and environmental assessment for the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area project.


Photo: Mountains and Marshes in the Bear River Watershed. Copyright: Hal Reeder

 

News Release | Project Information | Fact Sheet

 

 

Golden Eagle. Copyright Michael Privorotsky

Reward for Information on Golden Eagle Shooting

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) near Tipton, KS. The eagle was found on Monday, October 29, 2012 in a pasture located on the east side of highway 181, approximately 5 miles south of Tipton.

 

Golden eagles are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The shooting of any eagle is considered a violation of those acts.


Photo: Golden eagle profile. Copyright Michael Privorotsky

 

News Release | About Golden Eagles

 

 

Richardson Flat Tailings Site. Credit: RMA Inc., 2009

USFWS Provides Notice of Availability for Richardson Flat Tailings Site Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has prepared a Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Richardson Flat Tailings Site, Park City, Utah. The RP/EA was prepared as part of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement between United Park City Mines, as the Responsible Party, and the Service, on behalf of the Department of the Interior, as the applicable Natural Resource Trustee.



Photo: a landscape shot of the Richardson Flat Tailings Site. Credit: RMC Inc., 2009

 

News Release | Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment

 

 

Terry Shaffer (right), Research Statistician and former coworker presents Lew Cowardin, former NPWRC scientist, with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists, Betty Euliss / USFWS

Local Biologist Recipient of International Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Former U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) scientist, Lewis M. Cowardin, was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists for his pioneering work with waterfowl ecology, wetland classification, remote sensing, and model-assisted decision making. Dr. Cowardin was presented this award on Aug. 22 at Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck, N.D., during the 25th anniversary of the Four Square Mile Waterfowl Survey.



Photo: Terry Shaffer (right), Research Statistician and former coworker presents Lew Cowardin, former NPWRC scientist, with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists, Betty Euliss / USGS

 

News Release: Award | News Release: Data Set | Photos

 

 

Western prairie fringed orchid

Service Seeks Proposals from States for Annual Endangered Species Grants

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts for endangered species conservation under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act. These grants support participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for species on the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, as well as for candidate species. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Service regional offices by January 14, 2013.



Photo: Section 6 grant funding has aided conservation of the Western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara) in years past. Credit: ND Parks and Recreation Department

 

News Release | Learn More | Fact Sheet

 

 

Tighe Teets receives his award. Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Officer Receives Exemplary Act Award

 

In recognition of his decisive and selfless actions that saved the lives of two motor vehicle accident victims, USFWS Refuge Law Enforcement Officer, Tighe Teets, was awarded the Department of Interior's Exemplary Act Award. The award was presented to him on October 17, 2012 by Mountain-Prairie Region Assistant Regional Director, Noreen Walsh.



Photo: Noreen Walsh Presents Tighe Teets with the Exemplary Act Award Credit: USFWS

 

Story | Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

1.	U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Technician Rick Smaniotto holds an endangered Colorado pikeminnow that used the fish passage in 2001 at the Redlands Water and Power Company Diversion Dam on the Gunnison River in western Colorado.  Photo by Bob Burdick, FWS, Grand Junction.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acknowledges Western CO Water Organizations for Help with Endangered Fish Recovery

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently acknowledged water organizations in western Colorado that voluntarily worked with the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program throughout this extremely dry summer to balance human water demand with the needs of endangered fish in the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.


Photo: USFWS biological technician with an endangered Colorado pikeminnow. Credit: Bob Burdick / USFWS

 

News Release

 

 

An image of the injured eagle. Credit: USFWS

Reward for Information Leading to the Identification of Bald Eagle Shooter in ND

 

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of an immature bald eagle which was shot near the city of Crosby, ND on October 11, 2012. A reward of up to $2,500.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Witnesses reported the person(s) responsible for the shooting were driving a white Dodge dually pickup truck that had no additional markings. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for assistance from the public to help identify this vehicle and the people who were traveling in the vehicle during the incident.


Photo: An image of the injured eagle. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release

 

 

Aerial view of Benton Lake NWR. Credit: USFWS

USFWS and Montana FWP Develop Approach for Water Management at Benton Lake NWR

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks announced the outcomes of the structured-decision making (SDM) process to provide recommendations for a management alternative that addresses key management issues at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge.


Photo: Aerial view of Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

 

News Release

 

 

Bald eagle at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Credit: US Army / Rich Keen, DPRA inc.

Justice Department Announces Policy on Tribal Member Use of Eagle Feathers

 

The Department of Justice announced today a policy addressing the ability of members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess or use eagle feathers, an issue of great cultural significance to many tribes and their members. Attorney General Eric Holder signed the new policy after extensive department consultation with tribal leaders and tribal groups. The policy covers all federally protected birds, bird feathers, and bird parts.


Photo: Bald eagle at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA inc.

 

News Release

 

 

Wind Turbines, courtesy of flickr user "Studio Tempura"

Salazar Approves Landmark Wyoming Wind Project, Reaches President's Goal of Authorizing 10,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy

 

Advancing President Obama's all-of-the-above strategy for expanding domestic energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department has reached the President's goal of authorizing 10,000 megawatts of renewable power on public lands with the approval of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project site as suitable for wind energy development.


Photo: Wind Turbines, courtesy of Studio Tempura

 

News Release

 

 

Common Goldeneye by Robert Steiner

California Artist Robert Steiner Wins 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

 

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, Calif., is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Steiner's acrylic painting of a common goldeneye will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2013.


Photo Caption: Image of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp winner Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, California. Credit: Robert Steiner

 

News Release | 2012 Duck Stamp Website

 

 

Elk by Edwin and Peggy Bauer / USFWS

Colorado Big Game Outfitter Convicted on Six Felony Charges

 

A Federal jury in Denver found a long-time big game outfitter guilty of six felony Lacey Act violations in connection with unlawful elk and deer hunts sold to non-resident hunters for between $1,200 and $1,600. The defendant, who faces fines of up to $250,000 and 5-year prison terms on each count, will also forfeit two ATVs and a utility trailer used in committing the crimes.

This investigation, which was conducted by the Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, documented the recurring use of hundreds of pounds of salt to bait elk and deer.

 

News Release

 

 

Removal of Obsolete Clifford Dam near Frederick, Maryland, last week. Credit: Conor Bell / USFWS

National Fish Passage Program Helps Restore Streams, Benefits People and Local Economies

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and community partners across the nation worked together to remove or bypass 158 dams, culverts and other structures in 2011, opening more than 2,180 miles of streams to native fish populations. These efforts, coordinated through the National Fish Passage Program, have also contributed to improved water quality, provided additional recreational and economic opportunities, and even addressed serious threats to human health and safety.

 

News Release | 2011 Report | Fish Passage Program

 

 

Bison with calf at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA Inc.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Resumes Public Visitation

 

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge has reopened for public visitation ahead of schedule following a brief closure to allow the U.S. Army to drill eight additional monitoring wells around a former remedy project.


The Refuge's entrance gate is now open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, allowing public use activities to resume including catch-and-release fishing and hiking. The Visitor Center is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 am.

 

News Release | RMA Website

 

 

Children Play at the Outdoor Classroom at Creston NFH. Credit: USFWS

Creston National Fish Hatchery Receives National Designation for Outdoor Classroom

 

The Creston National Fish Hatchery, located in Kalispell, MT, earned the national designation of a certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Creston, a unit of the Fisheries Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region, is the first facility to receive the celebrated certification in the state of Montana.

 

The historic hatchery serves as a national outdoor classroom model for others throughout the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Story | Creston NFH Site

 

The sun sets on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.  Credit: USFWS

Salazar Establishes 558th National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains

 

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar today announced the formal establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation's 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, thanks to the donation of a nearly 77,000-acre conservation easement in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley by noted conservationist Louis Bacon.


“Following in the footsteps of our greatest conservationists, Louis Bacon’s generosity and passion for the great outdoors is helping us to establish an extraordinary conservation area in one of our nation’s most beautiful places,” Secretary Salazar said.

 

News Release | Fact Sheet | Map

 

 

Kayaking is one of many recreational opportunities provided by National Wildlife Refuges

Visit Your National Wildlife Refuges: October 14-20, 2012

 

Treat yourself with a visit to a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, from October 14-20. Celebrate America's wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.


Visitors to refuges like what they find there, according to a study this year by the U.S. Geological Survey. About 90 percent of the survey’s 10,000 adult participants reported satisfaction with refuge recreation, information and education, public service and conservation. “Nowhere else do I feel such a deep sense of connection with the land, the plants, and the wildlife,” offered one respondent. “Visiting a refuge is truly a spiritual experience.”

 

News Release | Event Calendar | The Big Sit!

 

 

Black-footed ferret kits. Credit: Kimberly Tamkun / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Invites the Public to "Follow the Ferret"

 

The National Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, a multi-partner project lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites the public to follow the life-cycle of one of North America's most endangered mammals, the black-footed ferret.

 

Starting this week, the public can follow a number of black-footed ferrets on the Recovery Program's Facebook page as biologists work to prepare them to survive on the American prairie.

 

News Release | Facebook Page | Recovery Program Web page

 

 

Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf. Credit: USFWS

Service Declares Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovered and Returns Management Authority to State

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Wyoming population of gray wolves is recovered and no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Beginning September 30th, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the state under an approved management plan, as they are in the states of Idaho and Montana.

 

"The return of the wolf to the Northern Rocky Mountains is a major success story, and reflects the remarkable work of States, Tribes, and our many partners to bring this iconic species back from the brink of extinction," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

 

 

News Release | Learn More | Story | Federal Register Notice

 

 

Platte River Caddisfly (Ironoquia plattensis), a rare insect being considered for Endangered Species protection, photographed in a slough near Central City, Hamilton County, Nebraska. Credit: Eric Fowler, NEBRASKAland Magazine / Nebraska Game and Parks

Platte River Caddisfly Not Warranted for Endangered Species Protection

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Platte River caddisfly, a small, moth-like insect found in backwaters along rivers in Nebraska, is not warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act. We have completed a comprehensive status review, known as a 12-month finding, and determined that there is sufficient scientific and commercial data to demonstrate that the Platte River caddisfly is secure throughout its range. If information becomes available in the future to indicate that the species is in decline and threatened with extinction, we will conduct an assessment on the status of the caddisfly at that time.

 

News Release | Learn More | Q & A | ESA Success Story

 

 

Rocky Mountain Monkeyflower. Photo by Steve Olsen / U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Status of Rocky Mountain Monkeyflower

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluated a petition requesting the listing of the Rocky Mountain monkeyflower (Mimulus gemmiparus) under the Endangered Species Act. We determined that a more in-depth examination of the status of the species is justified. The agency will conduct a full status review of the species, and once the review is complete, determine whether to propose adding the species to the Federal lists of endangered or threatened wildlife and plants.

 

News Release | Learn More

 

 

Male sage-grouse on a lek in Butte County, SD. Credit: Steve Fairbairn / USFWS

FWS Releases Draft Report to Help Guide Sage-Grouse Conservation Objectives

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making available a draft report that is designed to help guide the efforts of the States and other partners to conserve the greater sage-grouse with a landscape level strategy that will benefit the species while maintaining a robust economy in the West. The report, prepared by state and federal scientists and sage-grouse experts, identifies the conservation status of the sage-grouse, the nature of the threats facing the species, and objectives to ensure its long-term conservation.

 

News Release | Draft Report | Fact Sheet

 

 

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Service Awards $5.7 Million to State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to Conserve Imperiled Species

 

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $5.7 million in grants to seven state fish and wildlife agencies to conserve and recover imperiled species and their habitats through the State Wildlife Grants Competitive Program. States and their partners will match federal funding with more than $4.6 million in non-federal funds.

 

 

 

News Release | Learn More

 

 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (left) and CO Governor John Hickenlooper sign the historic agreement to implement the Rocky Mountain Greenway Project. Credit: Tami Heilemann / DOI

Secretary Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper Applaud Rocky Mountain Greenway Efforts

 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado today commended the members of the newly-established Rocky Mountain Greenway Steering Committee for their early leadership in moving forward President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative in the Front Range and metropolitan Denver region. The vision for the Rocky Mountain Greenway project is to create uninterrupted trails and transportation linkages connecting the Denver metro area's trail systems, the three Denver-area units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the community trails systems in between.

 

News Release | Learn More

 

 

Golden Eagle. Credit: George Gentry / USFWS

Poacher Sentenced for Illegal Killing of Eagle in Kansas

 

The poacher of a golden eagle in Trego County, Kansas, was sentenced August 22 after pleading guilty to killing the immature raptor in 2011. Chad Irvin, of Lacrosse, Kan., pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act; was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $3,000; placed on supervised probation for a period of three years during which time he may not hunt, fish or trap; required to complete 50 hours of community service; and ordered to forfeit the shotgun used to kill the eagle.

 

News Release | Learn More

 

 

Horsethief Ponds Overlook. Mike Porras, Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Construction Complete on Endangered Fish Grow-out Ponds

 

The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that construction is complete on grow-out ponds at the Horsethief Canyon Native Fish Facility located just outside of Fruita, Colo. The facilities are part of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program.

 

 

 

 

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The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program assists landowners with projects that benefit Federal Trust Species while also improving their overall ranching and farming operations.  Credit: USFWS

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

 

For the past 25 years, the Fish and Wildlife Services' Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has been working with private landowners and organizations to restore, protect and enhance important wildlife habitats on private lands. The Mountain-Prairie Region's Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program began in 1987 and includes Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. It was born in the prairie pothole region of the Midwest and is closely linked to the National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) system.

 

 

News Release | Project Profiles | Learn More

 

 

Columbia River training site near Portland, Oregon (Mount Hood in the background) where members of the R6 Dive Team attended a USGS course, Procedures for Conducting Underwater Searches for Invasive Mussels.  Photo: Larry Lockard /  USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Scuba Dive Team Trains for Invasive Mussel Searches

 

Four members of the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Dive Team recently completed training in the Columbia River at a U.S Geological Survey course, Procedures for Conducting Underwater Searches for Invasive Mussels.The course was sponsored under the 100th Meridian Initiative which funds activities to prevent the spread of invasive mussels. Members of the Dive Team are highly trained volunteer scuba divers from the Service's Refuges, Fisheries, and Ecological Services programs.

 

 

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Greg Neudecker Receives the Ira Gabrielson Conservation Leadership Award. Credit: Ryan Haggerty / USFWS

Greg Neudecker Receives the Ira Gabrielson Conservation Leadership Award

 

Graduates of Cohort X of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Advanced Leadership Development Program selected Greg Neudecker to receive the Ira Gabrielson Conservation Leadership Award for 2012. The award, established in 2002 by the first ALDP graduating class, is to recognize an outstanding Service employee making a significant contribution to conservation and reflects the powerful commitment and leadership qualities of Dr. Gabrielson who served as the first Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

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Recreation.gov Redesign: Engaging Visitors with the Great Outdoors

 

With a few weeks of summer weather left, there is still plenty of time to explore the great outdoors. There are few better places to do that than in America’s national parks, wildlife refuges, waterways, and forests. A new and improved Recreation.gov website is the perfect tool to plan your family’s next adventure.

With improved navigation tools and more in-depth content, Recreation.gov showcases 90,000 federal sites and healthy outdoor spaces to consider.

 

 

Announcement | Recreation.gov

 

 

Section 6 funding protects lands that support a diverse mosaic of habitat types and serve as important wildlife corridors for many listed species, such as the endangered Kirtland's warbler. Credit: Joel Trick / USFWS

Service Announces $33 Million in Grants to Support Endangered Species

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $33 million in grants to 21 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, will benefit numerous species, ranging from the Peninsular bighorn sheep to Kirtland's warbler.

 

 

News Release | Fact Sheet | Learn More

 

 

bull elk credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS

National Elk Refuge Celebrates 100 Years of Conservation Success

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce an exciting line-up of programs scheduled for Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 to celebrate and honor the National Elk Refuge’s 100-year history. The weekend centennial celebration dates were selected to coincide with the historic date of August 10, 1912 when an Act of Congress set aside lands “for the establishment of a winter game (elk) reserve..."

 

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Penstemon debilis Credit: Creed Clayton / USFWS

Service Recognizes Voluntary Conservation Efforts in Designation of Critical Habitat for Three Rare Colorado Plants

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that based on feedback and input from the State of Colorado, the oil and gas industry, and the public, it has refined and narrowed the final rule to designate critical habitat for three rare western Colorado plants: the Pagosa skyrocket (Ipomopsis polyantha), Parachute beardtongue (Penstemon debilis), and DeBeque phacelia (Phacelia submutica).

 

Read More | Learn More | Questions and Answers | Pagosa Skyrocket Fact Sheet

 

 

Utah Prairie Dog. Credit: USFWS

Service Finalizes New Rules Regarding Take Allowances for the Utah Prairie Dog

 

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notified the public of our final changes to a special rule for the Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens) governing take for the species. Our amendment to the existing special rule establishes clarifications for direct take of prairie dogs including: where permitted take can occur; the amount of take that can be permitted; and methods of take that can be permitted.

 

 

 

News Release | Final Rule | Letter to the Editor

 

 

Deer at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close for Public Visitation

 

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center will be closed to all public activities and visitation beginning Monday, August 20 through Friday, September 21, 2012 to support the expansion of a monitoring project on U.S. Army-owned land located in the central portion of the site.

 

 

 

 

Media Advisory | Learn More

 

 

Sunset over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Draft San Luis Valley HCP and Environmental Assessment to be Released July 2012

 

The Rio Grande Water Conservation District (District) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are notifying the public that the Draft San Luis Valley Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft HCP/EA) will be released in July 2012 for a 60-day public review period.  The availability of documents, public review period, and contact information will be announced in the Federal Register on July 25, 2012. 

 

 

 

Press Release | Draft HCP/EA | SLV Photos

 

 

Southwestern willow flycatcher. Credit: Jim Rorabaugh / USFWS

Comments Sought for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Critical Habitat

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened of the public comment period for its August 2011 proposal to revise critical habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher.  We're also announcing the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat, a public hearing, additional areas that we are considering to exclude from the designation and two newly proposed areas (Cienega Creek area of southern Arizona).

 

 

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Cluster of hibernating healthy Virginia big-eared bats in Pendleton County, WV. Credit: Craig Stihler, WVDNR

USFWS Awards Grants to 30 States for White-Nose Syndrome Work

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced grant awards totaling $962,981 to thirty states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds for surveillance and monitoring of caves and mines where bats hibernate, preparing state response plans and other related projects. The Service is leading a cooperative effort with federal and state agencies, tribes, researchers, universities and other non-government organizations to research and manage the spread of WNS.

 

 

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Amphitheatre. Photo: USFWS

Amphitheater Construction Project at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complete

 

Thanks to the work of a Mountain-Prairie Region Refuge Maintenance Action Team, a new amphitheater was recently erected adjacent to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center in Commerce City, Colo.

 

 

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2012 Federal Duck Stamp

2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamps Now On Sale, Offer Easy Way to Protect Wetland Habitat

 

The 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp went on sale today across the United States, giving hunters, stamp collectors and anyone who cares about migratory birds and other wildlife an easy way to help conserve their habitat. Ninety-eight percent of proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to acquire and protect vital wetlands supports hundreds of species of migratory birds, wildlife and plants. 

 

 

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Student Conservation Association (SCA) Internship Leads to Impactful Summer for Arizona College Student

USFWS Internship Leads to Impactful Summer for Tribal College Student

 

Valentina Vavages, a student at Tohono O'odham Community College in Arizona, spent 13 weeks participating in a Tribal Intern Program at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in Randlett, Utah. The SCA internship with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides students with hands-on experience through a variety of conservation projects. In the process, she developed critical skills and learned about “the importance of the preservation and conservation of wildlife.” Her favorite part: becoming certified to drive and maintain her own ATV!


Photo: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): Winds of Change (Spring, 2012)

 

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San Luis Valley at Dusk. Copyright, Joe Zinn (2009)

America's Great Outdoors: Salazar, Ashe Announce Historic Conservation Easement in Sangre de Cristo Mountains

 

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced that noted conservationist Louis Bacon intends to donate a conservation easement totaling approximately 90,000 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley. This easement will provide the foundation for the proposed new Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area, which the Service is in the process of establishing.


Photo: San Luis Valley at Dusk. Copyright, Joe Zinn (2009)

 

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A fish passage at the Grand Valley Project Diversion Dam on the Colorado River provides endangered fish with access to critical habitat in western Colorado. Photo courtesy Upper CO River Endangered Fish Recovery Program)

Operation of Endangered Fish Passages Reduced During Low River Flows

 

The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program (Recovery Program) announced today that because of extremely low flows in the Colorado River this year, operation of fish passages  on the Colorado River may not be possible throughout the summer and early fall. Although biologists believe that suspending operation of the fish passages this summer will have a short-term impact on the endangered fish, there is a real concern for long-term impacts if the drought lasts more than one year.


Photo: A fish passage at the Grand Valley Project Diversion Dam on the Colorado River provides endangered fish with access to critical habitat in western Colorado. Credit: UCREFRP

 

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White-tailed Ptarmigan in Summer Plumage Photo:Pete Plague USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Initiate Status Reviews of Southern, Mt. Rainier White-tailed Ptarmigan

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that we have completed our evaluation of a petition to list the southern and Mt. Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. We determined that substantial biological information exists to warrant a more in-depth examination of the status of the southern and Mt. Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan.
Photo: White-tailed Ptarmigan in Summer Plumage Photo:Pete Plague USFWS

 

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Mule Deer at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Expansion of Denver Trails System Planned

 

On National Trails Day, USFWS Mountain-Prairie Regional Director, Steve Guertin, spoke with 9 News Denver about President Obama's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative and plans to extend Denver's trails system.

"Under the AGO Initiative, we're reconnecting metro Denver with an existing trail system," said Guertin. "We're going to connect the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rocky Flats Arsenal so folks can take advantage of 500 miles of trails here in the urban area."

Photo: Deer at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Courtesy:
U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA

 

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Junior Duck Stamp

2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition to be held in Ogden, Utah

 

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, to host the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition on September 28 and 29, 2012.
Photo: 2010-2011 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp
Credit: Robert Bealle of Waldorf, Maryland

 

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Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service Releases the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

 

The Fish and Wildlife Service has published the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge. This conservation plan will guide the long-term management for what is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Photo: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Credit: USFWS

 

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Sandhill Cranes in the San Luis Valley Copyright: Joe Zinn

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Takes Initial Steps Forward in Conserving Working Landscapes in the San Luis Valley

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released a draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment (LPP/EA) for the new proposed San Luis Valley Conservation Area (SLVCA) May 9, 2012 for a 30-day public comment period. The SLVCA seeks to create a new unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System that will protect approximately one half million acres of habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species, primarily through the acquisition of conservation easements from willing landowners. The LPP/EA details the Service's authority for establishing the SLVCA, the resources the project is intended to protect, and the priority lands to be conserved for those resources.
Photo: Sandhill cranes in the San Luis Valley, Copyright: Joe Zinn

 

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Arapahoe Snowfly

Arapahoe Snowfly to Be Designated as a Candidate for Endangered Species Protection

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that the Arapahoe snowfly, an insect found in two tributaries of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado, warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, but that proposing the species for protection is precluded by the need to address other higher priority species. The species will be added to the list of candidate species and its status will be reviewed annually.
Photo: Arapahoe Snowfly Credit: Dr. Boris Kondratieff / CSU

 

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Banded adult bald eagle

Service Extends Comment Period to Revise Eagle Permit Regulations

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the comment period on the proposed rule, published on April 13, 2012, to revise the regulations governing the issuance of permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The Service is also inviting ideas from the public on how the permit program can be improved. The comment period will now close on July 12, 2012.
Photo: A banded adult bald eagle perches on a tree. Credit USFWS

 

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Woodland Caribou by Sky Waters

Secretary Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper Sign Agreement to Establish Next Great Urban Park

 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today formalized an agreement to implement conservation and recreation projects throughout the Denver and Front Range metropolitan area. Today's action builds on President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to support locally-driven projects and strengthen economies and communities with greater access to open spaces and outdoor recreation.
Photo: Bison at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy: U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA

 

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Woodland Caribou by Sky Waters

Lessons Learned from Previous Droughts Shape Endangered Fish Recovery Actions

 

As 2012 shapes up to be a near record-setting drought throughout Upper Colorado River Basin rivers, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program will use lessons learned from previous droughts to direct this year's endangered fish recovery actions. Accumulated knowledge of fish spawning patterns, movements, and habitat preferences during periods of low river flows will enable biologists to focus their time and efforts to best assist in the recovery of endangered Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, bonytail and humpback chub.
Photo: USFWS biologist Ben Schleicher holds an endangered bonytail chub on Colorado's Gunnison River. Credit: Tom Chart / UCREFRP

 

News Release | UCREFRP Website

 

Woodland Caribou by Sky Waters

Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Plan Update

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final revised Recovery Plan for the threatened Utah prairie dog, and proposed to revise a special rule governing management of the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The new recovery plan and proposed amendments to the special management rule reflect the latest scientific information and would provide additional flexibility to address local concerns about impacts from Utah prairie dogs to human safety and property, as well as agricultural operations. Public comments or data on the proposed rule will be accepted until May 29, 2012.
Photo: Copyright Laura Romin / Larry Dalton

 

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Woodland Caribou by Sky Waters

Reward Offered for Whooping Crane Shooting

 

A reward has been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting of a whooping crane located along 354th Avenue, approximately 17 miles southwest of Miller, South Dakota.Law enforcement officers from the Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are investigating the shooting which took place Friday afternoon on April 20, 2012. The migrating adult whooping crane was traveling with two additional whooping cranes before being shot with a high-power rifle as it was standing in a corn field.

Photo Credit: USFWS

 

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Woodland Caribou by Sky Waters

National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest Winners Chosen

 

The grand prize winner of the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest is 11-year old Sky Waters from Minnesota. His painting of a woodland caribou was selected from more than 2,100 submissions. Five winners were also selected based on grade categories. This art contest is a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Coalition, Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans, and is an integral part of the seventh annual national Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2012.

Photo: Woodland Caribou, painted by Sky Waters from Minnesota, was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest.

Credit: Endangered Species Coalition

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Initiate Status Review of Eastern Population of Boreal Toad

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has completed its evaluation of a petition requesting the agency list either the Eastern population or Southern Rocky Mountain population of the boreal toad as a threatened or endangered distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act. Photo Caption: Boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas)

Photo Credit: Chris Brown / USGS

 

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Kal Athannassov Wins "Best of Show” in the 2012 Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Contest

 

Kal Athannassov, a 17 year old student from Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, took top honors by winning the “Best of Show” in Colorado at the 2012 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Kal’s artwork was selected from hundreds of amazing entries from across Colorado. His acrylic paint rendition of a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, entitled "Serenity,” will represent Colorado and be entered at the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. Photo Caption: 2012 Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entry by Kal Athannassov

 

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Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex Available for Public Review

 

The public is invited to provide comments on the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex located on the western edge of the northern Great Plains and 12 miles north of Great Falls, Montana. The Fish and Wildlife Service will also hold a series of public meetings from April 17-19, 2012 at various locations in Montana. Written comments should be submitted by May 18, 2012.

Photo Caption: Walling Reef at Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area

 

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Stream restoration to promote riparian habitat and Preble's meadow jumping mouse conservation_Photo courtesy of U.S. Airforce

U.S. Air Force Academy Receives 2012 Conservation Partner Award From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) 2012 Military Conservation Partner Award in recognition of the Academy’s significant contribution to natural resource conservation. Between 2006 and 2011, the Academy was consistently ranked within the top five qualifying Military Installations Partner Award nominations by the Service Partner Award Review Committee.

Photo Caption: Stream restoration to promote riparian habitat and Preble's meadow jumping mouse conservation.

Credit: U.S. Airforce Military Academy

 

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with
Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and
their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
November 21, 2014
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