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This web page is provided as a service to Tribes. Information is compiled from many sources. The information and opinions from sources other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Service. For additions or corrections to tribal "Tracks" news: contact Ivy Allen, Phone: 303-236-4575, Email: Ivy_Allen@fws.gov.
Register Now for Eagle Summit III on March 20
FWS Tribal Communication Specialist, Ivy Allen
The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are co-hosting an Eagle Summit III, followed by a government-to-government consultation regarding eagles to be held in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The date and city were chosen to coincide with the Denver March Powwow. If you plan to attend the Eagle Summit, Eagle Government-to-Government Consultation or the Eagle Repository Tour, please register online.
WHAT: Eagle Summit III and consultation regarding eagles - view the draft AGENDA
WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City, Colorado 80022
Meeting: Tribal Energy Program Review March 24-28, Denver, CO. Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes.
Conference: 2014 Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Great Plains Regional Conference March 25-27, Billings, MT.
Conference: Native American Fish and Wildlife Society National Conference May 6-8, Pendleton, OR. Hosted by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Presentation proposals due 3/7/14.
Training: 1-day Climate Change Adaptation Planning on Monday, May 12, in conjunction with the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) in Anacortes, WA. This training provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts and is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning.
National Park Service (NPS) Academy: The SCA and the National Park Service (NPS) are looking for young men and women who are interested in discovering and exploring the many career opportunities available in today’s Park Service. In this unique opportunity, participants will gain valuable work experience as well as access to key leaders within NPS.
USDA partners with Universities across the nation to promote Agdiscovery, which is an outreach program to help teenagers learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. It is a summer internship at a University.
Apply now for the AgDiscovery Program. All application packages must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2014. AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology.
This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs.
Find Us on Facebook!
FWS Tribal Liaison and Communications Team
Our Tribal Programs Facebook page is place for people to share and provide information from the Fish and Wildlife Service and our Tribal partners which is relevant to Indian Country. Native American Liaisons strive to identify areas where both Federal and tribal conservation efforts can most effectively conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. The Liaisons combine their backgrounds in wildlife biology, conservation, Indian law and policy to achieve the best possible conservation scenario in Indian Country.
Winter 2013, Year in Review: Mountain-Prairie Regional Newsletter
This year we were mindful of our priorities, the level of appropriations we received, and the likely reduced funding we will face in the future. Focusing on our priorities and mission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made progress across the Mountain-Prairie Region on native grassland conservation, species recovery goals, and our look at the impacts from energy development, water usage, and food production on our landscapes. The Region was able to protect a total of 56,366 wetland and 19,106 grassland acres through conservation easements, reintroduce the endangered black-footed ferret on the Walker Ranch in southwest Colorado and initiate five fish passage projects to restore habitat connectivity for endangered Topeka shiners in Kansas.
This last edition of 2013 is the Year in Review and highlights all we have accomplished as we look ahead to the many conservation successes to come in 2014.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Wolf Proposal
Independent scientific peer review report available for public review.
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. The Service is making that report available for public review, and beginning Monday, February 10, interested stakeholders will have an additional 45 days to provide information that may be helpful to the Service in making a final determination on the proposal.
The independent scientific peer review was hosted and managed by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), a highly respected interdisciplinary research center at the University of California – Santa Barbara. At the Service’s request, NCEAS sponsored and conducted a peer review of the science underlying the Service’s proposal.
Photo Caption: Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS
Notes on Cultural Resource Management in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Historical Happenings provides information on the USFWS Cultural Resources Management program. Information comes from sources such as the Regional Historic Preservation Officers, websites, new sources, as well as other cultural resource management professionals. Issues are also available on the USFWS Cultural Resources website. Submissions are encouraged and can be made via email. Please contact Eugene Marino for submission guidelines. Read Historical Happenings - December, 2013 (183 KB PDF)
Photo Credit: Oglala women and children - circa 1895
Photo from the Facebook page: Native American Indian - Old Photos
This page is a collection of public-domain photos, taken by many different photographers between 1845 and 1950, representing Native North American Indian folks from many Tribes and Nations.
My name is Jonathan Holmes and I'm the Administrator of this Educational Page. I started 'Native American Indian - Old Photos' in February 2010 in the hope that it will help towards a better understanding of the past, and also help some folks to make a connection with their ancestors as well. While my original intention was to portray old photos of Native American folks from the United States, I soon decided to include Tribes and Nations from along the United States borders, so now this Educational Page includes old photos representing Native folks from Canada and Mexico also.
Reminder: The 2014 Regional Director's Priorities
Mountain-Prairie Regional Director, Noreen Walsh
As we start the fiscal year, I wanted to share the priorities that the Regional Directorate developed for fiscal year 2014. Many of the main themes in this document will look similar to last year, because many of the priorities we established in past years were significant and aspirational, and therefore are still works in progress that we will continue to focus on to achieve a shared vision together.
However, we have expanded the document this year to capture some additional priorities that were brought forward through program Assistant Regional Directors. We have also updated the specific action items that we will accomplish this year under each priority.
We are all aware of the budget constraints that our agency is facing. Reduced budgets and staffing levels mean that we have to make difficult choices. However, even with tight budgets we can work together across programs and with our partners to focus on specific conservation objectives. Great examples of such cross-program collaboration are occurring across our Region, from the conservation efforts focused on the lesser prairie-chicken to the efforts to conserve grasslands in the Northern Great Plains.
We recognize that we are in the difficult situation of letting some things go that we all think are important and value-added, to focus on a smaller subset of priorities we can tackle with our existing resources. This list of Regional priorities is meant to help guide those decisions.
FWS Requests Public Comment on Managing Oil and Gas Development on Refuge System
Specifically, the FWS is seeking comments to assist us in developing a proposed rule on managing activities associated with non-Federal oil and gas development on lands and waters of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). Non-Federal oil and gas development refers to oil and gas activities associated with any private, state, or Tribally owned mineral interest where the surface estate is administered by the FWS as part of the NWRS. The proposed rule will clarify and expand existing regulations. The FWS seeks Tribal input on how to manage non-Federal oil and gas operations on Refuge System lands to avoid or minimize, to the greatest possible extent, adverse effects on natural and cultural resources (including sacred sites), wildlife-dependent recreation, and refuge infrastructure and management; ensure a consistent and effective regulatory environment for oil and gas operators; and protect public health and safety. The FWS lacks comprehensive regulations to manage non-Federal oil and gas operations on the NWRS, which has led to unnecessary adverse impacts on refuge resources, as well as an uncertain and inconsistent regulatory environment for oil and gas operators on refuges.
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.
Photo: Last year's grand prize winner, American Burying Beetle by Ava Bribiesco from Missouri.
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. These animals are being slaughtered across Africa to meet an insatiable global demand for ivory.
Photo Credit: Ivy Allen / USFWS: Steve Oberholtzer, USFWS assembling ivory tusks on a tower for display before crushing
Reward For Information On Golden Eagle Shooting
he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is investigating the shooting of an immature golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) just north of Pryor, Montana. Researchers found the golden eagle carcass, with its tail already removed, on Friday, February 8, 2014, in a drainage ditch on the south side of Blue Creek Road, approximately three-quarters of a mile west of Pryor Road.
The researchers banded and fitted the eagle with a satellite transmitter in July of 2013 as part of their research study. The eagle was estimated to be six months old. Preliminary x-rays indicate that the six-month-old eagle may have been shot. The Service continues to investigate the cause of death.
Golden eagles are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The shooting and/or possession of any eagles, including parts thereof, are considered a violation of those acts. Pursuant to U.S. Department of the Interior policy, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, members of federally recognized tribes may possess and use lawfully obtained federally protected birds, as well as their parts or feathers. However, federal laws prohibit anyone from killing eagles and other federally protected birds, as well as buying or selling of such birds or the feathers or other parts of such birds.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced publication of the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Benton Lake National Wildlife Complex (refuge complex) today. The CCP addresses all units of the refuge complex, including 2 refuges, 1 wetland management district containing 22 waterfowl production areas, and 3 conservation areas over the next 15 years.
The refuge complex, which is located in north-central and northwestern Montana, is comprised of Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Benton Lake Wetland Management District, Blackfoot Valley Conservation Area, Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area, Swan River National Wildlife Refuge, and Swan Valley Conservation Area. The three conservation areas are collectively referred to as the Service’s Crown of Continent, which is a general term that refers to a large geographic area along the continental divide in Montana and Canada.
Photo Credit: Megan O'Reilly / USFWS, We get some amazing sunrises at the Refuge. You can see why Montana is nicknamed "Big Sky Country!"
Service Extends Final Decisions on Listing Gunnison Sage-Grouse & Critical Habitat
he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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 (ESA), and to designate critical habitat for the species. A final determination on both proposals was due March 31, 2014. However, due to delays caused by the lapse in government appropriations in October 2013, and the resulting need to reopen a public comment period and reschedule public hearings associated with this action, the Court has now approved a six week extension of that deadline, to May 12, 2014. This extension will ensure thorough consideration and evaluation of the numerous public comments received on the proposed listing rule and proposed critical habitat rule for Gunnison sage-grouse.
As a result of ongoing and future threats to the species’ survival, the Service on January 11, 2013, proposed ESA protection for the species and proposed the designation of critical habitat essential for the species’ survival and recovery. About 5,000 breeding Gunnison sage-grouse exist, occupying seven population areas in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. “Thanks to collaborative conservation efforts, the largest Gunnison sage-grouse population has remained relatively stable over the past 18 years,” said the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Regional Director Noreen Walsh. “However, the status of the remaining populations remains uncertain, and we want to make sure our final decision is based on strong science.”nement, or if further analysis is needed through preparation of an environmental impact statement.
Photo caption: A pair of Gunnison sage-grouses are pictured. 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. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are collaboratively working together with other federal, state and local partners to expedite the processing, review and funding of Colorado’s flood recovery measures, while still ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for threatened and endangered species, including the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), or Preble’s. Consultation between the two federal agencies is required for flood recovery projects within occupied and designated critical habitat for the federally threatened mammal, and other listed species under the ESA.
“We are working very closely with FEMA and other partners to make sure important flood recovery projects proceed on time while ensuring no harm occurs to species listed under the ESA,” said Noreen Walsh, Regional Director for the Mountain-Prairie Region. “But let me be clear: the Preble’s and other federally listed species have not, and will not, delay flood recovery efforts in Colorado.”