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Almost $9 Million will go to 60 Native American Projects for an Extensive Range of Conservation Work

Herring Collection Blue Lake.  Credit:Heather Meuret Woody/USFWS
Herring Collection Blue Lake. Credit:Heather Meuret Woody/USFWS

The Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded almost $9 million in grants to 60 Native American conservation projects in 18 states. The Tribal Landowner Incentive Program will fund 24 projects, at a cost of a little more than $2.5 million, and the Tribal Wildlife Grant program will fund 36 proposals at a cost of more than $6.3 million.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates 100th Birthday of Pioneering Conservationist Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson with young boys near her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, 1962.  Getty Images
Rachel Carson with young boys near her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, 1962. © Getty Images

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on May 27 will join the country in celebrating the centennial birthday of Rachel Carson, a one-time Service employee whose pioneering book Silent Spring is often credited with sparking the modern environmental movement.

In honor of the centennial, the Service is hosting events around the country and has developed special environmental education programs and exhibits. For a complete list of programs and events, visit the Service's Rachel Carson website.

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Firefighters Battle Fire Inside Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Structual protection FWS staff preparea hose-relay a long the half-mile Swamp Island Boardwalk Okefenokee NWR. Credit: Sallie Gentry/USFWS
FWS staff prepares hose-relay along the half-mile Swamp Island Boardwalk Okefenokee NWR. Credit: Sallie Gentry/USFWS

More than 650 firefighters work to keep the largest fire in 50 years inside Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. About half of the refuge's more than 400,000 acres have burned. Crews continue to build and strengthen the fireline along the refuge boundary. Daily updates are posted at the Service's Fire Management Web site.

More than $7.2 Million Goes To Private Landowners for Endangered Species Conservation

Ozark big-eared bat. Credit: USFWS
Ozark big-eared bat. Credit: USFWS

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced grants totaling more than $7.2 million that will go to private landowners and groups in 36 states for conservation projects to benefit endangered, threatened and other at-risk species through the Private Stewardship Grants Program.

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Secretary Kempthorne Announces $68 Million in Section 6 Grants for Endangered Species

California Red-legged frog. Credit: Mark R. Jennings
California Red-legged frog. Credit: Mark R. Jennings

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced more than $68 million in grants to 21 states and one territory to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6), will benefit species ranging from butterflies to bull trout.

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Bald Eagle Numbers Soaring

Bald Eagle in flight. Credit: Phil Coleman/USFWS
Bald Eagle in flight. Credit: Phil Coleman/USFWS

The Service announced new numbers showing the largest population of breeding bald eagles in the U.S. since World War II. Bald eagles in the lower 48 states have climbed from an all-time low of 417 nesting pairs in 1963 to a new high of 9,789 breeding pairs estimated today.

International Migratory Bird Day 2007

Least Bell's Vireo, credit USFWS
Male Robin. Credit: Dr. Thomas Barnes/University of Kentucky

Birds beautify our world, pollinate our flowers, and provide hours of recreation--through bird watching, bird feeding in the back yard, or waterfowl and upland hunting. Conserving habitat is key to sustaining world bird populations. The birds we see in summer return to Central and South America to winter. Working in partnership with landowners in other countries to build connected habitat areas is vital. Learn how the Ramos family in Puerto Rico are doing their part to help conserve both birds and traditional Puerto Rican agriculture by growing shade-grown coffee.

"Since the beginning of time, Mother Nature has taken care of the human race; now, it is the time we must start taking care of her." - Dr. Luis Ramos-Santiago - Shade-coffee Plantation Owner - Hacienda Central Pellejas, Puerto Rico.

Instilling a Sense of Wonder - Ms. Kaiulani Lee Performs as Rachel Carson on Capitol Hill

Photo of Kaiulani Lee performing as Rachel Carson on Capitol Hill
Photo of Ms. Kaiulani Lee performing as Rachel Carson on Capitol Hill

Rachel Carson's life and work came alive on Capitol Hill this week as actor Kaiulani Lee gave an inspiring one-hour performance. The audience was transported back to the late 1950's and early 1960's when Ms. Carson was writing and speaking on the impacts of contaminants and pesticides on the environment and their particular impacts to migratory birds. U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen and Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett welcomed Ms. Lee and the Newton Marasco Foundation.

Bass Pro Shops Joins Service to Celebrate First Day of Sale for 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp

2006 Winner Ring Necked Duck. Credit: Richard Clifton
Service Director H. Dale Hall announced the agency's First Day of Sale plan for the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp, which features a painting of ring-necked ducks by Delaware artist Richard Clifton, and will be held at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, on June 22. Bass Pro Shops will also sponsor First Day of Sale ceremonies in all of its retail stores throughout the country.

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