Pacific Region Highlights

Pearson property on the Southeastern side of Whidby Island, Washington
Pearson property on the Southeastern side of Whidby Island, Washington Sarah Bielski, USFWS

Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Millions in Grants To Protect Washington's and Oregon's Coastal Wetlands

Numerous plant and animal species rely on coastal wetlands for their health and well-being, including people. The Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that 28 conservation projects will be funded with over $20 million from the 2016 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. One of the projects funded in Washinton - the Pearson Nearshore Acquisition, will provide $1 million to the Washington Departmen of Ecology and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to acquire 49 acres of Puget Sound waterfront for the benefit of species such as endangered salmon, Pileated Woodpeckers, Peregrine Falcons, and other species of concern in the state.

News Release

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The Native American Policy Team
The Native American Policy Team Nathan Dexter USFWS

Revised Policy Strengthens Service's Tribal Collaboration for Conservation of Our Shared Natural Heritage

Native American leaders and Service officials today celebrated completion of the agency’s revised policy guiding government-to-government relations between tribes and the agency. The framework of the new policy emphasizes partnership and collaboration on natural and cultural resources conservation. Sixteen tribes worked with Service representatives for more than two years to revise the policy, which went through extensive consultation nationally, and in Service Director Dan Ashe’s words “will foster and nurture relationships with tribes and honor the mutual trust of guardianship we hold for decades to come.

News Release

Final Policy

Northern Cardinal in the snow
Northern Cardinal in the snow Audubon Society

Tis the count the birds!

The longest-running citizen science project is underway and continues through January 5. Come out and count during the 116th Christmas Bird Count. As a count volunteer you will follow specified routes and count every bird you see or hear all day. The data collected by observers helps protect species and their habitat by providing data to Audubon researchers, conservation biologist, wildlife agencies and others who are interested in the long-term health and state of bird populations across North America.

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