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Slevins skink

Slevins skink is one of 23 species proposed for protection on Guam and CNMI. Photo by Bjorn Lardner

23 Species in Guam and CNMI Proposed For Protection Under ESA


Current evidence suggests that 23 species located in the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced proposal to protect the species as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and is seeking new information from the public and the scientific community that will assist in making a final determination.  


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Great frigate birds forage in the waters and nest on the islands and atolls of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. B. Flint/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Great frigate birds forage in the waters and nest on the islands and atolls of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo credit: B. Flint/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service B. Flint/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

President Obama Expands Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument


President Obama has protected vital marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the White House announced today. The expanded Monument protects nearly 490,000 square miles around the islands and atolls, which are also protected as national wildlife refuges.


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2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner.

2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner. Jennifer Miller

Ruddy Duck Image Selected as Winner of 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest


Jennifer Miller, an artist from Olean, N.Y., is the winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Miller’s acrylic painting of a pair of ruddy ducks will be made into the 2015-2016 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which goes on sale in late June 2015. Of 186 entries in this year’s competition, 17 entries made it to the final round of judging today.Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the brant, Canada goose, northern shoveler, red-breasted merganser and ruddy duck.


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