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Lucila Fernandez De Simone, Interning for USFWS and EFTA
Lucila Fernandez De Simone, Interning for USFWS and EFTA Photo Credit: Dawn Harris/UFWS

Latino Youth and the Environment


Partnerships are at the heart of the Service's ability to reach out to new audiences and the program with the Environment for the Americas (EFTA) is part of this effort.  EFTA, which has partnerships with other environmental organizations and agencies, helps recruit Latino youth (ages 18-25) to work as wildlife researchers and environmental educators in western states.  Funded for a third year, the program hopes to recruit new students for job opportunities in the outdoors.


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Oregon Spotted Frog

"This unique and highly aquatic frog was once common in the Pacific Northwest and its decline signals degradation in the health of natural areas that provide for people as well as fish and wildlife," -- Tom McDowell, USFWS Photo by Teal Waterstrat / USFWS

Oregon Spotted Frog to be Protected under the Endangered Species Act


The Service announced today that it is listing the Oregon spotted frog as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The species will be protected throughout its range, which extends from southwestern British Columbia through the Puget/Willamette Valley, and in the Cascades Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in Oregon. Oregon spotted frogs may be extinct in California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.


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Canada Geese at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge

Canada Geese at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge George Gentry USFWS

Service Proposes Liberal Waterfowl Hunting Season Frameworks


Surveys show most duck species populations remain strong - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes liberal hunting season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2014-15 late waterfowl seasons. States will select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks that establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits. According to the Service’s 2014 Waterfowl Population Status Report, population estimates for most species of ducks remained strong for this breeding season.


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