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Privacy, Disclaimer, Copyrights and Logo Use

Privacy Statement

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to maintaining a web site that protects the individualís right to privacy. We do not require personal information from our visitors, nor do we collect any personally identifying information (name, email address, Social Security number, or other unique identifier) unless you knowingly provide it. Likewise, we do not give, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party except as might be required by law .

Data Collection for Statistics

To aid in web site management, certain information is collected for statistical purposes. The Service uses specialized software to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to our customers, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

We collect only the following information about your visit:

  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, "princeton.edu" if you are connecting from Princeton Universityís domain, or "aol.com" if you are connecting from an America Online account);
  • The web site from which you linked directly to our web site, if you have used another web site to reach our site;
  • The operating system and web browser you use to view pages;
  • The date and time you access our web site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our web site, allowing us to make our web site more useful and accessible to visitors. We do not store any personal identifiers.

Information Collected from E-mails and Forms

You may decide to send us personally identifying information through e-mail messages or through on-line forms. Electronic communication allows us to collect information that will improve our web site for you, and we encourage it. We use personally-identifying information from consumers in various ways to further our customer's protection and to provide better service. This may be to correct broken links that you have identified or provide additional information that you have requested.

Visit the Department's Talk to Us page to learn what can happen to the information you provide us when you send us e-mail or fill out a questionnaire or guestbook. Any information that we collect via a questionnaire or a guestbook may be subject to disclosure, but will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy in the face of any required disclosure.

Security Checks

For web site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor network traffic, identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

For Kids!
Please don't send us e-mail, Especially if you are under 13. Instead, have an adult send the message. Have your parents, teachers and school librarian contact us if you need further assistance. They may send e-mail to Contact@fws.gov

For more information: Check out the Federal Trade Commission's KIDZ Privacy Web Site.


Standard Disclaimer

The Department of the Interior Disclaimer Statement applies to the Service.

We will link to external sites that help us perform our mission - "working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

Copyright Statement

Please note:
  1. you are welcome to make a link to any of the Web pages the Service has published on the Internet. There is no need to request permission.
  2. not all the information on our site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are licensed for use under the copyright law, and the use of the Service logo is restricted to official publications (see below).
We will identify material we use from sources outside the Service, and request others do the same when using information published by the Service. Credit can be provided by including on the page (or via a link to a credits page) a citation such as:
Credit: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service/photo by Robert Shallenberger (if the artist is known)
USFWS/Elkins, WV (if originating office but not the artist is known)

Restrictions on Using the Service Logo on Web Pages

fws logoThe Service logo is our official "trademark" and not available for general use. Please use alternative images if you need a graphic.

Use of the Service logo is reserved for official publications, electronic or paper. Restrictions on use of the Service logo were published in the Federal Register on February 13, 1984 (Vol. 49, No. 30, page 5387), and 18 USC 701 provides for enforcement.

There are procedures for obtaining approval for the use of the official Service logo on a joint publication with the Service, including electronic publications. Contact Mitch Snow in the Washington Office - External Affairs at (202) 208-5634 for assistance.

There are also restrictions on the use of the images of the Federal Duck Stamps and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration symbols, and on the "blue goose" image used to identify wildlife refuges.

Comments? Questions? Please check our answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) before you contact us at contact@fws.gov
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