Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

What's going on at FWS

With more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges, 70 national fish hatcheries, numerous regional and field offices across the country and thousands of active conservation projects, the nearly 8,000 employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have a lot going on. Here are a few of the latest news stories from across the Service...

Officer standing with this dog on a leash in a warehouse.
Wildlife Crime
Second-chance dog gives other species a second chance
Whether it is at seaports, the border, airports or warehouses, Ray Hernandez and his K-9 dog Braxton are protecting human health and safety and against the exploitation of illegal wildlife and endangered species daily.
New Mexico meadow jumping mouse feeding on grass
Endangered Species Act
Biobanking: a Wildlife Recovery Insurance Policy
Deep in the wilds of the American Southwest, the secretive and endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse continues, against all odds, to eke out a living adjacent to the rare and dwindling rivers and streams of this high-altitude, arid region. One dark night, a tiny mouse smells something...
brown, white and black bird stands in shallow water
Habitat Restoration
Beach Restoration Delivers New Nesting Habitat for Snowy Plovers
The snowy plovers of Doran Beach noticed something different about 2020. Where had all the humans gone? Where were the dogs, often off-leash and coming too close? Where was the noise, the vehicles? For the first time in the Doran Regional Park’s 50-year history, the beach was empty. One pair of...
Caribou stand amidst snow in Selawik Refuge. In the background, mountains and a faint treeline are visible.
Migratory Species
Local Knowledge Carries Caribou Forward
As weather changes dramatically in the tundra, partnerships and local knowledge are crucial for preserving the Western Arctic Caribou Herd and the subsistence lifeways which depend on them.
a brown, wooden building on a grassy hill
History and Culture
Cat Point Creek Lodge transferred to the Rappahannock Tribe
A steady drum beat rose under the watchful eyes of native bald eagles, friends and ancestors. For the first time in more than 350 years, the Rappahannock Tribe’s drums sounded over their ancestral capital town.
2 people strapped into pvc/harness cage; both wear helmets
The Dunker: Critical Aviation Lifesaving Training
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service flies in small planes over land and often over water for work. Recently, Director Martha Williams took the Water Ditching and Survival (aka “dunker”) training at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility in Alexandria, Virginia, with Noah Matson,...

Our Focus

The history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be traced back to 1871. We are the only federal government agency whose primary responsibility is to manage fish and wildlife resources in the public trust for people today and future generations. Here are just a few of our focus areas...

What We Do For You

If you’re looking for places to experience nature; interested in partnering with us; seeking technical advice, permits, grants, data or scientific research; want to know more about today’s conservation challenges; looking for ways on how you can get involved and make a difference -- the Service has a lot to offer and more…

Visit Us - Our Locations

With more than 560 national wildlife refuges, dozens of national fish hatcheries and more than 100 field offices, there are numerous great U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service locations to visit.