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Wisdom standing over her egg with wings spread out.
Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS

A Yearly Dose of Wisdom

December 6, 2018

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.  Wisdom was first banded as an adult in 1956, making her at least 68 years old.
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Three paddlefish appearing to swim in a cycle as one catfish swims below them.
Targeted for their high quality caviar, paddlefish are prone to illegal harvest. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS

Illegal Caviar Operation Leads to Prison Time

December 6, 2018
As a result of a multiyear undercover investigation into the illegal commercialization of paddlefish, an Indiana man – already a convicted wildlife trafficker – was sentenced to two years in prison. This joint operation involved law enforcement professionals from four states.
Lacey Act Protects Paddlefish »
In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart
In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart

Investigation Roots out Bad Actors in Ginseng Trade

November 28, 2018
Operation Root Cause, one of the largest commercial ginseng cases ever prosecuted, brought 14 people to justice earlier this year. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent, with assistance from Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officers, worked undercover in Pennsylvania over two harvest seasons to gather evidence and build the case.
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