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 Rhino horn destroyed at the Sept. 8 San Diego Zoo event. 
Credit: San Diego Zoo
The U.S. is co-sponsoring four proposals to increase CITES protections for pangolins. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

Rachel Carson's Groundbreaking 'Silent Spring' Turns 54

September 21, 2016
In 1962 on this date, Rachel Carson, a onetime writer-biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published Silent Spring, which awakened society to the dangers of indiscriminate use of the pesticide DDT. In the end, the federal government banned DDT, and wildlife such as the bald eagle soar the skies in increasing numbers, recovered from the effects of the pesticide.
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The U.S. is co-sponsoring four proposals to increase CITES protections for pangolins. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust
The U.S. is co-sponsoring four proposals to increase CITES protections for pangolins. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

U.S to Support Greater Protections for a Variety of Species at International Wildlife Trade Forum

September 21, 2016
Some of the planet's most imperiled animals take center stage in South Africa Sept. 24-Oct. 5, when nations around the globe convene for the world's most important meeting on wildlife trade. The United States will support increased protections for pangolins, African grey parrots and chambered nautilus, among other species at the 17th CITES Conference of Parties. The U.S. Delegation, led by FWS Director Dan Ashe, will also call for the closure of domestic ivory markets and advocate against the legalization of rhino horn trade that threatens these magnificent creatures.
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Congratulations Operation Crash Team! Credit: USFWS
Congratulations Operation Crash Team! Credit: USFWS

American Public Picks Service's Ed Grace and Operation Crash Team for Prestigious Honor

September 20, 2016
Ed Grace, Deputy Chief of the Service's Office of Law Enforcement, and his Operation Crash team have won the People's Choice award of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Operation Crash, an ongoing nationwide criminal investigation led by the Service's Office of Law Enforcement, was created to catch, and send to prosecution, wildlife traffickers who were dealing in illegal rhino horn and elephant ivory products. Thanks to the operation, the Service has made 42 arrests, 30 convictions, and 27 wildlife traffickers have been sentenced in federal court.
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