Conserving the Nature of America
The 2016 duck stamp. A pair of white trumpeter swans fly over a wetland, across a partly cloudy sky at morning. More swans fly in the background.
The 2016 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of trumpeter swans in flight. Credit: USFWS

Federal and Junior Duck Stamps Now on Sale

June 24, 2016
The 83rd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp a.k.a. the Duck Stamp is now on sale, having debuted at a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops’ flagship retail store in Springfield, Missouri. The stamp art was painted by wildlife artist Joseph Hautman, who won his fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest and is now tied as leading Duck Stamp artist of all time. The Junior Duck Stamp, depicting a pair of Ross’s geese painted by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, Calif., also goes on sale today.
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Portrait of Teresa R. Christopher. An American flag is in the background
Teresa R. Christopher. Credit: USFWS

Teresa R. Christopher Becomes Service’s New Associate Director

June 24, 2016
Teresa R. Christopher has been named the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new Associate Director and will begin Monday. As Associate Director, she will serve as principal advisor to the Director on major policy issues and will represent the Service’s priorities within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the broader administration. Christopher served as Senior Advisor for Gulf Restoration to the Secretary of Commerce since October 2012.
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Close up photo of a black rhino. Credit: Richard Ruggiero / USFWS
Black rhino. Credit: Richard Ruggiero / USFWS

Stiff Sentence Handed Down in Wildlife Trafficking Case

June 23, 2016
A California auction official was just sentenced to more than a year in prison, a fine and more for conspiring to smuggle wildlife products made from rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral with a market value of at least $1 million. The sentencing is another win for Operation Crash, an ongoing, nationwide, Service-led criminal investigation focused on the unlawful trafficking of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory.
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