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Conserving the Nature of America

PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has received Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information related to the import and export of wildlife specimens and flora into and out of the United States contained in the Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS) database. Information contained in LEMIS comes from data collected on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish and Wildlife (Form 3-177). The Service has prepared a notice to provide businesses (submitters) who have submitted information on Form 3-177 with an opportunity to review the information subject to potential disclosure under the FOIA and object to such disclosure. Click the links below to review the Notice and read instructions on how to object. All objections are due by June 1, 2021.

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Close up shot of a white-crowned sparrow in a tree.
The white-crowned sparrow is one of the more than 1,000 migratory birds protected under the MBTA. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Interior Department Takes Steps to Revoke Final Rule on Migratory Bird Treaty Act Incidental Take

May 06, 2021

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule to revoke the January 7, 2021, final regulation that limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Significant concerns about the interpretation of the MBTA have been raised by the public, legal challenges in court and from the international treaty partners. The MBTA is a bedrock environmental law that is critical to protecting migratory birds and restoring declining bird populations. A 30-day comment period will be open beginning May 7 through June 7, 2021.

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Girl posing with her fish pole and the fish she caught.
Fishing at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Sean Benninger/USFWS

Service Promotes Public Access to Hunting and Fishing in Largest Expansion of Opportunities to Date

May 04, 2021

Continuing the Department of the Interior’s efforts to increase recreational access on public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal for new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities for game species across 2.1 million acres at 90 national wildlife refuges and on the lands of one national fish hatchery.

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A close up of a male Attwater’s prairie-chicken standing in grass.
A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken. Credit: John Magera/USFWS

Texas’ Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken Wild Population Highest Since 1993

April 29, 2021

After decades of protection and conservation efforts, Texas’ critically endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken population is at its highest since 1993. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy in Texas estimate the current population is at least 178 birds. During the 2021 spring count, a total of 89 males were spotted performing breeding displays known as “booming” at the Service’s Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge and on private ranch lands.

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