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...

Crane removing dam with danger sign in the foreground
Why are we removing dams?
Of the nearly 100,000 dams blocking our nation’s rivers, the majority are nearly invisible. Underneath their murky waters, they halt the free flow and exchange of fish, nutrients and sediments, and they pose a deadly risk to recreationists and families across the country. We at the U.S. Fish and...
People with binoculars stand on an outdoor boardwalk looking up at the sky
Recreation
Birdwatching Takes Flight in Philly
A variety of organizations and birders are working to make birdwatching more inclusive, accessible and diverse
a landscape of a meadow covered in yellow flowers with hills in the background
Habitat Restoration
Nearly $70M for Klamath Basin Restoration Projects
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $64 million in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for ecosystem restoration activities that address high-priority Klamath Basin water-related challenges in southern Oregon and northern...
Headshot of a Bald eagle.
Wildlife Management
Service Improves Permit Process to Benefit Bald and Golden Eagles
As part of efforts to protect and conserve eagle populations and provide more certainty to industry, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing its final revised regulations for how it processes permits related to the incidental take of bald and golden eagles. While the recovery of bald...
A smiling group stands in a frozen salt marsh
Climate Change
Salt marsh is the keystone to coastal conservation
On a cold January morning, snow blanketing the ground and stuck to tree trunks and branches, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Martha Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, met with partners and collaborators in New Hampshire.
gray wolf lying down with head turned to camera
Endangered Species Act
Service Announces Gray Wolf Finding and National Recovery Plan
WASHINGTON — Recognizing that the national discussion around gray wolf management must look more comprehensively at conservation tools available to federal, state and Tribal governments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a path to support a long term and durable approach to the...

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.