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Conserving the Nature of America
Two Mallards take off in flight.
Migratory bird species like mallards will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

More than $130 Million in Public-Private Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects

September 10, 2020
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, approved $33.3 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 157,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 21 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act matched by nearly $85 million in partner funds. The commission also approved nearly $1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states.
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A northern pintail duck swimming across a body of water.
A northern pintail duck at Delevan National Wildlife Refuge in California. Credit: Steve Emmons/USFWS

Why I Took These Shots

September 09, 2020
Emmons is a California refuge manager, a bird lover and an avid photographer. He reflects on a dozen of his favorite photos, including the one above.
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Adult male dusky gopher frog,

Adult male dusky gopher frog. Credit: John Tupy

Service Proposes Clarifications to Critical Habitat Designations

September 04, 2020
Furthering the Trump Administration’s objectives to balance effective, science-based conservation with commonsense policymaking, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing regulations to clarify and update its processes for considering exclusions from critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed changes relate to the Service's recent proposed definition of habitat and a 2018 Supreme Court decision involving critical habitat.   
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