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A volunteer from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removes velvetleaf from a dry wetland at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
A volunteer from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removes velvetleaf from a dry wetland at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS

Building Community, One Day at a Time in Oregon

September 17, 2021

Appropriately masked and following COVID-19 precautions, roughly 40 volunteers from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removed invasive plants, learned about wildlife conservation and developed a relationship with public lands at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Portland, Oregon. The community work day was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to reach a diverse, urban audience.

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Gray wolf
Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer/USFWS

Service to Initiate Status Review of Gray Wolf in the Western U.S.

September 15, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the initial review of two petitions filed to list gray wolves in the western U.S. as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service finds that the petitions present substantial, credible information indicating that a listing action may be warranted and will initiate a comprehensive status review of the gray wolf in the western U.S.

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Daniel and another biologist monitor yellow flowers on a cliffside near an ocean.
Daniel Cisneros helps monitor soft-leaved paintbrush in an ongoing study to preserve the federally endangered species endemic to Santa Rosa Island. Photo courtesy Daniel Cisneros

A Legacy Lives on Through the Kendra Chan Conservation Fellowship

September 13, 2021

College student Daniel Cisneros is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to conduct a germination study for five rare plant species on the Channel Islands off California. His research is made possible by the Kendra Chan Conservation Fellowship, a first-of-its kind annual program that honors the late wildlife biologist Kendra Chan by giving budding scientists an opportunity to learn about the Service’s mission and help endangered species.

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