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...

3 Adult Chinook Salmon swim, more in back
Habitat Restoration
$70M for Fish Passage Projects to Address Climate Resilience, Strengthen Local Economies
The Department of the Interior today announced more than $70 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for 43 projects in 29 states that will improve fish passage around outdated or obsolete dams, culverts, levees and other barriers fragmenting the nation’s rivers and streams....
Three biologists hold a large lake sturgeon
Endangered Species Act
Collaborative conservation keeps lake sturgeon off endangered list
After conducting a thorough species status assessment using the best available science, we have determined that lake sturgeon do not require listing under the Endangered Species Act. The 12-month finding shows that ongoing management efforts, such as fish stocking, have contributed to the...
2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest judges holding the winning artwork
Migratory Species
2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner
A talented young artist from Oregon has taken top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A king eider by 17-year-old Emily Lian, will grace the 2024-2025 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation and outdoor...
A black-footed ferret in their enclosure.
Science and Technology
Innovative Cloning Advancements for Black-footed Ferret Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its genetic research partners announce the birth of two new black-footed ferret clones – known as Noreen and Antonia – and are providing an update on their latest efforts to breed previously cloned black-footed ferret, Elizabeth Ann.
Three images of the dam. 1. Full dam on a rocky stream, 2. Partial dam, part of the structure is gone, 3. open river bed and earthen streambanks held in place with canvas and rock.
Land Management
Little River Dam Removal — Virginia
Thanks to the seventh generation of private landowners in Maiden Spring, Virginia, a 200-year-old dam, standing 130-feet-wide and 14-feet-tall, has reached the end of its time as a barrier to fish passage.
A wetland surrounded by brown trees and some green vegetation
Climate Change
IRA-Funded Projects in Four States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the selection of nature-based solutions projects in the Lower Mississippi River Valley (LMRV) for forestry and wetland restoration across more than 63,100 acres of national wildlife refuges and state-managed lands in Arkansas, Louisiana,...

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.