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Emperor Penguins.
Emperor Penguins. Photo Credit: Peter Kimball © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Service Proposes to List the Emperor Penguin as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

August 03, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the emperor penguin, a flightless seabird endemic to Antarctica, as threatened with a 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act. Climate change, specifically melting sea ice, is the primary threat to the species.

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Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery staff and partners work before the sun comes up to safely load and transfer 348,000 young spring Chinook salmon.
Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery staff and partners work before the sun comes up to safely load and transfer 348,000 young spring Chinook salmon during the extreme heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest in late June. Credit: Katie Royer/USFWS

Service, Tribal Partners Work Together to Save Salmon from Extreme Heat

July 28, 2021

Despite late June’s hazardous heat at Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners at the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and the Yakama Nation worked together to safely transfer 348,000 spring Chinook salmon to a hatchery with cooler water, and release 7.15 million juvenile upriver bright fall Chinook salmon eight days ahead of schedule so they could reach the Pacific Ocean before river temperature hit the danger range.

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Participants in the July 27 Walk of Sorrow to Hope include (rear, left) Edgar Timmons rear), Mary McIntosh, Johnnie Timmons, Darrell Dunham, Tyrone Timmons, (front left) Margaret Ann Timmons Finley and Fran Timmons.
A walk starting at the entrance to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday commemorates the 79th anniversary of the day the federal government took the land now comprising the refuge and used it for a World War II airfield. Credit: Mark Davis/USFWS

Service, Refuge Descendants Highlight Connection, Community

July 26, 2021

A community in Georgia forced off land that later became Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is holding a three-day observance this week stressing the community’s connection to the area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has entered into a partnership with the descendants of the community to amplify the voices of those who lived on the land before it was a refuge. 

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