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Close up of school of Humpback chub as seen in the Little Colorado River this summer
Humpback chub as seen in the Little Colorado River this summer. Credit: Freshwaters Illustrated/USFWS

Humpback Chub Downlisted as Collaboration Creates Another ESA Success

October 15, 2021

Strong conservation of the humpback chub in the Colorado River Basin has enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify the fish from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Humpback chub conservation partners include federal, regional, state and Tribal agencies, as well as water users, power customers, recreational interests and environmental organizations.

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Two adults and several juvenile trumpeter swans swim in quiet water with reeds growing behind them.
Trumpeter swans at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 10-16

October 07, 2021

Take a walk in nature and get connected to the natural world during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 10-16, 2021. Celebrate your access to a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities on the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 A cluster of spotted lanternfly on tree bark. They have spotted tan wings with a bold red and black spotted wing underneath.
Spotted lanternfly feed using piercing mouthparts to access sap beneath a tree’s bark. Credit: Lance Cheung/USDA

Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Threatens Environment, Regional Economies

October 05, 2021

States from Massachusetts to North Carolina and farther west are fighting off an attractive insect that can devastate apple orchards and vineyards. Everyone can help. 

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