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...

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Service Provides $21 Million in Grants for Boating Infrastructure, Local Communities and Water Recreation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $21 million in Boating Infrastructure Grant funding to support construction, renovation and maintenance of marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation and waterway access. This year’s grants will support projects in 21...
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Endangered Species Act
Interior Department Finalizes Action to Strengthen Endangered Species Act
The Department of the Interior today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized Endangered Species Act (ESA) revisions to improve participation in its voluntary conservation programs. The revisions promote native species conservation by clarifying and simplifying permitting...
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Land Management
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Having Positive, Lasting Impacts
A note from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Annual Report. Also, read the full report and listen to the Nature's Infrastructure Podcast.
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Wildlife Management
Service Strengthens Measures to Enhance Conservation and Protections for African Elephants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule that will improve African elephant conservation by increasing protections for elephants imported to the United States. The rule strengthens protection and conservation requirements to help ensure long-term conservation and survival of...
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Endangered Species Act
Revisions Strengthen Endangered Species Act
The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) have finalized three rules that will restore important protections for species and their habitats,...
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Our Partners
National Guard protects last eastern population of rare butterfly
One of the busiest National Guard Training Centers in the U.S. is the only place where the eastern regal fritillary butterfly is still found. It’s not a coincidence.

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.