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...

Bright blue, Big Sandy crayfish resting on a rock.
Endangered Species Act
Threatened species gets head start at hatchery 
Biologists released hatchery-raised Big Sandy crayfish in Virginia for the first time, marking a historical step towards recovery for the federally threatened species.
Underwater picture of an Okaloosa darter.
Our Partners
Eglin Air Force Base named Service’s Military Conservation Partner of the Year
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida, as the 20th Annual Military Conservation Partner Award for its outstanding contributions to natural resource management.
Collared fisher is released into a snowy forest.
Wildlife Management
Fisher Restoration, Management, and Research Supported Through Wildlife Restoration Funds
Pressure from logging and habitat changes for agriculture and development in the late 18th and early 19th century led to the decline of fisher across most of the eastern U.S. The value of fisher fur and their unregulated historic harvest also contributed to population decline. Today, thanks to...
A high school student holding a net over a fish trailer. There are hundreds of people in the background as well as green trees and a blue sky with clouds.
Our Partners
Releasing the 1000th Fish
On May 3, 2024, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the Palisade High School's Endangered Fish Hatchery marked a very special day. For the fourth consecutive year, students, partners, and the community of Palisade, CO,...
A Greater Yellowlegs by the water within the Huron Wetland Management District.
Migratory Species
Interior Department Announces $87 Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and Refuges
The Department of the Interior today announced more than $87 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, providing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve, restore or enhance 315,823 acres of critical wetland and...
close-up shot of a yellow-rumped warbler
Migratory Species
Grassland birds, Forest birds and Other Migratory Birds to Benefit from $22 Million in Funding
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing more than $22 million in funding has been approved for grants through the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act for conservation projects to benefit migratory birds and people throughout the Americas.

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.