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Conserving the Nature of America
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker holds insect in it's mouth while attacted to a tree.
Unlike other woodpeckers, red-cockaded woodpeckers dig their cavities in living pines, including longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and slash. Their habitat stretches from Virginia to Florida and from Texas and Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS

Half Century of Conservation Prompts Proposed Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

September 25, 2020
With significant commitments from public and private landowners in place, the Service is proposing to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from endangered to threatened. Thanks to ESA-inspired partnerships across its range, woodpecker populations are stable and increasing and adequate protections are in place for its continued recovery.
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A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana.
A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. Credit: D. Stanley/USFWS

Visiting Public Lands Has Special Meaning Saturday

September 25, 2020
Saturday is both National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day, and visiting your public lands is a great way to celebrate. National Public Lands Day invites you to take a moment and make your lands better. There are also plenty of virtual events to enjoy. National Hunting and Fishing Day honors sportsmen and – women for their support of conservation.
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Two Mallards take off in flight.
Families fish at the hatchery pond. Credit: USFWS

Casting for Community Connections

September 21, 2020
This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery found themselves with a sudden surplus of brook trout when local fishing events that they had planned to stock were canceled because of safety concerns. The hatchery stocked its small pond weekly with an estimated 1,600 good-sized, catchable brook trout and let the community know. Without a designated fishing event, visitors from near and far took advantage of a freshly stocked pond and an open gate to safely enjoy the outdoors.
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