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Two ducks with distinctive red head, black throat, and white underside fly over grassland at refuge
Migratory bird species like the redhead will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Interior Department Announces Nearly $111 Million in Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

September 22, 2021

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, approved $34 million in grants, which will provide the Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore nearly 177,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across 20 states. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, will be matched by nearly $74 million in partner funds. The Commission also approved $3.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states .

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A woman crouches among a cluster of large-leafed invasive velvetleaf to remove it from dry wetland
A volunteer from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removes velvetleaf from a dry wetland at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS

Building Community, One Day at a Time in Oregon

September 17, 2021

Appropriately masked and following COVID-19 precautions, roughly 40 volunteers from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removed invasive plants, learned about wildlife conservation and developed a relationship with public lands at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Portland, Oregon. The community work day was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to reach a diverse, urban audience.

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Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer/USFWS

Service to Initiate Status Review of Gray Wolf in the Western U.S.

September 15, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the initial review of two petitions filed to list gray wolves in the western U.S. as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service finds that the petitions present substantial, credible information indicating that a listing action may be warranted and will initiate a comprehensive status review of the gray wolf in the western U.S.

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