Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

Raleigh Field Office

Welcome to the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office web site. We work to protect endangered and threatened species, migratory birds and migratory fish and their habitat in North Carolina. To accomplish our mission the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office has these programs: Coastal, Environmental Contaminants, Endangered Species, Project Planning, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife.

COVID-19 Update

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, all employees of the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office are currently teleworking in an effort to curb the spread.  However, our office is still conducting business.  Here's how to contact us:

Since hard copy mail may not be delivered/seen in a timely manner, patrons are advised to send correspondence directly to a staff member via email.  You can find our staff directory at https://www.fws.gov/raleigh/contact_us.html. If you don't know exactly who to direct your email to, please send it to Raleigh_es@fws.gov 

In addition, all of our employees should be reachable by telephone by calling their office phone number as we are checking voice-mail periodically.


Agency Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Rufa Red Knot Shorebird

Economists and biologists anticipate few changes to approach in reviewing federal actions along U.S. Atlantic, Gulf coasts. 

July 14, 2021

Bird walking over sand with black, white and brown-redish plumage.

Red knot by USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposed rule to designate 649,066 acres of critical habitat across 13 states for the rufa red knot, a robin-sized shorebird that relies on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts to fuel its remarkable migrations from the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of South America. If finalized, the designation would not require federal agencies to expand their current approach in reviewing federal actions such as those involving recreation, development or other activities in rufa red knot habitat.  

A public meeting is scheduled on August 18, 2021, 6:00-9:00 pm. Read news release for more information.


Service Proposes Downlisting Smooth Coneflower From Endangered to Threatened Under Endangered Species Act 

The public has until August 23, 2021 to submit comments

June 23, 2021

One big and one small flowers seen from above against a green background.

Smooth coneflowers, by Dale Suiter, FWS,Stephens County, GA, 2007.

Following a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to downlist the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  A 4(d) rule that tailors protections while allowing activities that do not hinder its recovery is also being proposed.  The proposal represents a significant recovery milestone for the plant following years of ESA-inspired partnerships across its range in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.  


Service Provides Endangered Species Protections for the Carolina Madtom and Neuse River Waterdog

ESA flexibilities address species needs and encourage species recovery

June 8, 2021

top view of a salamander head with a squared off nose, light brown skin and dark spots. External gills are red on both side of the head.

Neuse River waterdog. Photo by USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect the Carolina madtom a small catfish, and the Neuse River waterdog, an aquatic salamander.

The Carolina madtom will receive protection as an endangered species, and 257 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat. The Neuse River waterdog will be protected as a threatened species with an ESA Section 4(d) rule, and 779 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat.


National Fishing and Boating Week kicks off on June 5. Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

June 4, 2021

Two females on an orange kayak synchronized paddling on ariver with green vegetation behind them.

Kayaking. Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS

National Fishing and Boating Week (June 5 — June 13, 2021) is a great time to learn to fish, reconnect with your kayak, and enjoy the water with friends and family. Last year more than 55 million people turned to fishing as a safe respite from the screens and stresses of the year — the highest number in over a decade. Here are some great ways you can celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! Read the full story...


Top Five Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

June 4, 2021

Three male figures, two tall and one boy walking away from the camera and into a dirt trail surrounded by  tall and slender longleaf pine trees.

Hiking in Carteret County. Photo by L.Serrano/USFWS

June is Great Outdoors Month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents our top five list to get you outside. There are so many great activities, we hope to pique your interest. America’s public lands, including national wildlife refugesnational fish hatcheries, parks, and forests, offer tremendous opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors, most from sunrise to sunset every day. Hike, fish, observe, and photograph wildlife! Studies show that spending time in nature benefits physical and mental health, academic performance, and overall quality of life. Read the full story...

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Last Updated: 7/27/2021