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  • A dozen or so small grey fish next to a ruler.

    Looking for the saltmarsh topminnow in coastal Louisiana

    March 12, 2019 | 3 minute readThe Fish and Wildlife Service has been petitioned by WildEarth Guardians to list the saltmarsh topminnow under the Endangered Species Act. Not much is known about the topminnow’s distribution and biology so the Service is researching this species. According to scientific literature, the topminnow occurs in marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. It is a small non-migratory estuarine fish which reaches up to three inches long. It forages on the marsh surface during high tides, and retreats to small tidal creeks and rivulets during low tide. Learn more...

    Adult saltmarsh topminnows. Photo by Ronald Paille, USFWS.

  • A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.

    A boost in the Barrens

    February 27, 2019 | 3 minute readBarrens topminnows are small, colorful fish about four inches long, and the males are particularly showy during spawning season. Barrens darters are even smaller, and they are believed to be one of the rarest fish in North America. Cumberland pigtoes are mussels with mahogany shells and peach interiors. The fish and mussels are struggling to survive in the only place they live: the creeks and watersheds in a little part of Tennessee called the Barrens, midway between Nashville and Chattanooga. Learn more...

    Barrens topminnows are small, colorful fish that live only in a few springs and creeks in central Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fish as endangered. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.

  • A painting of a white headed duck with teal colored wing feathers swimming in greenish water.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites student artists to participate in 2019 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp program competition

    February 19, 2019 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting student entries postmarked by midnight Friday, March 15, for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program competition. The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition recognizes Georgia’s top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, home-schooled, and art studio students from kindergarten through high school are invited to compete for recognition, prizes and scholarships in an activity that promotes the conservation of America’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Learn more...

    2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp.

  • Hundreds of shore birds line a sand bank with yellow oil boom in the background.

    Restoring a buffet for birds on North Breton Island

    February 6, 2019 | 4 minute readAny mention of Louisiana frequently d conjures up images of delicious Cajun and Creole food – po’boys, gumbo, jambalaya and more. “Barrier islands” probably won’t pop into most people’s heads. But these islands are vitally important because they protect Louisiana communities from the impact of storms by acting like speed bumps, absorbing wind and wave energy. In addition, they provide essential habitat for birds and other wildlife. North Breton Island, part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, is one such barrier island. Learn more...

    North Breton Island, like many barrier islands, provides habitat for a wide range of bird species. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

  • Eric S. Johnson named 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year

    February 4, 2019 | 2 minute readWashington, D.C. — The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Eric S. Johnson as our 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Mr. Johnson is an Administrative Forester at the Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) in Arkansas and has created first of their kind habitat management plans that will be used as a blueprint throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. “Mr. Johnson goes above and beyond to provide the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex with valuable knowledge and technical experience to assist with conservation concerns,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Learn more...

  • Over twenty African-American students and members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity posing for a photo.

    Like birds of a feather

    February 4, 2019 | 3 minute readWhile the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. may not, at first glance, seem to have much in common, the two organizations, like birds of a feather, have been flocking together to develop young men as well as conserve fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Phi Beta Sigma (Sigma) is a fraternal organization founded in 1914 that focuses on issues that impact African American communities. The fraternity has over 700 collegiate and alumni chapters across the country. Learn more...

    Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity enjoy the outdoors at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Phi Beta Sigma.

  • Eight volunteers, half women, half men, pose in front of the welcome sign at Bayou Teche NWR

    Bayou Teche boardwalk trail open for adventure thanks to volunteers

    January 30, 2019 | 2 minute readAs the cypress and tupelo trees along the bayou began to turn their fall yellow and russet colors, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team arrived in Southeast Louisiana. This traveling crew of eight young adults, aged 18 to 25, were excited to gain leadership and job skills while making a difference at Bayou Teche refuge. Their stewardship mission for three weeks was to repair an interpretive boardwalk that winds through a wetland area. Learn more...

    AmeriCorps NCCC crew at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

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