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Conservation in Tennessee

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. A small fish with brown and white spots swimming in front of small rocks. Jan 30, 2019 | 6 minute read

          Unique fish gets endangered species protection with proposed exemptions and critical habitat

        2. A small, blue and yellow fish floating above rocky substrate Dec 18, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Tiny freshwater fish does not warrant federal protection

        3. Dec 10, 2018 | 2 minute read

          New regional director to head southeastern conservation efforts Fish and Wildlife Service

        4. Four men watch as a fifth release a few dozen ntrout into the Clinch River. Nov 5, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Making a splash

        5. A small, brown and yellow fish with iridescent scales around its gills Nov 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

          New population of spring pygmy sunfish discovered

        6. A colorful trout in hand with a smiling angler in the background. Oct 30, 2018 | 4 minute read

          TVA, Fish and Wildlife Service to Continue Popular Trout Stocking Program

        7. A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses. Oct 5, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to list the eastern black rail as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

        8. A small semi-transluscent catfish in an aquarium. Sep 19, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Recovery plan for endangered Chucky madtom available

        9. The sun over a round, blue earth covered in part by an enormous circular cloud formation Sep 14, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Storm weakens, wanders

        10. A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings Apr 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Cumberland darter draft recovery plan available for review

        11. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

        12. A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net. Jan 3, 2018 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes endangered status for Barrens topminnow

        13. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. Dec 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

        14. A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly. Dec 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protections not needed for Southeastern fish and crayfish

        15. A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom. Oct 16, 2017 | 6 minute read

          Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

        16. A greyish green fish with a long body and blueish grey fins. Oct 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for two Coosa darters

        17. A small fish with bright blue fins and orange coloring on its back. Oct 3, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes protection for rare darter in Coosa River Basin

        18. Radar or Irma. Sep 11, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma continues its assault on Southeast

        19. A swirling cloud mass south of Florida. Sep 10, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma reaches Florida, heads north

        20. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        21. A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary. Sep 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Friday Hurricane Irma roundup

        22. Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof. Sep 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Tips for rebuilding

        23. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

        24. A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river. Jun 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

        25. A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals. May 19, 2017 | 8 minute read

          2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

        26. Two veterinarians hold and measure an injured bald eagle. Feb 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers reward for information in Tennessee bald eagle deaths

        27. A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower. Jan 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

          In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

        28. A grass-like plant with white flowers emerges from the marsh. Nov 22, 2016 | 5 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to expand bog conservation in North Carolina

        29. A sloped, rocky stream in winter. Nov 10, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Recovery plan available for endangered laurel dace

        30. Biologists crowd around a seine. Oct 31, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Chucky madtom draft recovery plan available for review

        31. A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium. Oct 4, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Service finalizes listing for Kentucky arrow darter

        32. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

        33. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation. Aug 30, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

        34. A large raptor with a sharp curved tallons and beak, brown feathers on the majority of its body with white tail feathers and white feathers on its head Jul 6, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Reward increased in Tennessee bald eagle shooting death

        35. A dead, juvenile bald eagle. May 12, 2016 | 1 minute read

          Wanted: information about a bald eagle killed in Hamilton county, Tennessee

        36. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Apr 14, 2016 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eeopens comment period on proposal to list the white-fringeless orchid as threatened

        37. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Feb 23, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Power companies, tribe, agencies take steps to save rare fish

        38. Illustration of an eel transitioning from dark green on it's top to a white belly with a long dorsal fin. Oct 7, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for 10 species in the Southeast

        39. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves. Sep 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

        40. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 14, 2015 | 6 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes adding white fringeless orchid to threatened and endangered species list

        41. Three mussels in hand with identification numbers Aug 13, 2015 | 8 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts

        42. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

        43. A brown eagle with sharp curved beak and talons perched on a tree. Jun 26, 2015 | 3 minute read

          $12,500 reward for information involving bald eagle shooting

        44. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

        45. Brown entrance sign to the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. May 11, 2015 | 5 minute read

          TVA, partners to fund trout stocking for Tennessee, Georgia tailwaters

        46. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Apr 29, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

        47. Injured eagle on lab table getting treatment. Jan 27, 2015 | 3 minute read

          $10,000 reward for information involving bald eagle shooting

        48. A sloped, rocky stream in winter. Jan 14, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Draft recovery plan for endangered laurel dace available for review

        49. Two whooping cranes follow a large fan powered glider in front of a gray sky. Dec 11, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes complete fall migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida

        50. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 9, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        51. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

        52. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

        53. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Nov 6, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Recovery plan for two endangered snails and an endangered mussel available

        54. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

        55. A long stemmed plant with bright yellow flowers. May 28, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service estimates economic impact of Critical Habitat designations for three southern plants

        56. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb. May 19, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 33 southeastern species

        57. A colorful yellow and red trout covered in small black spots. May 14, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Agencies announce public meeting on federal trout hatchery funding

        58. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        59. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species

        60. Banks of the Mississippi River. Apr 25, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Public meetings scheduled for expansion of the acquisition boundaries of Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges

        61. Banks of the Mississippi River. Apr 23, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Service tables proposal to expand the acquisition boundaries of Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges

        62. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Jan 7, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on aircraft-guided flight

        63. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 31, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

        64. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 30, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes now in Georgia on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

        65. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 12, 2013 | 5 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes now in Alabama on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

        66. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. Nov 14, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Service approves incidental take permit for NiSource multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan

        67. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 8, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Service estimates economic impacts and releases draft environmental assessment of Critical Habitat designation for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        68. Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes. Oct 15, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

        69. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012 | 6 minute read

          Service proposes to protect neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

        70. A brown and black striated mussel. Oct 3, 2012 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to protect the fluted kidneyshell and slabside pearlymussel under the Endangered Species Act

        71. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        72. Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach. Aug 24, 2011 | 5 minute read

          Salazar announces $53 Million in grants to support habitat acquisition and conservation planning for endangered species

        73. A low growing shrub with bright purple flowers. Aug 9, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Final recovery plan for endangered Pynes ground-plum available

        74. A bumblebee feasting on flower nectar from a purple flower. Aug 4, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Conservation success: Tennessee purple coneflower delisted

        75. A purple/rust colored salamander walking through moist, iron rich red soil. Mar 21, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Berry Cave salamander placed on federal candidate species list

        76. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Mar 18, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Service announces endangered species recovery champion awards: southeast awardees from NC, TN

        77. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank. Feb 18, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Second whooping crane found dead at Weiss Lake, Alabama

        78. A brown and black mussel with striations. Jan 19, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for two freshwater mussels

        79. A bumblebee feasting on flower nectar from a purple flower. Aug 12, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Tennessee purple coneflower proposed for delisting

        80. Banks of the Mississippi River. Jun 1, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds

        81. A bald eagle flying straight at the camera in front of a bright blue sky. May 6, 2010 | 2 minute read

          Reward offered for information about bald eagle shooting in Tennessee

        82. A small bat with white powder around its nose covered in tiny water droplets. Feb 16, 2010 | 3 minute read

          TWRA confirms first cases of white nose syndrome in Tennessee bats

        83. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Feb 10, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Service announces the availability of a draft economic analysis for proposed designation of Critical Habitat for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and roughhorn

        84. A bright white lighthouse emerges over calm water and a mix of palm and oak trees. Jan 2, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes arrive at final wintering destination in Florida

        85. Eight whooping cranes follow an ultralight fan powered glider in Kentucky. Dec 8, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes over the skies of Tennessee

        86. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Oct 22, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ninth group of endangered whooping cranes depart on ultralight-guided flight to Florida

        87. A white bird with angular wings and a dark head. Sep 23, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Service releases climate change strategy for public review and comment

        88. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face. Sep 22, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for the shovelnose sturgeon

        89. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        90. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Jun 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service proposes endangered species status and Critical Habitat designations for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and rough hornsnail

        91. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

        92. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jun 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

        93. A deal bald eagle on its back in the lab. May 28, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Lab confirms lead poisoning cause of death of bald eagle found at Norris Lake

        94. A bald eagle flying straight at the camera in front of a bright blue sky. Apr 22, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Reward offered for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in Cumberland county

        95. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Apr 10, 2009 | 1 minute read

          Reward offered for information about bald eagle death on Lake Norris

        Stories

        1. A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net. Feb 27, 2019 | 3 minute read

          A boost in the Barrens

        2. Dec 13, 2018 | 1 minute read

          West Tennessee refuges host first Wounded Warrior deer hunt

        3. A man with a beard looks closely at an insect with a magnifying glass Sep 18, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Protecting the rare

        4. A man wearing an orange Tennessee NWR shirt releases a brownish grey bird, which takes flight. Sep 4, 2018 | 8 minute read

          Banded together

        5. Children playing a game in a grassy field. Aug 3, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Dale Hollow holds sixth Wilderness Day Camp

        6. A YCC student loads fish into a net for weighing. Aug 3, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Local students work at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery

        7. Hundreds of visitors line a stream with fishing poles Jul 18, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Wolf Creek hosts 32nd Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby

        8. Several dozen visitors surround a fast moving stream looking for trout. Jun 19, 2018 | 2 minute read

          21st annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo a success

        9. A woman wearing a warm hat preparing to plant a tiny spruce tree seedling. May 24, 2018 | 8 minute read

          Women lead the effort on Appalachian mountain-top forests

        10. Three fluffy grey birds appear sleeping in a nest. Apr 30, 2018 | 5 minute read

          A young life saved

        11. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. Mar 19, 2018 | 8 minute read

          A war in the water

        12. A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds. Nov 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

        13. An employee in a neon yellow shirt helps guide a heavy machine operator. Oct 24, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Culvert repair partnership in Tennessee a win-win for landowner, endangered fish

        14. Four half mussel shells. The interior of the shells are irodescent pink/purple while the outisde are striated with brown and orange markings. Oct 4, 2017 | 6 minute read

          ‘From the brink’

        15. A Tennessee wildlife services employee in uniform helps a todler with a bow and arrow. Jul 31, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Fifth annual Wilderness Day Camp

        16. Two young children fishing in a kiddie pool. Jul 19, 2017 | 2 minute read

          20th annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo is a success

        17. Biologists in cold weather gear and waders collect lake sturgeon next to a dam. Jun 7, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Lake sturgeon restoration in the Upper Tennessee River

        18. A group of children runs through shallow water with a net in the foreground. Apr 11, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Conserving the Tennessee River Basin: it takes a village

        19. Heavy machine operator Rick Campbell wearing a hard hat. Aug 22, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Cecil, Campbell, and the Southeast Region’s vision

        20. May 5, 2016 | 1 minute read

          Conserving imperiled aquatic species in the Upper Tennessee River Basin

        21. A black bear in a field locks eyes with the camera as it eats grassy vegetation. Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Louisiana black bear’s survival depends on people, says biologist

        22. Aug 23, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Enduring investments

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