We are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the American people.

We offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage. And through our work to conserve natural resources, we provide communities with healthier environments, clean water, flood control and a strong economy.

Achieving Our Mission

Learn about our priorities, statutory authority and functions. 

History of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the nation’s oldest conservation agency. Our origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study why the nation’s food fishes were decreasing and recommend ways to reverse that decline.

Though the name of our agency has changed multiple times over the years, what endures is the collective dedication of Service employees to face the conservation challenges of their dayand now, our daywith ingenuity, integrity and hard work. Fortunately, our history shows that we’ve always been up to the challenge.

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3 Adult Chinook Salmon swim, more in back
Habitat Restoration
$70M for Fish Passage Projects to Address Climate Resilience, Strengthen Local Economies
The Department of the Interior today announced more than $70 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for 43 projects in 29 states that will improve fish passage around outdated or obsolete dams, culverts, levees and other barriers fragmenting the nation’s rivers and streams....
Three biologists hold a large lake sturgeon
Endangered Species Act
Collaborative conservation keeps lake sturgeon off endangered list
After conducting a thorough species status assessment using the best available science, we have determined that lake sturgeon do not require listing under the Endangered Species Act. The 12-month finding shows that ongoing management efforts, such as fish stocking, have contributed to the...
2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest judges holding the winning artwork
Migratory Species
2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner
A talented young artist from Oregon has taken top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A king eider by 17-year-old Emily Lian, will grace the 2024-2025 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation and outdoor...
A black-footed ferret in their enclosure.
Science and Technology
Innovative Cloning Advancements for Black-footed Ferret Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its genetic research partners announce the birth of two new black-footed ferret clones – known as Noreen and Antonia – and are providing an update on their latest efforts to breed previously cloned black-footed ferret, Elizabeth Ann.
A man uses a special bucket to look for mussels in a river at the base of a 12-foot tall dam
Land Management
Little River Dam Removal — Virgina
Thanks to the seventh generation of private landowners in Maiden Spring, Virginia, a 200-year-old dam, standing 130-feet-wide and 14-feet-tall, has reached the end of its time as a barrier to fish passage.
A wetland surrounded by brown trees and some green vegetation
Climate Change
IRA-Funded Projects in Four States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the selection of nature-based solutions projects in the Lower Mississippi River Valley (LMRV) for forestry and wetland restoration across more than 63,100 acres of national wildlife refuges and state-managed lands in Arkansas, Louisiana,...

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See Where Your Tax Dollars Go 

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develops an annual budget justification which defines our goals, objectives, and the funding necessary to accomplish them. Once approved, funds are allocated to programs and regions, and monitored to ensure those funds are used as mandated by Congress.

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Do Business With Us

The mission of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In support of the mission, the FWS procures goods and services that include: land rehabilitation; information technology resources; construction projects; professional and nonprofessional services; supplies; and environmental studies. We look forward to working with qualified, capable contractors, including small businesses.

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Work With Us

The range of career options available in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is as wide as it is rewarding. A career with us might be just what you’re looking for if you’re passionate about supporting our mission and science, water quality, nature, air quality, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, native plants, or education. You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background, and perspective to our work.  

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