The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is a Bureau within the Department of the Interior (Department) whose mission is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Driven by customer needs, IRTM provides secure, sustainable, efficient and effective management of information resources and technology to enhance and enable the Service's mission.
The Recovery Program is working to establish robust self-sustaining populations of condors within the historical distribution. The program includes several key components including addressing threats to the species in the wild; captive breeding; and release and monitoring at our field sites. In addition, we are working to increase the public's knowledge about the species and how you can support recovery of the condor.
In 1967 the California condor was listed as endangered by the federal government under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, the predecessor to the Endangered Species Act, and in 1979 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the California Condor Recovery Program. The 1996 Recovery plan established goals (criteria) for down listing the species from Endangered to Threatened. These include establishing two wild, geographically distinct self-sustaining populations, each with 150 birds and at least 15 breeding pairs. In addition, the plan includes maintaining a third population of condors in captivity.
The species historically ranged from California to Florida and western Canada to northern Mexico but by the mid-20th century, condor populations had dropped dramatically.
By 1982, only 22 condors survived in the wild, in an effort, to avoid extinction of the species, the Service and partners began to capture the remaining wild condors. Five years later, all remaining wild condors were in captivity and a captive breeding program to save the species was underway.
Today, the Service, and its public and private partners, have grown the total wild free-flying condor population to more than 300 condors. In 2004, the Recovery Program reached an important milestone with the first successful chick hatched in the wild. In 2008, another major milestone was reach when more condors were flying free in the wild than in captivity for the first time since the program began.
Sophia Fan, Age 12, from San Jose, CA wrote the winning 2023 CA JDS Best of Show Conservation Message: "Each act of conservation is a bright brush stroke on the canvas that is our future".
All 2023 CA Winners can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw/albums/72177720309673393
Welcome to the California Junior Duck Stamp Page. Learn about the program, contest, and more by exploring our site. Please note the CA contest is now fully virtual. There is no longer a traveling art display for festivals or events due to limited staff availability & funds.
The 19th meeting of the CoP to CITES took place in Panama City, Panama from November 14-25, 2022. For information on this meeting, including outcomes of species proposals, please click on the CoP19 tab in the left side bar.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act continue to provide protections not only for bald eagles, but golden eagles, too. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to assure the preservation of both species of eagles.
Ecosystem Restoration is a significant down payment in protecting our shared natural heritage. In collaboration with states, Tribes, local communities and federal agencies, we are using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to advance habitat restoration, conduct invasive species control and conserve at-risk species. These activities benefit several significant ecosystems and recreational sites.
To paraphrase one of our regional geospatial coordinators, “No major conservation actions happens without geospatial technology, science, and data.” Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and remote sensing are the primary elements which fall under the geospatial services umbrella. Geospatial services provide the technology to create, analyze, maintain, and distribute geospatial data and information. GIS, GPS, and remote sensing play a vital role in all of the Service’s long-term goals, including meeting the challenges posed by climate change.
This iconic landscape is distinguished by Appalachian ridges, hills, and plateaus. It is marked by deciduous and coniferous forests, streams and lakes, and thousands of plant and animal species. It is not only ecologically diverse, but sustains forest management, working farms, nature-oriented recreational opportunities, and clean water for the many people who live in the region.
Since the passage of the Highlands Conservation Act in 2004, $28 million in federal funds, matched by $53 million in non-federal funds, have been awarded to permanently protect 12,766 acres of land. Projects supported by the Highlands Conservation Act grant program are led by state agencies and address lands that support key conservation objectives outlined in the Highlands Conservation Act such as clean drinking water, healthy forests, thriving wildlife populations, productive agriculture, and abundant recreational opportunities.
The National Eagle Repository changed its operational procedures in response to an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Learn more about HPAI and our response below in "Our Library"
The D.C. Booth hatchery staff established the NFACA Collection in the early 1970’s. Today the collection comprises over 2 million objects and archival documents from our fish stations, past and present, across the United States.
Proper Training is critical to the role of law enforcement and providing officers with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism to do their jobs. Whether it is initial training for new recruits learning the basic skills and knowledge needed for their new positions or providing advanced and refresher training to seasoned agents, inspectors, and conservation officers, the Office of Law Enforcement’s (OLE) Training and Development Unit (TDU) is responsible for planning, coordinating and providing that training. In addition to preparing its own workforce, the TDU also assists its partners by providing conservation training to state, tribal and international partners here in the United States and in other regions of the world.
Sagebrush country contains biological, cultural and economic resources of national significance. America’s sagebrush ecosystem is the largest contiguous ecotype in the continental United States, comprising one-third of the land mass of the continental lower 48. This landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.
The Tiger Stamp, featuring an Amur Tiger cub by artist Nancy Stahl, was launched in 2011 and represents the first stamp in the history of the U.S. Postal Service to raise funds for international conservation. The price of the stamp marginally exceeds the cost of first class postage. A portion of the proceeds of each Tiger Stamp goes directly to conserving endangered species around the world.