Conservation Programs

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Programs Related to Endangered Species


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Invasive Species Program

Invasive species are organisms that are introduced into a non-native ecosystem and which cause, or are likely to cause, harm to the economy, environment or human health. Invasive species are often part of the reason other species can be threatened. Learn more about this program

Migratory Bird Program

Mixed flock of ducks taking off
Mixed flock of ducks

Migratory birds are some of nature’s most magnificent resources. They have a significant role in the health of the environment, economy, and culture in the U.S. and internationally. The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program is to conserve migratory bird populations and their habitats for future generations, through careful monitoring, effective management, and by supporting national and international partnerships that conserve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.Learn more about this program.

Adult Rainbow Trout
Adult Rainbow Trout


America's fish and aquatic resources are among the world's richest, and provide substantial social, economic, and ecological benefits to the Nation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation is committed to working with partners to promote healthy fish and wildlife, healthy habitats, healthy people, and a healthy economy. Learn more about this program.

Bald eagle
Mature Bald Eagle

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation. Learn more about this program.


Wetland in Miller County, AR

Wetlands in Miller County, AR
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The Service is the principal Federal agency that provides information to the public on the extent and status of the Nation's wetlands. The agency has developed a series of topical maps to show wetlands and deepwater habitats. This geospatial information is used by Federal, State, and local agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities. Learn more about this program.

Ivory seized by USFWS

Ivory seized by USFWS

International Affairs

Through the Listing Program, the Service determines whether to add a species to the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. Listing affords a species the full range of protections available under the ESA, including prohibitions on killing, harming or otherwise "taking" a species. In some instances, listing can be avoided by the development of Candidate Conservation Agreements which may remove threats facing the candidate species. Learn more about this program.
Click here for a National Geographic video on the USFWS Ivory Crush

Duck Stamps

2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest winner

2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp Ruddy Ducks by Jennifer Miller

Since 1934, the sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated funds which have been used to help purchase or lease over millions of acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. These lands are now protected in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Waterfowl are not the only wildlife to benefit; numerous other bird, mammal, fish, reptile, and amphibian species that rely on wetland habitats have prospered. Further, an estimated one-third of the Nation's endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges established using Federal Duck Stamp funds. Learn more about this program.

Environmental Quality

Amphibian abnormalities in NWR


The Environmental Contaminants Program includes contaminants specialists stationed around the country that are on the front lines in the fight against pollution. They specialize in detecting toxic chemicals; addressing their effects; preventing harm to fish, wildlife and their habitats; and removing toxic chemicals and restoring habitat when prevention isn't possible. They are experts on oil and chemical spills, pesticides, water quality, hazardous materials disposal and other aspects of pollution biology. The Contaminant Program's operations are integrated into all other Service activities and the Service's contaminants specialists often work in partnership with other agencies and organizations which have come to rely on their expertise. Learn more about this program.

National Conservation Training Center
The National Conservation Training Center trains and educates natural resource managers to accomplish the common goal of conserving fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. As the "home of the Fish and Wildlife Service," NCTC brings exceptional training and education opportunities to Service employees and others. Learn more about this program.

PFWPartners for Fish and Wildlife Program
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has grown in size and scope since its beginning in 1987 and has gained national recognition as a vanguard in the new era of cooperative conservation. Through voluntary agreements the Partners program provides expert technical assistance and cost-share incentives directly to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats. Learn more about this program.

NWRSNational Wildlife Refuge System
The National Wildlife Refuge System is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 551 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts. Learn more about this system and access its various databases.

Fish and Wildlife Service Newsroom
The Virtual News Room on the Fish and Wildlife Service web site contains many news releases addressing partnerships. You can use the tools to search by keyword and/or within a specific date range. Access the news release search engine to find partnership stories.


Arkansas Field Office
110 S. Amity Road
Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032

501/513 4470 (v)
501/513 4480 (f)

Last Updated: October 16, 2018

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