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News and Information Archives for 2004

Dec 16th, 2004 - Fish and Wildlife Service Partner With Georgia Power to Protect Native Mussels in Three Southwest Georgia Lakes -- Homeowners living alongside three lakes were asked to help move stranded mussels to safety during recent drawdown of lakes for maintenance.

Dec 15th, 2004 - Hall, Gwinnett and Forsyth Student Wildlife Artists Display Work at Elachee Nature Science Center -- Twenty-two students from schools in Hall, Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties placed First, Second, Third or Honorable Mention among one-hundred entries in the 2004 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Wildlife Art Exhibition. Display ends on Dec 30th.

Dec 12th, 2004 - Whooping Cranes and Ultralights Reach Florida After 1200 Mile Flight from Wisconsin -- Thirteen endangered whooping cranes led by three ultralight aircraft reach Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge completing a 64-day, 1,200-mile trek over seven states.

Dec 12th, 2004 - Common Loons Successfully Released Back into Atlantic Ocean Following Fuel Spill -- Rehabilitators say that loons are among the most difficult species to rehabilitate following an “oiling.”

Dec 10th, 2004 - Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Technical Committee Conducts Freshwater Mussel Survey -- Mussel populations appear to have greatly declined since the drought year of 2000. That’s the preliminary result from survey conducted by GA Department of Natural Resources, Columbus State University, Ecological Solutions, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia Office of Ecological Services.

Dec 10th, 2004 - USFWS Publishes Regulations Governing Revocation of Incidental Take Permits Under the Endangered Species Act -- The regulations published describe circumstances in which the Service may revoke such permits. The Service grants incidental take permits to landowners who have voluntarily agreed to develop Habitat Conservation Plans, or HCPs.

Dec 8th, 2004 - Fourth Upper Coosa Basin Aquatics Summit Held in Athens, Georgia on December 6th and 7th -- Forty representatives from federal, state, private industry and non-profit organizations from three states met to discuss discuss conservation of Georgia’s rapidly developing Upper Coosa River Basin.

Dec 6th, 2004 - "Class of 2004" Whooping Cranes Arrive in Florida and Are Poised to Arrive at Chassahowitzka NWR This Week -- Fourteen young whooping crane chicks and their human surrogate parents arrived in Florida after flying through Georgia. Total trip beginning in Wisconsin to Florida is 1200 miles.

Dec 1st, 2004 - Reception Held for 2004 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Winners at GA ES Office -- Students, parents, and judges mingled with FWS employees for despite a wet, cold rainy Sunday afternoon in late November.

Nov 22nd, 2004 - Georgia Envirothon Deadline Approaches for High School Age Groups. -- A great opportunity is approaching for high school students to to win plaques and recognition. Teams can be from any youth organization that has an interest in the environment.

Nov 5th, 2004 - Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibition is on display at Athens Ecological Services Office, Nov 9th - 26th, 2004 -- Winning entries are at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Office, 105 West Park Drive, Suite D, off Jennings Mill Road. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Office is closed Nov. 11th and 25th.

Oct 28, 2004 - Georgia Partnership will use Coastal Wetland grant to protect wildlife and habitat on Altamaha River. -- Georgia Department of Natural Resources will acquire 5,491 acres in the Altamaha River Watershed. Known for some of Georgia’s best stocks of anadromous fish, the site will be available for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreational use. The Nature Conservancy will assist in acquiring lands.

Oct 13, 2004 - Fourth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida. -- Operation Migration leads it fourth annual flight of endangered whooping cranes from Wisconsin to new homes in Florida. The birds should be over Georgia by mid-November.

Sep 27, 2004 - Georgia will receive $392,608 and $950,563 from grants recently announced by Department of the Interior. -- Two Georgia grants are for completing the Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan and for purchasing land in Murray County to protect species of concern and aid water quality within the Conasauga rivershed.

Oct 5, 2004 - 2003-2004 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Winners Are On Display at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia. -- The 100 pieces of original artwork were selected from over 800 entries, submitted by Georgia students in grades K - 12. Exhibition will be on display through October 31st, 2004.

Sep 27, 2004 -- The Athens office for Georgia Ecological Services office has moved to its new location. -- The new address is West Park Center, Suite D, 105 West Park Drive, Athens, GA 30606. Phone remains 706 613-9493, but extensions now begin with a "2." Example: Ext. 36 is now Ext 236.

Sep 27, 2004 - Georgia will receive $392,608 and $950,563 from grants recently announced by Department of the Interior. -- Two Georgia grants are for completing the Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan and for purchasing land in Murray County to protect species of concern and aid water quality within the Conasauga rivershed.

Aug 26, 2004 - Private Landowners in Southeast Receive $1.3 Million for Endangered Species -- Announcement includes a $72,018 grant to the Red Hills Ecological Stewardship Consortium to support work with red cockaded woodpeckers on private lands in Leon County, Florida and Thomas and Grady Counties in Georgia.

Aug 25, 2004 - Assistant Secretary Announces Grants For Endangered Species Recovery in Florida & Georgia -- A Department of the Interior Private Stewardship grant for $72,018 was awarded to the Red Hills Ecological Stewardship Consortium, which is part of Tall Timbers Research Station. The grant will support work with the largest population of red cockaded woodpeckers on private lands in north Florida and southwest Georgia.

Aug 11, 2004 - 2004 Jr Duck Stamp Wildlife Art Exhibition is now on display at Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences until August 26th. -- Macon, Dublin, Griffith and Forsyth Students well represented
in annual USFWS art contest for Georgia students in grades K - 12. (Images of artwork are available.)

Aug 3, 2004 - Former Townsend Ecological Services Supervisor Receives Award for Investigation of 1999 Bird Kill. -- The USFWS recently honored Dr. Greg Masson for his role as part of the Lake Apopka Investigations Prosecution Team.

July 24, 2004 - State And Federal Transportation Partnership Saves Unique Habitats Across Georgia -- Federal Highway Administration recently recognized efforts by state and federal agencies in Georgia at protecting unique habitats--including the recent purchase of 1300 acre Flint River Ravines Tract and 700 acre Black Creek Mitigation Bank.

July 15, 2004 - Georgia Mussel Expert Carson Stringfellow Honored For Assistance in Helping Endangered Species -- USFWS Southeast Regional Director, Sam Hamilton, thanked Stringfellow during ceremonies in Atlanta for his willingness to share a unique expertise with Service biologists.

July 1, 2004 - Critical Habitat Designated for 11 Freshwater Mussels in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. -- Portions of rivers and streams in four states have been designated critical habitat for 11 Federally listed freshwater mussel species in response to a lawsuit in Federal court.

Jun 25, 2004 - 2004 Georgia Bald Eagle Nesting Survey Show State's Eagle Population Still Rising. -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program recorded a total of 84 occupied eagle territories across the state.

Jun 2, 2004 - 2003 Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit Arrives at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Last Stop for 2003-2004 Tour. -- Over 700 Georgia students participated in conservation art contest. See top 100 winners during June. Exhibit also available for viewing during Snake Day, June 5th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

May 28, 2004 - U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PROPOSES RULE TO ALLOW DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE MIGRATORY BIRDS -- The USFWS will propose a rule that will allow the Department of Defense to incidentally take migratory birds during military readiness training as directed by the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act.

May 26, 2004 - Enjoy National Fishing and Boating Week June 5 -13th at USFWS Refuges and Hatcheries -- Activities scheduled across state at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites including Banks Lake, Warm Springs, and Chattahoochee Forest . Events begin early at Banks Lake NWR on Saturday, May 29th.

May 26, 2004 - DOI Secretary Norton, International Paper Sign Landmark Agreement in Georgia to Protect and Manage Aquatic Resources -- Landmark first-ever Aquatic Resources Conservation and Management Partnership Agreement signed. Expected to significantly improve freshwater ecosystems across the southeastern US. Agreement covers 5.5 million acres in nine Southern states.

May 25, 2004 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals for National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants -- USFWS is currently accepting applications for the 2005 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program. Deadline is June 21st, 2004.

May 25, 2004 - Lawrenceville Student Honored for Achievements in Outstanding Wildlife Artistry and Conservation. -- 18-year-old Whitney Barton was honored at Collins Hill High School for Best-of-Show honors received during the 2004 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Her artwork has also gained an Honorable Mention during judging at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

May 18, 2004 - USFWS Presents Student Honors at 56th Annual Georgia Science and Engineering Fair -- Six students from secondary schools in Georgia are honored for research in environmental science and zoology. Projects included effects of lunar phases on fish feeding, effects of pharmaceuticals on aquatic fauna and determining age of fish species by otolith measurements.

May 8, 2004 - International Migratory Bird Day -- Op Ed By Sam Hamilton -- Southeast Regional Director Sam Hamilton discusses this year's theme of International Migratory Bird Day--the conservation of colonial-nesting birds.

May 6, 2004 - Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 8th -- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, GA and Dunwoody Nature Center in Atlanta are two of the sites celebrating International Migratory Bird Day in Georgia.

Apr 29, 2004 - Carson Stringfellow recognized by FWS for efforts in southwest Georgia -- This FWS volunteer specializes in locating native mussels and training FWS biologists in species identification techniques.

Apr 20, 2004 - First "Class of 2003" Endangered Cranes Arrive at Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. -- Two juvenile whooping cranes from the 2003 ultralight flight returned to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. Cranes fly over Georgia during fall ultralight led migration.

Apr 16, 2004 - Winners of 2004 Junior Duck Stamp Winners Are Now on Line -- Lists of One Hundred Winners of Statewide Contest to Promote Conservation Now Available. Web Page Showing Digital Images of Winning Artwork Is Now Under Construction.

Apr 2, 2004 - Interagency Burn Team Uses Prescribed Fire To Protect Imperiled Habitat In The Coosa Valley Prairies -- A joint partnership completed an important 300-acre controlled burn to restore a portion of the Coosa Valley Prairies, a unique habitat in northwest Georgia.

Apr 1, 2004 - "Class of 2003" Endangered Whooping Cranes Begins Unassisted Migration Across Georgia -- Half of "Class of 2003" have left Florida's Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, heading for their summer home around central Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

Mar 15, 2004 - Georgia DNR Receives $1,515,288 From USFWS State Wildlife Grants Program. -- Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division was awarded $1,515,288 under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grants Program.

Mar 1st, 2004 - Conservation Art Students Shine at Oatland Island Nature Center -- The 2003 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Competition is now on display at Savannah's Oatland Island Nature Center. Entries, including from Savannah area students, are on display through May 3rd, 2004.

Feb 25th, 2004 - Landowner Incentive Grants Announced by DOI Secretary -- Georgia Department of Natural Resources receives $180,000 under President Bush's Landowner Incentive Grants Program. Monies will assist recovery efforts for red-cockaded woodpeckers in Georgia's Red Hills Country.

Feb 3rd, 2004 - USFWS Seeks Student Applicants for 2004 Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. -- Student artists, grades K-12, can compete for recognition, prizes, and scholarships. Competition is open to private, public and home school students. March 15th, 2004 is the deadline for submitting entries.

. -- After re-examining its 1998 determination not to list the Florida black bear as threatened, the Fish and Wildlife Service reaffirms the determination.

Jan 13th, 2004 - REOPENING OF THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED CRITICAL HABITAT FOR 11 MOBILE RIVER BASIN MUSSELS -- The USFWS has reopened the comment period for proposed designation of critical habitat for 11 endangered or threatened freshwater mussels in the Mobile River Basin.

Jan 6th, 2004 - Service Seeks Proposals For Funding Through the Private Stewardship Grants Program. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is seeking proposals for private lands conservation funding through its Private Stewardship Grants Program. About $7.1 million is available to support on-the-ground conservation efforts on private lands through this grant.


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