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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Collared fisher is released into a snowy forest.
Wildlife Management
Fisher Restoration, Management, and Research Supported Through Wildlife Restoration Funds
Pressure from logging and habitat changes for agriculture and development in the late 18th and early 19th century led to the decline of fisher across most of the eastern U.S. The value of fisher fur and their unregulated historic harvest also contributed to population decline. Today, thanks to...
A high school student holding a net over a fish trailer. There are hundreds of people in the background as well as green trees and a blue sky with clouds.
Our Partners
Releasing the 1000th Fish
On May 3, 2024, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the Palisade High School's Endangered Fish Hatchery marked a very special day. For the fourth consecutive year, students, partners, and the community of Palisade, CO,...
A Greater Yellowlegs by the water within the Huron Wetland Management District.
Migratory Species
Interior Department Announces $87 Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and Refuges
The Department of the Interior today announced more than $87 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, providing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve, restore or enhance 315,823 acres of critical wetland and...
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Migratory Species
Grassland birds, Forest birds and Other Migratory Birds to Benefit from $22 Million in Funding
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing more than $22 million in funding has been approved for grants through the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act for conservation projects to benefit migratory birds and people throughout the Americas.
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Science and Technology
Rapid Response Funding to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the selection of four projects, totaling $785,000, that will address the early detection and rapid response for aquatic invasive species.
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Wildlife Management
Partner Fish and Wildlife Agencies Receive $59 Million to Protect and Conserve At-Risk Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing over $59 million to state fish and wildlife agencies through the State Wildlife Grant Program to support the conservation of imperiled wildlife and their habitats across the nation. These grant funds are allocated to all states, commonwealths, U.S...

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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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