Prehistoric trout swimming one step closer to native spawning home
A welcomed increase in precipitation throughout the drought-weary Sierra Nevada range this spring combined with a growing understanding of the reproductive habits of one of the most unique species ... Read More
A Desert Oasis for the Endangered Moapa Dace
The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the southern Nevada desert seems an unlikely place for an endangered fish to make a comeback, but the Moapa dace (Moapa coriacea) population is... Read More
Featured Species in Nevada
Southwestern willow flycatcher
Because of river flow reductions and habitat alteration and loss, the southwestern willow flycatcher teeters on the brink of extinction.
Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Photo credit: Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS
The desert tortoise is found throughout the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, and Utah. Tortoises have survived in the desert for millions of years, however today they face many hurdles.
Photo credit: Beth Jackson, USFWS
Devils Hole pupfish
This iridescent blue inch-long fish makes its home in the 93 degree waters of Devils Hole, which is located within Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near the California/Nevada border. The Devils Hole pupfish is found nowhere else in the world. More »
Devils Hole pupfish.
Photo credit: Olin Feuerbacher
Partnership Stories in Nevada
What Doesn't Stay in Vegas? Sprawl.
This video portrays on a year-by-year basis the growth of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. A departure from the videos that we normally share, this video provides a dramatic visual of the scale of impact that development can have on native habitat. The loss of habitat is one of the most frequently cited causes of species endangerment. More »
Unique to Nevada
Steamboat buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. williamsiae) is only found at one location in the entire country—Steamboat Hot Springs in Washoe County, Nevada. It is extremely vulnerable to habitat degradation, off-road vehicle use, mining activities and development. It is a flowering plant that produces a single ball of pinkish-white flowers at its tip.
Photo credit: Gary Monroe, Berkeley.edu
First listed in 1967 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a precursor to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is one of the original 109 species first listed as endangered. This species is naturally restricted to Devils Hole, a limestone cave situated on the east central border of Ash Meadows, Nye County, Nevada, and the main threat to its survival is water loss.
Photo credit: Olin Feuerbacher, USFWS