Endangered Species
Ecological Services

Partnership Stories

The Ecological Services Program works formally and informally with a large variety of groups and individuals to further species conservation. Partnerships for protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species have been established between the Ecological Services Program and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service programs, other federal agencies, state governments, private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and American Indian tribes.



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Posted
3/27/17

Outdoor Nevada | Moapa Dace (6:02)

Partners: Nevada Department of Wildlife, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and others

Moapa dace. Credit: USFWS

Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Moapa coriacea
Overview: The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada supports and protects a healthy, thriving population of Moapa dace at the headwaters of the Muddy River. Stable flows from the refuge's numerous warm springs fill meandering channels downstream that provide ideal habitat for dace, as well as Virgin River chub and other species of endemic fish and invertebrates.

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Posted
3/10/17

Grassland Conservation: Protecting our Legacy (21:30)

Partners: Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management, Devon Energy, and many others

lesser-prairie chicken. Credit: USFWS
Overview: In the southern Great Plains of southeastern New Mexico, both the lesser-prairie chicken and dunes sagebrush lizard were in decline. In the event that either animal was listed as an endangered species, federal and state agencies, the oil and gas industry, ranchers, conservation organizations, and private landowners worked together to develop a plan so they could continue their operations.

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Posted
3/08/17

Oak Habitat Restoration Partnership (11:20)

Partners: Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Klamath Bird Observatory, and many others

Ashland, Oregon. Credit: USFWS
Overview: A diverse group of partners are working together to protect and promote development of oak habitat in Oregon and California for the benefit of endangered and threatened plants, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

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Posted
3/07/17

Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery (6:29)

Partners: Arizona Game and Fish, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, and others

Sonoran pronghorn. Credit: USFWS

Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Antilocapra americana sonoriensis
Overview: A geographically and genetically distinct sub-species of pronghorn, the Sonoran pronghorn is smaller and lighter in color and is adapted for survival in desert conditions. The males weigh up to 130 pounds and females up to 110 pounds Pronghorn are slightly smaller than a white-tailed deer with a shoulder-height of about three feet.

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Posted
3/06/17

Restoring North America's Rarest Trout (1:55)

Partner: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and others

Paiute cutthroat trout. Credit: Dan Hottle/USFWS

Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris
Overview: Fish biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife are one step closer to restoring the Paiute cutthroat trout back to it's historical range. The Paiute cutthroat is the rarest trout in North America and lives only in an 11-mile stretch of Silver King Creek in Alpine County, California.

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Posted
12/07/16

Pahrump Poolfish on the Brink of Extinction (3:44)

Partners: Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Division of State Parks, Las Vegas Springs Preserve, the Bureau of Land Management, and private partners

Pahrump poolfish. Credit: Enrique Villar/USFWS

Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Empetrichthys latos
Overview: There is a rare species of desert fish fighting for its survival in a fresh water pond in the desert landscape of southern Nevada—the Pahrump poolfish.

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Posted
10/31/16

Fun Facts About Bats (7:38)

Partner: Organization for Bat Conservation

brown bat. Credit: USFWS
Overview: More than half of the bat species in the United States are in severe decline or listed as endangered. In addition to loss of habitat, one of the most severe threats comes from white-nose syndrome, a disease that has decimated bats in the United States and Canada.


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Posted
10/20/16

E-DNA Confirms Feared-Extinct Sturgeon Alive in Alabama River (4:32)

Partners: University of West Florida, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

Alabama sturgeon. Credit: USFWS

Status: Endangered / Listed May 5, 2000
Scientific Name: Scaphirhynchus suttkusi
Overview: The Alabama sturgeon is a freshwater fish that was historically widespread in the Mobile River Basin of Alabama and Mississippi. The last capture of an Alabama sturgeon was in April 2007 by the biologists with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The species is one of the rarest and most endangered fish in the nation and may be close to extinction.

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Posted
09/07/16

Rare Animals, Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep - Yosemite Nature (8:35)

Partners: Yosemite National Park

CPrairie Butterfly. Credit: Dakota skipper by USFWS PhilDelphey 2012

Status: Endangered / Listed April 20, 2999/
Scientific Name:
Ovis canadensis ssp. sierrae
Overview:
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are the rarest mountain sheep in North America. After the population dropped to around 100 animals in 1995, this unique sub-species was listed as an endangered species. In the spring of 2015, these charismatic animals were released into the heart of Yosemite for the first time in over 100 years.

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Posted
08/15/16

Prairie Butterfly Conservation (10:37)

Partners: Minnesota Zoo and Morrie's Automotive Group

CPrairie Butterfly. Credit: Dakota skipper by USFWS PhilDelphey 2012

Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name:
Grus americana
Overview:
Morrie's and the Minnesota Zoo are working together to help endangered and special concern butterflies. Prairie Butterfly Conservation includes watching for special concern species as well as tagging Monarch Butterflies before they migrate to Mexico in the fall. You can participate in the Monarch migration by keeping an eye out for tagged Monarch Butterflies and reporting the tag number @ monarchwatch.org

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Posted
08/04/16

Minnesota Zoo's Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program (1:59)

Partners: Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo's Prairie Butterfly.
Overview: Butterflies are loved, but many are also in trouble. Did you know that Dakota skipper populations have dropped to very low numbers and is gone from most historical sites? This species, along with the Poweshiek skipperling are now listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and are among 15 butterflies that are "Endangered", "Threatened", or of "Special Concern" by Minnesota.

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Posted
0719/16

Preserving Kauai's Native Forest Birds (7:25)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Global and State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Kauai's Native Forest Bird.
Overview: Hawaiian birds – many found nowhere else on Earth – face daunting pressures from habitat loss and introduced nonnative species like feral pigs and domestic cats. Thanks to our generous supporters, San Diego Zoo Global was able to partner with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife to create two bird propagation centers on the islands

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Posted
0711/16

Georgia Outdoors / Edge of Survival (26:48)

Partners: Georgia Outdoors

redit: USFWS
Overview: Host Sharon Collins explores the pockmarked wilderness of central and south Georgia in search of iconic, yet endangered, species native to our beautiful state. She tells the stories of the red-cockaded woodpecker, the indigo snake, and the gopher tortoise: the office reptile of the State of Georgia, and the efforts being made to promote their comebacks.



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Posted
05/18/16

California Condor Chick Hatches at Kofords Ridge (2:06)

Partners: Santa Barbara Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and others

California condor. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Gymnogyps californianus
Overview: On April 4, 2016, a California condor egg hatched in the wild, and for the first time in history, anyone with an Internet connection could watch it.

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Posted
05/17/16

First 'Alalā of 2016 Hatches at Hawaiian Bird Center (2:35)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Global

Hawaiian crow ('alala). Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Corvus hawaiiensis
Overview: Animal care staff at San Diego Zoo Global's Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program are celebrating the first Hawaiian crow, or 'alalā, to be hatched in the 2016 breeding season. Later this year, hatched 'alalā chicks will go back to their native forests on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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Posted
05/09/16

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: A prehistoric legend returns (2:35)

Partners: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex

Lahontan cutthroat trout. Credit: USFWS
Status: threatened / Listed October 13, 1970
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi
Overview: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are working together to restore the ancient Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout – once thought extinct – back to its native waters of Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

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Posted
04/25/16

Can We Save These Rare Toads From Extinction? (4:48)

Partners: University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, and many others

Wyoming toad. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed January 17, 1984
Scientific Name: Bufo hemiophrys ssp. baxteri
Overview: Habitat loss, climate change, and a fungus are all factors in the decline of the Wyoming toad. The species was listed as endangered in 1984 and declared extinct in the wild not long after. But efforts to raise the animals in captivity have been successful.

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Posted
04/19/16

Seabird Protection Network: Restoration to Recovery Through Partnerships & Collaboration (7:37)

Partners: Sea Bird Protection Network

Local aircraft. Credit: Seabird Protection Network.
Overview: The Seabird Protection Network and the local aviation community discuss the importance of flying high—at or above 1,000 feet—along California's coast where seabirds breed and nest.

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Last updated: March 27, 2017