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Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont. Credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS
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Service Announces Winner of National Prize Challenge to Defeat Bat-Killing Fungus

November 10, 2020

A team of six researchers from Oregon State University and the University of California have won a national prize challenge to combat white-nose syndrome, a lethal wildlife disease that has killed millions of bats in North America and pushed some native bat species to the brink of extinction. The winning team – Emily Dziedzic, Jenny Urbina Gonzalez, Jared LeBoldus, Michael Gordon, A. Marm Kilpatrick and Taal Levi – conceived of an aerosol spray to genetically silence the fungus that causes the disease without harming the bats, the places they hibernate, or other non-targeted organisms. The team will receive $20,000 for its proposal, which is intended to spur collaborations with scientists, designers and engineers to potentially bring the solution to life. 

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Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont. Credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS
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Some of the veterans now with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Credit: USFWS
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Veterans Conserve the Nature of America

November 9, 2020

We, the nation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, owe a huge debt to military veterans. They defend our country and its interests, willing to put their lives on the line. Then, some choose to put their diverse talents to work for the Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Some of the veterans now with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Credit: USFWS
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Bison with calf at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. Credit: Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS Credit: Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS
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Trump Administration Provides 5th Grade Students with Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands

October 29, 2020

While at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed a Secretary’s Order that waives entrance fees to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior for 5th grade students and their families from now until Aug. 31, 2021.

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Bison with calf at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. Credit: Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS Credit: Doreen Van Ryswyk/USFWS
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Gray wolf. Credit: ary Kramer/USFWS
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Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts

October 28, 2020

More than 45 years after gray wolves were first listed under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. State and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the Service monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species.

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Gray wolf. Credit: ary Kramer/USFWS
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The homepage for the new and improved permit application system. Credit: USFWS
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Service Launches New Electronic Permitting System to Streamline and Improve Permitting Process

October 21, 2020

To simplify, expedite and improve the permit application process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching “ePermits,” a new and modern electronic permitting system. The public can now submit, track and pay for permit applications online. Permits promote conservation efforts such as facilitating scientific research and allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to move forward. By applying for permits, the public can help conserve and protect imperiled species throughout the world.

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The homepage for the new and improved permit application system. Credit: USFWS
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Hurry to Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in northern Maine. The foliage peaks earlier there because of cold weather. Credit: Keith Ramos/USFWS
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Following Fall: A Foliage Tour of the Northeast

October 13, 2020

Love the fireworks shows of the Fourth of July but hate the hot weather? As the weather cools, nature starts putting on its own brilliant show. Take a fall foliage road trip through your area’s National Wildlife Refuges. The link gives you options if you are in the Northeast, but it is a wonderful time to stop by refuges nationwide as we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week through October 17.

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Hurry to Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in northern Maine. The foliage peaks earlier there because of cold weather. Credit: Keith Ramos/USFWS
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New regulations provide greater access on America's public lands. Credit: Lori Iverson/USFWS Credit: Lori Iverson/USFWS
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New Regulations Pave the Way for More People to Experience Bicycling on Public Lands

October 2, 2020

The Department of the Interior (DOI) today announced that it finalized electric bike (or e-bike) regulations that help land managers allow more people, especially older Americans and those with physical limitations, to experience bicycling on public lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other DOI bureaus. Bicycling is an excellent way to experience America’s rich natural heritage, and e-bike innovations in bicycle design open possibilities to more people.

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New regulations provide greater access on America's public lands. Credit: Lori Iverson/USFWS Credit: Lori Iverson/USFWS
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A young man exploring John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of 101 urban national wildlife refuges. Credit: Lamar Gore/USFWS
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Celebrate Your Public Lands During National Wildlife Refuge Week: October 11-17

October 2, 2020

Enjoy stellar outdoor recreation and the country’s wildlife heritage during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 11-17, 2020. Celebrate your access to nature on the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A young man exploring John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of 101 urban national wildlife refuges. Credit: Lamar Gore/USFWS
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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was “established, designed and built by the community for the community,” Refuge Manager Jennifer Owen-White says. Credit: Ian Shive/USFWS
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You Belong Here

October 1, 2020

What makes you feel welcome at national wildlife refuges and other outdoor spaces? We asked five people to share their thoughts and experiences. Why do we ask? Because ensuring access to nature benefits everyone even as it grows the ranks of tomorrow’s conservation stewards.

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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was “established, designed and built by the community for the community,” Refuge Manager Jennifer Owen-White says. Credit: Ian Shive/USFWS
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A monarch butterfly sipping nectar in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge pollinator garden. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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Trump Administration Celebrates Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day

September 30, 2020

In recognition of Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day, the Trump Administration announced that both Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge have been awarded $1 million in additional funding to bolster their urban refuge programs. In addition, a 44-acre site at the Refuge Gateway of Detroit River Refuge was opened to the public for recreation.

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A monarch butterfly sipping nectar in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge pollinator garden. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. Credit: D. Stanley/USFWS
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Visiting Public Lands Has Special Meaning Saturday

September 25, 2020

Saturday is both National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day, and visiting your public lands is a great way to celebrate. National Public Lands Day invites you to take a moment and make your lands better. There are also plenty of virtual events to enjoy. National Hunting and Fishing Day honors sportsmen and – women for their support of conservation.

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A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. Credit: D. Stanley/USFWS
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Unlike other woodpeckers, red-cockaded woodpeckers dig their cavities in living pines, including longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and slash. Their habitat stretches from Virginia to Florida and from Texas and Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS
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Half Century of Conservation Prompts Proposed Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

September 25, 2020

With significant commitments from public and private landowners in place, the Service is proposing to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from endangered to threatened. Thanks to ESA-inspired partnerships across its range, woodpecker populations are stable and increasing and adequate protections are in place for its continued recovery.

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Unlike other woodpeckers, red-cockaded woodpeckers dig their cavities in living pines, including longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and slash. Their habitat stretches from Virginia to Florida and from Texas and Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS
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2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single lesser scaup drake painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton Credit: © USFWS
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Delaware Artist Richard Clifton Wins 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest!

September 25, 2020

After two days of competition, Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, emerged as the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a single lesser scaup drake. The announcement was made via live stream at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Clifton’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2021-2022 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect over six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.

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2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single lesser scaup drake painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton Credit: © USFWS
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Families fish at the hatchery pond. Credit: USFWS

Casting for Community Connections

September 21, 2020

This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery found themselves with a sudden surplus of brook trout when local fishing events that they had planned to stock were canceled because of safety concerns. The hatchery stocked its small pond weekly with an estimated 1,600 good-sized, catchable brook trout and let the community know. Without a designated fishing event, visitors from near and far took advantage of a freshly stocked pond and an open gate to safely enjoy the outdoors.

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Families fish at the hatchery pond. Credit: USFWS

Migratory bird species like mallards will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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More than $130 Million in Public-Private Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects

September 10, 2020

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, approved $33.3 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 157,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 21 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act matched by nearly $85 million in partner funds. The commission also approved nearly $1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states.

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Migratory bird species like mallards will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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