Looking for Something in Particular?

Date to Start Search: (dd/mm/yyyy)

Date to End Search: (dd/mm/yyyy)

Stories from the Home Page

More than 2,000 organizations from around the world highlight the importance of open rivers and migratory fish conservation. Credit: Jason Ching / World Fish Migration Foundation
Higher Quality Version of Image

Service Joins More Than 2000 Organizations Celebrating World Fish Migration Day

April 20, 2018

A global initiative highlighting the importance of conserving migratory fish species and aquatic ecosystems, World Fish Migration Day 2018 will be celebrated April 21. More than 520 worldwide events will be held in 62 countries, including nearly 100 events in the United States ranging from global inaugurations of "fishways" that help migratory fish bypass water infrastructure, dam removal to family educational events, kayak tours and river cleanup activities??.

WFMD 2018 News Release »»

Blog »»

Video »»

More than 2,000 organizations from around the world highlight the importance of open rivers and migratory fish conservation. Credit: Jason Ching / World Fish Migration Foundation
Higher Quality Version of Image

The winning 2018 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of an emperor goose by Rayen Kang. Credit: USFWS

Interior and Service Announce Winner of National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

April 20, 2018

Rayen Kang, an 18-year-old from Johns Creek, Georgia, took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of an emperor goose. Her artwork will grace the 2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp, which will go on sale June 29 and supports conservation education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

News Release »»

Learn More »»

The winning 2018 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of an emperor goose by Rayen Kang. Credit: USFWS

Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Credit: Dan Chapman/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Birds Seized in Operation Ornery Birds Released into the Everglades

April 18, 2018

After a long-running, undercover investigation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and partners released about 130 birds, including painted buntings and northern cardinals, into Florida’s River of Grass last week. The birds had been bought by undercover agents from illegal trappers and traffickers, and seized in a series of arrests in the days leading up to the release.

Full Story »»

Six People Charged (DOJ) »»

Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Credit: Dan Chapman/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Chuda Dhaurali holds a buckling at Pine Island Community Farm in Colchester, Vermont. Credit: Paul E. Richardson/Vermont Land Trust
Higher Quality Version of Image

Nature's Good Neighbors: A New American Dream

April 18, 2018

A Vermont farm gives back to the local community and the land, and proves that it's possible to make a living on the land while looking after it, such as protecting local wetlands. 

Full Story »»

Nature's Good Neighbors Stories »»

Chuda Dhaurali holds a buckling at Pine Island Community Farm in Colchester, Vermont. Credit: Paul E. Richardson/Vermont Land Trust
Higher Quality Version of Image

Volunteer Jim Montgomery collects waterbird data. Credit: USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Volunteers Keep Things Running

April 18, 2018

The Service has some stellar volunteers -- the 40,000-plus people who contribute more than 1.5 million hours of work each year to help achieve the agency's mission and many of our staffers, who give back to their local communities in some amazing ways. 

Blog: Thank You to Volunteers Everywhere »»

Photo Gallery of FWS Employees who Volunteer »»

Volunteer Jim Montgomery collects waterbird data. Credit: USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Southern Arizona citizens installed bat feeders in their back yards to help recover lesser long-nosed bats and share scientific data. Credit: Courtesy of Richard Spitzer.
Higher Quality Version of Image

Good News for Agave: Plant Pollinating Bat No Longer Endangered

April 17, 2018

Thanks to three decades of partnerships between the Service and diverse stakeholders on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the lesser long-nosed bat has rebounded from near-extinction and no longer requires Endangered Species Act protection. Agave growers, tequila producers, private landowners, wildlife agencies and citizen scientists all pitched in to conserve and restore this unique pollinator.

Bat News Release »»

For More Information »»

Southern Arizona citizens installed bat feeders in their back yards to help recover lesser long-nosed bats and share scientific data. Credit: Courtesy of Richard Spitzer.
Higher Quality Version of Image

Sporting a namesake black cap and white face mask, the black-capped vireo is the smallest member of the vireo family. This bird occurs regularly in the United States and winters exclusively in Mexico along the Pacific Coast. Credit: Gil Eckrich
Higher Quality Version of Image

Black-Capped Vireo Soars to Recovery Thanks to Conservation Partnerships; Service Delists the Songbird from ESA

April 13, 2018

Not so long ago the black-capped vireo nearly went extinct. Goats ate their way through this songbird’s habitat and brown-headed cowbirds commandeered their nests. In the late 1980s there were only about 350 birds known to exist, but thanks to robust conservation efforts, the vireo is being removed from the list of endangered and threatened species.

News Release »»

More Information »»

Infographic »»

Sporting a namesake black cap and white face mask, the black-capped vireo is the smallest member of the vireo family. This bird occurs regularly in the United States and winters exclusively in Mexico along the Pacific Coast. Credit: Gil Eckrich
Higher Quality Version of Image

Male Kirtland's Warbler from Adams county, Wisconsin. Credit: Joel Trick/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Service and Partners Celebrate Remarkable Conservation Victory of Once Critically Imperiled Songbird

April 11, 2018

In the early 1970s, the Kirtland's warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, the population of this songbird has rebounded, and the Service is now proposing to remove it from the list of endangered and threatened species.

News Release »»

Learn More »»

Male Kirtland's Warbler from Adams county, Wisconsin. Credit: Joel Trick/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Dave Murphy plants a native tree on his farm. Credit: Kelly O'Mara/Ozark Regional Land Trust
Higher Quality Version of Image

Nature's Good Neighbors: For this Missouri Bat Ambassador, Conservation Begins at Home

April 11, 2018

The commissioner of the Missouri Department of Conservation manages his farm in a way that both enhances its economic value and provides a quality home for the endangered Indiana bat and other wildlife.

Story »»

Nature's Good Neighbors Stories »»

Dave Murphy plants a native tree on his farm. Credit: Kelly O'Mara/Ozark Regional Land Trust
Higher Quality Version of Image

Jane Koger inspects her ranch in her Polaris Ranger. Credit: Greg Kramos/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Nature's Good Neighbors: All About the Tallgrass

April 6, 2018

Rancher Jane Koger makes her living running a cow-calf operation in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Through experimentation, education and relationships, she has learned that improving habitat for wildlife also helps her bottom line.

Story »»

Nature's Good Neighbors Stories »»

Jane Koger inspects her ranch in her Polaris Ranger. Credit: Greg Kramos/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Thousands of invasive silver carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake. Credit: Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation.
Higher Quality Version of Image

Herding Asian carp in St. Louis, Missouri

April 4, 2018

We've heard of herding cats, but fish? In a recent fishing exercise at Creve Coeur Lake, our biologists worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey and the St. Louis County Parks Department to remove 47,000 Asian carp from the lake. Partners used a Chinese "fish herding" technique to capture thousands of these unwanted fish.

Story »»

A War in the Water as Asian Carp Threaten Southeast »»

Thousands of invasive silver carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake. Credit: Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation.
Higher Quality Version of Image

Two adult Hawaiian Geese (Nenes) with chick. Credit: Kathleen Misajon/NPS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Hawaiian Goose is One Step Closer to Recovery

March 30, 2018

After 60 years of collaborative conservation efforts among federal, state, NGOs and local partners, the Hawaiian Goose, or nene, is one step closer to recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downlist the Hawaiian goose from endangered to threatened. By the mid-20th century, fewer than 30 nene remained in the wild. Today more than 2,800 individuals survive.

Blog »»

More Photos and Video »»

For More Information »»

Two adult Hawaiian Geese (Nenes) with chick. Credit: Kathleen Misajon/NPS
Higher Quality Version of Image

The black rhinoceros is critically endangered. Credit: Karl Stromayer/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Wildlife Trafficker Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

March 27, 2018

After selling two black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent with the Fish and Wildlife Service, a California man was convicted of crimes against the Lacey and Endangered Species acts. His 27-month sentence is another success for the Service’s Operation Crash, an ongoing nationwide effort to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of rhinoceros horns.

News Release (DOJ) »»

The black rhinoceros is critically endangered. Credit: Karl Stromayer/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

A bee visits a flowering butterfly milkweed plant at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Courtney Celley/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Timing Is Everything

March 27, 2018

Tracking the timing of events in nature gives refuge biologists information they need to manage refuge lands wisely – for example, suppressing invasive species, curbing wildfire risk, assessing the vulnerability of an at-risk species. Some national wildlife refuges are inviting citizens to help turbo-charge their data collection on the USFWS Phenology Network, a joint project of the Service and the USA-National Phenology Network.

Photo Essay »»

A bee visits a flowering butterfly milkweed plant at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Courtney Celley/USFWS
Higher Quality Version of Image

Red-cockaded woodpecker in flight. Credit: Martjan Lammertink/U.S. Forest Service
Higher Quality Version of Image

At Camp Lejeune, Endangered Woodpecker Thrives Amid Simulated Battles

March 26, 2018

Under a new and far-reaching state-federal partnership, the health and well-being of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker is tied to the U.S. Marine Corps mission at Lejeune. An agreement between the military, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the state of North Carolina allows Lejeune to expand training through prime woodpecker territory. In return, the so-called Recovery and Sustainment Program, or RASP, should boost the woodpecker population across eastern North Carolina.

Story »»

Red-cockaded woodpecker in flight. Credit: Martjan Lammertink/U.S. Forest Service
Higher Quality Version of Image