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California condor chick #933 taking flight in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo
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California Condor Chick Sets Milestones in Santa Barbara County

December 11, 2018

For the first time in more than three decades, an endangered California condor chick has successfully fledged from a cliff-side nest in Santa Barbara County.  Last month, condor number 933 took its first short flight after being raised by its parents for six months in the northern Santa Barbara backcountry of Los Padres National Forest. This chick represents another milestone in the condor recovery program: the first second-generation wild fledgling in Southern California. Its father fledged from the Santa Barbara backcountry in 1980.

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California condor chick #933 taking flight in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo
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Targeted for their high quality caviar, paddlefish are prone to illegal harvest. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Illegal Caviar Operation Leads to Prison Time

December 6, 2018

As a result of a multiyear undercover investigation into the illegal commercialization of paddlefish, an Indiana man – already a convicted wildlife trafficker – was sentenced to two years in prison. This joint operation involved law enforcement professionals from four states.

Lacey Act Protects Paddlefish »»

Targeted for their high quality caviar, paddlefish are prone to illegal harvest. Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS
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A Yearly Dose of Wisdom

December 6, 2018

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.  Wisdom was first banded as an adult in 1956, making her at least 68 years old.

World’s Oldest Wild Bird Returns to Midway »»

Wisdom’s Photo Album Through Time »»

Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS
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Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS
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National Wildlife Refuges Announce 2019 Fee-Free Days!

December 6, 2018

Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. Thirty refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on certain days in 2019, and nearly 500 other refuges are free year-round. Wildlife refuges offer world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography and environmental education. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.

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Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS
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In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart
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Investigation Roots out Bad Actors in Ginseng Trade

November 28, 2018

Operation Root Cause, one of the largest commercial ginseng cases ever prosecuted, brought 14 people to justice earlier this year. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent, with assistance from Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officers, worked undercover in Pennsylvania over two harvest seasons to gather evidence and build the case.

A Pound of American Ginseng Can Cost as Much as an iPad »»

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In autumn, American Ginseng leaves turn golden yellow and it produces red berries. Credit: Dr. E.P. Burkhart
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A river otter family along a snowy wetland. Credit: Courtesy of Kenny Bahr
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Winter Adventures Await at a National Wildlife Refuges

November 26, 2018

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter. It’s a great time to get out and explore America’s national wildlife refuges. Here are a few fun ways to get outside in the colder months and see some amazing sights! Check it out and start planning your trip.

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A river otter family along a snowy wetland. Credit: Courtesy of Kenny Bahr
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Some of “Nature’s Good Neighbors.” Credit: Ozark Regional Land Trust, USDA, USFWS
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Nature’s Good Neighbors

November 20, 2018

Natural places help sustain our communities, fuel our economy, and contribute to the health and well-being of families in every corner of the nation. Our “Nature’s Good Neighbors” series highlights people who depend on the land as much as the land depends on them. With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which provides expertise, assistance, funding and tools to conserve and restore wildlife habitat, these land stewards are working with nature to make a home for people and wildlife. We are thankful for “Nature’s Good Neighbors” and all that they do.

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Some of “Nature’s Good Neighbors.” Credit: Ozark Regional Land Trust, USDA, USFWS
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Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Introduces Veterans to Hunting

November 15, 2018

Eleven military veterans celebrated Veterans Day with their first waterfowl hunt at the inaugural Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Veterans’ Waterfowl Hunt.

'Getting Veterans into the Outdoors Is so Important' »»

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Veteran Sal Trujillo (left) and guide Richard Hannan. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter features a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background. Credit: United States Mint
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Mint Launches Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter

November 14, 2018

The U.S. Mint is celebrating the beauty of Rhode Island with the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter, the 45th coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Block Island is the second refuge in the series – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware has also been honored.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Block Island National Wildlife Refuge »»

More about the Quarter from the Mint »»

The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter features a black-crowned night-heron flying over scenic coastline, with a historic lighthouse in the background. Credit: United States Mint
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory has several veterans (from left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA). Credit: USFWS
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Thank You, Veterans

November 8, 2018

The brave women and men in the military make daily sacrifices to safeguard our freedoms. We are privileged that after their military careers, many veterans put their skills toward the defense of wildlife and their habitats. Continuing in the service of the country, these veterans join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as biologists, story-tellers, administrators, law-enforcement officers and more. Our military branches also are key partners in conservation, using their lands to protect and recover wildlife.

FWS Veterans Photo Gallery »»

Black-capped Vireo Endangered No Longer »»

Hawkeyes, Tritons and Ridgway's Rails? »»

The Elfin Has Landed: How Military Aircraft Helped Rare Butterfly »»

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory has several veterans (from left to right): Laura Daugherty (USN), Lloydene Hill (USAF), Johnnie French (USA) and Ken Nekotani (USA). Credit: USFWS
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Video Thumbnail: Pond Lily Nature Preserve Credit: USFWS
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Building a Stronger Coast

November 2, 2018

t’s been just two years since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners removed the dilapidated and dangerous Pond Lily Dam in New Haven, Connecticut. Now, with the help of local volunteers, the pond behind the dam has been replaced by a sprawling green nature preserve and a free-flowing river complete with migratory fish. Neighborhood streets are also protected from extreme flooding events caused by the old dam.

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Video Thumbnail: Pond Lily Nature Preserve Credit: USFWS
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Finding scents is a game for Pip and other Conservation Canines. Credit: Jaymi Heimbuch
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Doggie Detectives Sniff for Science

November 2, 2018

Research commissioned by the Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees recently confirmed that mink populations are reduced along New York’s Hudson River, which is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Who helped scientists get the data that led to the findings? Conservation Canines like Pip. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service represents the Department of the Interior on the Trustees.

The dogs have also located New England cottontail »»

Finding scents is a game for Pip and other Conservation Canines. Credit: Jaymi Heimbuch
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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey talks to one of the anglers. Credit: UAO TV
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Service, Football Team Go Fish with Kansas City Youth

October 30, 2018

Urban American Outdoors TV’s National Urban Kids Fishing Derby Tour stopped in Kansas City, Kansas, on October 8, bringing together the Service, the Kansas City Chiefs and others to engage Kansas City youth in one of the nation's great outdoor pastimes.

Introducing People to Fishing, Conservation »»

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey talks to one of the anglers. Credit: UAO TV
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One of the primary threats to tricolored bats is thought to be white-nose syndrome. Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS
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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces More Than $1.1 Million in Grants to Help Bats

October 30, 2018

In the midst of Bat Week, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced more than $1.1 million in grants to combat white-nose syndrome and promote the survival of bats in North America. The grants were awarded through the Bats for the Future Fund, a public-private partnership between NFWF, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Company and the Avangrid Foundation.

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Bat Conservation Storymap »»

National Bat Week Proclamation »»

One of the primary threats to tricolored bats is thought to be white-nose syndrome. Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS
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Fourth-graders came to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia on May 9 with a mission: Clean up the marsh! Credit: USFWS
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Conservation Comes to Cities

October 22, 2018

More and more of the nation lives in cities, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to connect urban dwellers with nature. In the Northeast Region, the Service works closely with nine cities to establish urban partnerships as a way to engage new audiences and share our natural resources. 

Storymap Highlighting Accomplishments »»

Fourth-graders came to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia on May 9 with a mission: Clean up the marsh! Credit: USFWS
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