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A pair of Monito geckos. Credit: JP Zegarra/USFWS
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Monito Gecko Saved From the Brink of Extinction

October 2, 2019

A rat eradication project, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and carried out by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and others, has brought the Monito gecko, a resilient little lizard that lives only on Monito Island in the Caribbean Sea, back from near extinction. The species is now so abundant that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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A pair of Monito geckos. Credit: JP Zegarra/USFWS
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Skipwith with a tagged monarch at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: USFWS
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Skipwith Joins Refuge Celebrations

September 30, 2019

What did you do this weekend? Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior and nominee to lead the Fish and Wildlife Service, was busy celebrating National Public Lands Day and Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Skipwith with a tagged monarch at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: USFWS
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The 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS
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Your Public Lands Want You—to Visit!

September 27, 2019

Looking for something awesome to do this weekend? There’s never been a better time to visit your public lands. You can thrill to the heart-pounding excitement of nature, delight in the peace of the outdoors, and work up a sweat as you help make your lands shine. Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day.

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The 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS
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The winning 2019 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a black-bellied whistling-duck pair by Alabama artist Eddie LeRoy. Credit: © USFWS
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Alabama Artist Eddie LeRoy Wins 2019 Federal Duck Stamp Contest!

September 26, 2019

Eddie LeRoy, an artist from Eufaula, Alabama, is the winner of the 2019 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a black-bellied whistling-duck pair. Service Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson announced the winner at the annual contest, held this year at Patuxent Research Refuge. LeRoy’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2020-2021 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.                    

                    

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The winning 2019 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a black-bellied whistling-duck pair by Alabama artist Eddie LeRoy. Credit: © USFWS
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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana: In Concert with Nature. Credit: Ian Shive/Tandem Stills & Motion
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Urban National Wildlife Refuges Bring Nature to the City

September 25, 2019

Urban national wildlife refuges offer visitors the best of two worlds: precious green space to unwind plus a hint of their region's unique flavor. Sunday, September 29, is Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day, which recognizes urban national wildlife refuges for enriching the lives of Americans and their communities. The 101 urban refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System expand access to nature to the 80 percent of Americans who live in or near cities.

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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana: In Concert with Nature. Credit: Ian Shive/Tandem Stills & Motion
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Mountain yellow-legged frog Credit: Rick Kuyper/USFWS
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Update Effective Date of Section 7 Final Rule under the Endangered Species Act

September 24, 2019

In its more than 45-year history, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has led to countless conservation partnerships that have helped recover some of America’s most treasured animals and plants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries are publishing in the Federal Register a notice delaying the effective date of a final rule to revise portions of our regulations that implement section 7 of the ESA.

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Mountain yellow-legged frog Credit: Rick Kuyper/USFWS
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Francis Marion National Forest devastation after Hurricane Hugo. Credit: Ralph Costa/USFWS
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Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are the Silver Lining of 30-year-old Monster Hurricane Hugo

September 24, 2019

Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina had the second largest population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in existence, with 1,900 red-cockaded woodpecker cavity trees and an estimated 1,765 birds in 500 active clusters or groups -- until the night of September 21, 1989. In the blink of a hurricane's eye, Hugo felled 87 percent of the active cavity trees on the forest. With only 200 cavity trees left standing, the race was on to provide homes for the estimated 700 birds that survived the storm.

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Francis Marion National Forest devastation after Hurricane Hugo. Credit: Ralph Costa/USFWS
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Twenty-five miles of channels were dredged as part of the Prime Hook marsh restoration project supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Credit: David Eisenhauer/USFWS
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Service-led Marsh Restoration Honored for Reducing Climate-related Threats

September 24, 2019

The Tidal Marsh and Barrier Beach Restoration Project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware has received a 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the "Federal Government" category. The award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding and innovative projects "that are advancing the resilience of our nation's valuable fish, wildlife, and plant resources in a changing climate." The Prime Hook project was recognized for its "exemplary leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation."

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Twenty-five miles of channels were dredged as part of the Prime Hook marsh restoration project supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Credit: David Eisenhauer/USFWS
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Regional Director Charlie Wooley at Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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New Leadership Announced for Conservation in the Midwest

September 23, 2019

Charlie Wooley is the new Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior's Unified Region 3 – Great Lakes, based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Wooley has more than 40 years' experience working with the Service and has been acting Regional Director for more than a year. "Charlie has been leading conservation efforts on a national scale for decades. I'm pleased to have his leadership directing the work of our dedicated employees as they work with partners across America's heartland," says Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson.

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Regional Director Charlie Wooley at Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
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Migratory bird species like the mallard will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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More than $100 Million in Public-Private Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects

September 16, 2019

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, today approved $28 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 150,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 20 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act matched by more than $72 million in partner funds. The commission also approved $4.2 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 2,200 acres in Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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Migratory bird species like the mallard will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Mule deer bucks clash antlers to vie for dominance near Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Autumn Wonders

September 11, 2019

Fall brings a stir to national wildlife refuges. As daylight wanes, birds and butterflies start their long flights south, massing at many refuges along the way, and bull elk compete for mates. Check out our migration hot spots.

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Mule deer bucks clash antlers to vie for dominance near Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Video: Follow Watts Through Kenai’s Landscape. Click image to view video. Credit: Credit: USFWS
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Closeness to the Wild

September 4, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at more than 90 national wildlife refuges and other public lands. At Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, biologist Dom Watts seizes those opportunities every chance he gets. "Hunting and fishing gives me this connection with nature that you can't get any other way," he says. "It gives you this closeness to the wild."

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Video: Follow Watts Through Kenai’s Landscape. Click image to view video. Credit: Credit: USFWS
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Fishing in Uganik Lake and River at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
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Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Public Access to Hunting and Fishing on 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide

August 30, 2019

Kicking off this year’s hunting season and continuing efforts to increase recreational access on public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today new hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 1.4 million acres nationwide.

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Fishing in Uganik Lake and River at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
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Margaret Everson, Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (right) meets with the Minister of Environment for Angola to discuss combating wildlife crime. Credit: USFWS
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U.S. Leadership Supports Conservation Gains for Wildlife and Plant Species at International Convention

August 28, 2019

At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), U.S. government leaders recently forged critical agreements supporting conservation of wildlife and plant species subject to international trade. From combating wildlife trafficking to protecting iconic and lesser-known species while supporting their sustainable and legal use, the U.S. delegation achieved agreement on a vast array of pressing international wildlife and plant trade and conservation issues.

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Margaret Everson, Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (right) meets with the Minister of Environment for Angola to discuss combating wildlife crime. Credit: USFWS
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"Northern leopard frogs are an important indicator of water quality," Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Emily Grabowski says. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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One Giant Leap for Northern Leopard Frogs

August 27, 2019

Hundreds of northern leopard frogs hopped into the wild in recent weeks at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in central Washington. The frogs were released, thanks to a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Zoo and Washington State University.

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"Northern leopard frogs are an important indicator of water quality," Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Emily Grabowski says. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS
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