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Summer Fellowship Student Flexing Her Mussels

August 19, 2016

Often overlooked, freshwater mussels are among the more understudied yet ecologically important organisms in aquatic ecosystems.  They are getting some much needed conservation assistance from Kendra Chan, a 2016 Directorate Fellow assigned to the Pacific Region’s Fish and Aquatic Conservation Office. 

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Kendra Chan. Credit: USFWS
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Snowy Egrets at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Join us in Celebrating the Landmark Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

August 16, 2016

One hundred years ago, the first Migratory Bird Treaty was signed between the United States and Canada, marking an historic moment in international wildlife conservation. Today, the two nations celebrate the monumental success of this agreement in bringing many birds back from the brink. The treaty provided a model for similar agreements with other nations and paved the way for regulations that continue to protect birds and their habitats today in the face of many new challenges. Learn more about how you can help celebrate, enjoy and protect our winged friends. 

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Snowy Egrets at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Island Fox Recovery video. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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Foxes on Three California Islands Saved from Extinction in Record Time Thanks to Conservation Partnership

August 11, 2016

Foxes that are unique to three Channel Islands off the southern coast of California went into the record books today having achieved the fastest-ever recovery of a mammal in the history of the Endangered Species Act. The three subspecies of Channel Island fox were declared saved from extinction today following a collaborative conservation effort spanning 12 years. 

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Brown bear and cubs on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Lisa Hupp / USFWS
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Final Rule for Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Supports Resource Conservation

August 3, 2016

In response to public interest and concern about predator harvest on national wildlife refuges across Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a final rule to clarify that predator control is not allowed on national wildlife refuges in the state unless based on sound science and in response to a conservation concern or is necessary to meet refuge purposes, federal laws or Service policy. In addition, the rule defines the process that will be used for considering predator control, prohibits certain methods and means for non-subsistence harvest of predators, and updates the procedures for closing an area or restricting an activity on refuges in Alaska.

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Brown bear and cubs on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Lisa Hupp / USFWS
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Fish biologist Christopher Dean with a steelhead. Credit: USFWS
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Service Anglers Share Their Favorites

August 3, 2016

We asked Service anglers and some partners across the country what their favorite fish to catch is. Did they mention yours? Read the blog to find out.

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Fish biologist Christopher Dean with a steelhead. Credit: USFWS
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A black-footed ferret checks out his surroundings. Credit: Ryan Moehring / USFWS
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Black-footed ferrets Return to Ancestors’ Stomping Grounds in Wyoming

July 28, 2016

One of North America’s most endangered mammals, the black-footed ferret, took another step toward recovery this week thanks to a historic reintroduction back to the ranches where the species was rediscovered in 1981 after having been believed to be extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the owners of two ranches released 35 black-footed ferrets outside Meeteetse, Wyoming.

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A black-footed ferret checks out his surroundings. Credit: Ryan Moehring / USFWS
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Students from the Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environment Center help with native restoration at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Ian Shive / USFWS
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Over $2 Million Awarded to New and Expanded Urban Partnerships Across the U.S.

July 27, 2016

The opportunities for residents of major urban areas across the country to gain that all-important access to nature and the outdoors have received a substantial boost thanks to new and expanded partnerships led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. This initiative connects city residents with nature and engages thousands of volunteers in restoring local environments. These programs were made possible by the 2016 Five Star grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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Students from the Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environment Center help with native restoration at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Ian Shive / USFWS
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Young women explore the outdoors. Credit: Girls Inc. of Holyoke
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Service Announces Historic Partnership with Girls Inc. to Engage Young Women in Wildlife Conservation

July 27, 2016

Seeking to expand opportunities for young girls to experience nature and explore careers in wildlife conservation, the Service has signed a partnership agreement with Girls Inc. – a national organization that provides girls with life-changing experiences that inspire them to be strong, smart and bold. The agreement commits the two organizations to work together to develop education programs, hands-on conservation projects and training, and encourage young women to pursue careers in wildlife conservation and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

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Young women explore the outdoors. Credit: Girls Inc. of Holyoke
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The students worked together to define climate issues and develop ideas to become climate resilient. Credit: Alejandro Morales / USFWS
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Service, Other Agencies Help Teens Tackle Climate Change at Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress

July 22, 2016

Nearly 100 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students between the ages of 15 to 18, participated in the weeklong congress earlier this month to learn about climate change issues in indigenous communities, federal agency efforts on climate challenges, and most importantly, how the students can help their communities become more resilient in the face of these challenges.

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The students worked together to define climate issues and develop ideas to become climate resilient. Credit: Alejandro Morales / USFWS
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The Refuge System includes four marine national monuments in the Pacific: Papahanaumokuakea, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Mariana Trench. Credit: Mark Sullivan / National Wildlife Refuge Association
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A Beginner's Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

July 21, 2016

The lands and waters conserved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within the National Wildlife Refuge System are among the most picturesque natural places on Earth. Today, the National Wildlife Refuge System is beginning a series of weekly online stories that will use photos to highlight the conservation work and visitor opportunities within the Refuge System. The first story is designed to give veteran conservationists and newcomers alike a sense of what the Refuge System has become since its founding by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

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The Refuge System includes four marine national monuments in the Pacific: Papahanaumokuakea, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Mariana Trench. Credit: Mark Sullivan / National Wildlife Refuge Association
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell meets with Billy Frank Jr.'s eldest sister during the renaming ceremony. Credit: USFWS
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Secretary Jewell Joins Tribes, Local Leaders to Celebrate Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

July 21, 2016

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined federal, state, tribal and community leaders to celebrate the renaming of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, in honor of the late, internationally recognized Native American civil rights leader and Nisqually Tribal member. The ceremony also highlighted the newly established Medicine Creek Treaty National Memorial within the refuge.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell meets with Billy Frank Jr.'s eldest sister during the renaming ceremony. Credit: USFWS
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Members of the New Haven community get together at Cherry Ann St. Park in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Credit: USFWS
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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

July 20, 2016

The Service is joining Hispanic Access Foundation in celebrating Latino Conservation Week, July 16-24, an annual demonstration of Latino commitment to conservation and the permanent protection of our land, water and air. Events across the nation will bring members of the Latino community together through outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation service projects.

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Members of the New Haven community get together at Cherry Ann St. Park in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Credit: USFWS
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The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp. Credit: Greg Sanders / USFWS
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Reducing Impacts of Floods and Wildfires at Great Dismal Swamp

July 18, 2016

Floods and wildfires are natural occurrences in the forested wetlands of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. But these events have significant consequences on wildlife, habitats and nearby communities. While these events can’t be prevented entirely, their effects can be lessened. Work is now underway on a project to install, repair or replace 12 water control structures that will help refuge managers better regulate water levels for fire suppression, habitat management and flood risk to nearby communities. With the likelihood that floods and fires will increase under climate change, strategies like this one can help people and nature adapt to a changing world.

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The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp. Credit: Greg Sanders / USFWS
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Facebook Posts Help Nab Poachers

July 14, 2016

Two Wisconsin men recently pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act by importing animals that had been killed illegally in Canada. Public Facebook posts by the two bragging about their successful hunting trips in Canada advanced the investigation. Here, and earlier in Canada, the men were sentenced to fines, loss of hunting privileges, community service, probation, forfeiture of trophies, and even brief incarceration.

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Service Director Dan Ashe and LULAC National President Roger Rocha with attendees at the October 1, 2015, MOU signing. The Service has partnered with LULAC to promote conservation and natural resource management to Latinos. Credit: USFWS
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Service is a Proud Sponsor of the 2016 LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Washington, DC

July 14, 2016

The Service is working together with LULAC to increase participation by Latino families and kids in outdoor recreational activities and conservation.This partnership is an expression of our joint determination to strengthen the relationship of the Latino community in the United States to its natural heritage.

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Service Director Dan Ashe and LULAC National President Roger Rocha with attendees at the October 1, 2015, MOU signing. The Service has partnered with LULAC to promote conservation and natural resource management to Latinos. Credit: USFWS
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