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The Prairie Pothole region is dotted with wetlands of all sizes, and is known as America's duck factory because it supports the majority of North America’s breeding ducks. Credit: USFWS
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Talk on the Wild Side Podcast Celebrates Wetlands

May 29, 2020

In celebration of the importance of wetlands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created our first-ever national podcast dedicated exclusively to wetlands and all they do for people, plants and animals. It’s not just about the benefits that wetlands provide to all Americans, but the people that dedicate themselves to conserving wetlands and the species that depend on them, as well as 21st century threats and innovative conservation solutions.

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The Prairie Pothole region is dotted with wetlands of all sizes, and is known as America's duck factory because it supports the majority of North America’s breeding ducks. Credit: USFWS
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Migratory bird species like the Northern pintail will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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More than $160 Million in Funding will Benefit Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

May 28, 2020

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $22.1 million in grants for the Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 160,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 22 states. An additional $40.5 million will benefit 19 projects in Canada and Mexico through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The commission also approved $47.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 21,259 acres for six national wildlife refuges.

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Migratory bird species like the Northern pintail will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Adult silver carp. Credit: USFWS
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Taking Back our Waters

May 22, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began work to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes more than a decade ago because we saw a grave environmental danger. If a self-sustaining carp population became established in the Great Lakes, it would devastate native fish and recreational opportunities.

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Adult silver carp. Credit: USFWS
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Representing a conservation milestone, South Carolina topped Florida in total number of nesting wood stork pairs. Credit: Christy Hand, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
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Wood Storks Expand Northward as Wetlands are Restored

May 22, 2020

Listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, wood stork populations in Florida have been expanding north in recent years to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. This is due in part to wetland restoration efforts by the Service and partners on public and private lands, and to places like Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

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Representing a conservation milestone, South Carolina topped Florida in total number of nesting wood stork pairs. Credit: Christy Hand, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
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“As Above, So Below” 2016 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Featuring Trimble Gilbert of Arctic Village. Credit: Drawing by Lindsay Carron
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Portraits of Alaska

May 20, 2020

An artist in residence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows her intimate bond with Alaska Native people on national wildlife refuges through her striking drawings.

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“As Above, So Below” 2016 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Featuring Trimble Gilbert of Arctic Village. Credit: Drawing by Lindsay Carron
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"We are pleased to have been able to work closely with the Navy and USGS to help advance our national security in a practical and meaningful way," said FWS Director Aurelia Skipwith. Credit: Laura Beauregard/USFWS
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Service, USGS Work with Navy to Protect Guam National Wildlife Refuge

May 15, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS have signed an agreement with the Navy outlining how to address impacts to Guam National Wildlife Refuge and the associated brown-tree snake operations from the implementation of a Surface Danger Zone over the refuge.

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"We are pleased to have been able to work closely with the Navy and USGS to help advance our national security in a practical and meaningful way," said FWS Director Aurelia Skipwith. Credit: Laura Beauregard/USFWS
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Federally endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander. Credit: Virginia Tech
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Service Helps Endangered Salamander Find a New Home

May 14, 2020

The very small reticulated flatwoods salamander, protected under the Endangered Species Act, notched a much-needed victory in its long struggle to avoid extinction. The salamander's home has dwindled to three dozen ponds in Florida and three in Georgia, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners recently celebrated a first – moving salamanders from one location to another.

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Federally endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander. Credit: Virginia Tech
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Police Week 2020 Virtual Ceremony Credit: USFWS
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Service Law Enforcement Keeps People, Wildlife Safe

May 14, 2020

Members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and Refuge Law Enforcement perform jobs that are sometimes dangerous and often unheralded. They do these jobs to keep free from harm public lands, the people who visit them and wildlife the world over. Let us not forget their service. Thank you.

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Police Week 2020 Virtual Ceremony Credit: USFWS
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Virunga is best known for its mountain gorillas. Credit: Dirck Byler/USFWS
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Service Shares Sorrow over Virunga Tragedy

May 12, 2020

As we commemorate Police Week, we remember the rangers who were killed recently in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The world is indebted to the brave men and women who defend the park, local communities and the rebounding mountain gorilla population.

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Virunga is best known for its mountain gorillas. Credit: Dirck Byler/USFWS
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Perhaps someone will come up with a new use for tablets. Credit: Lester Dillard
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Advisory Council Will Promote Technological Innovation in Conservation

May 12, 2020

The newly formed Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council is looking for experts and leaders in wildlife and habitat conservation technology to advise the Secretary of the Interior. The Council will administer $500,000 in prizes and advise competition winners on opportunities to pilot and implement their nascent technologies.

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Perhaps someone will come up with a new use for tablets. Credit: Lester Dillard
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For more than a decade, the Service has collaborated with states, landowners and researchers to conserve the saltmarsh sparrow and its wetlands habitat. Credit: Paul J. Fusco, CT DEEP-Wildlife
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Celebrate American Wetlands Month with Us

May 11, 2020

Throughout May, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners will celebrate the history, diversity and importance of wetlands in America, as well as the people, collaborations and cutting-edge tools involved in conserving them. Learn what wetlands do for you and how the Service is helping conserve them through our podcasts, stories, interactive tools and more.

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For more than a decade, the Service has collaborated with states, landowners and researchers to conserve the saltmarsh sparrow and its wetlands habitat. Credit: Paul J. Fusco, CT DEEP-Wildlife
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The 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a wood duck and decoy painted by Minnesota artist Scot Storm, showcases the "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" theme. Credit: © USFWS
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Change to Federal Duck Stamp Contest Celebrates the Conservation Achievements of Waterfowl Hunters

May 7, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today is celebrating the remarkable conservation achievements of waterfowl hunters and our unique American hunting heritage with the permanent addition of a theme "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" in the Federal Duck Stamp, beginning with the 2020 contest. Funds from the sale of Duck Stamps go to help protect habitat on national wildlife refuges, increase access to public lands and provide communities with an economic stimulus.

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The 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a wood duck and decoy painted by Minnesota artist Scot Storm, showcases the "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" theme. Credit: © USFWS
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A firefighter maintaining a controlled burn at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Katie Goodwin/USFWS
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Wildland Firefighters Still Protecting Land

May 6, 2020

At Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, fire crews put out a blaze that broke out last month. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, fire crews around the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have stood at the ready in the event of a wildfire, prepared to meet new safety requirements sparked by COVID-19 for when the inevitable happened.

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A firefighter maintaining a controlled burn at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Katie Goodwin/USFWS
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The winning 2020 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck by Madison Grimm. Credit: © USFWS
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South Dakota Youth Wins 2020 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

May 1, 2020

Madison Grimm, a 13-year-old from South Dakota, took top honors in the Service's National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of a wood duck. Her artwork will grace the 2020-2021 Junior Duck Stamp, which will go on sale June 26 and supports conservation education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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The winning 2020 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck by Madison Grimm. Credit: © USFWS
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St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
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St. Marks Lighthouse to Again Light the Night Sky

April 29, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to announce that this Saturday, a beacon will again shine from the lantern room of the historic St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. The light helped with navigation in Apalachee Bay continuously from 1867 to 2000 before restoration. To avoid conflicts with bird migration, the light won’t operate in peak migration seasons.

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St. Marks Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
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