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President Barack Obama and Service employee Matt Brown at the Midway National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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President Obama Visits Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial

September 6, 2016

Shortly after announcing the expansion of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument to become the world’s largest protected area, President Obama visited one of the national wildlife refuges that make up the monument.“This is going to be a precious resource for generations to come,” President Obama said, “Twenty years from now, 40 years from now, 100 years from now, this is a place where people can still come and see what a place like this looks like when its not overcrowded or destroyed by human populations.”

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President Barack Obama and Service employee Matt Brown at the Midway National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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Planting trees can be a type of mitigation. Credit: USFWS
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Proposed Policy to Help Mitigate Impacts of Development on Imperiled Species

August 31, 2016

To help further protect endangered or threatened species and their habitats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a policy to effectively and sustainably offset adverse impacts of development activities to the nation’s most at-risk species and their habitats.

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Planting trees can be a type of mitigation. Credit: USFWS
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Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are covered with overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails. Credit: Tikki Hywood Trust
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The Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

August 31, 2016

Wildlife trafficking—the illegal taking and trade in protected species and their parts—continues to grow, threatening the future of many species of wildlife. The United States plays a key role in wildlife trafficking, as both consumer and transit country and a source of organized criminal networks. But it is also in the vanguard of efforts to end wildlife trafficking. The Service takes a leadership role combating wildlife trafficking both here and abroad.

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Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are covered with overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails. Credit: Tikki Hywood Trust
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The waters around the islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian chain – and the unique and abundant wildlife they support – will now receive broader protection thanks to the expansion of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument. Credit: James Watt
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Expansion of Marine National Monument in Pacific by President Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Area to be Co-Managed by Service

August 26, 2016

President Obama today announced the expansion of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument to become the world’s largest protected area. More than 582,000 square miles of coral reefs, seamounts and undersea ridges and their wildlife will be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now manages nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, the largest conservation estate on the planet.

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The waters around the islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian chain – and the unique and abundant wildlife they support – will now receive broader protection thanks to the expansion of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument. Credit: James Watt
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Monarch butterfly. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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$3.3M Goes to Projects to Support Monarch Butterflies

August 24, 2016

Monarch butterflies will get help throughout the nation, thanks to $3.3 million in grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. The awards will support the restoration of approximately 16,000 acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to the recovery of monarch butterfly populations. The Service was awarded more than $1 million for projects in the Midwest.

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Monarch butterfly. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Paul Rauch. Credit: USFWS
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Paul Rauch to Lead Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

August 24, 2016

Paul Rauch has been named the Service’s new Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR). Rauch, a career Service employee of more than two decades, has served as WSFR’s Acting Assistant Director since April. Rauch will oversee grant programs that provide more than $1 billion annually to states, territories and federally recognized Indian tribes to support on-the-ground wildlife and fisheries conservation. 

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Paul Rauch. Credit: USFWS
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Service Director Dan Ashe and other Service officials with members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and their Sigma Beta youth club. Credit: USFWS
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Sigmas Visit Department of the Interior, Service Offices

August 19, 2016

Service Director Dan Ashe and other officials recently welcomed members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and their Sigma Beta youth club to the Department of the Interior. The group not only toured parts of the historic building but also met with Service officials. The visit by the Tau Iota Sigma Chapter from Memphis, Tennessee, and their Sigma Betas marked the first chapter visit to the building.

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Service Director Dan Ashe and other Service officials with members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and their Sigma Beta youth club. Credit: USFWS
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Kendra Chan. Credit: USFWS
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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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Island Fox Recovery video. Credit: USFWS Credit: USFWS
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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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