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Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling. Credit: USFWS
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Service Honors Conservation Leaders at Annual Science Awards Ceremony

March 18, 2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the recipients of the 2015 Rachel Carson and Sam D. Hamilton Awards for scientific excellence at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The awards honor Service employees and partners for their scientific contributions to improve the Service’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources. 

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Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling. Credit: USFWS
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Skyway Marina (Formerly Glass City Marina) - Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Ohio DNR
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Service Allocates $14 Million to 32 States to Support Recreational Boating Communities

March 17, 2016

States and recreational boaters will benefit from nearly $14 million in grants distributed by the Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities that support outdoor recreation. Funding for the program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and fuel.

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Skyway Marina (Formerly Glass City Marina) - Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Ohio DNR
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Blackbeard Island, GA. Credit: Becky Skiba / USFWS
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Service Updates Coastal Barrier Resources System Maps for Ten States

March 16, 2016

Final revised digital maps for all John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes region of New York, plus 125 units in Florida and seven units in Louisiana are now available. The Service administers the maps under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, which saves millions of taxpayer dollars by restricting Federal expenditures that encourage development in areas that are prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters. 

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Blackbeard Island, GA. Credit: Becky Skiba / USFWS
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Habitat for the California tiger salamander was disturbed by the developer. Credit: John Cleckler / USFWS
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Developer to Pay Millions in Endangered Species Act Case

March 15, 2016

California development company Wildlife Management LLC and its president, James Tong, were sentenced recently for securities fraud and violations of the Endangered Species Act. They will pay $1 million in restitution to groups that protect the environment. Tong was also ordered to provide a conservation easement valued at $3 million that permanently prohibits development on 107 acres. Developers must mitigate, or offset, a project's damage to protected species or their habitat. Wildlife Management tried to deceive regulators into believing it was mitigating when it had not. 

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Habitat for the California tiger salamander was disturbed by the developer. Credit: John Cleckler / USFWS
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Students can apply for a number of internships at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Pictured: An intern from the Student Conservation Association. Credit: USFWS
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Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 113 Years of Conserving Nature, Serving Communities

March 11, 2016

The National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier network of public lands devoted to wildlife conservation turns 113 on March 14. Refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to pastimes from fishing and hunting to nature watching, hiking, biking and boating. In an increasingly urban America, refuges also provide an important connection with the outdoors, particularly for young people. There is a refuge within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas. Tell us your favorite refuge!

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Students can apply for a number of internships at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Pictured: An intern from the Student Conservation Association. Credit: USFWS
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Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission
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Service and Partners Announce Delisting of the Louisiana Black Bear Due to Recovery

March 10, 2016

The Service celebrated another Endangered Species Act success today, this time for a famous bear of the South. Thanks to the efforts of states, private landowners, universities and non-profit organizations, the Louisiana black bear ­– inspiration for the teddy bear – has made a remarkable recovery since being listed in 1992. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, state leaders and others made the announcement at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

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Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission
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Students from Oregon experienced Alaska’s rugged wilderness fishing in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as part of a partnership between Soul River and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Courtesy of Soul River Inc. Runs Wild
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To Feel Healthier, Happier…Try Nature National Wildlife Refuges Spread the Word

March 9, 2016

Can nature enhance your health? There’s a strong case to be made that it can. Around the country, national wildlife refuges are reminding visitors that nature experiences can enhance health. And there’s a large and growing body of research behind it. Even small doses of nature can make a difference in the inner city. No matter where you live, you can enjoy nature at a refuge near you.

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Students from Oregon experienced Alaska’s rugged wilderness fishing in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as part of a partnership between Soul River and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Courtesy of Soul River Inc. Runs Wild
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Coastal wetland. Credit: Lamar Gore / USFWS
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Service Revises its Policy on Mitigating Impacts of Development to Further Conservation of the Nation’s Wildlife and their Habitats

March 7, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced new actions to mitigate the adverse impacts of land and water development on America’s wildlife and their habitats. A revision of the Service’s Mitigation Policy, which has guided agency recommendations to address these issues since 1981, will provide a broad and flexible framework to facilitate conservation that addresses the potential negative effects of development, while allowing economic activity to continue.

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Coastal wetland. Credit: Lamar Gore / USFWS
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Horicon Marsh. Credit: Credit: Ryan Hagerty / USFWS
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Internationally Celebrated Wetland Turns 75

March 7, 2016

Visitor Services Manager Erin Railsback at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin tells us a bit about the history of 75-year-old Horicon, showing how local conservationists, our biologists and land managers can work together to bring back the land and waters of the nation.

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Horicon Marsh. Credit: Credit: Ryan Hagerty / USFWS
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Engaging Youth in Fish Stocking. Credit: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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Service Allocates $1.1 Billion to States to Support Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Projects

March 7, 2016

Wildlife across the nation will benefit from $1.1 billion in revenues distributed to state agencies by the Service's Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. The funding, which supports critical state environmental conservation and recreation projects and their related jobs, derives from excise taxes paid by the hunting, boating and angling industries. 

To date, the acts have generated more than $18 billion, matched with more than $5 billion by the recipient state wildlife agencies, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues. These funds help sustain wildlife diversity and vibrant regional recreational economies.

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Engaging Youth in Fish Stocking. Credit: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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USFWS Director Dan Ashe and Jet Blue CEO Robin Hayes. Credit: Levi Novey / USFWS
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Service and JetBlue Forge New Partnership to Reduce Demand for Illegal Wildlife Trade

March 3, 2016

JetBlue and the Service today revealed a five-year partnership agreement to encourage and empower travelers to play a role in protecting the beauty and wildlife of one of the world’s most popular destinations: the Caribbean. The partnership will involve a traveler education and awareness campaign, including an in-flight video plus web and social media content designed to reduce demand for illegal wildlife. Wildlife trafficking in the area is contributing to the decline and potential extinction of indigenous animal species such as sea turtles, parrots, iguanas and coral.

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USFWS Director Dan Ashe and Jet Blue CEO Robin Hayes. Credit: Levi Novey / USFWS
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Grizzly Bear in Field at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Terry Tollefsbol / USFWS
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Service Proposes Delisting Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Due To Successful Recovery

March 3, 2016

In response to the successful recovery of one of America’s most cherished animals, the Service has proposed delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species Act. For decades, the Service has worked hand in hand with states, landowners and diverse partners to effectively address primary threats to the grizzly. As a result, Yellowstone grizzly populations have been stable for more than a decade and the ecosystem is now at or near carrying capacity for the bears. 

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Grizzly Bear in Field at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Terry Tollefsbol / USFWS
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Overwintering monarchs. Credit: Pablo Leautaud / Creative Commons
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New Monarch Data Encouraging; Public Conservation Efforts Still Needed

February 26, 2016

Good news from our partners in Mexico today: The area occupied by monarch butterflies wintering in Mexican forests totaled approximately 10 acres, three times more than last season’s 2.8 acres, an increase of 255 percent since December 2014. The Service is the leading U.S. organization working closely with Canada, Mexico and many state and local organizations to create habitat, engage the public and leverage resources to conserve monarchs. Although population numbers are up, they are still far below historic levels, so citizen efforts remain crucial to make a difference for this iconic species.

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Overwintering monarchs. Credit: Pablo Leautaud / Creative Commons
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A white ibis at sunrise at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: courtesy of "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
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Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 113 Years of Conserving Nature, Serving Communities

February 26, 2016

The National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier network of public lands devoted to wildlife conservation turns 113 on March 14. “Refuges are intrinsic parts of the communities that surround them, contributing to the local economies, serving as recreational epicenters for residents and visitors, and keeping local ecosystems healthy and resilient. What better way to celebrate these national treasures on this anniversary than by visiting your nearest refuge?” said Service Director Dan Ashe.

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A white ibis at sunrise at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: courtesy of "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides important breeding grounds for greater sandhill cranes and other birds. Credit: Roger Baker / USFWS
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FBI Ends Evidence Collection at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

February 25, 2016

Following the end of the illegal, armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on February 11, the FBI has now finished its work gathering evidence and turned control of the facility back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There is more to be done before we can once again open the doors to the public, and the Service will work with the U.S. Attorney's Office to determine when we can welcome the American people back to their refuge.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides important breeding grounds for greater sandhill cranes and other birds. Credit: Roger Baker / USFWS
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