Blue-winged teal brood. Credit: USFWS

Blue-winged teal brood. Credit: USFWS

Service Releases 60th Annual Report on Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Trends

July 02, 2015
The Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report summarizes information about the status of duck populations and wetland habitats during spring 2015, focusing on areas encompassed by the Service and Canadian Wildlife Services’ Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. The total duck population estimate was 49.5 million in the traditional survey area, an estimate similar to the 2014 and is 43 percent higher than the long-term average.
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Temminck's ground pangolin. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust
Temminck's ground pangolin. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

Pangolins Benefit as United States, Range States Gather to Plan Critical Conservation

July 02, 2015
Delegates came away from the first Pangolin Range States Meeting with growing hope that their efforts will conserve imperiled pangolins, thought to be among the most trafficked mammals in the world. The meeting was co-hosted by Vietnam and the United States and organized by Humane Society International.
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Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE
Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE

Service Joins International Action Against Wildlife Traffickers

July 01, 2015
A 10-day international crackdown on wildlife trafficking recently netted about 30 seizures of illegal wildlife at airports and international mail facilities in Miami and Los Angeles. Service Law Enforcement teamed with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to conduct inspections during the World Customs Organization led Operation FLYAWAY. Items seized during the operation included queen conch shell meat, sea turtle shells and skulls, elephant meat, tiger teeth and ivory pendants. Many of the confiscated goods are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and some items are prohibited under the Endangered Species Act.
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