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Girl Scouts and North American Conservation Leaders Grow Strategies for Saving Monarch Butterfly

April 16, 2015: Conservation leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States joined forces with Girl Scout troops yesterday to plant 80 native milkweed plants for monarch butterflies at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation of the monarch butterfly is one of the priorities discussed at this week’s 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California. Visit the Director’s blog and event photo album to learn more.

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The United States and Mexico Continue to Work Tirelessly Towards Recovery of the California Condor

April 15, 2015:The California condor is one of the species of common conservation concern discussed at the annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management - held this week in San Diego, California. Historically, the California condor's range covered most of North America. By 1982, only 22 survived in the wild. Learn how Mexican and U.S. conservation leaders are working hard to bring the California condor back in our latest blog.

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Minnesota Teacher Introduces High-School Students to Wildlife Forensics

April 6, 2015: Last month, the Service’s Forensics Laboratory – the only lab in the world dedicated to crimes against wildlife – held a live webcast to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of wildlife forensics. The webcast was a useful tool to Minnesota biology teacher Letitia Laske, who spearheaded a wildlife forensics high school class in Minnesota’s Brainerd High School and is currently in her first year of teaching it to juniors and seniors. Read more about this inspiring teacher’s efforts on our blog.

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Public Meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Scheduled for April 23, 2015

April 2, 2015:  The Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking has announced its next meeting for Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of this non-government advisory body represent the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and others who are in a position to provide expertise and support to federal agencies working to combat wildlife trafficking. To attend the meeting in person, you must register by close of business on April 15, 2015. For more information on participating in the meeting, or submitting questions or comments, please refer to the Federal Register notice.

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Decisions on Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies Support Conservation of Rhinos and Elephants

Effective March 26, 2015: Based on extensive assessments of the associated conservation and management programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has found that the import of two sport-hunted black rhinoceros trophies from Namibia will benefit conservation of the species, while the import of any elephant sport-hunted trophy from Zimbabwe will not.  Under the Endangered Species Act, the Service authorizes imports for sport-hunted trophies of elephants and rhinos only when hunting in the country of origin is well-regulated, sustainable and benefits conservation of the species in question. For more information, please refer to the press releaseQ&A on Zimbabwe elephants, and Q&A on Namibia's black rhinos.

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