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Service Completes Initial Review on Petition to List Lake Sturgeon
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed initial review of a petition to list the lake sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has concluded there is substantial information to consider listing the species as threatened or endangered. The Service will begin an in-depth review of this species to determine if the fish should be listed.
Lake sturgeon is a fish that occurs across temperate zone freshwater systems of North America, from Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes, through the Mississippi River drainages. Although lake sturgeon were historically abundant throughout their range, the species has significantly declined during the past two centuries. The Service determined the petition to list the lake sturgeon presented substantial information on potential threats associated with dams and hydroelectric facilities, dredging and channelization, contaminants and habitat fragmentation, and impacts from invasive species.
How to Build a Pollinator Garden
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that pollinators are the engine that run healthy habitats. While we’ve been actively working to restore and conserve more than 1.3 million acres of land across the midwest, we need your help. Whether you have a few feet on your apartment balcony or several acres, you can make a difference. Follow this easy step-by-step guide to build your own pollinator garden and help ensure the future is filled with pollinators.
Meet the Ohio Ecological Services Field Office
The Ohio Ecological Services Field Office is responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act and overseeing the recovery and conservation of 27 federally listed species across the state. They are the voice for Ohio’s natural resources and are passionate about conserving the remaining natural habitats and resources in the Buckeye State. The Ohio office maintains strong partnerships with federal, state, local agencies and non-governmental organizations for the conservation and management of listed species.
Spreading the Word on Not Spreading Invasives
Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees for the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan are partnering with a local firm and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council to get the word out about reducing invasive species in the Fort Custer Recreation Area. This effort is designed to support ongoing work to use biological and other control measures to reduce invasive aquatic plants, including Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort, in several lakes in the recreation area. A "Least Wanted" poster was part of the materials used in the first year of a three-year program to raise awareness among the recreating public and reduce the risk of future introductions of such species.
Fox River NRDA brings recreation closer
The Fox River, located in eastern Wisconsin, was contaminated in the 1950s with hazardous chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs impacted not only the water quality, but native fish and wildlife, as well as how the local communities use their natural resources.
Inspiring conservation after listening to the delicate sound of butterfly wings in Mexico
Imagine hiking up a dusty trail to elevations of 10,000 feet, each step moving closer to what appears to be orange and black confetti covering the trees. Through the dense forest, approaching closer and suddenly realizing the confetti is actually thousands of monarch butterflies in roosting clusters resting until they once again begin their migration north.
Scott Hicks selected for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award
Scott Hicks, Field Office Supervisor for the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, is the winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award. This award recognizes supervisors who champion the use of science in conservation decision making and who empower their staff to accomplish scientific work and engage the scientific community.
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- administer the Endangered Species Act
- identify sources of environmental contamination, assess impacts of contaminants to fish and wildlife resources, and help restore contaminated habitats
- ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered by Federal agencies during conservation planning and construction of roads, bridges, dams, etc.
- document the extent and status of our Nation's wetlands.
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