Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office
Southeast Region


Programs Provided by Ecological Services

Credit: USFWS

Field Office staff at Great Delta Bear Affair education day. Credit: USFWS

What We Do: We work in several different program areas in order to protect and restore healthy populations of fish and wildlife and their environments on which they depend.


Federal Permits and Project Consultation

To Protect the overall public interest, including the natural environment, Congress has mandated that certain public and private development activities require formal authorization and approval by the Federal Government or state agencies with delegated regulatory authority.


Endangered Species

This program area involves the listing and recovery of threatened and endangered species in Mississippi and throughout the South. Biologists work to gather the best available scientific and commercial data available for each listed species and for reviewing possible candidate species.


Partners for Fish and Wildlife

The Partners Program is a voluntary habitat conservation program in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restores, improves, and protects fish and wildlife habitat on lands in private ownership. In Mississippi, the Partners Program works with interested private landowners to restore longleaf pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests and wetland hydrology.


Environmental Contaminants

The Environmental Contaminants program responds to oil spills, consults on projects involving the Clean Water Act, provides technical assistance to our fish and wildlife refuges and works with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A contaminants study was completed on Matthews Brake National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi.



Outreach is simply defined as communication. We provide outreach in many forms from answering an email request for information, to designing fact sheets and brochures, to giving presentations, leading teacher workshops, writing news releases or conducting a public hearing for a listed species. To learn more about our outreach efforts visit the Public Affairs and Media link, the Special Events and Partnerships link, and the Environmental Education link.


biologist holding sturgeon. Credit: USFWS
Biologist holding juvenile sturgeon. Credit: Paul Hartfield, USFWS
  Hatchling gopher tortoise. Credit: USFWS
Gopher tortoise is a threatened species. Credit: USFWS
building bridge over Deer Creek. Credit: USFWS
Building bridge over Deer Creek as part of Partners project. Credit: USFWS
dredged sand brought to barrier island
We review projects involving dredged materials and barrier island restoration. Credit: Corps of Engineers
Biologist in a tree. Credit: USFWS
Biologist checking  Louisiana black bear den in a tree. Credit: USFWS
  Biologist holding catfish. Credit: USFWS
Biologist helping at Pathways to Fishing Event. Credit: Terri Jacobson, USFWS
Biologist holding teddy bear.
Biologist telling the story of the teddy bear. Credit: Farmweek
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Service volunteer and biologist working on sonar tagged sturgeon project. Credit: USFWS


Last Updated: April 18, 2013