The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of scientific excellence and always uses the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat for the benefit of the American public.
Created in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, today's National Wildlife Refuge System protects habitats and wildlife across the country, from the Alaskan tundra to subtropical wetlands. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Refuge System's 560-plus refuges cover more than 150 million acres and protect nearly 1,400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
While national wildlife refuges were created to protect wildlife, they are for people too. Refuges are ideal places for people of all ages to explore and connect with the natural world. We invite you to learn more about and visit the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Mountain-Prairie Region's Office of Ecological Services (ES) works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, ES personnel work with Federal, State, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to avoid, minimize, and mitigate threats to our Nation's natural resources.
Providing leadership in the conservation of migratory bird habitat through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations. The Migratory Bird Program is responsible for maintaining healthy migratory bird populations for the benefit of the American people.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region helps conserve, protect, and enhance aquatic resources and provides economically valuable recreational fishing to anglers across the country. The program comprises 12 National Fish Hatcheries.
Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.
External Affairs staff in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides support to the regional office and field stations to communicate and facilitate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) developed regional conservation strategies to support management of golden eagles in the western United States. To account for geographic variation in golden eagle distribution, habitat associations, prey communities and population limiting factors, the Service developed conservation strategies at the scale of Level III Ecoregions established by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. This allows the strategies to be scalable to Bird Conservation Regions (Level II Ecoregions), Flyways, and other administrative units. The Service collaborated with numerous stakeholders including State and Federal agencies, research institutions, industry, Tribes, and NGOs in the development of our conservation strategies, which are intended to complement existing management plans for golden eagles.
For each ecoregion, the Service compiled spatial data and modeling results to support golden eagle management, including:
Results of ecoregion-specific predictive modeling of habitats used for breeding, wintering, and movement;
Results of ecoregion-specific analyses and modeling of threats, such as electrocution and exposure to contaminants; and
Ecoregion-specific risk analyses and decision support tools for energy development, mitigation, and eagle conservation planning.
In addition to the materials described above, the Service and collaborators are developing detailed conservation strategies for three high-priority ecoregions with extensive golden eagle data and renewable energy development (Central Basin and Range, Northwestern Plains, and Wyoming and Uinta Basins).
These expanded conservation strategies consist of two parts:
a technical assessment of current information pertaining to golden eagles,
a regional conservation strategy for the species.
The technical assessment provides a review and synthesis of published information and local research results on golden eagle populations, habitat associations, diet, prey communities, and population limiting factors. The conservation strategy section is based on information and modeling results compiled in the assessment, and provides tools and management approaches for direct application in eagle conservation.
For more information about each of the fifteen Ecoregions, click each region's name below. (Open / close all)