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Building on a 25-Year Partnership with Canada and Mexico for North America’s Wildlife and Ecosystems

four young pronghorn stand alert in an arid scrub environmentThe Sonoran pronghorn antelope is one of the Trilateral Committee's Species of Common Concern. USFWS photo

Communication. Coordination. Collaboration. These three themes repeatedly rose to the surface during the 25th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management, hosted by the United States from May 17-20, 2021. Over the last 25 years, the Trilateral Committee has fostered a strong conservation partnership among Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This partnership is reinforced and strengthened in annual meetings, where participants come together to discuss, coordinate, and plan activities with shared goals ranging from species and ecosystem conservation to wildlife law enforcement and implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


Understanding Some of the Myths about Black People in Past and Present Environmental Spaces

George Washington Carver National Monument (Credit: National Park Service)George Washington Carver National Monument (Credit: National Park Service)

A few months ago, Brianna Amingwa and Keena Graham shared their experiences and provided a historical context to stereotypes and misconceptions about Black people’s connections with nature and environmental conservation.


Working to Protect Birds at Communication Towers

cell tower with lights and wiresEach year, nearly 7 million birds die due to night-time collisions with communication towers. Photo by Joelle Gehring/FCC

As part of a national effort to prevent bird collisions and help meet industry needs, the Service has produced a video directly targeted to communication tower owners, the single most important audience we can work with to prevent the impacts to migratory birds at the 160,000 communication towers across the country. By creating this communication product, we are working to proactively engage this audience in implementing best practices at their towers to protect millions of birds every year.


Rescue Dogs Help Rescue Wildlife

black lab sits next to box of grey trianglesDock with shark fins. All Photos by USFWS

Happy National Rescue Dog Day on May 20! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement would like to introduce you to three of our amazing rescue dogs who work as Wildlife Inspection Canines, for our Wildlife Inspection Program. These young, healthy, intelligent dogs ended up in shelters for various reasons. Now they work to rescue wildlife!


Celebrating One of America’s Most important Natural Resources

collage with wetlands, wildlifeValle de Oro 2020 Photo Contest, 1st place. Art by Yancey Ranspot/USFWS

For 30 years, May has been dedicated to celebrating one of the nation’s most important natural resources – wetlands -- and it’s hard to overstate their importance to the American way of life. Wetlands are found in every state and provide a multitude of ecological, economic, and social benefits that are often overlooked and undervalued.


Collaborating with Canada and Mexico to Sustain North America’s Wildlife Heritage

butterfly on spiky purpleflowerIn recent years, the Trilateral Committee has made great progress in engaging citizens, facilitating on-the-ground conservation, and working to address threats to the monarch butterfly on a continental scale. Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

This year marks the 25th anniversary of joint efforts to conserve the living heritage of North America through the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management, also known as the “Trilateral Committee.” This week, approximately 250 conservation leaders and other attendees from all three countries are gathering for their first virtual annual meeting, which is hosted by the United States.


Service Helps Montana Deal with Drought by Putting River Conditions at the Public’s Fingertips

person with fishing gear stands at water's edge looking at cell phoneAn angler uses the River Conditions Tool app. Photo by Mary McFadzen

Water sustains everything: communities use it for drinking, ranchers use it to irrigate crops, recreationists use it for fishing, businesses rely on it for tourism, and fish and wildlife need it for habitat. In the arid, drought-plagued West, it’s no joke that water is as precious as gold. Surface water in Montana, comprised of lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks, covers 1,494 square miles of the state’s 147,040 square miles, only 1%. Like other western states, Montana is facing serious water challenges due to drought conditions.


Federal Wildlife Officer’s Persistence Leads to Justice in Large Scale Timber Theft

2 people between vehicles; one wears jacket hat says Federal OfficerFWS Patrol Captain Kelly Knutson, a Federal Wildlife Officer, and a U.S. Forest Service agent worked together on the firewood case. All Photos by USFWS

It was the summer of 2015 and eastern Washington was on fire.  Record drought and no snowpack left the forests in the Selkirk Mountains bone dry, and more than a million acres burned in Washington that summer.


Delaware Partners With Our National Wetlands Inventory to Map, Track State's Wetlands

orange sky over wetlandsThe sun sets over wetlands at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Kayt Jonsson/USFWS

More and more people appreciate the importance of wetlands, to both wildlife and people. They provide needed habitat, clean drinking water, flood protection, and so much more. 


Honoring Lancer

wet yellow lab with mouth openPhoto courtesy Amanda Dickson

If you have been following our Wildlife Inspection Canines, who first joined our Wildlife Inspector Teams in 2013, you might know the name Lancer, one of those first Wildlife Inspection Canines. Lancer passed away in April.


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