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  • Blue is Back

    A suite of dedicated folks are actively restoring Fender's blue butterfly habitat and monitoring populations in the Willamette Valley. The results? Nothing short of incredible.  Their numbers are up and this colorful butterfly occupies twice the acreage it did when listed as endangered in 2000. Not bad for a species that was once thought to be extinct!!! 


  • WONDERful News!

    Leah Schrodt, Interpretive Lead with the Oregon Zoo Partnership, was recently awarded the Service's National Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Award.  Leah was recognized for creating a visionary program in partnership with the Zoo that instills Rachel Carson's "sense of wonder" about the environment.  Since 2016, Leah’s been leading us through this unique partnership and sharing our mission with the Zoo’s many visitors.

  • This Partnership is a "TREEt"

    USFWS, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, and private timber companies are proactively working together to conserve fisher before regulations are needed.  We completed 5 additional site plans this fall - protecting fisher on working forest land, bringing the total acres enrolled in Oregon to nearly 2 million! Check out the Story HERE.

  • Experiment to Recover Spotted Owls Continues

    Initiated in 2013, the Barred Owl Removal Experiment has demonstrated success with declining populations of barred owls and indications of improvment in spotted owl survival.  We are continuing the experiment through Aug 2021 to allow us to validate these initial results. The estimated number of barred owls that would be removed is within what is estimated in the Final EIS.  STUDY UPDATE

  • Results Are In

    USFWS and Oregon State Parks were awarded 1st place in best outdoor exhibit in the National Association for Interpretation's Annual Media Competition for our seabird education panels.  Congrats Team!!!  You can see more panels here and read the complete story here.


The News Room

Plant Rebounds

Bradshaw’s lomatium, a plant found in the wet prairies of Oregon's Willamette Valley and SW Washington, has been proposed for removal from the federal list of T&E species.   It’s gone from 11 populations and fewer than 30,000 plants when it was listed to 24 populations and >11 million plants.  The public is invited to comment on the proposal until Jan 27.  

News Release

Species Recovery Activity

  • ESA Protection Not Warranted for Five Species

    The Oregon Coast population of red tree vole is among the five.  It was previously considered warranted for listing. However, better spatial information has allowed us to conduct a more robust analysis of its status. Populations have also shown resiliency over time.

    Federal Register Notice


  • Oregon Zoo Partnership

    For many years we've worked with the zoo to conserve locally imperiled species such as Oregon silverspot butterfly, western pond turtle, Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, California condors, and more... We also have a full-time interpretive specialist at the zoo, working hand-in-hand with zoo staff in the development of activities, displays and programs designed to communicate our shared conservation messages --- a first for our agency.  

    USFWS will be sharing wildlife conservation education kits at the Zoo on the following dates:

    World Wetlands Day (Feb 1, 2020)

    World Frog Day (March 21, 2020)

    International Beaver Day (April 4, 2020)

  • USFWS publications

  • Species Recovery Plans Scientific Reports USFWS Newsletters USFWS Scientific Journals
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