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  • California Condors Returning to Pacific Northwest

    The USFWS, National Park Service and the Yurok Tribe announced a final rule that will help facilitate the creation of a new California condor release facility for the reintroduction of condors to Yurok Ancestral Territory and Redwood National Park. The rule will designate the condors affiliated with this program as a nonessential, experimental population under the Endangered Species Act. News Release

  • Gray Wolf Recovery

    The Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. State and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the Service monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species. More

  • Whitebark Pine Proposed as Threatened

    New proposed conservation protections for the whitebark pine, an emblem of the American West, would aim to bolster new and ongoing conservation actions for the species’ pine recovery so these unique trees, and the many plants and animals they support, continue to endure for future generations. A public comment period on the proposed rule is open through Feb 1. 

  • Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Remains Listed

    After extensive research, we found the yellow-billed cuckoo still meets the criteria to receive protection as a threatened species. Thanks to the many partners who helped with data collection!  A link to the Federal Register notice can be found HERE.

  • A Plan for the Deschutes

    The Deschutes Basin final environmental impact statement and Habitat Conservation Plan published November 6, 2020. This plan will provide predictability to water users, durable conservation to aquatic species and long-term ESA coverage to irrigators. This effort has been a major collaboration among a large group of diverse stakeholders. We anticipate making final permit decisions no later than December 31, 2020. More Info

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Fender's Blue Butterfly Reaches Recovery Milestone

Once thought to be extinct, this butterfly is flying towards recovery. We are proposing to reclassify Fender’s blue butterfly from endangered to threatened with a special rule under section 4(d) of the ESA to provide for the conservation of the species. This announcement opens a 60-day public comment period that closes August 23, 2021.

Learn more: Their Recovery StoryNews Release, Federal Register Notice, How to Submit Comments

Species Recovery Activity

  • Something to Howellia about

    Sharing good news that is giving us something to "howl" about: Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many, with only 107 known occurrences back in 1994, to 307 known occurrences today, the small, aquatic water howellia is no longer at risk of extinction. Federal Register, News Release


  • 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 have a full-time interpretive specialist who has worked 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 some of the wildlife conservation education kits normally given at the Zoo through this webpage.

    The first one is online - Make Your Home a Home for Wildlife

    Stay Tuned for more!

  • USFWS publications

  • Species Recovery Plans Scientific Reports USFWS Newsletters USFWS Scientific Journals
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