Pacific Region Highlights

This wonderful artwork is the winner of our 2016 contest
Winner of the 2016 ESA Art Contest USFWS Image

Youth Invited to Participate in Endangered Species Art Contest!

Youth across the nation are invited to put their creative skills to work for wildlife in the 2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day celebration. Contest encourages children in grades K-12 to learn about the plight of endangered wildlife around the globe and the importance of conservation.  This national contest encourages kids to express their knowledge and support for conservation efforts through their artistic and creative talents.

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California mountain kingsnake

"Our agents will continue to work with our partners to fully investigate and bring to justice individuals who choose to commercialize and profit from protected wildlife species." - Gary Young, USFWS USFWS

Three men sentenced for illegally collecting, trading Oregon snakes

Three men have been sentenced as a part of Operation Kingsnake, a three-year investigation that uncovered the illegal trafficking and collecting of hundreds of wild snakes in Oregon, 11 other states, and Canada. From 2008 through 2012, a group of individuals trafficked hundreds of illegally collected snakes to or from Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Canada.

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Monarch Butterflies over-wintering in California
Monarch Butterflies over-wintering in California USFWS Image

Basking in Butterflies - take a virtual tour of Monarch over-wintering sites

Every year, thousands of monarch butterflies migrate from eastern Canada to Michoacan, Mexico. Step inside a butterfly reserve in Michoacan to see where they make their winter homes. This 360 degree video from the New York Times will give you a virtual tour of standing in a over-wintering site for Monarchs. 

360 Video from NYT

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