Pacific Region Highlights


"Words can't fully express our appreciation and gratitude to our volunteers. Each one of them gives us - and you - their precious time. Each one makes every experience more memorable at a refuge or hatchery. Volunteers are our champions." - Robyn Thorson, Pacific Regional Director USFWS

Salute to Volunteers: Individuals Give Their Time to Pass On Conservation

Our volunteers in the Pacific Region are amazing. 15,129 individuals donated 230,919 hours of their time to make your experience better at National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries. That equates to 111 full-time workers. They do it because they want to pass on a tradition of conservation and wildlife to future generations. Join us during National Volunteer Week (April 23-April 29) as we celebrate our volunteers and their stories. #iServeBecause

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Evidence containing whale, elephant and walrus ivory

'The illegal wildlife trade is a $20 billion industry that is rapidly driving elephants and many other animals to extinction. The Service will continue to use every tool at its disposal to fight the trafficking scourge and the shameful individuals who are depriving our planet of these magnificent creatures for their own profit." - said Edward Grace, Deputy Assistant Director, USFWS USFWS

Washington State Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking In Prohibited Ivory Products

A Washington state resident has pleaded guilty to participating in at least 74 transactions involving the purchase and sale of whale, elephant and walrus ivory between May 2006 and June 2015.  The Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibit unlawful purchases and sales of these products.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Wilkinson.

News release

Bats at night
Bats at night USFWS Image

Bats: They may be the coolest mammals on Earth

Bats may seem scary, but they are also very interesting. These cut little mammals are very important to humans by providing necessary pollination for the foods we eat and by removing insects that we find annoying. Today, we celebrate National Bat Appreciation Day and call upon our colleague, Ann Froschauer, to answer a few questions about bats.

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