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Jackie Ferrier

Jackie Ferrier, of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Washington, has been named the 2019 Paul Kroegel National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year. Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Willapa's Jackie Ferrier Named National Wildlife Refuge Manager of the Year


Jackie Ferrier, of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Washington, has been named the 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year. Presented by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the award recognizes outstanding accomplishment by a refuge manager in the protection and management of our national wildlife refuges. This marks the first time in the award’s 25 year history that a female Refuge Manager has been selected for the prestigious award.


News release


Shark fins

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement found approximately 190 pounds of shark fins, which is worth as much as $57,850 on the black market. USFWS

Owner, Officers of Japanese Vessel Charged with Trafficking 962 Shark Fins


The owner and officers of a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel and 10 fishermen have been charged in federal court with aiding and abetting the trafficking and smuggling of 962 shark fins into and out of Hawaii. The Service’s Office of Law Enforcement discovered approximately 190 pounds of shark fins worth as much as $57,850 in luggage. Some species of shark – including three species found among the fins in this case – are protected under the CITES Convention. 


News release


Widsom - the worlds oldest known albatross
Widsom - the worlds oldest known albatross FWS Image

Wisdom Returns To Midway Atoll - (Again and again and again)


Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world's oldest known, banded wild bird, has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial.  Her first appearance on the atoll this year, saw her on a nest site on November 29 and biologists have confirmed that she has laid an egg. Wisdom was first identified and banded by biologists as an adult in 1956 - making her at least 68 years old.


Read all about Wisdom's adventures


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