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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to the Duck Stamp to Celebrate the Conservation Achievements of Waterfowl Hunters


Over the past century, waterfowl hunters have helped create and conserve millions of acres of wetland habitat that not only provide places for a wide diversity of wildlife to thrive, but also help in flood control and water purification efforts, and create significant economic stimulus for rural communities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to celebrate these hunters’ remarkable achievements and our unique American hunting heritage with a permanent change to the Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp



A large brown raptor, an 'io (Hawaiian hawk), sits in a leafy and mossy tree.

'Io (Hawaiian hawk) Jack Jeffrey

Hawaiian Hawk Removed from List of Threatened and Endangered Species


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final rule removing the ʻio (Hawaiian hawk) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The ʻio was listed in 1967. Since then, improved monitoring, partner-led landscape-level conservation efforts and the species’ demonstrated resilience now indicate it no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered. 


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Aurelia Skipwith visits Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Aurelia Skipwith visits Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Credit: USFWS

Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Aurelia Skipwith as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a bipartisan vote of 52-39. Skipwith has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior since April 19, 2017. "I am truly honored to serve the American people under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt," says Service Director Skipwith.


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