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Anthony Montgomery, a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lays out plates used to collect marine cryptobiota, cryptic invertebrates that serve as building blocks for coral, long the ocean floor.
The oceans are still a wonder with many areas still understudied. The Deep Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (Deep-CRES) Program have ventured into the depths of American Samoa's mesophotic coral ecosystems to learn of their mysteries. Often overlooked, the Deep-CRES Program team hope to learn what lies...
Two people kneel as they place small seedlings in the ground
Researchers took advantage of Great Meadows Marsh's altered state to test a new restoration technique benefitting saltmarsh sparrows. Their gamble paid off for the birds, as well as the state-endangered marsh pink plant. The local community has also embraced the changes.
Building upon decades of collaboration, the Connecticut River Migratory Fish Restoration Cooperative will provide a forum for state and federal fish and wildlife agencies and public partners to expand upon their ongoing work to restore and manage native migratory fishes and their habitats in the...
A green sea turtle makes its way from its nest to the ocean.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service announced a proposal to designate new areas of critical habitat to protect threatened and endangered green sea turtles. The proposed critical habitat areas include the states of California, Florida, Hawaiʻi, North Carolina...
A river passes through a partially deconstructed dam
Construction crews have removed Bridgewater’s High Street Dam, which stood across the Town River for more than 100 years.
monk seal rests on a sandy beach
Endling is a word of recent vintage, first proposed in a letter to the editors of Nature on April 4, 1996, in which the correspondents wrote: “There is a need for a word in taxonomy, and in medical genealogical, scientific, biological and other literature, that does not occur in the English or any...
A single adult Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle slowly walks across a beach towards the ocean.
Saving the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is one of the greatest Endangered Species Act success stories of our time. While continued efforts are needed to fully recover the species, actions undertaken for the species in the last 50 years are paying off and we are seeing increased numbers of Kemp’s ridley...
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon photo by US Coast Guard
Thirteen years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded. Images of the fiery explosion and oiled wildlife were plastered across television screens and newspapers as 134 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean. Even after coverage of the spill lessened, many...
Baby honu swim just below the surface line.
Sea turtle nesting season has begun and federal and state agencies are asking the people of Hawaiʻi to lookout for honu (Hawaiian green), honuʻea (Hawaiian hawksbill), and olive ridley turtles during the 2023 sea turtle nesting season. The people of Hawaiʻi can help by reporting any observations of...
Bright, multi-colored fish swims in front of dark rocks.
Located east of the Philippines, the Mariana Trench is massive. It is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and includes millions of acres virtually unknown to humans.
A large turtle swims with its head and back above the water. Floating around it is pink flower petals.
It's a wild and magical world out there. Wildlife all across this enchanted earth have developed all kinds of adaptations both explained and unexplained. Read along to learn more about these mystical critters and their magic powers.
a stream flows through a vast marsh with newly planted grasses
Once big enough to fit 1,400 football fields and seasonal home to Indigenous peoples, Great Meadows Marsh has been through a lot in the last four centuries. Now half the size and ailing from historical efforts to drain and fill it, as well as invasion by nonnative plants, the Stratford, Connecticut...
a stream flows through a vast marsh with newly planted grasses
The first-ever “Salt Marsh Steward” program at Great Meadows Marsh in Stratford, Connecticut, employed 12 students from nearby high schools during Spring 2022. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, students worked part-time replanting portions of the marsh that had been excavated and graded as...
Park picnic area in a grassy meadow with lush green trees and a national fish hatchery banner
Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery invited NOAA to give this year's presentation at the annual Wilderness Day Camp
Saltmarsh Sparrow mother and chicks huddled in nest in salt marsh
Saltmarsh sparrows are among the species most imperiled by climate change, especially as sea level rise degrades their marsh home. But, as researchers track changes in the marsh in order to protect the birds, the birds are also teaching researchers about how to bolster the entire marsh system from...
A woman in traditional Native American clothing speaks with several people wearing federal- or state-agency shirts and hats
When scientists proposed moving endangered winter-run Chinook salmon into historical habitat upstream of Shasta Dam this summer, they expected some people would doubt the seemingly new idea could work. But it wasn’t a new idea at all, and it had been proven long ago.
a group of people standing on a bridge over water holding a blue sign
The Little Tonsina River bridge project in Alaska's Copper River watershed was the nation's first Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded fish passage project to break ground. As of August 2023, the two lane, 100-foot floodplain-friendly bridge is open to traffic - vehicles over top and fish below!
landscape of green wetlands with houses on hills in background
San Diego County has more than 70 miles of coastline, home to hundreds of thousands of people as well as many wildlife species. The highly urban area is also congested, and conservation planning can be complicated.
Several people stand in a circle around a woman wearing traditional Tribal garments
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Monday celebrated the return of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon eggs to the McCloud River...
a black bird with white face and big orange beak with lots of skinny fish in its mouth
Have you ever peeped a tufted puffin? Chances are, you saw them during the summer breeding season: bright orange beaks, long golden feather head plumes, and a sharp white and black eye mask with red eyeliner that has earned them the name "clown of the sea." But when it comes to monitoring marine...
Fish and wildlife staff peer into a mess of abandoned and mangled lobster traps
An hour off the coast of Maine lie some of the state’s most unique environments: tiny sea islands that are largely uninhabited nesting sites for seabirds. But, these wild, remote islands–and the birds who nest there–are blighted by marine debris, like plastic waste and abandoned lobster traps. The...
two people stand outside for a photo with a wooden award
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The San Joaquin River Restoration Program, a multi-agency effort to restore the upper 152-miles of the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River, recently received the Department of the Interior’s highest honor for environmental restoration.
A river churns along the rocky rapids. Evergreen trees frame either side of the water.
Federal and state agencies from the U.S. and Canada have signed a statement of cooperation with the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Peskotomuhkati Nation at Skutik committing to a partnership dedicated to restoring the water quality and wildlife habitat of the St. Croix River.
A green sea turtle lays on th ebeach.
Sea turtle nesting season has begun across the state of Hawaiʻi. Honu (green sea turtle), honuʻea (Hawaiian hawksbill), and olive ridley turtles are nesting season begins mid-April and can last until September, and even as long as December. Federal and state agencies are asking for the publics help...
A latina woman wearing an orange personal flotation device canoeing on a river
For adventurous travelers and residents alike, America’s lesser-known public lands and waters are off-the-beaten-path places for invigorating outdoor recreation. National wildlife refuges, national forests, national marine sanctuaries and national conservation lands typically are uncrowded,...
View of Nunn’s Mill Dam and impoundment from downstream on the South Branch Raritan River
As many as 20 interconnected restoration projects will soon be underway in New Jersey’s Raritan River watershed.

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