U.S. Geological Survey

National FWS Programs They Work With

A lone bison stands atop a grassy hilltop
Once spanning more than 580 million acres across Indigenous Lands, Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the Central Grasslands, also known as the Great Plains, are the world’s most imperiled and least conserved ecosystem. One of the last intact temperate grassland landscapes in the world, these...
Close up of a California condor. Its pink featherless head contrasts with its black feathers.
We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...

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Klamath Marsh Refuge from the air looking West
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A biologist holding a wild lake trout while aboard a boat on Lake Ontario.
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Yellow and green fish held in hand within a net.
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Spectacled eider
Plunging into the icy waters of North America's coasts, sea ducks navigate a world unseen by most. Despite representing a significant portion of the continent’s duck species, these unique marine birds are among the least understood. Yet, unlike other waterfowl, many sea duck populations have...
A large reddish wading bird with a long curved bill prowls a wetland, with tall grasses showing behind it.
By far, the coolest part of this project is capturing and tagging the birds! Biologists head out into the night like stealth bird-spies, creeping slowly and quietly in wetlands so as not to spook the birds.
A western bumble bee sits on a purple flower
In the Pacific Northwest, recent research has linked the range-wide decline of the once common Western bumble bee to climate change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with partners to research bumble bee ecology to conserve them in the face of a changing climate.
A long-necked duck with a brown head and a white neck and long tail feathers swims on a body of water.
An exciting partnership in the Central Flyway is using GPS telemetry to unravel the mysteries about Northern pintail migration, breeding, and wintering patterns across North America.
A frog on the edge of a pond with a person standing out-of-focus in the background.
When people think about the southwestern United States, most picture arid deserts and mountainous areas, however southwestern states including Arizona and New Mexico also contain riparian woodlands and wetlands that many species rely on. One of those species is the Chiricahua leopard frog.
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon photo by US Coast Guard
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A crowd of people with their arms open stand in front of a flock of bats at dusk
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A small bird with a black belly and long downcurved black bill stands in the grassy tundra
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a fuzzy brown bat hangs from a cave ceiling
Through grants from the National Science Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are teaming up to develop a new treatment to boost bats’ immunity to the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome as...
A black and yellow bee on a pink flower with spiky extensions
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A hilly grassy landscape under a blue sky
As part of a national effort to respond to a changing climate, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has identified a number of priorities and objectives that aim to unify the Service’s approach to climate adaptation and mitigation.
windmill and flowers in the prairie
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A Dakota skipper butterfly on a pink flower
When we think about landscape conservation, we tend to think big – big problems that require big solutions. But sometimes, it’s the little things that have the greatest impacts. The beating wings of a small butterfly might just be what is needed to save our nation’s grasslands. The butterfly is...
closeup of a female mallard
We often capture birds that were banded from previous years; these could have been birds banded by us previously, or birds that were banded by another permitted bird bander in a different region. Along with the approximately 400 newly banded birds at our station this year, we also recaptured 67...
An ʻakekeʻe Birds perches on a green branch. It has a yellowish-green body with a tiny black eye.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will receive $7.5 million to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian forest birds from extinction. Hawaii’s forest birds face a myriad of threats including avian malaria, a disease that is transmitted by invasive mosquitoes. The funding...

Partner Category

We work with other federal agencies to help them meet their legal responsibilities as well as their mission.

Other Partners

Here are just a few of our National Partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.