Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

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Welcome to the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office web site. We work to protect endangered and threatened species, migratory birds and migratory fish and their habitat in North Carolina. To accomplish our mission the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office has these programs: Coastal, Environmental Contaminants, Endangered Species, Project Planning, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife.

Aiding the northern long-eared bat. Service and partners team up in battle against deadly white-nose syndrome

Bat captured in Bladen County, NC. Photo by Gary Jordan, USFWS, 11- 2016

November 26, 2019

Bats provide valuable ecosystem services that impact the world’s economy and our lives. They pollinate cash crops and forests, disperse seeds, produce fertilizer and control pests by devouring insects. Many bat species are in decline, however, due to habitat loss and disease, especially white-nose syndrome (WNS).

The Service has been working with partners promoting conservation, research and innovation to fight back at the national level. In the eastern half of the U.S., the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) has seen severe population declines due to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that kills bats by increasing the amount of energy they use during winter hibernation and by creating physiological imbalances that can inhibit normal body functions. Read the full story...

With help from many partners, the endangered smooth coneflower fights to come back

Monarch butterfly on a smooth coneflower. Photo by John L. Randall, North Carolina Botanical Garden

August 19, 2019

Droopy and slender pink petals give it a daisy-like appearance. Delicate, yet fierce, with a tall and spiked-domed center, it thrives in places that aren’t exactly dainty. Along power line rights-of-way, roadsides, dry slopes, and other disturbed places, the smooth coneflower fights to defend its turf. Left unchecked, trees and shrubs can opportunistically overpower the open prairie-like spaces that wildflowers call home.

Using a consistent and disciplined approach, collaborators have positioned the smooth coneflower on a good trajectory so it can flourish and thrive into the future.  Read the full story...


Dan River Coal Ash Spill Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessmen available for public review through September 9.

Roanoke logperch by S. McRae. Proposed restoration projects would seek to improve fish passage to benefit game fish such as smallmouth bass, and the federally and state listed Roanoke logperch among other fish.

July 29, 2019

A draft plan to address ​environmental injuries resulting from the February 2, 2014 coal ash spill at the Duke Energy ​facility in Eden, NC is now available for public review. The Department of the Interior through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Department of Environmental Quality, and the State of North Carolina through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, collectively the Trustees, invite the public to review and comment on the Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for the Dan River Coal Ash Spill.  Two public information meetings  are scheduled in AugustTo learn more about the plans and ways to get involved visit the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's website for the full story or the draft plan.  

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Carolina madtom and Neuse River waterdog proposed for Endangered Species Act protection

Critical Habitat proposed for both species, with a 4(d) special rule proposed for waterdog, allowing for tailored conservation

May 21, 2019

The venom in the stinging spines of the Carolina madtom’s fins is so potent that it earned the freshwater catfish the scientific name, Noturus furiosus. The Neuse River waterdog salamander, with its black spots and red external gills, looks like something out of a science fiction movie.News Release  Frequently asked questions Proposed Rule (PDF)

Carolina madtom    Species profile Photos available for download Species status assessment

Neuse River waterdog   Species profile  Photos available for download Species status assessment

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 36 Southeastern species.

Saint Francis satyr butterfly by Melissa A. McGaw, NCWRC

April 23, 2019

As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. Five of the species can be found in North Carolina: the Waccamaw silverside fish, the noonday snail, the Saint Francis satyr butterfly, spreading avens and the rock gnome lichen.

The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019. For more information about the plants and animals under review, and ways to get involved read the full story...


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Last Updated: February 11, 2020