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Grizzly bear attempting to cross the road, surrounded by cars and people.
Wildlife managers are again urging the public to practice responsible wildlife viewing behavior and obey traffic laws to ensure safety for both people and grizzly bears. Approaching bears and/or parking on the highway is not only illegal but also poses significant risks, especially with grizzly...
a black, green and red frog peeks its head out of a pool of water
About 18 months after the Mosquito Fire ripped through the small town of Foresthill, California, biologists were excited to see California red-legged frogs living for the first time in wetland habitat created in 2021 on the Tahoe National Forest.
A fish facing right in clear water near a river bottom with rocks underneath and behind it.
Climate change is resulting in lower summer flows in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Lower flows and human activity can be problematic for federally protected bull trout, but biologists from Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office are working with partners to increase streamflow and...
A long line of vehicles forms at National Elk Refuge on opening day of the shed antler hunt season.
A felony antler poaching sentence, on the eve of shed hunt season opening, underscores the costs of flouting antler collection rules, say federal and state authorities.
a brown owl with white spots sits on a snag with brown foliage in the background
In 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to add the California spotted owl to the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act. The proposal noted wildfire as the leading threat to the bird, and thankfully, efforts are already underway to improve the health of California’s...
Tim Ericson, sitting at the front of a boat, paddles on the Deshka River. The photo is taken from the back of the boat, and Ericson looks back at the camera over his shoulder. The boat is filled with supplies, including moose antlers.
From volcanic close calls to rainy river floats, the fish and wildlife biologist’s conservation career is only just getting started.
Yellow and green fish held in hand within a net.
On the screen appears a map of Northern Nevada with a slice of Eastern California. Diamond shaped markers are peppered across the map signifying recovery projects for Lahontan cutthroat trout. Faith Machuca, a Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery ecologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in...
a group of five people stand around a cooler holding frogs next to a stream. One person is holding a frog that will be released into the creek.
In California, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service often partners with the Forest Service to protect species listed under this act. National forests throughout the state are home to dozens of listed species from frogs and fish, to foxes and fishers. The uninterrupted habitats that extend for...
A threatened Louisiana pinesnake (Pituophis ruthveni) basks atop bed of pine needles. This snake occurs in West Louisiana and East Texas in longleaf pine savannah, a habitat that was mostly reduced by the 1930s.
A key part of the strategy to help the Louisiana pinesnake recover is to continue the partner-led captive breeding and reintroduction efforts in the Kisatchie National Forest Catahoula District. In areas where partners have reintroduced the snake, there has been success.
Image of a mountain canyon dotted with sagebrush, pine trees and aspen.
Even over a year later, tears well up in his eyes when he talks about it. The “wave of emotion,” as he describes it, is understandable given that the moment was 15 years in the making. “Even last summer when I took my son and his friend out there and told them the story; it still gave me chills to...
Photo of orphaned well on Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
Located not far from Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Texas, Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge offers diverse vegetation which provides habitats for wildlife.  Species that call the refuge home, include ducks, geese, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, minks, white-tailed deer and alligators. ...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service, acting as trustees for Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration, are seeking public input on draft restoration plans and invite the public...
An adult California spotted owl sits on a tree branch looking at the camera
Traditional methods used to monitor for California spotted owls, a species proposed to be listed as threatened under the ESA, is time consuming. It requires hiking in remote forests, hooting for owls and hoping they respond. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has teamed up with Kevin Kelly at the...
a communication tower near trees
Today, we know that lighting on communication towers can be deadly to birds. But you probably didn’t know that there was one tower who changed their lights decades before everyone else – changing the trajectory for towers throughout the U.S. and Canada and saving millions of birds. So what’s the...
Close up of sedge seedheads
Biologists with a passion for plant conservation recently collaborated with Georgia Public Broadcast to produce a 26-minute video for Georgia Outdoors highlighting some of the work to protect and conserve at-risk plants.
A close-up underwater shot of an Apache trout swimming
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the native Arizona Apache trout from the List of Endangered and Threatened Species. Collaboration and partner-driven habitat conservation, non-native trout removal, and reintroduction efforts helped save the Apache trout from the brink of...
a california red-legged frog is partially submerged in a brown and green pond
In September 2022, the Mosquito Fire roared through the American River Canyon just outside the small northern California community of Foresthill. Steep hillsides covered in oak and pine trees, shrubs and grasses went up in flames. The fire burned for 46 days, destroying homes and small businesses...
Grizzly bear visiting a hair snare site
As part of ongoing efforts to monitor grizzly bears in the lower-48 states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several partners will continue genetic sampling efforts during the summer of 2023 to document grizzly bears in southwest Montana. This multi-year project collects data to assist...
a tan and black speckled frog jumps from a biologist's hand into a bubbling creek
This week, 166 endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs were released into cool streams on the Plumas National Forest to improve their declining population numbers in the northern Sierra Nevada. In 2022, biologists from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California...
A small brown butterfly rests on a green plant
Despite adaptations that allow them to endure extreme conditions, populations of numerous butterfly species are shrinking. That's why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working proactively with partners across the nation to change the trajectory for butterflies that are “at risk” of steep...
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.
A crowd of people with their arms open stand in front of a flock of bats at dusk
Bats benefit people and our planet in many ways. Bats help farmers by consuming insect pests, which improves crop yields and reduces pesticide use. Nectar-feeding bats pollinate plants, and fruit-eating bats disperse seeds in tropical forests. Spectacular bat flights generate ecotourism dollars....
USFWS logo centered above a photo of elk in winter. Logo depicts a fish breaching and a duck flying over a pond near sunrise.
Officials with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, National Elk Refuge, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced plans today for the opening of wildlife winter range at 6 am on May 1st, 2023 in Teton County Wyoming. This winter has been long and cold with deep snow continuing to linger in the...
The feral hog removal for ecological restoration project will protect existing high-quality stream, glade, riparian forest and upland habitats throughout priority watersheds in Iron, Reynolds, Washington and St. Francois counties in Missouri.
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...
a gray and olive colored fat toad with bumpy skin sits on pine needles in a burned forest
When wildfires erupt, animals do their best to move out of the direct path of the flames while staying close to home if they can find safe refuge. But when a high-severity fire burns across a large landscape, it moves fast and climbs through the tree canopy. Wildlife has a more challenging time...
A large adult black bear plodding across a grassy field with vegetation in its mouth
When you close your eyes and think of a healthy forest, you may picture one that’s thick with trees. But a healthy forest is complex, just like the plant and animal species that live there.
Grizzly bear visiting a hair snare site
As part of ongoing efforts to monitor grizzly bears in the lower-48 states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with several partners, will be continuing genetic sampling efforts during the summer of 2022 to document grizzly bears in southwest Montana. This project is collecting data to...
Mr. Snake, a Louisiana pinesnake that helps the U.S. Forest Service with education and outreach, lying in pine straw July 11, 2022.
Conserving an elusive species like the threatened Louisiana pinesnake, which spends most of its time underground, poses a challenge for biologists. But just how elusive is it?
two men standing at the edge of water in a forest, one leaning down with a white bucket to release frog eggs
In late May, U.S. Forest Service biologists on the Eldorado National Forest observed egg masses laid by Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs in a stream that was starting to run dry.
Grizzly bear attempting to cross the road, surrounded by cars and people.
Wildlife managers are asking for the public’s assistance to help keep both bears and humans safe by observing responsible wildlife viewing behavior and lawfully operating vehicles by not parking on the highway or roadside
a fisher climbing a tree
Fires have swept through large portions of habitat used by the southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment of fisher over the past several years. By examining how fisher are using post-burn forest, the Service hopes to learn more about the needs and habits of this elusive endangered species.
Grizzly bear 399 has successfully weaned her four offspring, which is normal for female grizzly bears with two-year-old cubs. These young bears will eventually disperse to establish individual home ranges. Residents of Teton County should expect that these bears, and other recently weaned...
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,...

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