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Lilies at Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

Conservation in Alabama

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

        2. A light purple salamander with dark spots and tufts above its front legs. Jan 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Alabama “mudpuppy” to receive federal protection

        3. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. Dec 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

        4. A turtle basking on a log overhanging a pool of water. Oct 4, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Endangered species listing not needed for three species of wildlife in the Southeast

        5. A colorful radar map. Oct 4, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Rain coming

        6. A greyish green fish with a long body and blueish grey fins. Oct 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for two Coosa darters

        7. A dozen large birds on the edge of a mangrove island. Oct 3, 2017 | 3 minute read

          How to manage 45 important coastal species in the face of environmental changes

        8. A small fish with bright blue fins and orange coloring on its back. Oct 3, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes protection for rare darter in Coosa River Basin

        9. A group of USFWS personnel in a circle for a meeting. Sep 13, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Service crews head south

        10. Three men meet before deloying with heavy equipment. Sep 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Service assesses damage, starts cleanup

        11. Radar or Irma. Sep 11, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma continues its assault on Southeast

        12. A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size Sep 11, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

        13. A swirling cloud mass south of Florida. Sep 10, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma reaches Florida, heads north

        14. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        15. A map of southeastern Florida. Sep 8, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service responders bringing technology to aid Hurricane Irma response, bolster safety

        16. Satellite image of huge hurricane between Florida and Puerto Rico. Sep 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Service prepares for Hurricane Irma

        17. Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof. Sep 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Tips for rebuilding

        18. A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Sep 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

        19. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

        20. A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river. Jun 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

        21. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Endangered Species Day Events

        22. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. Mar 30, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

        23. A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat. Mar 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Service, Department of Defense adopt credit strategy for Southeast installations benefiting gopher tortoise and other species

        24. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky Mar 10, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Service offers $2,500 reward for information in death of bald eagle in Centre, Alabama

        25. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Oct 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

        26. A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate. Sep 20, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

        27. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

        28. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation. Aug 30, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

        29. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Apr 29, 2016 | 2 minute read

          $7,500 reward offered for information in death of a bald eagle in Boligee, Alabama

        30. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Apr 14, 2016 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eeopens comment period on proposal to list the white-fringeless orchid as threatened

        31. Bright green needles emerge from a central cone of a longleaf pine tree Apr 6, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Seeing the forest for the trees

        32. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss. Mar 15, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

        33. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest. Nov 6, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Service, states, celebrate 20th anniversary of the safe harbor program offering voluntary land management agreements with private landowners

        34. A jet black snake with opaque white belly coiled up in the grass. Oct 5, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Black pinesnake added to threatened and endangered species list

        35. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves. Sep 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

        36. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 14, 2015 | 6 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes adding white fringeless orchid to threatened and endangered species list

        37. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Sep 9, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Recovery plan for endangered frog available

        38. Three mussels in hand with identification numbers Aug 13, 2015 | 8 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts

        39. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Service awards grants to 35 states, District of Columbia for work on deadly bat disease

        40. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

        41. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. Jun 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

        42. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest. Jun 5, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Service Southeast Region formally ends the evaluation process for the possible use of genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges

        43. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower. Jun 2, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

        44. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

        45. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Apr 29, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

        46. Coiled up black pinesnake on grass. Mar 10, 2015 | 18 minute read

          Service proposes to designate Critical Habitat and announces re-opening of comment period on proposed listing of black pinesnake

        47. Rescued manatee laying on a blue mat out of water. Feb 18, 2015 | 4 minute read

          SeaWorld San Antonio transports rehabilitated manatee via U.S. Coast Guard plane to sister park in Orlando, Florida

        48. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 9, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        49. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

        50. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Nov 6, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Recovery plan for two endangered snails and an endangered mussel available

        51. Four rhino horns on a desk next to a podium with the US Fish and Wildlife logo. Oct 23, 2014 | 6 minute read

          Owners of safari company indicted for illegal rhino hunts

        52. Coiled up black pinesnake on grass. Oct 6, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Service proposes to list the black pinesnake as threatened

        53. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

        54. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. Sep 17, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Conservation efforts help keep Georgia aster off Endangered Species List

        55. A long stemmed plant with bright yellow flowers. May 28, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service estimates economic impact of Critical Habitat designations for three southern plants

        56. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb. May 19, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 33 southeastern species

        57. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. May 14, 2014 | 2 minute read

          Partners to sign agreement to conserve rare plant

        58. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        59. A close up photograph of a tiny lobster-like crayfish with dark claws and armor. May 13, 2014 | 4 minute read

          State and federal agencies work to ensure Endangered Species Act protections are not needed

        60. A flowering plant with bright white flowers. May 8, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service re-opens comment period for the Georgia rockcress proposed listing and Critical Habitat and announces economic analysis

        61. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species

        62. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back. Apr 4, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered Species Act

        63. Bright white flowers with a river in the background. Mar 11, 2014 | 6 minute read

          Service proposes endangered status for Alabama sturgeon

        64. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Jan 7, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on aircraft-guided flight

        65. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 31, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

        66. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 30, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes now in Georgia on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

        67. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 12, 2013 | 5 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes now in Alabama on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

        68. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 8, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Service estimates economic impacts and releases draft environmental assessment of Critical Habitat designation for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        69. Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes. Oct 15, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

        70. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012 | 6 minute read

          Service proposes to protect neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

        71. A red and black patterned reptile with protruding scales. Oct 12, 2012 | 2 minute read

          Scottsboro man sentenced for trafficking protected reptiles

        72. A large green table covered in different mussel species native to Alabama. Oct 9, 2012 | 4 minute read

          Service protects eight Gulf coast mussels under the Endangered Species Act

        73. A brown and black striated mussel. Oct 3, 2012 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to protect the fluted kidneyshell and slabside pearlymussel under the Endangered Species Act

        74. A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins. Oct 1, 2012 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to protect the spring pygmy sunfish and designate Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act

        75. Bright green needles emerge from a central cone of a longleaf pine tree Aug 23, 2012 | 6 minute read

          Service announces $5.7 million in state wildlife grants to help imperiled species

        76. Two students wearing waders in a streem inspect a seine. Mar 20, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service announces endangered species recovery champion awards

        77. Injured bald eagle with blue bandage on its right wing. Feb 24, 2012 | 1 minute read

          Reward doubled for information in the wounding of a bald eagle in Alabama -- $5,000 to help find the culprit

        78. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        79. Bright white flowers with a river in the background. May 4, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Services Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge expansion proposal tabled to make way for long-term planning effort

        80. A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins. Mar 31, 2011 | 3 minute read

          Service initiates status review of the spring pygmy sunfish

        81. Tall, narrow, pine trees spaced about 25 feet apart with very sparse, dry grass in the understory. Mar 23, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Draft recovery plan for gentian pinkroot available for review

        82. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Mar 18, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Service announces endangered species recovery champion awards: southeast awardees from NC, TN

        83. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank. Feb 18, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Second whooping crane found dead at Weiss Lake, Alabama

        84. A brown and black mussel with striations. Jan 19, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for two freshwater mussels

        85. A biologist inspects vegetation on the edge of a marsh. Dec 22, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces more than $19 million in grants to protect coastal wetlands across the nation

        86. Four young whooping cranes with bands on their legs rest in a net enclosure. Dec 17, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes over the skies of Alabama

        87. Jun 29, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Service seeks comments on draft economic analysis and proposed Critical Habitat for vermilion darter

        88. Hundreds of partially submerged snails. Jun 22, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Tulotoma snail on the road to recovery

        89. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 3, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat for Mississippi gopher frog

        90. A gray bird with bright red spot on its face with a small, furry, beige chick. Apr 9, 2010 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 10 Southeastern species

        91. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Feb 10, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Service announces the availability of a draft economic analysis for proposed designation of Critical Habitat for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and roughhorn

        92. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank. Jan 7, 2010 | 6 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes into Georgia

        93. Bright white flowers with a river in the background. Dec 30, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service announces the availability of the draft economic analysis and a public hearing associated with Critical Habitat designation for the Alabama sturgeon

        94. Eight whooping cranes follow an ultralight fan powered glider in Kentucky. Dec 8, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes over the skies of Tennessee

        95. Dec 3, 2009 | 3 minute read

          Service proposes Critical Habitat designation for the vermilion darter

        96. Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach. Nov 11, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

        97. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Oct 22, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ninth group of endangered whooping cranes depart on ultralight-guided flight to Florida

        98. A white bird with angular wings and a dark head. Sep 23, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Service releases climate change strategy for public review and comment

        99. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil. Sep 9, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

        100. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        101. A brown bird with purple wing tips floats on semi-frozen water. Jul 29, 2009 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service selects new manager for Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

        102. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Jun 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service proposes endangered species status and Critical Habitat designations for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and rough hornsnail

        103. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

        104. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jun 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

        105. Bright white flowers with a river in the background. Jun 2, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service designates Critical Habitat for the Alabama sturgeon

        106. A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch. Apr 20, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Interior Secretary Salazar announces award of $9 million in grants to states for imperiled species Conservation

        107. Aug 31, 2005 | 1 minute read

          U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announces temporary closure of National Wildlife Refuges in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina

        Stories

        1. A man wearing a yellow hard hat and firefighting gear Jul 27, 2018 | 7 minute read

          On the front lines

        2. hundreds of birds dot a small island below a bright blue sky. May 31, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Meet the Gulf Restoration Office

        3. A deep black snake coiled up on sandy soil with young longleaf pine seedlings in the background May 25, 2018 | 8 minute read

          Snakes in a bag

        4. A creek runs through a forest. Apr 12, 2018 | 6 minute read

          Stalking the rare painted rocksnail

        5. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. Mar 19, 2018 | 8 minute read

          A war in the water

        6. Dozens gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mar 15, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Bon Secour trail reopening underscores priority of access to public lands

        7. two yellow flowers growing out of very sandy soil. Feb 28, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Sowing plants to reap dunes

        8. A small woodpecker perched on a pine tree. Feb 14, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Steward of the land

        9. Three men posing for a photo in camouflage after a day of waterfowl hunting. Feb 12, 2018 | 7 minute read

          Making memories in a duck blind

        10. A tiny white and brown mouse held by a biologist. Dec 13, 2017 | 7 minute read

          The mouse that roared

        11. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth Nov 20, 2017 | 9 minute read

          The woodpecker’s journey

        12. A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds. Nov 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

        13. A tiny loggerhead hatchling hustles towards the ocean. Nov 6, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Moonlighting in Alabama

        14. A military officer in uniform releases a gopher tortoise next to a burrow. Aug 22, 2017 | 8 minute read

          Boosting the gopher tortoise

        15. A bat with a fuzzy head and large round eyes clings to the handler’s gloved hand Aug 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

          They come out at night

        16. A gentleman with a grey mustache standing next to a mature longleaf pine tree. Aug 9, 2017 | 8 minute read

          Growing trees, saving species

        17. A pool formed on a rocky mountain top in front of a sunset. May 22, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Digging new pools: How an experiment on Georgia granite mountains is increasing endangered and threatened plants

        18. Wiry pine trees sparsley dot a sandy landscape. May 9, 2017 | 7 minute read

          A harmonious future for profits, pine and at-risk species along the Florida-Alabama line

        19. A tiny beige tortoise walking on sandy soil. Mar 24, 2017 | 6 minute read

          Protecting military readiness and the iconic gopher tortoise at the same time

        20. A crayfish that resembles a lobster. Mar 1, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Partnerships keep critters off Endangered Species List

        21. A tiny turtle hatchling covered in sand. Apr 20, 2015 | 2 minute read

          Five things you need to know

        22. Nov 22, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Service and its partners remove another dam in greater Birmingham area, improves aquatic habitat

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