A tiny beige tortoise walking on sandy soil.

Protecting Military Readiness and the Iconic Gopher Tortoise at the Same Time

March 24, 2017Tifton, Ga. – There isn’t a military base for 50 miles, but the Army plays a critical role at the Alapaha River Wildlife Management Area. A first-in-the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises here while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions across the tortoise’s Southern turf. Learn more...

Baby gopher tortoise. Photo by Randy Browning, USFWS.

Mature trees form a canopy shading the river from the sun.

Saving an Endangered Southern River

March 22, 2017Crandall, Ga. – The Conasauga River courses through Jimmy Petty’s corn, bean and dairy farm near the Tennessee line. The Conasauga River flows through Jimmy Petty's farm near Crandall, Ga. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. Petty and his brothers own seven miles of riverfront, much of it covered one recent morning in bright green winter wheat, along both sides of the Conasauga. The mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest offer a postcard-perfect backdrop. Learn more...

Conasauga River shaded by trees. Photo by USFWS.

A brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with white fuzz around its nose

Disease continues its fatal sweep of bats

March 14, 2017The oars splashed, that slight sound magnified as it echoed off rock walls that led to a distant, black point. With each pull, the tunnel’s illuminated opening got smaller – the darkness, greater. Pete Pattavina paused in mid-paddle. He saw a cluster of creatures. They hung from the wall as the boat floated past. Each was a bat, folded in winter slumber. One day soon, they’d leave their hibernaculum in the mountains of North Georgia. Learn more...

In this 2016 photo, a tri-colored bat with evidence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) hibernates on the wall of the Black Diamond Tunnel in the North Georgia mountains. Photo by Pete Pattavina/USFWS.

A red, semi-transluscent fish with catfish like whiskers in an aquarium.

17 More Fish, Mussels, and Other Species Don’t Need the ESA’s Protection

February 8, 2017Scientists recently proposed that 17 species including the Ouachita madtom, a whiskery fish found in Arkansas, be removed from a petition that had called for its protection under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more...

Ouachita madtom. Photo by Conservation Fisheries.

A group of seven people crouching on a beach while holding a 16 foot python.

Pythons nose their way into Florida Keys

February 8, 2017Four large crawlers – one, a female, was nearly 16 feet long – turned up within the last month at an old missile base at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...

Irula tribesmen from India have been helping state and federal officials in Florida capture invasive pythons. This 16-foot female turned up in a disused bunker at a closed missile site at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Ed Metzger, University of Florida.

A bright yellow sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean.

Sea Turtle Monitoring at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

February 8, 2017Former seasonal biological technician recounts conducting nesting sea turtle surveys on a barrier island in Florida. Learn more...

Sunrise at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Diana Gu, USFWS.

A small deer with antlers in front of a road sign on the side of a road.

Whats Old is New Again (New World Screwworm, That is)

February 1, 2017In talking to people about what our agency does for endangered species, you can’t help but conjure up images of those iconic species that have helped frame the visual; species like sea turtles, manatees, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers, whooping cranes, and freshwater mussels. The Southeast Region is the lead for about 380 endangered species of plants and, animals and among those Southeast, we get to claim is Florida’s endangered Key deer. Learn more...

Response key deer buck at refuge headquarters. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.