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    Information icon A road eroding away in southwest Georgia. Credit: Jim Bates, USFWS.

    Partners fix roads, and habitats, in southwest Georgia

    September 1, 2021 | 2 minute read

    Watersheds across southwest Georgia face a number of threats: irrigation; development; sedimentation; impoundments; and more. Fish, mussels, and migratory birds all suffer from the degradation of habitat. Partners for Fish and Wildlife, along with local and nonprofit groups, though, has undertaken a series of construction projects to boost priority watersheds in the rural corner of Georgia. Recently, Partners from West Georgia and the Florida Panhandle joined with the nonprofit Golden Triangle Resource Conservation & Development Council to fix eroding roads in Miller County.  Learn more...

  • A white sandy beach with an island in the distance.
    Information icon Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Jaime Yrigoyen, wildlife biologist, USFWS.

    Coastal Program restoration work aims to save endangered St. Croix lizard

    August 12, 2021 | 2 minute read

    Mongooses. Rats. Hurricanes. Rising seas. Invasive grasses. You name it, the St. Croix ground lizard experiences about the worst that Mother Nature throws its way. The federally endangered lizard is presumed extinct on the island that bears its name. But biologists with the Partners’ Coastal Program in the Caribbean may yet save the smallish lizard via habitat restoration on the nearby Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge. But first some background. The small Indian mongoose was introduced to St.  Learn more...

  • A man in a hard hat builidng a wooden barrier inside a cave.
    Information icon Jim Honaker, a contractor, fashions a cave barrier. Photo by Kristen Bobo.

    Ozark Big-Eared Bats Receive a Little Love and a Lot of Protection

    August 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

    On a cool, rainy day in late April, a small group gathered in a remote parking lot near Lee Creek Reservoir in Van Buren, Arkansas. They were waiting for a semi-trailer truck to arrive with nearly seven tons of steel destined for a series of bat caves on private lands in northwest Arkansas. The team consisted of staff from the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas; the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; the U.  Learn more...

  • Yellow wildflwoers
    Information icon A Florida golden aster. Photo credit: B.J. Maynard.

    Fort De Soto and the Florida Golden Aster

    August 3, 2021 | 2 minute read

    The rare, and lovely, Florida golden aster has many friends and, now, some money to help the endangered species on the road to recovery. Tiffany Lane, worked with land managers from Fort De Soto Park and biologists from the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens to study and preserve the short-lived perennial that’s found in only five counties in the Tampa Bay region. Bok Towers received $22,000 from the Coastal program to go along with $21,500 in matching funds.  Learn more...

  • Stacy holding a king snake while a little girl touches its tail and smiles for the camera.
    Information icon Educational specialist Stacey Hayden with a scaled ambassador, King Tut, an eastern king snake. Visiting schools is just one of a stack of duties that Hayden handles for Clarks River and Green River National Wildlife Refuges in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of USFWS

    Animals, birds… and chupacabras

    July 30, 2021 | 5 minute read

    The caller had no doubt when Stacey Hayden picked up the phone at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge. “I’m not sure if anyone has reported it yet, but I found the chupacabra,” the caller reported. “It’s on the side of the highway, dead.” A chupacabra, dear reader, is the stuff of legend – a beast that attacks animals and drinks their blood. The first reported sighting of a chupacabra occurred more than 20 years ago in Puerto Rico.  Learn more...

  • Long-leaf pine forest.
    Information icon A naturally regenerated longleaf pine stand in Mississippi after a 2020 prescribed fire. Credit: Randy Browning, USFWS.

    Long time, longleaf pine restoration pays off in Mississippi

    July 25, 2021 | 2 minute read

    Randy Browning was familiar with the privately owned Quail Hollow Ranch long before he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. He’d been a wildlife biologist for the state of Mississippi and knew of the owners’ desire to manage their property for northern bobwhite quail. And that meant longleaf pine, the perfect habitat for the elusive bird, as well as species of great importance to the Service: the gopher tortoise, black pine snake, and eastern diamond back rattlesnake.  Learn more...

  • Group shot in front of the church building
    Information icon Johnnie Timmons, Darrell Dunham, Margaret Ann Timmons Finley, Mary McIntosh, Edgar Timmons, Tyrone Timmons and Fran Timmons. Their "Walk of Sorrow to Hope" on July 27 begins at the entrance to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge and ends at First African Baptist Church. It commemorates the 79th anniversary of the day the federal government took the land now comprising the refuge and used it for a World War II airfield. Photo by Mark Davis

    Walking for unity

    July 22, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Townsend, Georgia – The old church has always been the meeting place, where folks met to pay their respects to the past, discuss the present and plan for the future. If you’re one of the descendants of the Harris Neck residents who lived here before World War II, you know: This church is a touchstone. First African Baptist church is 153 years old. When the federal government in 1942 bought up thousands of acres in this coastal spot south of Savannah, a process called eminent domain, the people knew they couldn’t watch their church be destroyed.  Learn more...

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