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  • Service teams land in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria

    September 27, 2017 | 1 minute read

    A dozen more U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffers have landed in Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria recovery, joining teams already on the island. But they face daunting challenges. The U.S. territory still has almost no electricity, and fresh drinking water is a big problem for many, Service employees in Puerto Rico said Wednesday on a conference call. Fuel is extremely hard to get, which makes operations more difficult.  Read the full story...

  • A crew wearing hard hats clears a road of debris.
    Clearing the road to the Puerto Rican parrot aviary after Hurricane Irma. Photo by José M. Martínez, USFWS.

    Glimmer of hope

    September 26, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Puerto Rico is a long way from standing upright again, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said on Tuesday. But the U.S. territory shows a few encouraging signs that it is trying to rise after Hurricane Maria knocked it flat. The island remains without power, Service workers said in a Tuesday conference call, but there are a few places where cell-phone service is working. There’s more. Five pallots of supplies – each containing generators, fuel and other essentials – left Miami Monday on a vessel headed to Puerto Rico.  Read the full story...

  • A half-dozen men cut fallen trees in a forest with a chainsaw.
    USFWS Southeast fire crew conducting chainsaw operations for the recovery of the El Yunque National Forest, PR after Hurricane Irma. Photo by José M. Martínez, USFWS.

    Long road

    September 25, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Puerto Rico faces a “long road” toward recovery after Hurricane Maria, federal officials said Monday. That road has hardly begun. The island remains without power. Water shortages are critical. People are hungry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is scrambling to help. In a conference call Monday, Service employees said they are mobilizing teams, have already sent needed supplies and plan to do more to help the island restore some of life’s basic necessities.  Read the full story...

  • A spiral of white clouds obscures the ocean in a photo from space.
    Hurricane Maria from space. Satellite image by NASA/NOAA GOES Project.

    Hurricane Maria targets Puerto Rico

    September 19, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Puerto Rico, still staggering from Hurricane Irma, is now likely to get knocked down by Hurricane Maria. The category 4 storm is headed its way. Maria, with occasional wind gusts up to 190 mph, is expected to reach Puerto Rico’s east coast by 9 p.m. EST. Expect “extensive damage,” said Kevin Scasny, a meteorologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). “It is not a good time” for Puerto Rico, he said in a Tuesday morning conference call with representatives of various Service divisions.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.
    Information icon Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

    Friday Hurricane Irma roundup

    September 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Damage assessment continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Irma. All U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are safe, but about 70 percent of the island was without power Friday morning, and ATMs were not working. Culebra National Wildlife Refuge reported minor damage to its greenhouse and shop office. Service meteorologist Kevin Scasny estimates Irma will make landfall in south Florida, around 6 a.m. Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.  Read the full story...

  • A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Hurricane Irma mid-day on September 6, 2017 off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Satellite Image by NOAA GOES-16.

    Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

    September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Hurricane Irma, the second most powerful Atlantic basin hurricane in recorded history, has killed at least nine people in the Caribbean region, and is projected to be heading for Florida and the southeastern United States soon. “Our priority is the safety of our employees, making sure they are safe and then back to work as soon as personal priorities are taken care of,” said David Viker, acting deputy regional director of the Service’s Southeast Region, which is directly in Irma’s path.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.
    Information icon Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

    Irma hits Puerto Rico, Service facilities

    September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean may have missed the worst of Hurricane Irma, but the killer storm is headed straight for Florida and its bounty of endangered species and pristine refuges. After rampaging through the eastern Caribbean, Irma steered just north of Puerto Rico. She nonetheless dumped 2 to 8 inches of rain across the island and knocked out power to more than 1 million people.  Read the full story...

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