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A small lizard with a bright blue tail and brown/black striped body on sandy leaf litter.
Information icon St. Croix ground lizard, (Ameiva polops). Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.


  • A small, black and white bird flies over ocean waters.
    Information icon Black-capped petrel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Photo © Brian Patteson,, used with permission.

    Black-capped petrel may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

    June 20, 2012 | 5 minute read

    A nocturnal seabird, the black-capped petrel, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species. Endangered means the species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range; threatened means the species is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The black-capped petrel is found in North America and the Caribbean, and is known by several common names: “black-capped petrel,” “capped petrel,” and “West Indian petrel” in North America and on English-speaking islands.  Read the full story...

  • A tall rocky island emerging from a calm blue sea.
    Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo © Claudio Uribe, Island Conservation. Used with permission: S://EA/Photo Permissions/desecheo-island-conservation.pdf.

    Service seeks comments on environmental assessment - restoring wildlife habitat on Desecheo Island

    July 29, 2011 | 3 minute read

    Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the recently completed Environmental Assessment, Rat Eradication to Promote Ecosystem Restoration on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. This Environmental Assessment analyzes possible consequences of five alternatives – a no-action alternative and four action alternatives – for restoring the island’s native habitat and species by eradicating non-native, invasive black rats from the Refuge. The proposed action will assist the native subtropical dry forest to recover and will promote the recolonization of the island by nesting seabirds.  Read the full story...

  • A bright green parrot with red markings on its face and blue flight feathers.
    When in flight, some of the PR Parrots show their beautiful blue primary feathers. En español: Algunas cotorras muestran sus bellas plumas primarias azules al volar. Bosque del Estado, Maricao, Puerto Rico. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comment to begin an Environmental Assessment to select site for a third Puerto Rican parrot population in Puerto Rico

    April 9, 2011 | 2 minute read

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are planning to Reintroduce Puerto Rican Parrots at a third site in Puerto Rico. To select a site and meet the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for this proposed action, we will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) considering site alternatives proposed, evaluated, and discussed among concerned agencies.  Read the full story...

  • A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement.
    Information icon Endangered Etowah darter. Photo by USFWS.

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

    June 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

    The Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered and 8 threatened species occurring in one or more of 10 states. These five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these species. Written comments and information related to these five-year reviews must be received on or before September 4, 2009.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates Endangered Species Day

    May 13, 2009 | 4 minute read

    On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor Endangered Species Day and the numerous nationwide conservation programs underway aimed at protecting America’s threatened and endangered species. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the most important environmental laws in history, is credited with saving 99.9 percent of species protected by the ESA from extinction. Co-administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the ESA is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.  Read the full story...

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