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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 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 bright orange butterfly perched on a yellow flower.
    Information icon Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly on a flower of sea grapes. Photo by USFWS.

    The Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

    April 29, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, so the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will initiate an in-depth, range-wide, scientific review of the species’ current status, known as a 12-month finding. On February 25, 2009, Mr. Javier Biaggi-Caraballo, a private citizen, petitioned the Service to list the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly and to designate critical habitat for the species. Today’s decision, known as a 90-day finding, is based on scientific information about the harlequin butterfly provided in the petition and information in Service files.  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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