At-Risk Species Conservation
Listing a plant or animal as federally protected under the Endangered Species Act is proven to be successful in preventing extinction.
However, providing a plant or animal this level of protection is America’s last line of defense. There are tremendous opportunities for voluntary conservation actions, undertaken before a species requires listing, to preclude the need to list species and improve habitats for listed, at-risk and common species alike.
A plant or animal is considered “at-risk” when:
- It is proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act,
- It is a candidate species for listing, or
- It has been petitioned by a third party for listing.
Learn more about the Southeast Region’s at-risk species strategy.
Apr 20, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
A war in the water
Jan 30, 2018
2017 mussel harvest in Kentucky is a success
Aug 31, 2017
Partners join to conserve rare prairie barrens in Kentucky
Aug 29, 2017
The dirt road connection
Aug 24, 2017
A unique mountain refuge protects endangered wetlands and the wildlife within
Aug 22, 2017
Boosting the gopher tortoise
Aug 22, 2017
Longleaf pine for Georgians
Aug 9, 2017
Growing trees, saving species
Jul 20, 2017
Florida couple dedicates property to conservation
Jul 19, 2017
Wolf Creek continues mussel culture
Jul 12, 2017
A sanctuary for at-risk birds
Jul 12, 2017
Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come
May 9, 2017
A harmonious future for profits, pine and at-risk species along the Florida-Alabama line
May 3, 2017
Family adventure day in Louisiana
Apr 26, 2017
Biologists on bases: Fish and Wildlife joins the military
Mar 22, 2017
Saving an endangered southern river
Feb 8, 2017
17 more fish, mussels, and other species don’t need the ESA’s protection
Nov 22, 2013
Service and its partners remove another dam in greater Birmingham area, improves aquatic habitat
Jan 25, 2010
Western North Carolina dam removal clears the way for imperiled species
Online Tool for Tracking At-Risk Species
We have developed a free, online tool, the At-Risk Species Finder, that allows anyone to discover essential information about a species’ status and the lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office for that species.
When determining whether or not a species requires the protection of the Act, we assign a Field Office as lead for reviewing all the best scientific and commercial information on the species’ status. Field Offices will have the most information on a particular at-risk species, and all offices follow the same process to determine whether or not a species may require federal protection.
Using the Finder, you can search species by:
- Common and scientific name
- State range
- Lead USFWS office or region
- Current status
- And more.
Work With Us
Whether you’re a landowner, state wildlife agency, private corporation, university or average American citizen, there are numerous opportunities to undertake voluntary actions to conserve species at-risk.
To discuss the possibilities and to learn more, please contact:
Mike Harris, At-Risk Species Coordinator
Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA
firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 679-7066