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    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    Designación Final de Hábitat Crítico para la Reinita de Bosque Enano

    June 29, 2020 | 10 minute read

    ¿Porque el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (Servicio) listó la reinita de bosque enano en 2016 como especie amenazada bajo la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés)? El Servicio analizó la mejor ciencia disponible y determinó que la reinita de bosque enano está amenazada en toda su distribución por los siguientes factores: La modificación del hábitat en terrenos privados bajo uso agrícola y otros usos de terrenos que implican la eliminación de vegetación.  Learn more...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    Final Critical Habitat Designation for the Elfin-Woods Warbler

    June 29, 2020 | 8 minute read

    Why did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) list the elfin-woods warbler in 2016 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)? The Service analyzed the best available science and determined the elfin-woods warbler is threatened throughout all of its range by the following factors: Habitat modification on private lands under agricultural and other land use that involve vegetation clearance. Other natural or manmade factors, such as restricted distribution, lack of connectivity, genetic drift, hurricanes, human-induced fire, and climate change.  Learn more...

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    Information icon Cumberland sandwort. Photo by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Proposed delisting of Cumberland sandwort from ESA due to recovery

    April 24, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the Service taking? The Service is proposing to delist the Cumberland sandwort, a delicate perennial white flowering plant in Tennessee and Kentucky, from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. Based on a thorough review of the best available science, the Service found that the species is healthy and stable, and it no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered under the ESA. We are also announcing the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring plan (PDM), to help ensure that the sandwort remains healthy and secure from the risk of extinction after it is delisted.  Learn more...

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    Information icon *Lepanthes eltoroensis*. Photo © O Monsegur.

    Proposal to remove Lepanthes eltoroensis from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Plants

    March 9, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What is Lepanthes eltoroensis? Lepanthes eltoroensis is an orchid that measures no more than 4 centimeters long with a single leaf and three to seven slender stems. Found only in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, it grows on moss-covered tree trunks. The orchid is found only within the cloud forest, where important habitat components seem to be elevation, adequate moisture, open gaps in the canopy, and the presence of moss.  Learn more...

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Louisiana pinesnake final 4(d) rule

    February 26, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) taking? The Service is finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Louisiana pinesnake, a reptile from Louisiana and Texas. This rule will reduce regulatory burdens while providing for the pinesnake’s conservation. What is a Louisiana pinesnake and where can they be found? Reaching up to about five feet long, Louisiana pinesnakes are non-venomous and secretive in nature, spending much of their time underground in burrows of its pocket gopher prey  Learn more...

  • A jet black snake with opaque white belly coiled up in the grass.
    Information icon Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    Black pinesnake final Critical Habitat designation

    February 25, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is finalizing designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the black pinesnake and where is it found? The black pinesnake is a large, nonvenomous snake, one of three subspecies of pinesnakes in the southeastern United States. These snakes are typically all black and may reach up to six feet in length.  Learn more...

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    Information icon Florida bristle fern. Photo by Keith Bradley.

    Florida bristle fern proposed Critical Habitat

    February 21, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Why is critical habitat proposed for the Florida bristle fern? The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the Service to designate critical habitat for listed species if prudent and determinable. The Florida bristle fern was listed as endangered under the ESA in October 2015. Based on the best available science, the Service has determined that critical habitat is both prudent and determinable for the Florida bristle fern. There are two known metapopulations (a metapopulation consists of a group of geographically separated populations of the same species that interact at some level): one in South Florida (Miami-Dade County) and one in Central Florida (Sumter County).  Learn more...

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