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Information icon Tim Lane (right) and others release golden riffleshell mussels into Indian Creek. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

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  1. July 29, 2020

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  4. A tiny white and brown mouse held by a biologist. May 29, 2020

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  5. May 28, 2020

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  6. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. May 28, 2020

    If you asked a dozen people the origin of Venus flytraps, it’s a pretty safe bet that 11 of them would say the Amazon, the tropics or somewhere in Asia. They would be incorrect. Read the full story »

  7. Small bird with brown and white feathering. Yellow feathering on its head. May 15, 2020

    A desperate attempt to rescue Florida grasshopper sparrows from extinction by breeding a small population of them in captivity appears to have led to an astounding success: many of those released laboratory birds are now nesting in the wild. Read the full story »

  8. A bright pink flower with broad, fuzzy green leaves. April 13, 2020

    The Isle of Enchantment has many treasures. Among them is our Conservation Champion for April 2020, Omar Monsegur-Rivera, a man who watches out for the diverse and numerous endangered flowering and non-flowering plants of Puerto Rico. Deeply respected and admired by his colleagues, Omar brings his passion for plants to work each day and effectively moves recovery actions forward. Through his actions, some of the rarest ferns in Puerto Rico are thriving in cultivation at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. We are grateful for your dedication, Omar. Read the full story »

  9. A blue sky partially obscured by tall green pine trees. March 31, 2020

    Throughout the Southeast, a coordinated effort is underway to conserve and restore these rich and vital forests. Read the full story »

  10. A strange looking salamander with horns. March 13, 2020

    The salamander’s range once extended across Alabama, Gerogia and Florida, but ongoing development dramatically shrank the amphibian’s habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the reticulated flatwoods salamander an endangered species in 2009. Read the full story »

  11. A crayfish that resembles a lobster. February 27, 2020

    Six projects will assist in restoring aquatic habitat and improving water quality in targeted watersheds in the Southeast Read the full story »

  12. A turtle with a dark shell and orang spots surrounded by fallen leaves February 25, 2020

    Whether they’re hiding them in suitcases, stuffing them into socks or (poorly) disguising them as candy, wildlife traffickers have concocted many schemes to smuggle thousands of turtles out of the United States each year. This illegal trade is fueled by a rabid demand for these reptiles, mostly in Asia, where they are used as pets, food or in traditional medicine. In combination with habitat loss and degradation, illegal trade in turtles has led to the imperilment of more than 60 percent of the world’s 356 turtle species — the highest percentage of any class of vertebrate. Read the full story »

  13. A deep black snake coiled up on sandy soil with young longleaf pine seedlings in the background January 24, 2020

    Traci Wood admitted holding the snake almost made her come unglued. No, she wasn’t afraid of the snake she was holding. It was the magnitude of the moment.Wood, the Habitat and Species Conservation Coordinator with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division, had in her hands the first wild Eastern indigo snake documented in Alabama in more than 60 years. Read the full story »

  14. A blackish/navy blue bird with bright red eyes and white markings on its wings January 2, 2020

    A handful of military bases around the United States could play an outsized role in marsh bird conservation. “Our models provide some tangible predictions for which sites are the most important for most species but also which bases are not likely to be important for most species,” said Bryan Stevens, a research scientist at the University of Idaho and the lead author of a study published recently in the Journal of Environmental Management. Read the full story »

  15. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth December 16, 2019

    Deep in south Georgia, bird songs welcome the break of dawn at River Creek, the Rolf and Alexandra Kauka Wildlife Management Area. But in that chorus is a more urgent call. An excited squeaking is answered by high-pitched cheeps. A red-cockaded woodpecker is calling its fledgling. And the young bird is responding, almost plaintively. These are the sounds of history being made... Read the full story »

  16. December 6, 2019

    A 16,000 acre stretch of undeveloped Georgia coastline will soon become a new wildlife management area. Purchased for an undisclosed amount by the Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute, the property sits along the Satilla River in Southeast Georgia near the city of Woodbine. Read the full story »

  17. A dozen workers pull an adult manatee out of the water using a net November 26, 2019

    A manatee mother and her calf spent a dangerously chilly weekend stranded in a water hazard at Sea Palms on St. Simons Island, which proved to be too much for the yearling who died in route to the Jacksonville Zoo, said Jason Lee, wildlife program manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. Read the full story »

  18. A tiny turtle in the palm of a hand. November 24, 2019

    Bog turtles are a federally threatened species and are considered critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature — the same classification as the black rhinoceros. The bog turtle, marked by a small yellow dot on either side of its head, is the smallest in North America. But why should anyone care about a tiny turtle that spends the bulk of its time buried in the mud? Read the full story »

  19. A USFWS firefighter keeps a close eye on a prescribed fire November 14, 2019

    A man-made blaze on a remote Utah mountainside could provide valuable insights into the behavior of the powerful wildfires growing more and more common out West. Read the full story »

  20. A large sea turtle swiming above a coral reef in deep blue water November 1, 2019

    As you descend through the water column, the underwater world surrounds you. While you might see fields of seagrass or colorful coral reefs, you will not see lines demarcating boundaries between the open ocean and safeguarded places called marine protected areas (MPAs). Read the full story »

  21. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish. November 1, 2019

    November is Manatee Awareness Month, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public to slow down and look out for these large aquatic mammals. As cooler weather comes to the Sunshine State, manatees begin to migrate to warmer waters. During this time of year, many of Florida’s over 7,000 manatees will be on the move. Read the full story »

  22. A dozen or more mussel shells after a die off event October 14, 2019

    Each fall since 2016, wildlife biologist Jordan Richard has returned to the same portion of the Clinch River in Tennessee, braced for the worst – tens of thousands of newly dead mussel shells gleaming from the surface of the water. The mass die-off isn’t recognizable at first. But once Richard sees the first freshwater mussel, which look quite different to their marine cousins of moules frite fame, he scans the river and finds another every five to 10 seconds. Read the full story »

  23. The skeleton of a northern snakehead fish showing numerous teeth October 8, 2019

    In early October, an angler reported catching a northern snakehead, an aquatic invasive species, in a pond located on private property in Gwinnett County, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). This is the first time this fish species has been confirmed in Georgia waters. Read the full story »

  24. A man and woman in bright green shirts show off a 10 ft python removed from the wild. October 4, 2019

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Python Action Team has now removed 900 Burmese pythons from the wild in Florida, including a large 18 foot, 4 inch long female python – the largest ever captured by the team. Read the full story »

  25. Five large grey whales stranded in shallow water September 27, 2019

    Approximately 26 short-finned pilot whales stranded on or near St. Catherines Island Wednesday, leaving 15 dead in Georgia’s second mass stranding of these large marine mammals this year. Read the full story »

  26. A small, brown, furry bat in a gloved hand. September 24, 2019

    S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) staff captured three heavily pregnant females in late April at Santee Coastal Reserve and Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County. Late April is one month prior to the earliest date the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) suggests pup season begins on June 1, outlined in the current 4(d) rule. Read the full story »

  27. A USFWS firefighter keeps a close eye on a prescribed fire September 19, 2019

    Many of the ecosystems in Alabama and throughout the southeast evolved with fire. Human ignited “prescribed fire”, also known as controlled burns, are an essential technique to mimic this natural process to maintain and restore critical habitats. With an ever growing population and extensive efforts to restore large areas of native habitats such as longleaf pine, partnerships are critical to provide the capacity necessary to implement fire on the scale needed to accomplish these objectives. Read the full story »

  28. A colorful trout in hand with a smiling angler in the background. September 16, 2019

    It is hard to say when the first hatchery-raised trout was stocked in North Carolina, but historic records point toward the early 1880s and the introduction of rainbow trout from California. Since that time, the use of stocked trout has become a consistent management tool for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In fact, a little over 18 percent of the approximately 5,400 miles of water in the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters (PMTW) are managed via trout stockings, while the remainder depend on self-sustaining populations to provide fisheries. Read the full story »

  29. September 10, 2019

    Known as the River of Grass, the Everglades once covered about 4,000 square miles, stretching from near Orlando to Florida Bay at the southern tip of the state. The topography slopes southward at about two inches per mile, creating a slow, steady flow. Rain that falls around Orlando can take a year or more to reach Florida Bay. That is, if it ever makes it. Read the full story »

  30. August 21, 2019

    Eastern North Carolina is the only place in the world where you’ll find a catfish species called the Carolina Madtom and a salamander known as the Neuse River waterdog. With threats like habitat loss and pollution, their populations and range are rapidly declining. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to add both the madtom and waterdog to the Endangered Species list. Read the full story »

  31. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. August 16, 2019

    The once nearly extinct Kirtland's warbler is creating a stir in the conservation world. People in Michigan and Wisconsin hope the success story will keep the Endangered Species Act alive. Read the full story »

  32. Dead mangroves, the result of rising sea level August 15, 2019

    Changes in climate and intense weather, such as droughts and sea level rise, can cause these plant communities to shift or disappear, resulting in lasting changes to the coastlines they protect. Read the full story »

  33. A sea turtle hatchling on its trek across the sand to reach the Gulf of Mexico. July 29, 2019

    This happens every summer on Georgia’s beaches, but this year it’s happening more than any other year in recent memory. Researchers like Broussard and Fadden have found more than 3,800 loggerhead sea turtle nests in Georgia, breaking the previous record set in 2016, with a few months left in the nesting season. Read the full story »

  34. A deep black snake coiled up on sandy soil with young longleaf pine seedlings in the background July 29, 2019

    The O2O connects habitat for wide-ranging animals like the Florida black bear and protects imperiled species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, eastern indigo snake and gopher tortoise. It’s within the Florida Wildlife Corridor, identified by state agencies and University of Florida researchers as the best configuration to protect ecologically and geographically connected lands. O2O aims to conserve 10,000 acres by 2020 and 150,000 acres by 2040. Read the full story »

  35. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. July 21, 2019

    The very first broadcast of 'Sunday Morning' on January 28, 1979, featured a report from Cobscook Bay, Maine, where bald eagles were on the brink of extinction. Read the full story »

  36. July 11, 2019

    Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces. Read the full story »

  37. July 11, 2019

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today awarded $1.3 million in grants to seven conservation projects that will restore, enhance and protect shortleaf pine and riparian forests and in-stream habitats in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. The grants will generate $1.3 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $2.6 million. Read the full story »

  38. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth July 9, 2019

    he bird captured at Camp Blanding was the first time this endangered species had moved between one of the national forests and the military installation since they began banding and recording the birds over 25 years ago. Read the full story »

  39. A small woodpecker perched on a pine tree. June 25, 2019

    The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is thrilled to share big news for a federally endangered species in Virginia; a pair of red-cockaded woodpeckers has moved in to Big Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Sussex County. This is the first documented occurrence of red-cockaded woodpeckers residing on the WMA. Read the full story »

  40. A tiny, featherless bird on a blanket with small ankle bands June 21, 2019

    On the morning of May 16, a group of thirteen met at the Big Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Sussex County for what was to be a landmark conservation event: the banding of two nestlings of the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, the first ever to be hatched on the WMA. Banding is used to keep track of individuals in this small yet growing population of the woodpecker, which has recently expanded onto Big Woods from the abutting Piney Grove Preserve. Read the full story »

  41. A small red and brown mussel, which is open and filtering water June 20, 2019

    Combine PVC pipe, extra-strength screen, round drain grates, Quikrete, and a little ingenuity. Repeat. You now have submersible “silos” in which to deploy freshwater mussels on an aquatic research mission. Read the full story »

  42. June 14, 2019

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  43. A large sea turtle swimming underwater June 14, 2019

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  44. A deep black snake coiled up on sandy soil with young longleaf pine seedlings in the background June 13, 2019

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  45. Small pink birds with rounded bills wade through the shallow water. June 12, 2019

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  46. Dozens of green plants in the shape of a pitcher. June 12, 2019

    Biologists have discovered evidence that carnivorous plants in Canada feast on young salamanders, in what is believed to be the first instance of vertebrate consumption by plants in North America. Read the full story »

  47. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. May 28, 2019

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says reducing the population of invasive Asian carp is the number one issue he wants to accomplish in west Kentucky this year and next. Read the full story »

  48. A bucket of bright pinkish red fish on ice May 24, 2019

    A total of 19,167 of the spiny invasive predators were removed from Gulf and Atlantic waters as part of the Emerald Coast Open, which coincided with the fifth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin May 18 and 19. That’s a lot of lionfish. Read the full story »

  49. Bright orange and red leaves on wide-based tree trunks emerging from a swamp. May 22, 2019

    4,113-acre addition provides important habitat for migratory birds, while helping to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Read the full story »

  50. Small pink birds with rounded bills wade through the shallow water. May 16, 2019

    After precipitous declines, wading bird nests in the Everglades have increased for the second year in a row, according to an annual report the South Florida Water Management District released Thursday. Read the full story »

  51. A small brown butterfly on the end of a cotton swab May 15, 2019

    In May, First Magnitude will release a special beer brewed to coincide with the spring flight period of the frosted elfin, a small, brown butterfly whose population has declined across its historic range due to habitat loss. Read the full story »

  52. An orange, black and white butterfly perched on a white flower. April 12, 2019

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the opening of a 60-day public comment period regarding an “enhancement of survival” permit application associated with a proposed Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the monarch butterfly on energy and transportation lands. The proposed agreement would involve transportation and energy partners across the lower 48 states and would address conservation needs of the species on millions of acres of rights-of-way and associated lands. Read the full story »

  53. A prehistoric looking fish with spines down its back and sides. April 12, 2019

    Wednesday afternoon, under the curious scrutiny of onlookers gathered at the Coolidge Park boat ramp, Chattanooga students and scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute carefully eased about 90 dinosaurs into the Tennessee River. Read the full story »

  54. A small fish with brown and white spots swimming in front of small rocks. March 19, 2019

    Sometimes half of science is figuring out what you don't know so you can focus your research and begin to chip away at the edges of your ignorance. Read the full story »

  55. March 12, 2019

    For shorebirds on Georgia beaches, nesting and rearing chicks requires surviving a gauntlet of threats. Some of the deadliest come with fur: raccoons and coyotes. But using National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funding, scientists at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have documented ways to limit the impact these four-pawed predators have on two shorebird species of concern, Wilson’s plover and American oystercatcher. Read the full story »

  56. Four released birds spread their wings and take flight towards the blue sky. March 3, 2019

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing a new rule targeting songbird poachers by making it easier to confiscate the various traps they use to capture the birds, which often are injured or killed in the process by poachers and seriously mistreated by wildlife traffickers. Read the full story »

  57. Small pink birds with rounded bills wade through the shallow water. February 17, 2019

    Sunday Morning takes you today to the St. John's National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Read the full story »

  58. A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat. February 6, 2019

    The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division and Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) are on an enlistment drive to help count one of the iconic species in Alabama’s longleaf pine forests, the beloved gopher tortoise. Read the full story »

  59. February 5, 2019

    As the ranks of American hunters dwindle, millennials like the chef Wade Truong are taking up the tradition, seeking a direct connection to what they eat. Read the full story »

  60. Sunset over waterbody. February 3, 2019

    Sunday Morning takes you today to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. Videographer: Charles Schultz. Read the full story »

  61. A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the background January 28, 2019

    According to court documents, in February 2017, Torres crawled into a Florida panther den in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County and unlawfully removed two panther kittens. Lopez de Queralta filmed Torres as he displayed the kittens for the camera. Later, Lopez de Queralta uploaded and shared segments of the video on YouTube. Read the full story »

  62. January 24, 2019

    An endangered bird is receiving emergency help in Georgia following Hurricane Michael, thanks to a timely grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Read the full story »

  63. A biologist holding a tiny loggerhead sea turtle with a USFWS biologist in uniform in the background. January 11, 2019

    A Kentucky couple that plucked six loggerhead hatchlings off the beach at Tybee late one night in July and stashed the threatened turtles in a hotel trash can have been fined $930 each. Read the full story »

  64. December 20, 2018

    Tennessee wildlife officials are implementing a six-step emergency action plan, including an additional hunting season in part of the state, after chronic wasting disease was found this month. The findings were a worst-case scenario for officials who have worked for several years to keep the fatal disease from reaching Tennessee. They have called it the biggest threat to the nation's deer population. Read the full story »

  65. A map showing states with confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in red, mostly in the middle of the country and in the Northeast December 20, 2018

    South Carolinians planning out-of-state trips to hunt big game this winter should be aware of restrictions on importing deer and elk parts into the Palmetto State. Read the full story »

  66. A man standing on a mountain with a forested valley in the distance. December 19, 2018

    Nathan Klaus takes it all in as he maneuvers his truck past deep ruts while peering out the window and talking between clunks that wrench at the steering wheel. The senior Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologist points out stands of longleaf pines that wash dark green down slopes colored tan and sage with little bluestem and other grasses. Read the full story »

  67. A scruffy looking white-tailed deer that appears to be ill and underweight. December 19, 2018

    Tennessee hunters face interstate transport restrictions after chronic wasting disease was detected in 10 white-tail deer in Hardeman and Fayette counties. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious and a fatal neurological disorder that affects members of the deer family known scientifically as cervids. Read the full story »

  68. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. December 18, 2018

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  69. December 13, 2018

    While many people associate wildlife trafficking with Africa and China, Canada and the United States are also big consumers—and suppliers. Nearly 50,000 illegal shipments of wildlife and wildlife products were seized coming in and leaving at U.S. ports of entry between 2005 and 2014, according to the conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife. And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursues more than 10,000 investigations into wildlife crime annually, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Read the full story »

  70. December 13, 2018

    The Tennessee Wilderness Act will designate the highest level of protection for 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest. With the bill's passage this week — and expected forthcoming signature of the president — comes the first new wilderness designation in Tennessee since 1986, when much of the northeast area of the forest was protected. Read the full story »

  71. A scruffy looking white-tailed deer that appears to be ill and underweight. December 5, 2018

    A third deer, a 2-year-old doe, taken on a November hunt in Issaquena County, Mississippi, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. According to a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries report, the deer was killed six miles north of where the first Mississippi CWD deer was taken in January this year. Read the full story »

  72. A small, slimy, green salamander in hand. November 27, 2018

    In the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks. Read the full story »

  73. A bright blue bird with bands on its leg perched on a succulent shrub. November 27, 2018

    The Florida scrub-jay is on the brink of extinction. Less than 10 percent remain as development pushes them out of the only place they can survive: dense scrub oak and saw palmettos packed into the dry sandy hills of the Florida scrub. Read the full story »

  74. Two bright white birds with red patches on their face and long slender legs standing in the a dormant grassy field. November 16, 2018

    At five feet tall, and with a wingspan of over seven feet, the whooping crane has the distinction of being North America’s tallest bird and sadly, also one of its rarest. Read the full story »

  75. An orange and brown salamander on a log with large tufts behind its eyes. November 5, 2018

    Georgia and Florida farms and cities are still assessing the damage from Hurricane Michael, and beginning to put things back together. The storm also affected natural places and wild animals, and biologists are evaluating those impacts. Read the full story »

  76. October 23, 2018

    The Interstate 75 bridge near Calhoun averages 72,000 vehicles a day. Yet it also doubles as the largest known bridge-roost for bats in the state, according to Katrina Morris, a senior wildlife biologist who leads bat research for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Read the full story »

  77. Dozens of grey birds with rusty colored breast take flight from shallow water along the shore September 25, 2018

    "We were trying very hard to pull him through, but these guys are very fragile," said Dollard, the sanctuary’s avian hospital director. "We do our best but we cannot save them all." Read the full story »

  78. A military officer in uniform releases a gopher tortoise next to a burrow. September 19, 2018

    Fla. – North Florida Land Trust has acquired two conservation easements in Clay County marking the nonprofit organization’s largest conservation easement acquisitions to date. The two properties totaling approximately 2,551 acres will now be protected from high intensity development and will serve as a buffer for the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Read the full story »

  79. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. September 10, 2018

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency released its 2019-2020 fishing regulation proposals for public comment last week. Among them is a ban on transporting live skipjack herring, gizzard shad and threadfin shad for commercial fishermen. For sport fishermen, a ban would be placed on transporting the three species of live fish from the Mississippi River and Barkley, Kentucky and Pickwick reservoirs, tributaries or oxbows. Read the full story »

  80. A white brick lighthouse on a narrow peninsula September 10, 2018

    Sea level rise threatens not just Fort Pulaski National Monument, but historic and cultural sites up and down the Atlantic Coast. Native American history, the places where slaves lived and worked, historic neighborhoods, cemeteries and sites of battles are all at risk. Read the full story »

  81. A white bird standing next to water September 4, 2018

    Miami’s new professional soccer team has a name and a crest that features two birds. The birds, great white herons, are unique to South Florida. They even have a national wildlife refuge named after them. Read the full story »

  82. A severe fire danger sign featuring Smoky Bear August 15, 2018

    This month Smokey is popping champagne bottles in celebration of his 74th birthday. But the milestone comes as the bear’s legacy is sunk in doubt. Right now 110 wildfires are blazing through Western states, charring more than 5.7 million acres, The Washington Post reported this week. The current damage total has already overlapped past years, syncing with a wider pattern of larger fires and longer fire seasons, according to The Post. Read the full story »

  83. A brown and yellow butterfly perched on a green plant. July 23, 2018

    In 2012, there were only about four Schaus swallowtail butterflies left in their natural habitat of Southeast Florida and the Florida Keys. Through conservation efforts, captive breeding and rearing at the University of Florida and subsequently reintroducing the butterflies into the wild, surveys conducted in 2015 and 2016 showed hundreds of naturally occurring Schaus swallowtails were alive and well in Elliott Key and Key Largo. Read the full story »

  84. July 18, 2018

    Workers with an elite federal team are removing most of a century-old dam across the Middle Oconee River this week. The University of Georgia-owned White Dam is just above the confluence of the Middle and North Oconee Rivers. It is managed by UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Read the full story »

  85. A colorful, brown and orange fish with long wavy fins. July 18, 2018

    Participants compete in either the recreational or commercial category, but may only qualify for one category. All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and who have commercial lionfish sales within the past year will automatically be included in the commercial category. Read the full story »

  86. Hundreds of fluffy white birds perched in trees surrounded by water. July 17, 2018

    Workers with an elite federal team are removing most of a century-old dam across the Middle Oconee River this week. The University of Georgia-owned White Dam is just above the confluence of the Middle and North Oconee Rivers. It is managed by UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Read the full story »

  87. A man in a suit standing in front of a desk with leather chairs in a Texas courtroom. July 11, 2018

    This is the Salt Bayou. The largest coastal wetlands complex along the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s a favorite destination for birders, fishermen, and hunters. It’s home to one of the nation’s most important waterways where migratory birds winter. Read the full story »

  88. Two white and grey birds on the beach. July 11, 2018

    The beach is a place to bask in the sun, relax to the rhythm of the surf and tune out for a while. If you tune in, though, there’s more than meets the eye: Piping plovers moving in and out with the waves. Crabs scurrying about. Sea turtle paths tracking to and from the ocean. And the sand itself. Read the full story »

  89. July 5, 2018

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  90. Tall, narrow, pine trees spaced about 25 feet apart with very sparse, dry grass in the understory. July 5, 2018

    Southeastern longleaf pines were the backbone of the Industrial Revolution. That building boom, continued development and many other factors is what conservation groups say caused the longleaf pine forest population to dwindle down to less than five percent of its original landscape. Read the full story »

  91. A collage of three men smiling. June 28, 2018

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized three staff members for their extraordinary work by awarding them the Service’s 2017 Science Awards. The Science Awards were established to recognize that effective wildlife management and conservation is founded on innovative scientific inquiry and principles. They are awarded to recognize the outstanding efforts of the agency’s scientists and technical staff. Read the full story »

  92. A smal brown fish with bright blue and orange markings on its fins June 15, 2018

    The endangered watercress darter is known to survive in just a handful of Birmingham-area springs, and one of them just got a major boost to help ensure the rare fish sticks around for the long haul. The Freshwater Land Trust announced this week it has completed a habitat enhancement project at Roebuck Springs, in Birmingham’s Don Hawkins Park, working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the city of Birmingham. Read the full story »

  93. A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass. May 31, 2018

    Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are partnering together to expand efforts to remove Burmese pythons from within the park. The partnership will expand the park’s Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everglades National Park. The expansion will triple the maximum allowed number of participants in the park from 40 to 120, allow FWC contractors to use firearms or other humane methods to euthanize pythons in the wild, and qualify additional trained NPS personnel to live capture and turn in pythons. Read the full story »

  94. May 13, 2018

    Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to work together to try and save the endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander. Increasing the numbers of this little salamander means more possibilities for our airmen, training and for our environment. Video by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Read the full story »

  95. May 10, 2018

    Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’ Read the full story »

  96. A bright orange sign identifies a Loggerhead Turtle Nesting Area May 9, 2018

    Like many spring phenomena this year, sea turtle nesting season in South Carolina was slightly behind schedule. The season’s official May 1 start date came and went with no sign of nesting turtles, likely due to cooler-than-normal water temperatures resulting from an abnormally cold winter. Read the full story »

  97. Two bright white birds with red patches on their face and long slender legs standing in the a dormant grassy field. May 9, 2018

    Matchmaking efforts by a North Florida wildlife refuge that paired up two endangered whooping cranes two years ago have finally paid off. On Tuesday, biologists at White Oak announced that the cranes, Grasshopper and Hemlock, had hatched a pair of fuzzy brown chicks, a rare captive-bred love story for the state. The birds, brought to the Yulee refuge in 2016, were being groomed to be a future couple, but surprised wildlife managers with the hatchlings this spring. Read the full story »

  98. A wide-eyed turtle’s face inches away from the camera. May 9, 2018

    Sea turtle nesting season is on in Georgia. National Park Service staff documented the first loggerhead nest of 2018 on Cumberland Island Tuesday morning, the fifth straight year that honor went to Georgia’s southernmost barrier island. Read the full story »

  99. hundreds of bright white birds nest in trees around a pond. May 4, 2018

    Thirty-five years ago, wildlife scientists feared that the wood stork, a large wading bird of Southeast swamps, would be extinct by 2000 unless the species made a remarkable recovery. The lanky, bald-headed bird, North America’s only breeding stork species, was put on the federal Endangered Species List. State and federal wildlife managers in Georgia and elsewhere then undertook intense conservation efforts to prevent the bird from passing into oblivion. Those efforts paid off. The wood stork was upgraded in 2014 from endangered to threatened, an indication that it no longer faces extinction — another great success story of the Endangered Species Act. Read the full story »

  100. A biologist standing in a stream holds a scaly green fish. April 30, 2018

    Georgia is a hotspot for fish. There are more species of fish in Georgia’s rivers and streams than almost any other state in the nation. There’s one that scientists didn’t even realize existed until the 1990s. It’s called the sicklefin redhorse, and now that scientists know that it’s out there, they’re trying to protect it. Read the full story »

  101. April 30, 2018

    Camp Lejeune will partner with several groups to keep the animals away from training grounds. Several agencies gathered at Stones Creek Game Lands in Sneads Ferry on Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony. It’s part of the partnership to help protect the red-cockaded woodpecker. The partnership aims to enhance training flexibility at Camp Lejeune while also managing the habitat of the woodpecker. Read the full story »

  102. Four brown deer blend in to the dry vegetation April 24, 2018

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama recently sentenced a licensed Alabama deer breeder and his associate for illegally transporting captive-bred and raised white-tailed deer from a facility in Indiana to his deer breeder facility in Alabama. Lewis H. Skinner, 56, and his associate Franklin Banks Loden, 56, both of Northport, Alabama were found guilty of knowingly transporting and receiving white-tailed deer in interstate commerce on April 11, 2018. These actions violated both Alabama State law and the federal Lacey Act. Read the full story »

  103. A couple of volunteers April 20, 2018

    Our dedicated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 9,242 volunteers in the Pacific Region gave an incredible 197,917 hours of their time to conservation in 2017. That is the equivalent of 24,739 eight-hour work days and 95 full-time staff members! Read the full story »

  104. A painting of a bird witch a white head and black white and brown feathers along its wings and back. April 20, 2018

    A talented young artist from Johns Creek, Ga., has taken top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. An emperor goose painted by 18-year-old Rayen Kang will grace the 2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation. Read the full story »

  105. Blue birds with outstretched wings take flight April 16, 2018

    A slew of state and federal agencies announce the filing of federal charges against 6 defendants in 6 separate cases for their involvement with the trafficking of over 400 migratory birds. Read the full story »

  106. Bright green grass emerges from a huge marsh. April 13, 2018

    A quarter of a million people visit Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge every year. But Alice Boyd remembers a time when visitors to Pinckney Island — the largest of five islands in the 4,053-acre refuge, and the only one open to the public — could be counted in the dozens, the island was accessible only by boat and she and her brother were the only children for miles around. Read the full story »

  107. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. April 11, 2018

    Amidst catastrophic population declines leaving fewer than 200 known pairs in existence in the early 1970s, the Kirtland’s warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, this songbird has rebounded, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove the Kirtland’s warbler from the list of endangered and threatened species. The proposal opens a 90-day public comment period that will help inform a final decision. Read the full story »

  108. A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings April 9, 2018

    A plan released for public comment would help recover a dwindling population of an endangered fish in Tennessee and Kentucky while restoring a critical part of the region’s freshwater ecosystem, but some argue it comes at a hefty price. Read the full story »

  109. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. April 2, 2018

    Invasive carp are heading toward Chattanooga, threatening the region’s renowned freshwater ecosystem and posing risk to recreational water users and fishermen. The non-native fish are making their way through the U.S.’s main river systems via locks, and biologists, federal officials and fishermen are working to combat them as they spread. Read the full story »

  110. Vegetation grows out of sand dunes at the beach. February 13, 2018

    Today The Conservation Fund, the State of Alabama and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the protection of 251 acres at the Little Point Clear Unit of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Read the full story »

  111. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. February 6, 2018

    While most people are familiar with Venus flytraps and their snapping jaws, there is still a lot that scientists don’t know about the biology of these carnivorous plants. Researchers have for the first time discovered which insects pollinate the rare plants in their native habitat – and discovered that the flytraps don’t dine on these pollinator species. Read the full story »

  112. A representative from Rise Raptor Project, Inc. holding an owl. January 19, 2018

    Even those with little interest in bird watching can appreciate the thousands of sandhill cranes that winter at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The rows of gray birds stretch for several football fields at various spots on the refuge, making it look like one of those exotic locales for migrating wildlife. This past weekend, the refuge shared the sandhill cranes and their more rare relatives, the 22 whooping cranes wintering in north Alabama, during the sixth annual Festival of the Cranes. Read the full story »

  113. A life-like illustration of a fish with dark spots all along its back January 18, 2018

    Unusually cold weather has gripped South Carolina this January, lowering water temperatures along the coast to levels that can be deadly for many marine animals. As South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists work to understand the severity of this winter weather’s impacts on important fisheries, they’re also asking the public to help – by practicing catch and release of spotted seatrout, one of the fish hardest hit by the low temperatures. Read the full story »

  114. Kemps ridley sea turtle laying in the sand. Large with grey shell and yellow body with grey speckles. January 3, 2018

    Sea turtles are one species that can be affected by cold weather. When the water temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. Although these turtles may appear to be dead, they are often still alive. It is important to report these turtles to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline as soon as possible. Read the full story »

  115. A brownish-yellow salamander sanding on a mossy rock with large round eyes. December 19, 2017

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $700,000 in grants to conserve and restore habitats for at-risk aquatic species within targeted freshwater ecosystems of the Southeast. The grants will generate $1.71 million in match for a total conservation impact of $2.41 million. Read the full story »

  116. The silhouette of a white-tailed deer buck. December 18, 2017

    If you enjoy the outdoors in Alabama, and the nation for that matter, thank a hunter or angler. Through federally levied excise taxes on everything from guns and ammo to fish finders and boat motors, more than $18 billion dollars have been given to the states to aid conservation efforts, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read the full story »

  117. Biologists search for a tall grass-like plant in a flooded forest. December 9, 2017

    Federal and state efforts are underway to save a plant in southwest Georgia that’s so rare its global status is listed as, “imperiled – at high risk of extinction.” Read the full story »

  118. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back. December 7, 2017

    Georgia’s barrier islands recently gained recognition for their importance for shorebirds. Environmental advocates say it’s a testament to how much natural land on the coast has been protected. Read the full story »

  119. An aerial photograph of a sunset over the Altamaha River. December 6, 2017

    Georgia’s Altamaha River is big. It’s one of the largest flowing into the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern seaboard. Over the past couple decades, piece by piece, the state of Georgia has bought up land along either side of it, creating a network of protected forests, marshes and streams called the Altamaha River Corridor. Read the full story »

  120. A tiny beige tortoise walking on sandy soil. December 6, 2017

    In Georgia, instead of fighting the potential listing, businesses are working with wildlife agencies on what’s called the Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative, to save the gopher tortoise – before they’re forced to by federal regulation. Read the full story »

  121. A brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with white fuzz around its nose November 21, 2017

    This winter two scientists will set out to learn whether tricolored bats that use winter roosts other than caves and mines are susceptible to a deadly bat disease in the coastal plains and forests of North and South Carolina — two of 38 states in the bats’ range. Read the full story »

  122. A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the background November 9, 2017

    The Nature Conservancy announces protection of land along the northern bank of the Caloosahatchee River that is essential to the future expansion of the federally endangered Florida panther population. The new conservation easement marks a series of firsts for the organization and a strong step in panther conservation. The 460-acre Cypress Creek Grove property in Glades County has been forever safeguarded from urban development and is the first protected tract within the identified panther corridor on the northern bank of the river. Read the full story »

  123. A woman in a pink shirt holding a hawk with a gloved hand November 6, 2017

    The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s former Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner the 2017 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association. Read the full story »

  124. A USFWS employee holding a large trout just below the water’s surface. November 4, 2017

    During a routine physical exam, your doctor checks your vitals, right? Weight, heart rate, blood pressure etcetera. Annual visits establish a baseline of personal health against which unhealthy trends can be detected before they become risk factors. We need baselines for the health of our salmon runs too. Weirs help us to establish those baselines and then detect changes in populations over time. They also help fisheries managers evaluate and adjust their management actions, reconstruct past salmon abundances, and forecast future salmon returns. Read the full story »

  125. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back. November 1, 2017

    An international shorebird conservation network designated Georgia’s barrier islands a landscape of hemispheric importance for shorebirds that fly between North and South America. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, or WHSRN, voted in October to designate Georgia’s chain of coastal islands its 100th site for recognition, said 100 Miles, a coastal conservation organization. Read the full story »

  126. Tall grass with a light purple tone. October 13, 2017

    Located in the legendary Mississippi Delta, 40,000-acre Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is among the largest public waterfowl hunting areas in the Southeast. The sprawling tract is one of the seven refuges in the 100,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Panther Swamp’s diverse habitats, which include seasonally flooded bottomland hardwood forest, bayous, and cypress-tupelo swamps, make the refuge a major wintering area for mallards, wood ducks, and other dabbling ducks. Read the full story »

  127. A man in a straw hat in front of longleaf pine trees. September 25, 2017

    For decades, Reese Thompson didn’t fully appreciate the ground beneath his feet. As a sixth-generation tree farmer, he valued his thousands of acres in Wheeler County, Georgia, mostly for its output—the saw timber, chip-n-saw, and pulpwood provided by the fast-growing slash pines on his land. But all that changed about 13 years ago when a botanist friend of his knelt amid an untouched stand of longleaf pines on Thompson’s farm and quickly counted off 29 plant species within a square yard. Read the full story »

  128. September 25, 2017

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $1 million in grants to support forestland restoration and working forests throughout the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. Grantee organizations have committed more than $1.5 million in match, generating a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million. Read the full story »

  129. A military officer in uniform releases a gopher tortoise next to a burrow. September 13, 2017

    The Mississippi Military Department, the Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies have teamed up to boost the numbers of endangered gopher tortoises at Camp Shelby and the DeSoto National Forest. Read the full story »

  130. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. September 13, 2017

    While the focus should absolutely be on helping victims of recent storms, there will come a time for reflecting on how to improve coastal resilience—these lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have changed the way that Louisiana views wetlands Read the full story »

  131. Tall, narrow, pine trees spaced about 25 feet apart with very sparse, dry grass in the understory. August 15, 2017

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $5.5 million in grants to support the restoration of the longleaf ecosystem in nine states. Awarded through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, the grants are expected to generate more than $7 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $12.5 million. Read the full story »

  132. A brown black and beige toad. June 29, 2017

    David Spicer’s leadership in restoring springs, wetlands, and riparian areas on his ranch and beyond has helped keep a species from being listed under the ESA and supported return of many more to this Nevada desert valley. We thank him for sharing his story. Read the full story »

  133. A fuzzy brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with small white fungus on its head June 3, 2017

    Tucked behind two gates, across a road of gravel and dirt, stands a tall net. Gary Jordan, a biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Raleigh office, is hoping bats fly into this and four nets scattered across Resource Management Service’s land in Brunswick County. Every 10 minutes, almost like clockwork, Jordan completes a lap of the nets, his light only shining on twine during the first few hours. Read the full story »

  134. A car drives down the open road with mountains in the distance. May 19, 2017

    Late last August, armed with a sweep net and identification guides, Sarah Piecuch was looking for butterflies. She trudged through waist-deep grasses, trying to keep her footing steady while tallying those she found fluttering through the sky or perched on nearby flowers. Read the full story »

  135. A calm river winds through a forest. May 11, 2017

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces the release of its new video, “FLOW: the Chipola River Story.”External Website “FLOW” features International Game Fish Association’s Top Female Angler of 2015, Meredith McCord, and tells the conservation story of the Chipola River. This video recognizes the dedicated efforts of individuals and organizations such as the FWC, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (part of the National Fish Habitat Partnership), Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read the full story »

  136. A large fish with big silver/grey scales held by a man in a flannel shirt. April 19, 2017

    Thanks to the proactive work of state and federal law enforcement professionals, an Arkansas-based live fish distributor is no longer illegally transporting and selling nonnative grass carp in Indiana. Following complaints from concerned parties, conservation officers within the investigation section of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources worked closely with special agents within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement to investigate and quickly close this case. On February 27, 2017, Arkansas Pondstockers paid two citations in federal court totalling $12,060. Read the full story »

  137. A boy wearing a camouflage hat holds a shotgun ready to hunt waterfowl April 17, 2017

    The 2017 Fish and Wildlife Business Summit was held April 3-4 in Kennesaw, Georgia with Yamaha Motor Corporation Marine Division serving as the host. This annual gathering of state, federal, industry, and NGO leaders is in its 11th year and continues to focus on improving relationships among the partners linked by the conservation funding generated by excise taxes on fishing, hunting, and shooting equipment and motorboat fuel. The topic of this year’s Summit was industry participation and collaboration in the recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of anglers, boaters, hunters, and shooters. Read the full story »

  138. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. March 23, 2017

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but one Georgia neighborhood found that it actually takes a village to raise a small orchid population. Called Big Canoe, this neighborhood is located in Pickens County, and is home to the Meadows Committee, a dedicated group of individuals committed to stewarding the Big Canoe Conservation Easement, held by North American Land Trust (NALT). After a NALT Conservation Biologist discovered the existence of the rare White Fringeless Orchid on this permanently protected Conservation Area, the Meadows Committee learned just how much work and coordination goes into rehabilitating a species. And thanks to enthusiastic partnerships and the hard work of everyone involved, this orchid was able to grow and flourish into a rare beauty. Read the full story »

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