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

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  1. 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 »

  2. 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 »

  3. 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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. 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 »

  6. 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 »

  7. 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 »

  8. 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 »

  9. 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 »

  10. 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 »

  11. 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 »

  12. 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 »

  13. 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 »

  14. 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 »

  15. 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 »

  16. 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 »

  17. 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 »

  18. 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 »

  19. 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 »

  20. 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 »

  21. 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 »

  22. 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 »

  23. A USFWS biologist releasing gopher frogs into a swamp. June 30, 2017

    This year, USFWS joined GA DNR, UGA, Zoo Atlanta and the Amphibian Foundation in a state-wide project to increase population numbers of Georgia’s rarest frog — The Gopher Frog. Read the full story »

  24. 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 »

  25. 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 »

  26. 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 »

  27. 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 »

  28. 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 »

  29. 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 »

  30. 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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