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Conservation in Georgia

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. Dec 28, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Tiny South Georgia snail presumed extinct, will not receive federal protection

        2. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. Dec 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

        3. An older man points to the sky with a child. Nov 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges

        4. A turtle basking on a log overhanging a pool of water. Oct 4, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Endangered species listing not needed for three species of wildlife in the Southeast

        5. A colorful radar map. Oct 4, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Rain coming

        6. A greyish green fish with a long body and blueish grey fins. Oct 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for two Coosa darters

        7. A small fish with bright blue fins and orange coloring on its back. Oct 3, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes protection for rare darter in Coosa River Basin

        8. A yellow backhoe moves a large pine tree from a road. Sep 15, 2017 | 3 minute read

          FWS crew gives state partners at Stephen C. Foster a lift speeding up its reopening

        9. A group of USFWS personnel in a circle for a meeting. Sep 13, 2017

          Service crews head south

        10. Three men meet before deloying with heavy equipment. Sep 12, 2017

          Service assesses damage, starts cleanup

        11. Radar or Irma. Sep 11, 2017

          Irma continues its assault on Southeast

        12. A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size Sep 11, 2017

          Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

        13. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        14. A map of southeastern Florida. Sep 8, 2017

          Fish and Wildlife Service responders bringing technology to aid Hurricane Irma response, bolster safety

        15. A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary. Sep 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Friday Hurricane Irma roundup

        16. Satellite image of huge hurricane between Florida and Puerto Rico. Sep 8, 2017

          Service prepares for Hurricane Irma

        17. Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof. Sep 8, 2017

          Tips for rebuilding

        18. A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Sep 7, 2017

          Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

        19. A street map of Orange, Tx. Sep 2, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service responders add technology to aid Hurricane Harvey response, bolster safety

        20. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Aug 15, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Deputy Secretary Bernhardt announces more than $52 million in federal funding to bolster tribal, state wildlife conservation projects

        21. Spanish moss covers the branches of mature live oak trees. Aug 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Secretary Zinke expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges

        22. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017

          Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

        23. A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river. Jun 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

        24. A helicopter drops a load of water on pine trees. Jun 2, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Okefenokee reopens main entrance

        25. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Endangered Species Day Events

        26. An acrylic painting of a duck on blue water. Apr 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners

        27. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. Mar 30, 2017

          Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

        28. A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat. Mar 24, 2017

          Service, Department of Defense adopt credit strategy for Southeast installations benefiting gopher tortoise and other species

        29. A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower. Jan 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

          In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

        30. Lush green grass growing in coastal waters. Jan 5, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Importance of resilient coastal wetlands to conservation, recreation economy and coastal communities recognized by $17 million in grants to states

        31. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Oct 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

        32. Two dark gray mussels with striations on a red towel next to a ruler for scale. Oct 5, 2016 | 3 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends protections to rare mussel in Suwannee River basin

        33. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016

          Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

        34. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation. Aug 30, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

        35. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Apr 14, 2016 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eeopens comment period on proposal to list the white-fringeless orchid as threatened

        36. Two ducks with large round, feathered heads in swirling blue water. Apr 7, 2016 | 3 minute read

          2016 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners chosen

        37. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss. Mar 15, 2016

          Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

        38. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky Feb 29, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Reward offered for information regarding the killing of a bald eagle in Polk county, Georgia

        39. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Feb 23, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Power companies, tribe, agencies take steps to save rare fish

        40. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest. Nov 6, 2015

          Service, states, celebrate 20th anniversary of the safe harbor program offering voluntary land management agreements with private landowners

        41. Oct 8, 2015 | 1 minute read

          Reward offered for information on bald eagle found dead in Banks county, Georgia

        42. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves. Sep 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

        43. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 14, 2015 | 6 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes adding white fringeless orchid to threatened and endangered species list

        44. A tiny loggerhead hatchling hustles towards the ocean. Aug 31, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Turtle-egg thief convicted a second time for stealing nested sea turtle eggs from coastal Georgia island

        45. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015

          Service awards grants to 35 states, District of Columbia for work on deadly bat disease

        46. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015

          Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

        47. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. Jun 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

        48. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower. Jun 15, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service partners with Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail to save the monarch butterfly

        49. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest. Jun 5, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Service Southeast Region formally ends the evaluation process for the possible use of genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges

        50. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower. Jun 2, 2015

          Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

        51. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

        52. Brown entrance sign to the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. May 11, 2015 | 5 minute read

          TVA, partners to fund trout stocking for Tennessee, Georgia tailwaters

        53. A colorful acrlyic painting of a bird with a blue head, brown breast and blue features. Apr 9, 2015 | 4 minute read

          2015 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners chosen

        54. An acrylic painting of a duck with brown and green head on a bright green background. Feb 20, 2015 | 3 minute read

          2015 student wildlife art contest Georgia junior duck stamp program entries due postmarked by March 16th

        55. Two whooping cranes follow a large fan powered glider in front of a gray sky. Dec 11, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes complete fall migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida

        56. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 9, 2014

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        57. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. Dec 5, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Service releases 2014 list of candidates for Endangered Species Act protection

        58. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Nov 6, 2014

          Recovery plan for two endangered snails and an endangered mussel available

        59. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

        60. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. Sep 17, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Conservation efforts help keep Georgia aster off Endangered Species List

        61. A long stemmed plant with bright yellow flowers. May 28, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service estimates economic impact of Critical Habitat designations for three southern plants

        62. A colorful yellow and red trout covered in small black spots. May 14, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Agencies announce public meeting on federal trout hatchery funding

        63. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. May 14, 2014 | 2 minute read

          Partners to sign agreement to conserve rare plant

        64. A close up photograph of a tiny lobster-like crayfish with dark claws and armor. May 13, 2014 | 4 minute read

          State and federal agencies work to ensure Endangered Species Act protections are not needed

        65. A flowering plant with bright white flowers. May 8, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service re-opens comment period for the Georgia rockcress proposed listing and Critical Habitat and announces economic analysis

        66. A duck in green shaded water with a brown head and a green marking around its eye. Apr 9, 2014 | 4 minute read

          2014 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners chosen

        67. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back. Apr 4, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered Species Act

        68. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Jan 7, 2014

          Endangered whooping cranes arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on aircraft-guided flight

        69. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 31, 2013

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

        70. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 30, 2013

          Endangered whooping cranes now in Georgia on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

        71. A dead florida panther laid out in the bed of a pickup truck. Dec 19, 2013 | 2 minute read

          Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, partners offer reward for information about suspicious panther death

        72. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012

          Service proposes to protect neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

        73. A large alligator basks in the sun on the bank of a stream. Sep 17, 2012 | 4 minute read

          Visit your southeastern National Wildlife Refuges: october 13-27, 2012

        74. A large prehistoric looking fish jumps three feet over a small river. May 22, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service reviews interim plan for Woodruff Dam operations

        75. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        76. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank. Feb 18, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Second whooping crane found dead at Weiss Lake, Alabama

        77. Four young whooping cranes with bands on their legs rest in a net enclosure. Dec 17, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes over the skies of Alabama

        78. An employee in uniform posts a sign in front of a small lake. May 28, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Service to ee-open Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery

        79. A tiny loggerhead hatchling hustles towards the ocean. Apr 20, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Georgia Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team up to save loggerheads

        80. A painting of an orange breasted duck with black spots and a black head with a white stripe in front of its eye. Mar 30, 2010 | 3 minute read

          2010 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners chosen today

        81. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Feb 10, 2010 | 4 minute read

          Service announces the availability of a draft economic analysis for proposed designation of Critical Habitat for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and roughhorn

        82. A bright green and brown duck in the foreground with its more muted female companion in the background. Jan 15, 2010 | 3 minute read

          Student wildlife art contest entries for the junior duck stamp competition due March 15, 2010

        83. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank. Jan 7, 2010 | 6 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes into Georgia

        84. Eight whooping cranes follow an ultralight fan powered glider in Kentucky. Dec 8, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ultralight migration leads 20 endangered whooping cranes over the skies of Tennessee

        85. Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach. Nov 11, 2009

          Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

        86. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Oct 22, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Ninth group of endangered whooping cranes depart on ultralight-guided flight to Florida

        87. A dead florida panther laid out in the bed of a pickup truck. Aug 5, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Troup county panther was a Florida panther -- wildlife CSI: high-tech genetic testing used to determine cat’s parentage

        88. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        89. A uniformed biologist in waders explains fish to a group of onlookers. Jul 30, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Informational meetings on the Etowah Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan

        90. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jul 7, 2009 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comment on protecting darters in the Etowah River basin

        91. Snail with a large orange and black shell. Jun 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service proposes endangered species status and Critical Habitat designations for the Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and rough hornsnail

        92. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009

          Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

        93. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jun 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

        94. A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch. Apr 20, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Interior Secretary Salazar announces award of $9 million in grants to states for imperiled species Conservation

        95. A large alligator with an adult deer in its mouth underwater. Aug 23, 2004 | 2 minute read

          Alligator takes deer to lunch in south Georgia

        Stories

        1. A man standing in front of a large pine tree trunk Jan 29, 2018

          Safe harbor for woodpeckers

        2. Dec 21, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Winner of 2017 Okefenokee photo contest announced during Pioneer Days

        3. Dec 20, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Chattahoochee Forest hosts Fannin County High School students

        4. A man guides sugar cane stalks into a large wooden mill. Dec 20, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Okefenokee steps into history with Pioneer Day

        5. Nov 30, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery presents certificates honoring volunteer support

        6. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth Nov 20, 2017

          The woodpecker’s journey

        7. A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds. Nov 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

        8. Two USFWS employees chatting in front of a marsh. Nov 8, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Connecting urban and rural

        9. Bright green grass emerges from a huge marsh. Nov 8, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Refuges reach out to urban visitors

        10. Three women checking out a poster. Oct 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Open house at Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery

        11. Oct 13, 2017 | 3 minute read

          “Dedication” must be Pam Rule’s middle name

        12. A military officer in uniform releases a gopher tortoise next to a burrow. Aug 22, 2017

          Boosting the gopher tortoise

        13. A many wearing a wide-brimmed hat walking through a forest next to a young longleaf pine seedling. Aug 22, 2017

          Longleaf pine for Georgians

        14. A gentleman with a grey mustache standing next to a mature longleaf pine tree. Aug 9, 2017

          Growing trees, saving species

        15. A rocky stream bed covered by a canopy of trees. Aug 9, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Life in Proctor Creek

        16. Jul 27, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery holds 23rd annual kid’s fishing day

        17. A mother and three children pose for a photograph at the hatchery. Jul 20, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Double days of fishing at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

        18. Jul 18, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Veterans catch rainbows in the rain

        19. An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss. Jul 12, 2017 | 4 minute read

          A gem for hunters and hikers alike

        20. A sandy beach with a tuft of vegetation following a jetty. Jul 12, 2017

          A sanctuary for at-risk birds

        21. A gentlman with gray hair poses for the camera with a smile and his arms crossed. Jul 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Local landowner fights for the Altamaha

        22. The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel. Jul 12, 2017

          Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

        23. Two men standing in front of a beige tank riddled with bullet holes. Jul 12, 2017 | 4 minute read

          The military embraces conservation

        24. A forrested stream with rocky shores. Jun 7, 2017 | 8 minute read

          A wildlife gem, in the shadow of a booming Atlanta

        25. Biologists in cold weather gear and waders collect lake sturgeon next to a dam. Jun 7, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Lake sturgeon restoration in the Upper Tennessee River

        26. A pool formed on a rocky mountain top in front of a sunset. May 22, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Digging new pools: How an experiment on Georgia granite mountains is increasing endangered and threatened plants

        27. A woman stands behind a table with USFWS and DOI logos on Earth Day. May 22, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Earth Day Expo in Georgia

        28. Two USFWS employees in uniform standing in front of the welcome sign at the hatchery. May 18, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Chattahoochee Forest Hatchery participates in Trout Fest

        29. A USFWS biologist in uniform stands behind a display table. May 18, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Woody Gap School’s Agriculture Day

        30. A firefighter in protective gear marches through the brush of a pine forest. May 2, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Fencing fire

        31. Entrance sign notifies visitors the refuge is closed due to a fire. May 2, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Keeping upbeat

        32. A man wearing a hard hat and protective gear yeilds an axe. May 2, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Puerto Ricans bring fight to fire

        33. A tiny beige tortoise walking on sandy soil. Mar 24, 2017 | 6 minute read

          Protecting military readiness and the iconic gopher tortoise at the same time

        34. Mature trees form a canopy shading the river from the sun. Mar 22, 2017

          Saving an endangered southern river

        35. A brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with white fuzz around its nose Mar 14, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Disease continues its fatal sweep of bats

        36. A red, semi-transluscent fish with catfish like whiskers in an aquarium. Feb 8, 2017

          17 more fish, mussels, and other species don’t need the ESA’s protection

        37. A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass. Apr 13, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Partnering across the Everglades to battle invasives

        38. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth Mar 21, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Burning for the birds at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

        39. Four firefighers pose for a photo in front of a Fish and Wildlife Helicopter with mountains in the background Nov 6, 2013 | 6 minute read

          Okefenokee firefighters return the favor to western firefighters

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