U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Reward for Information in Tennessee Bald Eagle Deaths
February 14, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot two bald eagles in the Tennessee River Valley recently. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Service are investigating the shootings. There is a separate reward for each eagle.
“We are especially angered by these actions because it is nesting season,” said TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Chris Combs. “This is our national symbol and it’s an atrocity to see them senselessly shot.”
“These birds hold a special place in Americans’ hearts,” said FWS Resident Agent in Charge John Rayfield. “They are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and we need citizens who might have some information to come forward and help us investigate this crime.”
Pythons nose their way into Florida Keys
February 8, 2016
A couple of long-disused buildings in the Florida Keys that once sheltered servicemen from missile launches have been sheltering something else – pythons.
Four large crawlers – one, a female, was nearly 16 feet long – turned up within the last month at an old missile base at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) reported.
Scientists think the snakes migrated from the Everglades, a fertile breeding ground for the unwanted predators. Now, officials say, the snakes may be poised to head south, where several Keys species are defenseless against the large, invasive reptiles.
Compounding their concerns: Officials this past summer also discovered some hatchling pythons near Key Largo – a strong indication that the snakes have found a welcome habitat and are multiplying.
17 More Fish, Mussels, and Other Species Don't Need the ESA's Protection
February 7, 2016
Call this the story of the one that got away – not by wiggling out of a net or snapping a line, but by prospering.
Scientists recently proposed that Ouachita madtom, a whiskery fish found in Arkansas, be removed from a petition that had called for its protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The Center for Biological Diversity seven years ago proposed that the fish be protected. It said recently it would remove that fish and 16 others species it had sought to be protected.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) recently removed them from its work plan – proof that the species are doing far better than originally thought.
The species’ removal is but the latest indication that scores of plants and animals across the Southeast are maintaining – and, in some cases, thriving.
Week-long Festival Showcases the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges
Second Annual Outdoor Fest Set for March 11th – 18th
February 7, 2016
For anyone wanting an up-close take on the great outdoors, a celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge system in the Florida Keys is just around the subtropical bend. US Fish and Wildlife Service's Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR announce their second annual Outdoor Fest—a full week of action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for Saturday, March 11th through Saturday, March 18th.
“The National Wildlife Refuge System is part of America's network of amazing public lands with refuges being “the "cousin" of America's National Parks,” says Ranger and Outreach Coordinator Kristie Killam. “We’re really fortunate to have these areas for people to visit and enjoy nature.”
The annual Outdoor Fest was created to remind people of the incredible natural resources we have available here in the Keys and encourage them to get outside while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the refuges—home to some of the world’s most endangered habitats, plants, and wildlife species, including the endangered Key Deer.
Service Announces Public Scoping Process For American Electric Power’s Proposed Conservation Plan for the American Burying Beetle
Project Covers 62 Counties in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas
January 18, 2016
American Electric Power is developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to address impacts to the endangered American burying beetle (ABB) that may result from the construction, operation and/or maintenance of electric transmission and distribution lines or other associated infrastructure in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The draft HCP would accompany American Electric Power’s request for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) to evaluate the impacts associated with alternatives associated with issuing the ITP to American Electric Power. The Service’s dEIS will consider the proposed issuance of an Incidental Take Permit, supported by an HCP and a no action alternative. We are requesting public comment on the scope of the issues that the Service should consider in its environmental review of the proposed permit under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Service will use the comments as part of the development of the environmental review as required by NEPA.
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Last updated: Febraury 8, 2016