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A river cuts through a colorful forest in fall.
Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Fall. Photo by Andy Eller, USFWS.

Conservation in Kentucky

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. Hundreds of people surround a small stream with fishing poles May 18, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Upcoming events at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

        2. A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings Apr 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Cumberland darter draft recovery plan available for review

        3. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

        4. 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

        5. A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly. Dec 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protections not needed for Southeastern fish and crayfish

        6. A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom. Oct 16, 2017 | 6 minute read

          Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

        7. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        8. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

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

        9. 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.

        10. 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

        11. Green leafy vegetation with bright yellow flowers climbs a rock face. Oct 7, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Successful recovery and removal from Endangered Species Act of native Kentucky plant a victory for conservation partners

        12. 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

        13. A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium. Oct 4, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Service finalizes listing for Kentucky arrow darter

        14. A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate. Sep 20, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

        15. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

        16. A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist Apr 6, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

        17. A uniformed employee upturns a net of fish into a white bucket. Mar 24, 2016 | 3 minute read

          April happenings at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

        18. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Mar 8, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Bald eagle killed in Grand Rivers, Kentucky $2,500 reward offered for information leading to a conviction

        19. Green leafy vegetation emerging from a crevasse in a rock face. Feb 25, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service reopens the comment period on the proposed rule to delist the white-haired goldenrod

        20. A uniformed employee upturns a net of fish into a white bucket. Feb 23, 2016 | 3 minute read

          March happenings at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

        21. A lobster-shaped and colored crayfish with tinges of rust and blue. Dec 14, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Crayfish survey reports available for public review

        22. Illustration of an eel transitioning from dark green on it's top to a white belly with a long dorsal fin. Oct 7, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for 10 species in the Southeast

        23. 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

        24. 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

        25. Green leafy vegetation with bright yellow flowers climbs a rock face. Aug 31, 2015 | 6 minute read

          Agencies conserve imperiled species in eastern Kentucky

        26. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015 | 3 minute read

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

        27. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

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

        28. black and white photograph of a man posing with a mounted eastern cougar. Jun 16, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Extinct eastern cougar subspecies proposed for removal from endangered species list

        29. 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

        30. 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

        31. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Apr 29, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

        32. A lobster shaped and colored crayfish in an aquarium. Apr 6, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protections proposed for two Appalachian Crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

        33. 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

        34. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 9, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        35. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

        36. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014 | 5 minute read

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

        37. 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

        38. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        39. 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

        40. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species

        41. A low growing grass-like plant not currently in bloom. May 5, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service lists Kentucky gladecress and designates Critical Habitat

        42. Trees bank either side of a sandy shore on the flat water at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Mar 25, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service completes biological opinion and the Corps approves plan to raise Lake Cumberland water level

        43. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Jan 7, 2014 | 3 minute read

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

        44. A low growing grass-like plant not currently in bloom. Jan 6, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Service considers economic impact of Critical Habitat designation for Kentucky gladecress

        45. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 31, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

        46. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 30, 2013 | 3 minute read

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

        47. Two white tundra swans with black webbed feet approach a lake surrounded by phragmites. Dec 17, 2013 | 2 minute read

          Wildlife officers seek information on tundra swan killings

        48. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 12, 2013 | 5 minute read

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

        49. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. Nov 14, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Service approves incidental take permit for NiSource multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan

        50. A low growing grass-like plant not currently in bloom. May 23, 2013 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list Kentucky glade cress and designate critical habitat

        51. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 8, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Service estimates economic impacts and releases draft environmental assessment of Critical Habitat designation for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        52. Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes. Oct 15, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

        53. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012 | 6 minute read

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

        54. A brown and black striated mussel. Oct 3, 2012 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to protect the fluted kidneyshell and slabside pearlymussel under the Endangered Species Act

        55. Jul 25, 2012 | 3 minute read

          West Virginia fish may become protected under Endangered Species Act

        56. A tiny turtle with orange patches on the side of its throat crawls through the grass Jul 12, 2011 | 3 minute read

          Service announces multi-state, multi-species draft habitat conservation plan and draft environmental impact statement

        57. A brown and black mussel with striations. Jan 19, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for two freshwater mussels

        58. 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

        59. 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

        60. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face. Sep 22, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for the shovelnose sturgeon

        61. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

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

        Stories

        1. Dozens of children line up with bows and arrows preparing to shoot at targets down range. Jul 18, 2018 | 2 minute read

          The longest day of play

        2. Three men help unload a 20ft tall pole from a flatbed truck. Jul 18, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery adds bat habitats

        3. Hundreds of visitors line a stream with fishing poles Jul 18, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Wolf Creek hosts 32nd Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby

        4. A fly fishing expert demonstrates how to cast a fly. May 31, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Saturday fly fishing at Hatchery Creek

        5. Two Service employees investigate a bag for illegal wildlife parts. May 31, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Service’s Kentucky offices hold annual meeting

        6. A woman and child playfully splashing a puddle in the pouring rain May 31, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery hosts Trout Trot 5K

        7. A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet. Mar 19, 2018 | 8 minute read

          A war in the water

        8. Employee standing next to an information booth with a beaming smile. Mar 16, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek participates in 13th annual Kentuckiana Fly Show

        9. A hand holding eight endangered Cumberland bean mussels. Jan 30, 2018 | 1 minute read

          2017 mussel harvest in Kentucky is a success

        10. A group of participants poses for a photo in front of the visitor’s center Nov 30, 2017 | 2 minute read

          STEM enrichment for fourth graders at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

        11. Nov 30, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek receives recognition for work with local children

        12. A group of students gathers around an instructor on the bank of a creek. Oct 25, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Wolf Creek offers fly-fishing clinics

        13. A child holding a rod looks on with amazement. Oct 12, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Reaching for Rainbows fishing derbies

        14. A senior holding a fishing pole with a wide smile. Oct 11, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Catch a Smile Fishing Derby

        15. Four half mussel shells. The interior of the shells are irodescent pink/purple while the outisde are striated with brown and orange markings. Oct 4, 2017 | 6 minute read

          ‘From the brink’

        16. Several dozen veterans stand in front of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery visitors center holding their catch. Sep 26, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek honors wounded warriors

        17. Purple/grey and bright orange flowers bloom in a grassy field. Aug 31, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Partners join to conserve rare prairie barrens in Kentucky

        18. The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during a solar eclipse. Aug 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Stellar eclipse at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

        19. Small plants growing out of a low depression next to the parking lot. Aug 1, 2017 | 3 minute read

          New rain garden and outdoor classroom at Wolf Creek

        20. Jul 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Wolf Creek’s Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby

        21. A family looks at a diarama with USFWS staff. Jul 20, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek celebrates Earth Day all weekend

        22. A young boy jumping across a grassy field like a frog. Jul 20, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek celebrates Longest Day of Play

        23. Jundges pose for a photo with the winning art. Jul 20, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Wolf Creek staff assist with Junior Duck Stamp Art contest judging in Kentucky

        24. Jul 19, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek continues mussel culture

        25. A large group of employees pose for a photo on the banks of the Green River. May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Kentucky annual meeting includes dam breach visit

        26. A male and female volunteer work on a trail with shovels. May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Wolf Creek volunteers make lasting improvements

        27. Heavy machinery begins pounding away at a concrete dam. Mar 28, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Dam going, nature returning

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