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Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Fall. Photo by Andy Eller, USFWS.

Conservation in Kentucky

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

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        1. 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

        2. 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

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

          Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

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

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        5. 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

        6. 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.

        7. 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

        8. Green leafy vegetation with bright yellow flowers climbs a rock face. Oct 7, 2016

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

        9. 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

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

          Service finalizes listing for Kentucky arrow darter

        11. 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

        12. 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

        13. 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

        14. 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

        15. 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

        16. 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

        17. 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

        18. 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

        19. 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

        20. 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

        21. 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

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

          Agencies conserve imperiled species in eastern Kentucky

        23. 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

        24. 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

        25. 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

        26. 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

        27. 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

        28. 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

        29. 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

        30. 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

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

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        32. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen. Nov 14, 2014

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

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

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

        34. 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

        35. 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

        36. 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

        37. 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

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

          Service lists Kentucky gladecress and designates Critical Habitat

        39. 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

        40. 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

        41. 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

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

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

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

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

        44. 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

        45. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 12, 2013

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

        46. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. Nov 14, 2013

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

        47. 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

        48. 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

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

          Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

        50. 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

        51. 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

        52. Jul 25, 2012 | 3 minute read

          West Virginia fish may become protected under Endangered Species Act

        53. 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

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

          Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for two freshwater mussels

        55. 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

        56. 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

        57. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face. Sep 22, 2009

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

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

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

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