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  • Service uses weevils to control invasive salvinia that threatens Louisiana coast

    September 6, 2018 | 4 minute read

    Giant salvinia is an invasive floating fern from Brazil that can double its surface acreage in less than one week in optimal conditions. It has been spreading and causing problems in coastal Louisiana since 1989. Once it covers the water’s surface, this floating plant will begin to stack up upon itself, and can extend 12 inches or more above the water surface. Under such conditions, oxygen recharge of underlying waters is greatly reduced.  Learn more...

  • A biologist holds a long snake in front of a crowd of interns.
    Information icon Steve Shively, Wildlife Biologist with Kisatchie National Forest shows off a Louisiana pinesnake. Photo courtesy of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

    Federal agencies helping landowners rebuild habitat for Louisiana pinesnake

    June 8, 2018 | 1 minute read

    Federal biologists from a number of agencies work together to recover the Louisiana pinesnake. Video by Louisiana Public Broadcasting Download the video.  Learn more...

  • 2018 Family Adventure Day in Louisiana

    May 31, 2018 | 2 minute read

    On March 10, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office and the Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office participated in the Healing House’s Family Adventure Day fundraiser and community outreach event in Lafayette, Louisiana  Learn more...

  • A biologist showing off a Louisiana pinsnake.
    Information icon Thomas Athens (Center), David Castellanos, and Sharna Tolfree introduce Luigi, the Louisiana pinesnake, to Family Adventure Day participants. Photo by Angela Trahan, USFWS.

    Family adventure day in Louisiana

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    On March 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Louisiana Ecological Services Office and the Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office participated in the Healing House’s Family Adventure Day fundraiser and community outreach event in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Healing House provides support for children grieving the loss of a loved one. The Service’s station was one of 43 activity locations that families could visit throughout Lafayette. More than 250 participants selected the Service’s activity as one of their adventures.  Learn more...

  • Biologists wearing white gowns head-to-toe walking through nets in a marsh holding whooping cranes.
    Information icon Biologists tend to whooping cranes in one of the release pens at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

    Whooping crane reintroduction continues in Louisiana

    May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The whooping crane reintroduction effort is well underway in southwestern Louisiana. Since 2011, 10-16 hatched juveniles have been released annually here into the non-essential experimental population (NEP). The original release pens are located at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, and in 2016 a new release area was added 19 miles to the south at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. The expanded release areas allow the NEP to receive more juvenile cranes for release into the wild.  Learn more...

  • Biologist Maria Davidson wearing camoflage holding a Louisiana black bear cub
    Information icon The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Maria Davidson enjoys some up-close-and-personal time with a Louisiana black bear cub. Photo by USFWS.

    Bear biologist Maria Davidson educates people, relocates wayward bears

    March 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

    State of Louisiana employee Maria Davidson’s public outreach, relocation of “nuisance” bear and partnership efforts has helped the Louisiana black bear population recover.  Learn more...

  • Two biologists check on the health of a sedated Louisiana black bear
    Information icon The Service’s David Soileau (right) examines a tranquilized Louisiana Black Bear as part of an effort to study the recovery of the species’ population. Photo by USFWS.

    David Soileau: bringing the Louisiana black bear back from the brink

    March 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

    The Louisiana black bear recovery work of people like biologist/land conservation specialist David Soileau has been so successful that sightings of the species is no longer such an uncommon occurrence.  Learn more...

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