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Conservation in Louisiana

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor. Apr 5, 2018

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects rare constrictor snake of Louisiana, Texas; proposes additional conservation measures

        2. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

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

        3. Biologists wearing white gowns head-to-toe walking through nets in a marsh holding whooping cranes. Mar 7, 2018

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers changes to protect endangered whooping cranes

        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 patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor. Oct 5, 2017

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends deadline on Louisiana pinesnake ruling

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

          Rain coming

        7. A dozen large birds on the edge of a mangrove island. Oct 3, 2017

          How to manage 45 important coastal species in the face of environmental changes

        8. A small, long fish with dark spots and a long dorsal fin in an aquarium. Sep 19, 2017

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends Endangered Species Act protection to rare fish

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

          Service crews head south

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

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        11. 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

        12. 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.

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

          2017 Endangered Species Day Events

        14. 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

        15. A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor. Oct 5, 2016

          Louisiana pinesnake proposed to be added as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

        16. A small, long fish with dark spots and a long dorsal fin in an aquarium. Sep 20, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list pearl darter as threatened

        17. Two birds on a grassy plain. Sep 1, 2016

          Service creates ESA listing workplan to provide predictability and encourage proactive conservation of imperiled wildlife

        18. 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

        19. Bright green needles emerge from a central cone of a longleaf pine tree Apr 6, 2016

          Seeing the forest for the trees

        20. 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

        21. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. Mar 10, 2016

          The teddy bear is back: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delists Louisiana black bear due to recovery

        22. Kemps ridley sea turtle laying in the sand. Large with grey shell and yellow body with grey speckles. Nov 13, 2015

          New report assesses the impacts of emerging threats on Gulf coast species and ecosystems

        23. 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

        24. New project leader Maury Bedford poses for a photo in front of a stand of pine trees. Oct 8, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Maury Bedford named project leader for North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges

        25. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Sep 9, 2015

          Recovery plan for endangered frog available

        26. 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

        27. 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

        28. 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

        29. A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing Jun 12, 2015

          Service announces public hearings on proposal to delist Louisiana black bear

        30. 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

        31. 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

        32. A bald eagle strewn on the grass laying on its back. May 28, 2015

          $11,000 reward offered for information in death of bald eagles in Plaquemine, Louisiana

        33. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 20, 2015

          Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal announce proposal to remove Louisiana black bear from endangered species list

        34. Phi beta sigma members plant trees with Fish and Wildlife Service employees. May 19, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service join forces to engage urban youth in outdoor education and recreation at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

        35. An injured bald eagle crouched in a field. Mar 31, 2015

          $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

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

          Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

        37. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014

          Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

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

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

        39. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 17, 2014

          Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of gunshot red wolf

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

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

        41. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Apr 11, 2014

          $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle killing in Louisiana

        42. 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

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

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

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

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

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

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

        46. A wet brown frog with bright green round eyes on fallen reeds. Nov 19, 2013

          Landmark study reveals low national rate of frog abnormalities on wildlife refuges

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

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

        48. 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

        49. 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

        50. An orange and brown butterfly specimen. Aug 27, 2012

          Service completes status review of the bay skipper butterfly

        51. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 19, 2012

          Fox & Friends story about steps to protect endangered Dusky Gopher Frog misses the mark

        52. Dormant vegetation in front of a lake banked by a small stand of pine trees. Apr 24, 2012

          Jeff Weller to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Lafayette office

        53. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Apr 20, 2012

          Conservation effort in northern Louisiana is something to quack about

        54. 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

        55. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jan 13, 2012

          Service to hold public hearing and re-open comment period on the revised proposed Critical Habitat designation and associated draft economic analysis for the Mississippi gopher frog

        56. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. Mar 31, 2011

          Restoring Louisiana black bear habitat

        57. Three children and a US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist crouch over a net with used to collect insects from a nearby stream. Mar 17, 2011

          4-H national headquarters and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honor Louisiana youth wetlands education and outreach 4-H program

        58. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 8, 2011

          Interior clears the way for return of whooping cranes to Louisiana

        59. Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline. Jul 18, 2010

          Scientists ask public to report banded birds to help scientific research

        60. Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline. Jul 8, 2010

          Using sound science, the service addresses urgent habitat needs for birds and other wildlife along the Gulf coast

        61. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 3, 2010

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat for Mississippi gopher frog

        62. Two gloved workers wearing protective glasses soap up and clean an oiled bird. May 9, 2010

          First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican National Wildlife Refuge

        63. A gray bird with bright red spot on its face with a small, furry, beige chick. Apr 9, 2010

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 10 Southeastern species

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

          Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

        65. 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

        66. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers. Sep 11, 2009

          Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

        67. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil. Sep 9, 2009

          Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

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

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        69. Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island. Jun 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service will host public meetings on coastal barrier resources system pilot project units

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

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

        71. Five birds with bright green markings on the side of their head on wing tips swimming. Jun 1, 2009

          Conservation funds GO ZERO® program goes gold with CCB

        72. Thousands of birds take flight over a green marsh. May 19, 2009

          High Ouachita River levels postpones floodplain reconnection project

        73. Aug 31, 2005 | 1 minute read

          U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announces temporary closure of National Wildlife Refuges in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina

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