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Bell City, Louisiana: Alligator looking for fun. Photo by Corey Douglas.

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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          Service crews head south

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

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

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

        17. Two birds on a grassy plain. Sep 1, 2016 | 4 minute read

          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 | 5 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 5 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 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. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. Jun 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          $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 | 5 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

        36. 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

        37. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

        39. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 17, 2014 | 5 minute read

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

        40. 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

        41. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Apr 11, 2014 | 1 minute read

          $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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

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

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

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

          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 | 3 minute read

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

        47. 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

        48. 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

        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 | 2 minute read

          Service completes status review of the bay skipper butterfly

        51. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 19, 2012 | 4 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        55. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jan 13, 2012 | 6 minute read

          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 | 1 minute read

          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 | 2 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 5 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 3 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 6 minute read

          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 | 4 minute read

          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 | 6 minute read

          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 | 7 minute read

          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 | 5 minute read

          Conservation funds GO ZERO® program goes gold with CCB

        72. Thousands of birds take flight over a green marsh. May 19, 2009 | 4 minute read

          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

        Stories

        1. hundreds of birds dot a small island below a bright blue sky. Aug 3, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Preconstruction monitoring activities kick off on North Breton Island Louisiana

        2. A biologist holds a long snake in front of a crowd of interns. Jun 8, 2018 | 1 minute read

          Federal agencies helping landowners rebuild habitat for Louisiana pinesnake

        3. May 31, 2018 | 2 minute read

          2018 Family Adventure Day in Louisiana

        4. hundreds of birds dot a small island below a bright blue sky. May 31, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Meet the Gulf Restoration Office

        5. Three Native American men stand in front of a sign. Jan 23, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Woven from the Landscape

        6. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth Nov 20, 2017 | 9 minute read

          The woodpecker’s journey

        7. A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds. Nov 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

        8. Bright green grass emerges from a huge marsh. Nov 8, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Refuges reach out to urban visitors

        9. A team of USFWS employees gather in a circle for directions from Incident Commander Sami Gray. Oct 16, 2017 | 10 minute read

          A tough woman gets the job done

        10. A dozen visitors sitting at picknic tables listen to the refuge manager. Sep 26, 2017 | 2 minute read

          International delegates tour Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

        11. A man posing for a selfie in front of the Pelican Island NWR sign. Aug 14, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Jeremy Edwardson, deputy project leader at the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex

        12. A biologist showing off a Louisiana pinsnake. May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Family adventure day in Louisiana

        13. A female volunteer adding fish food to a pond. May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Volunteers spruce up Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

        14. Biologists wearing white gowns head-to-toe walking through nets in a marsh holding whooping cranes. May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Whooping crane reintroduction continues in Louisiana

        15. Biologist Maria Davidson wearing camoflage holding a Louisiana black bear cub Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Bear biologist Maria Davidson educates people, relocates wayward bears

        16. Two biologists check on the health of a sedated Louisiana black bear Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

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

        17. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Debbie Fuller: working hard at work worth doing

        18. Conservationists from the Natural Resources Conservation Service gather around the hood of a truck to investigate paperwork Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Easement program a win-win for landowners and black bears

        19. Mar 10, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Keith Weaver: from tagging, tracking and naming, he knows the bears of the Tensas River Basin

        20. A black bear in a field locks eyes with the camera as it eats grassy vegetation. Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Louisiana black bear’s survival depends on people, says biologist

        21. A biologist taking a health assessment for a tranquilized bear Mar 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife services plays key role in Louisiana black bear recovery

        22. A beige agricultural landscape dotted by hundreds of small ponds. Apr 27, 2015 | 4 minute read

          BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds migrate north

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