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An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky

Service Offers $2,500 Reward for Information in Death of Bald Eagle in Centre, Alabama

March 10, 2017Wildlife investigators are offering a reward of $2,500 for information related to the shooting death of a bald eagle in Cherokee County, Alabama. The bald eagle was found in a community east of Centre near the intersection of County Roads 13 and 637. The Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction. To provide information, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, in Wetumpka, Alabama, 334-478-7900. Read the full story...

A bald eagle in flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

A light brown fish with bright orange markings on the tops of its fins.

Draft Recovery Plan for Endangered Yellowcheek Darter Available

March 6, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for the Yellowcheek Darter, afish federally-listed as endangered. The public is invited to submit written comments concerning the recovery plan through May 5, 2017. The Yellowcheek Darter grows up to 2.5 inches total length and is only found in the Devils, Middle, South, and Archey forks of the Little Red River in Arkansas. This small darter is threatened primarily by factors associated with the present destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range. Read the full story...

Yellowcheek darter. Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the background

Florida Panther Population Estimate Updated

February 22, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers in their breeding range south of the Caloosahatchee River. The updated population estimate is 120 to 230 adult and subadult Florida panthers, according to a February 2017 report from the agencies collaborating on conservation and recovery efforts. The previous Florida panther population estimate was 100 to 180 adult and subadult panthers in 2014. Read the full story...

A Florida panther. Photo by Larry W. Richardson, USFWS.

Two veterinarians hold and measure an injured bald eagle.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Reward for Information in Tennessee Bald Eagle Deaths

February 14, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot two bald eagles in the Tennessee River Valley recently. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Service are investigating the shootings. There is a separate reward for each eagle. “We are especially angered by these actions because it is nesting season,” said TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Chris Combs. Read the full story...

Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Avian and Exotics Resident, and fourth-year veterinary student Timothy Pearson from the Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center examine a bald eagle that was shot. Photo: Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center.

A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower.

In a Race Against Extinction, Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is Listed as Endangered

January 10, 2017Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States – and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states – to be declared endangered. Read the full story...

Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Photo by Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Lush green grass growing in coastal waters.

Importance of Resilient Coastal Wetlands to Conservation, Recreation Economy and Coastal Communities Recognized by $17 Million in Grants to States

January 5, 2017Coastal wetlands are under siege from both increased development and sea-level rise. Coastal wetland habitat conservation is critical to ensure that wildlife and coastal communities continue to thrive for future generations. Over $17 million will be awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to 20 projects in 10 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. Read the full story...

Coastal wetlands at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. Photo by Kelly Fike, USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for 2017 Endangered Species Grants

January 3, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories for federal financial assistance for conservation activities that benefit the nation’s most imperiled species. The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, provides grants to support voluntary conservation projects for listed species and species that are candidates for listing. For fiscal year (FY) 2017, the President’s budget requested $53. Read the full story...

Endangered mountain sweet pitcher plants need specific conditions to survive. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.