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A bright green parrot with red markings on its face and blue flight feathers.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries seek public input on proposed reforms to improve and modernize implementation of the Endangered Species Act

July 19, 2018 | 5 minute readContinuing efforts to improve how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries today proposed revisions to certain regulations to ensure clarity and consistency. The changes incorporate public input, best science and best practices to improve reliability, regulatory efficiency and environmental stewardship. “The Trump Administration is dedicated to being a good neighbor and being a better partner with the communities in which we operate. Read the full story...

When in flight, some of the PR Parrots show their beautiful blue primary feathers. En español: Algunas cotorras muestran sus bellas plumas primarias azules al volar. Bosque del Estado, Maricao, Puerto Rico. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes.

Draft recovery plan for endangered Puerto Rican frog available

July 6, 2018 | 2 minute read“Kee, kee,” a male coquí llanero softly sings from dusk to dawn in a Puerto Rican wetland. Hearing its high-pitched call is rare because the tiny frog is only found in one freshwater wetland in the municipality of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft recovery plan outlining actions to save this dime-sized frog, which has been federally listed as endangered since October 2012. Read the full story...

Coqui Llanero. Photo by Luis J. Villanueva CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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

Recovery plan available for endangered yellowcheek darter

July 5, 2018 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the final recovery plan for the yellowcheek darter, a fish listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The yellowcheek darter is a small fish native to the Little Red River basin in Arkansas. It is found in headwater streams with clear water, permanent flow, moderate to strong riffles, and gravel, rubble, and boulder substrates. Historically, the yellowcheek darter has been found in the Little Red River and its four major forks (Devils, Middle, South, and Archey) in Cleburne, Searcy, Stone, and Van Buren counties. Read the full story...

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

A red wolf in a full run on a grassy field.

Service proposes new management rule for non-essential, experimental population of red wolves in North Carolina

June 27, 2018 | 3 minute readMore than 30 years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners began efforts to reintroduce the endangered red wolf into the wild in North Carolina. While many of the captive-bred wolves adapted well to a wild environment, the program faced unforeseen challenges, including hybridization of wolves with coyotes and conflicts with humans. After initially increasing, the population plateaued and then declined. Today, only approximately 35 wild wolves remain, with a further 200-plus wolves in captive breeding facilities. Read the full story...

A sprinting red wolf. Photo by Curtis Carley for USFWS.

Two USFWS employees in uniform standing in front of the welcome sign at the hatchery.

Reward offered for Chattahoochee fish kill information

June 6, 2018 | 2 minute readSuches, Georgia — In the early hours of June 4, the main water line to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery was cut off, killing about 52,000 trout worth $62,000. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The hatchery’s friends group is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fish-kill perpetrators. “It’s beyond me why somebody would do this,” said Kelly Taylor, project leader at Chattahoochee. Read the full story...

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, GA. Photo by USFWS.

Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest.

Base recognized for conservation work

May 30, 2018 | 4 minute readCamp Blanding, flush with federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, donates juvenile birds to other wildlife areas across the South. Nearly two-thirds of the National Guard base in Northeast Florida is prime habitat for at-risk gopher tortoises too. More than 10,000 acres of pine and scrub is carefully burned each year to benefit under-threat flora and fauna as well as conservation-friendly longleaf pines. And the joint military base is a critical piece in the creation of a wildlife corridor that connects central Florida to southeast Georgia. Read the full story...

Red-cockaded woodpecker. Photo by Martjan Lammertink, U.S. Forest Service.

Two butterflies with blue and orange spots perched on a bright red flower covered in pollen.

Endangered Species Day: Congratulations to the 2017 Recovery Champions for the Southeast Region

May 18, 2018 | 6 minute readToday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observes Endangered Species Day to recognize the national conservation efforts to protect our nation’s endangered species and their habitats. Endangered Species Day was established to encourage “the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.” It has since been celebrated in more than a dozen other countries as well. Read the full story...

Miami blue butterflies. Photo by Mark Yokoyama, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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