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  • A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.
    Information icon Barrens topminnows are small, colorful fish that live only in a few springs and creeks in central Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fish as endangered. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Rule to Protect Fish Unique to Tennessee Under Endangered Species Act

    October 18, 2019 | 2 minute read

    The Barrens topminnow, a beautiful, iridescent fish found only in four Tennessee counties, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act today. The final listing follows a rigorous review of the best available science and information that determined it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The topminnow was once found at 18 sites on Tennessee’s Barrens Plateau, but recent surveys indicate it is down to just five sites.  Read the full story...

  • A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers.
    Information icon Kirtland’s warblers nest exclusively in jack pine stands. Photo by Joel Trick, USFWS.

    Partners celebrate successful recovery of beloved songbird

    October 8, 2019 | 4 minute read

    Bird enthusiasts from around the world travel to northern Michigan in hopes of catching sight of a Kirtland’s warbler, a small songbird once poised on the brink of extinction. Now the species is thriving thanks to decades of effort by a diverse group of dedicated partners. Due to the species’ remarkable recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Read the full story...

  • A black, grey and yellow snake with a rounded head.
    Information icon Southern hognose snake. Photo by Pierson Hill, FWC.

    Service determines six Southeastern species do not warrant Endangered Species Act protections

    October 7, 2019 | 6 minute read

    Based on reviews of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found that the Florida clamshell orchid, Ocala vetch, yellow anisetree, redlips darter, Berry Cave salamander and southern hognose snake do not face the threat of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. Protection of these species on existing conservation lands and new survey data helped inform the reviews, and as such, the Service determined that none of the species warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Read the full story...

  • Two light tan and grey reptiles with dark eyes walking on organic soil.
    Information icon A pair of Monito geckos. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

    A salvo de extinción el geco de Monito

    October 2, 2019 | 4 minute read

    El geco o salamanquita de Monito, un reptil pequeño resiliente que sólo se encuentra en la Isla de Monito en el Mar Caribe, está oficialmente recuperado gracias a los esfuerzos de conservación entre el Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (USFWS, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico (DRNA). Ahora la especie es abundante y no requiere la protección de la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés).  Read the full story...

  • Two light tan and grey reptiles with dark eyes walking on organic soil.
    Information icon A pair of Monito geckos. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

    Monito gecko saved from the brink of extinction

    October 2, 2019 | 3 minute read

    The Monito gecko, a resilient little lizard that lives only on Monito Island in the Caribbean Sea, is officially recovered thanks to an effective conservation partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER). The species is now so abundant that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Monito Island is an uninhabited and mostly inaccessible island of only about 36 acres.  Read the full story...

  • A bright white flower similar to a hydrangea emerges from a leafy green plant
    Information icon Running buffalo clover. Photo by USFWS.

    Eastern plant once thought extinct now recovered: federal protection no longer needed

    August 26, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Once thought extinct, running buffalo clover, a perennial plant native to parts of the eastern United States, is thriving and is now considered recovered. The change in status for the clover came about thanks to a number of state, federal and private conservation partners working together for over three decades. Because of their efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the species.  Read the full story...

  • A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes.
    Coqui Llanero. Photo by Luis J. Villanueva CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

    Recovery plan for endangered Puerto Rican frog available

    August 12, 2019 | 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 final recovery plan outlining actions to save this dime-sized frog, which has been federally listed as endangered since October 2012.  Read the full story...

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