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    Information icon Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS.

    Service reopens comment period on proposal to list at-risk North Carolina salamander and catfish species

    July 29, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period on a combined proposal to list the Neuse River waterdog salamander and the Carolina madtom catfish in North Carolina under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In May 2019, the Service proposed listing the Carolina madtom as endangered and the Neuse River waterdog as threatened following a rigorous scientific review. Critical habitat was also proposed for both species.  Read the full story...

  • Service updating red wolf recovery plan

    July 28, 2020 | 2 minute read

    The Service is updating the current Red Wolf Recovery Plan that was finalized in 1990. Updating this recovery plan is a priority for the Service. Following a review of the red wolf program in 2014 and 2015, the Service announced significant changes for red wolf recovery in its 2016 Memo of Recommended Decisions.  Read the full story...

  • Rattlesnake-master borer moth does not warrant Endangered Species Act protection

    July 22, 2020 | 2 minute read

    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the rattlesnake-master borer moth, a red-brown insect with prominent white spots, does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. The species is found in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Oklahoma. In 2013, the agency determined that only 16 populations of the moth remained and listing was warranted, but precluded, by species with more immediate needs. In 2019, the agency completed a second species status assessment and documented 55 populations.  Read the full story...

  • Park staff releasing a snake in a swamp in an effort to find more invasive species
    Information icon Secretary David Bernhardt in Big Cypress NP in Florida releasing a male python with tracker to lead to other invasive pythons. Public domain photo.

    USGS and partners tracking and removing Burmese pythons in Southern Florida

    July 10, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Washington – Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced they have teamed up to radio-track Burmese pythons in Big Cypress National Preserve, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and other areas of Southwest Florida. This new effort marks the first-time pythons are being tracked in so many different habitats to better understand python biology across the region and ultimately find ways to more effectively control this invasive species.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre Designa Hábitat Critico para la Reinita de Boque Enano

    June 29, 2020 | 5 minute read

    El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (Servicio) ha finalizado la designación del hábitat crítico para la reinita de bosque enano bajo la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta designación beneficiará a la reinita de bosque enano y muchas otras especies protegidas que comparten su hábitat, como la cotorra puertorriqueña y la boa puertorriqueña. El Servicio también está presentando el análisis económico final asociado a la designación del hábitat crítico.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for Elfin-woods warbler

    June 29, 2020 | 4 minute read

    The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler in Puerto Rico under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The designation will benefit the elfin-woods warbler and 15 other federally protected species that share its habitat, such as the Puerto Rican parrot and the Puerto Rican boa. The Service is also releasing the final economic analysis associated with the critical habitat designation. The elfin-woods warbler exists only in Puerto Rico and is listed as threatened under the ESA.  Read the full story...

  • Service invites public input on draft water management plan for Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

    June 16, 2020 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to comment on the draft water management plan and associated environmental assessment (Draft WMP/EA) for Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The comprehensive plan describes how water management may occur on the refuge over the next 15 years to achieve strategical goals and objectives in the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The Draft WMP/EA is based on the best available science and prioritizes adaptive management based on site-specific data collection.  Read the full story...

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