An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.

Future management of red wolf recovery effort subject of public meetings to be held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

May 22, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings with residents in Eastern North Carolina to discuss the future management of the non-essential, experimental population of red wolves in five counties there. Everyone within the red wolf recovery area is encouraged to participate, ask questions and bring ideas to the process. The meetings are a step in the process for citizens to provide their perspective and comments on an environmental assessment focusing on potential changes to the management of red wolves in the state under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Read the full story...

Adult Red wolf. Photo by Brad McPhee, Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals.

2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

May 19, 2017On Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves. Read the full story...

Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.

2017 Endangered Species Day Events

May 19, 2017The Service is helping out in many parts of the Southeast Region. Here are a few examples: Alabama In Daphne, Alabama, Service employees will be giving endangered species talks at local elementary schools with a focus on endangered species recovery and a live gopher tortoise for demonstration. Arkansas The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hosted its eighth annual K-12 art contest focusing on endangered and threatened species found in Arkansas. Read the full story...

Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

A large grey bird flying in front of a bright blue sky.

May 19th is Endangered Species Day

May 19, 2017Endangered Species Day was created by a Senate resolution in 2006 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. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proud to celebrate this annual day, and to honor the recovery work being done under the Endangered Species Act, (ESA) which protects endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems upon which they depend, and helps them recover. Read the full story...

Brown pelican. Photo by Jon. D. Anderson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

A diverse group looks through binoculars at birds on the ocean shore.

New study shows Americans’ deep appreciation for nature, barriers to connection

April 26, 2017The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting. The results are prompting nature conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation leaders to expand how they work to connect people with nature. The Nature of Americans National Report: Disconnection and Recommendations for Reconnection reveals important insights from a study of nearly 12,000 adults, children, and parents, and provides actionable recommendations to open the outdoors for all. Read the full story...

Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Migratory Bird Day. Photo couresty of Kyle Christensen, Wildlands Conservancy.

A black bear snoozing on a tree limb.

Florida black bear population continues to increase

April 18, 2017Today, after a robust investigation into the population and health of Florida black bears, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) found a petition to list the bear under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) did not present substantial information that listing may be warranted. This finding will be published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2017 and concludes the agency’s work on the petition. In the 1970s, the estimated number of adult Florida black bears had fallen to only 300. Read the full story...

Florida black bear. Photo by FWC.

Heavy equipment works away at a decrepit concrete dam.

Cane river dam removal

April 13, 2017In the fall of 2016, the final piece of concrete was removed from the Cane River Dam, in North Carolina’s Yancey County, completing a process started eight years earlier. Built in the early 20th century, it’s hydropower generating house once provided all the electricity used in the county, but decades ago it was damaged, fell into disrepair, and has deteriorated ever since. The Cane River is home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel, making it a priority area for U. Read the full story...

Cane River dam removal in process.