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  • A biologist with a walking stick walks through dense wetland vegetation.
    Due to dense vegetation and an often muddy ground, traipsing through bogs can often be a challenge. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    $7 million in federal grants awarded to Native American tribes for wildlife conservation work

    April 20, 2009 | 11 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that 41 Native American tribes in 16 states will receive $7 million in competitive federal grants to undertake a wide variety of conservation projects. Funding is provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG), which helps tribes defray the cost of implementing programs on their lands benefiting fish, wildlife, and their habitat. “Native American tribes manage nearly 100 million acres of land in the United States, land that provides important habitat for some of our nation’s most treasured species.  Read the full story...

  • A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch.
    Maui parrotbill. Photo by Andrew Smith CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Interior Secretary Salazar announces award of $9 million in grants to states for imperiled species Conservation

    April 20, 2009 | 4 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the award of more than $9 million to 12 state wildlife agencies to help conserve and recover imperiled fish and wildlife species through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Competitive Program. The federal funding will be matched by more than $7 million in non-Federal funds provided by states and their partners for projects helping imperiled fish, wildlife and plant species. The SWG Competitive Program, part of the U.  Read the full story...

  • A bald eagle perched with its wings spread.
    A bald eagle prepares for flight. Photo by Richard Keen / RMA.

    Reward offered for information about bald eagle death on Lake Norris

    April 10, 2009 | 1 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the death of a bald eagle. The eagle was discovered along the shore of Lake Norris near Point 16 at the end of February, its carcass mutilated and parts removed. A reward of up to $2,500.00 is being offered for information which leads to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of this eagle.  Read the full story...

  • An orange caution sign warns about smoke ahead.
    Information icon A prescribed fire at Savannah NWR in Georgia. Photo by Judy Doyle, USFWS.

    2009 prescribed burning projections announced for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

    January 9, 2009 | 3 minute read

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is busy preparing for another prescribed burn season. Generally, the burn season begins in the fall and runs through mid-spring, but the 2008 fall weather conditions were not conducive to burning. In addition, some units may be burned outside this range to accomplish management objectives. Prescribed burns are management-ignited fires conducted for specific management objectives under specified conditions. Objectives include reducing pine straw, dead grass, shrubs, and other vegetation that could fuel an uncontrolled wildfire, as well as rejuvenating marshes and other habitat types by removing dead grass and encroaching shrubs.  Read the full story...

  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Wildlife agency completes review of Highway 19 widening project

    March 25, 2008 | 4 minute read

    In March, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service concluded its review of the proposed widening of U.S. Highway 19 between Interstate 26 and Spruce Pine, determining that the project would not jeopardize the existence of any threatened or endangered species in the area. The Service’s primary concern is the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel, found in the Cane, North and South Toe, and Nolichucky Rivers of the Nolichucky River basin which covers all of Yancey and Mitchell Counties.  Read the full story...

  • Endangered bat numbers rise, but mysterious illness poses threat

    February 11, 2008 | 3 minute read

    The endangered Indiana bat saw a 9.4% population increase between 2005 and 2007, continuing a twelve-year rise in bat numbers, though a mysterious illness in the Northeast poses a threat to this success. According figures recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in 2007 the number of Indiana bats rose to more than 513,000, up from 469,000 in 2005, the last time a comprehensive population estimate was completed.  Read the full story...

  • An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.
    Information icon Adult Red wolf. Photo by Brad McPhee, Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the red wolf five-year review

    October 10, 2007 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the completion and availability of the five-year status review of the red wolf. After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available information and data, the Service recommended that the current listing classification for the red wolf remain unchanged. This means the world’s only wild red wolf population, restored in North Carolina, continues to have non-essential, experimental status. Red wolves located at island propagation sites and in captive breeding facilities continue to have full endangered status.  Read the full story...

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