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Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. Photo by Allie Stewart, USFWS.

Conservation in North Carolina

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. Dec 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

        2. A group of USFWS personnel in a circle for a meeting. Sep 13, 2017

          Service crews head south

        3. Radar or Irma. Sep 11, 2017

          Irma continues its assault on Southeast

        4. A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size Sep 11, 2017

          Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

        5. A swirling cloud mass south of Florida. Sep 10, 2017

          Irma reaches Florida, heads north

        6. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        7. A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary. Sep 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

          Friday Hurricane Irma roundup

        8. Satellite image of huge hurricane between Florida and Puerto Rico. Sep 8, 2017

          Service prepares for Hurricane Irma

        9. Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof. Sep 8, 2017

          Tips for rebuilding

        10. A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Sep 7, 2017

          Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

        11. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017

          Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

        12. A wolf with grey and brown fur and tan eyes in front of a rock wall. Jul 6, 2017

          Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of January 2017 red wolf death

        13. Thousands of white birds taking flight over a bright blue lake. Jun 29, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Public Involvement Sought to Assist Water Management Efforts at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

        14. A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river. Jun 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

        15. A citizen approaches a USFWS booth detailing the recovery of red wolves. Jun 9, 2017

          The Service explores management options for future red wolf recovery

        16. A father and two boys show off a red basket of blue crabs. Jun 2, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Celebrate America’s Great Outdoors Month at the Pea Island Refuge Fishing/Crabbing Rodeo

        17. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. May 22, 2017

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

        18. A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals. May 19, 2017

          2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

        19. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Endangered Species Day Events

        20. Heavy equipment works away at a decrepit concrete dam. Apr 13, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Cane river dam removal

        21. A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water. Apr 4, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds yellow lance mussel warrants Endangered Species Act protection

        22. A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower. Jan 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

          In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

        23. A grass-like plant with white flowers emerges from the marsh. Nov 22, 2016 | 5 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to expand bog conservation in North Carolina

        24. A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground. Oct 31, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Five-year status review for red wolf officially launches

        25. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Oct 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

        26. An inquisitive red wolf looks into the distance. Sep 12, 2016

          Science leads Fish and Wildlife Service to significant changes for red wolf recovery

        27. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation. Aug 30, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

        28. A small reddish-brown wolf with a large collar around its neck Apr 22, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of red wolf death

        29. Two biologists meticulously swab a small bat lit by head lamp Mar 30, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Searching for the northern long-eared bat in unexpected places

        30. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss. Mar 15, 2016

          Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

        31. Sun setting amongst clouds and blue skies over the lake. A tree in the middle of the lake is casting a mirrored reflection on the lake. Mar 4, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge takes action to assist neighboring landowners impacted by excessive rainfall

        32. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Feb 23, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Power companies, tribe, agencies take steps to save rare fish

        33. Hundreds of white and black birds congregate in open water surrounded by marsh in winter. Feb 11, 2016 | 4 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission strengthen collaboration to improve the lake’s health and boost outdoor recreation at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

        34. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest. Nov 6, 2015

          Service, states, celebrate 20th anniversary of the safe harbor program offering voluntary land management agreements with private landowners

        35. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 27, 2015

          Update: red wolf recovery review progressing towards recommendations

        36. A riverbank in what appears to be cold weather. Oct 2, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Dan River coal ash spill trustees seek public input on scoping document for restoration planning

        37. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves. Sep 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

        38. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 14, 2015 | 6 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes adding white fringeless orchid to threatened and endangered species list

        39. A map of the superfund site in southeastern North Carolina. Sep 3, 2015 | 1 minute read

          Kerr McGee natural resource trustees announce extension of comment period for the scoping document for restoration planning

        40. Three mussels in hand with identification numbers Aug 13, 2015 | 8 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts

        41. A canal cuts through a marsh with dormant vegetation. Aug 5, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Public input sought on restoring Cape Fear River natural resources near Wilmington

        42. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015

          Service awards grants to 35 states, District of Columbia for work on deadly bat disease

        43. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015

          Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

        44. A red wolf in a full run on a grassy field. Jun 30, 2015

          Service halts red wolf reintroductions pending examination of recovery program

        45. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. Jun 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

        46. A collapsed field of gray and black ash cut through by a stream. Jun 16, 2015 | 2 minute read

          Dan River natural resource trustees seek public input on draft damage assessment plan for Dan River coal ash spill

        47. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest. Jun 5, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Service Southeast Region formally ends the evaluation process for the possible use of genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges

        48. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

        49. A map of the superfund site in southeastern North Carolina. Apr 4, 2015 | 3 minute read

          NOAA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina to restore natural resources affected by wood treatment plant

        50. Thousands of black birds and white birds litter a blue lake. Dec 5, 2014 | 2 minute read

          Service and state of North Carolina strengthen partnership at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge’s Lake Mattamuskeet

        51. A reddish grey wolf with yellow eyes. Nov 20, 2014

          Service receives red wolf program evaluation from WMI

        52. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014

          Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

        53. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 17, 2014

          Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of gunshot red wolf

        54. A male red wolf looks on as two pups play Oct 7, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service extends date to complete red wolf evaluation to November 14

        55. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. Sep 17, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Conservation efforts help keep Georgia aster off Endangered Species List

        56. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Sep 12, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service extends comment period two weeks for red wolf recovery program evaluation

        57. A wolf with grey and brown fur and tan eyes in front of a rock wall. Aug 29, 2014

          Eastern North Carolina Red wolf population under review

        58. A dead alligator the length of a police car. May 28, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Large alligator struck and killed on U.S. 64 on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

        59. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb. May 21, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Recovery plan for endangered golden sedge available

        60. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation. May 14, 2014 | 2 minute read

          Partners to sign agreement to conserve rare plant

        61. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back. Apr 4, 2014 | 4 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered Species Act

        62. A dead red wolf shows signs of decomposition in the understory. Nov 21, 2013

          Federal officials request assistance in sixth gunshot red wolf reward up to $26,000

        63. A dead red wolf with a gun shot wound to the body in the bed of a truck. Nov 20, 2013

          Federal officials request assistance regarding latest red wolf killing

        64. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. Nov 14, 2013

          Service approves incidental take permit for NiSource multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan

        65. A red wolf in a zoo enclosure. Nov 5, 2013

          Local and national conservation organizations increase reward to $21,000 for investigation assistance related to red wolf deaths

        66. A red wolf in a semi-forested fenced enclosure. Oct 30, 2013

          Reward offered for information regarding red wolf death

        67. A tiny red wolf pup held by a biologist wearing blue gloves. Jun 12, 2013

          Fewer red wolf litters reported for 2013 whelping season

        68. A wolf with grey and brown fur and tan eyes in front of a rock wall. Jan 29, 2013

          Reward offered for investigation assistance relating to red wolf death

        69. A tiny red wolf pup held by a biologist wearing blue gloves. Nov 9, 2012

          Reward offered for investigation assistance relating to third red wolf death

        70. A red wolf in a full run on a grassy field. Oct 26, 2012

          $2,500 reward offered for information on second red wolf death

        71. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        72. A tiny sea turtle marches towards the ocean on a wet beach. Sep 16, 2011 | 5 minute read

          NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revise loggerhead sea turtle listing

        73. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky Mar 31, 2011 | 3 minute read

          $2,500 reward for information involving bald eagle shooting in Warren county

        74. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Mar 18, 2011

          Service announces endangered species recovery champion awards: southeast awardees from NC, TN

        75. A biologist inspects vegetation on the edge of a marsh. Dec 22, 2010 | 5 minute read

          Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces more than $19 million in grants to protect coastal wetlands across the nation

        76. A white bird with a black cap and forked tail flying in front of a blue sky. Apr 5, 2010 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status review for roseate tern

        77. A white bird with angular wings and a dark head. Sep 23, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Service releases climate change strategy for public review and comment

        78. A small bird with irodecent red/purple markings on its head. Sep 14, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Hummingbirds create buzz on Outer Banks

        79. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        80. Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island. Jun 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Service will host public meetings on coastal barrier resources system pilot project units

        81. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009

          Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

        82. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jun 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

        83. A biologist with a walking stick walks through dense wetland vegetation. Apr 20, 2009 | 11 minute read

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

        84. An orange caution sign warns about smoke ahead. Jan 9, 2009 | 3 minute read

          2009 prescribed burning projections announced for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

        85. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 10, 2007

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

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        Where can I obtain information on endangered species?

        Check out our list of endangered species by county or visit our page on endangered and threatened species of North Carolina. Information can also be obtained by contacting our office, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

        If there is an endangered species on my property, are there restrictions on what I can do?

        There may be. It is illegal to harm or harass an endangered species. Harm includes destroying or modifying habitat of the species. Continuing your normal activities is no problem. If you are planning construction work or other major changes, it is best to check with our office before proceeding. You will need a special permit from us and/or the state if your work will harm a federal- or state-protected species.

        Can I still grow pine trees for silvicultural purposes and help red-cockaded woodpeckers?

        Yes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with private landowners in the Southeast to provide guidance and management recommendations that allow silviculture (growing and cultivating trees) while conserving red-cockaded woodpeckers. Management work includes conducting certain forestry activities outside the bird’s breeding season, protecting the bird’s nesting tree cluster and using other forestry activities that benefit forestry production and the woodpecker, such as prescribed burning.

        Can I help in the recovery of endangered species, and if so, how?

        First, start out at home, by being a good land steward on your property. Landscape using only native plants; they benefit local wildlife and save you money because they require less care and maintenance. Also support community involvement in conservation of wetlands, bays, rivers, forests and coastal habitats. Avoid using fertilizers and pesticides in locations that can runoff to waterways or ditches. Maintain your septic system regularly. These areas provide habitat for wildlife species as well as enjoyable recreational opportunities, drinking water supplies and economic benefits, including tourism and some industry.

        Is there money available to help wildlife on my land?

        There are opportunities for cost-sharing partnerships through several federal programs. Assistance and information on these programs are available through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

        Can I, and how do I go about importing wildlife to the U.S.?

        Contact the Service’s Law Enforcement Division for referral to the proper authority in Atlanta or elsewhere.

        How do I get a fishing or hunting license in North Carolina?

        You may contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

        What do I do if I come across an injured animal?

        You may contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

        What do I do with an animal that is eating my garden?

        You may contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

        Do you have outreach opportunities available to come speak to my group?

        Yes, please contact us at (919) 856-4520 (ext.10)

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