Conservation in North Carolina

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        News

        1. A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower.Jan 10, 2017

          In a Race Against Extinction, Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is Listed as Endangered

        2. A grass-like plant with white flowers emerges from the marsh.Nov 22, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Expand Bog Conservation in North Carolina

        3. A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground.Oct 31, 2016

          Five-year status review for red wolf officially launches

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

          Endangered Species Act Protection Not Needed for Seven Southeastern Species

        5. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.Sep 12, 2016

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

        6. 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

        7. A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground.Apr 22, 2016

          Federal and State Officials Request Assistance in Investigation of Red Wolf Death

        8. Two biologists meticulously swab a small bat lit by head lampMar 30, 2016

          Searching for the Northern Long-eared Bat in Unexpected Places

        9. 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

        10. 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

          Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Takes Action to Assist Neighboring Landowners Impacted by Excessive Rainfall

        11. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.Feb 23, 2016

          Power Companies, Tribe, Agencies Take Steps to Save Rare Fish

        12. Hundreds of white and black birds congregate in open water surrounded by marsh in winter.Feb 11, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Strengthen Collaboration to Improve the Lake’s Health & Boost Outdoor Recreation at Mattamuskeet NWR

        13. 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

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

          Update: Red Wolf Recovery Review Progressing Towards Recommendations

        15. A riverbank in what appears to be cold weather.Oct 2, 2015

          Dan River Coal Ash Spill Trustees Seek Public Input on Scoping Document for Restoration Planning

        16. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves.Sep 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks More Information on Five Species

        17. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.Sep 14, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Adding White Fringeless Orchid to Threatened and Endangered Species List

        18. A map of the superfund site in southeastern North Carolina.Sep 3, 2015

          Kerr McGee Natural Resource Trustees Announce Extension of Comment Period for the Scoping Document for Restoration Planning

        19. Three mussels in hand with identification numbersAug 13, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $37.2 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

        20. A canal cuts through a marsh with dormant vegetation.Aug 5, 2015

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

        21. 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

        22. A dark colored salamander with white spots on it's stomach and sides.Jun 30, 2015

          Federal Wildlife Officials Respond to a Petition to List Dozens of Species under the Endangered Species Act

        23. A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground.Jun 30, 2015

          Service Halts Red Wolf Reintroductions Pending Examination of Recovery Program

        24. 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

        25. A collapsed field of gray and black ash cut through by a stream.Jun 16, 2015

          Dan River Natural Resource Trustees Seek Public Input on Draft Damage Assessment Plan for Dan River Coal Ash Spill

        26. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest.Jun 5, 2015

          Service Southeast Region Formally Ends the Evaluation Process for the Possible Use of Genetically Modified Crops on National Wildlife Refuges

        27. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.May 13, 2015

          Service Awards More Than $16 Million to Support Clean Waters and Recreational Boating Through Clean Vessel Act Grants

        28. A map of the superfund site in southeastern North Carolina.Apr 4, 2015

          NOAA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina to Restore Natural Resources Affected by Wood Treatment Plant

        29. Thousands of black birds and white birds litter a blue lake.Dec 5, 2014

          Service and State of North Carolina Strengthen Partnership at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge’s Lake Mattamuskeet

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

          Service Receives Red Wolf Program Evaluation from WMI

        31. 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

        32. 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

        33. A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground.Oct 7, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Date to Complete Red Wolf Evaluation to November 14

        34. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation.Sep 17, 2014

          Conservation Efforts Help Keep Georgia Aster off Endangered Species List

        35. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.Sep 12, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Comment Period Two Weeks for Red Wolf Recovery Program Evaluation

        36. A dead alligator the length of a police car.May 28, 2014

          Large Alligator Struck and Killed on US 64 on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

        37. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb.May 21, 2014

          Recovery Plan for Endangered Golden Sedge Available

        38. Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation.May 14, 2014

          Partners to Sign Agreement to Conserve Rare Plant

        39. A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back.Apr 4, 2014

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

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

          Service Approves Incidental Take Permit for NiSource Multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan

        41. 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

        42. A tiny sea turtle marches towards the ocean on a wet beach.Sep 16, 2011

          NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

        43. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue skyMar 31, 2011

          $2,500 Reward for Information Involving Bald Eagle Shooting in Warren County

        44. 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

        45. A biologist inspects vegetation on the edge of a marsh.Dec 22, 2010

          Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Announces More Than $19 Million in Grants to Protect Coastal Wetlands Across the Nation

        46. A white bird with a black cap and forked tail flying in front of a blue sky.Apr 5, 2010

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Review for Roseate Tern

        47. A white bird with angular wings and a dark head.Sep 23, 2009

          Service Releases Climate Change Strategy for Public Review and Comment

        48. A small bird with irodecent red/purple markings on its head.Sep 14, 2009

          Hummingbirds Create Buzz on Outer Banks

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

          Liberal Season Proposed for Upcoming Late Waterfowl Season

        50. Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island.Jun 29, 2009

          Service Will Host Public Meetings on Coastal Barrier Resources System Pilot Project Units

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

          Secretary Salazar Announces Boating Grants to 28 States to Help Keep Waterways Clean

        52. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement.Jun 6, 2009

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species

        53. A biologist with a walking stick walks through dense wetland vegetation.Apr 20, 2009

          $7 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Native American Tribes for Wildlife Conservation Work

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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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