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Bald cypress forest in autumn at Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Marc Epstein, USFWS.

Conservation in South Carolina

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Press Releases

        1. Seven small brownish-yellow mussels held in open hands by a biologist. Oct 10, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes threatened status for declining mussel

        2. A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses. Oct 5, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Service proposes to list the eastern black rail as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

        3. A huge circular cloud formation covering a huge portion of the visible earth as seen from space. Sep 15, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Waters rise as storm crawls

        4. The sun over a round, blue earth covered in part by an enormous circular cloud formation Sep 14, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Storm weakens, wanders

        5. A circular cloud pattern as seen from space. Sep 13, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Florence being felt at Coastal Wildlife Refuges

        6. A circular cloud formation as seen from space. Sep 12, 2018 | 3 minute read

          “Dramatic shift” in hurricane’s path

        7. A circular cloud seen from space. Sep 11, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Service prepares for Hurricane Florence impact in Carolinas

        8. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

        9. A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes. Mar 9, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of eight southeastern species

        10. 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

        11. An older man points to the sky with a child. Nov 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges

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

          Service crews head south

        13. Three men meet before deloying with heavy equipment. Sep 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Service assesses damage, starts cleanup

        14. Radar or Irma. Sep 11, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma continues its assault on Southeast

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

          Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

        16. A swirling cloud mass south of Florida. Sep 10, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma reaches Florida, heads north

        17. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        18. 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

        19. Satellite image of huge hurricane between Florida and Puerto Rico. Sep 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Service prepares for Hurricane Irma

        20. Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof. Sep 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Tips for rebuilding

        21. A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Sep 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

        22. Spanish moss covers the branches of mature live oak trees. Aug 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Secretary Zinke expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges

        23. A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest. Jul 20, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of bald eagle nest destruction

        24. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

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

        25. 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.

        26. An acrylic painting of a duck on blue water. Apr 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Georgia junior duck stamp student art competition winners

        27. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. Mar 30, 2017 | 4 minute read

          Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

        28. A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat. Mar 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Service, Department of Defense adopt credit strategy for Southeast installations benefiting gopher tortoise and other species

        29. 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

        30. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

        31. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Apr 14, 2016 | 2 minute read

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eeopens comment period on proposal to list the white-fringeless orchid as threatened

        32. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest. Nov 6, 2015 | 4 minute read

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

        33. 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

        34. 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

        35. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015 | 3 minute read

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

        36. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

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

        37. 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

        38. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower. Jun 2, 2015 | 4 minute read

          Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

        39. 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

        40. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

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

        41. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

        42. 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

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

          Partners to sign agreement to conserve rare plant

        44. 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

        45. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Mar 11, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Bat disease white-nose syndrome confirmed in South Carolina

        46. A small, black and white bird flies over ocean waters. Jun 20, 2012 | 5 minute read

          Black-capped petrel may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

        47. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        48. Sign at the entrance of the hatchery. Sep 19, 2011 | 3 minute read

          Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery celebrates a century of conservation

        49. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers. Sep 11, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

        50. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil. Sep 9, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

        51. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

        52. 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

        53. A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch. Apr 20, 2009 | 4 minute read

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

        54. A large alligator with an adult deer in its mouth underwater. Aug 23, 2004 | 2 minute read

          Alligator takes deer to lunch in south Georgia

        Stories

        1. A fallen street sign blown over by high winds reads Mercedes Ave. Oct 14, 2018 | 6 minute read

          The Battle for Mercedes Avenue

        2. A bowling alley with one wall and part of the roof blown off. Oct 13, 2018 | 5 minute read

          Service task forces start assisting in Hurricane Michael recovery

        3. An outstretched hand holding a dozen mussels marked with id numbers Sep 28, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Private landowners step up to save the Carolina Heelsplitter

        4. A man wearing a yellow hard hat and firefighting gear Jul 27, 2018 | 7 minute read

          On the front lines

        5. Veterans carry their hog through a swamp. Mar 28, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Hog heaven

        6. Two dozen primary school students gather around an instructor and a small fire. Dec 21, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Wood Magic happens at Sewee Visitor Center

        7. A small green plant growing in a sand dune with bright red/pink stems. Dec 7, 2017 | 6 minute read

          From Massachusetts to South Carolina, recovering seabeach amaranth

        8. A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth Nov 20, 2017 | 9 minute read

          The woodpecker’s journey

        9. A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds. Nov 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

        10. Two USFWS employees chatting in front of a marsh. Nov 8, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Connecting urban and rural

        11. Bright green grass emerges from a huge marsh. Nov 8, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Refuges reach out to urban visitors

        12. Water flows freely under a new bridge. Oct 13, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Fish passage project benefits Carolina heelsplitter

        13. An entrance gate with a historical marker. Sep 26, 2017 | 3 minute read

          South Carolina Coastal Program helps protect 11,000 acres in Berkeley County

        14. The beach at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge goes dark mid afternoon during the solar eclipse. Aug 23, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Dark delight

        15. A man and a woman stand in front of the welcome sign at a South Carolina refuge. Aug 23, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Director: Refuge ‘a natural treasure’

        16. A military officer in uniform releases a gopher tortoise next to a burrow. Aug 22, 2017 | 8 minute read

          Boosting the gopher tortoise

        17. Fuzzy yellow and purple flowers emerging from a green grass-like stalk. Jun 27, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Recovery progress for the American chaffseed

        18. A dozen dark mussels in a propagation tank with sandy substrate. Jun 12, 2017 | 7 minute read

          Musseling back from near extinction

        19. A pool formed on a rocky mountain top in front of a sunset. May 22, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Digging new pools: How an experiment on Georgia granite mountains is increasing endangered and threatened plants

        20. A biologist in a red shirt poses in front of a display with a corn snake. May 22, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Partners for Fish and Wildlife goes “wild”

        21. A tiny beige tortoise walking on sandy soil. Mar 24, 2017 | 6 minute read

          Protecting military readiness and the iconic gopher tortoise at the same time

        22. A small, brown, furry bat in a gloved hand. Oct 31, 2016 | 5 minute read

          Programming conservation

        23. An island covered in shallow pools after being overwashed by an extreme high tide. Apr 22, 2011 | 4 minute read

          Sea level rise threatens Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

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