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  • Tracks from sea turtles strewn across the beach heading towards the dunes
    Information icon These sets of tracks are known as "crawls" made by sea turtles attempting to nest. During nesting season, Share the Beach volunteers search for crawls to track and mark the nests. Photo by Brittany Petersen, USFWS.

    Tourists headed back to beaches need to respect sea turtle nests

    August 26, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Sea turtles depend on the natural light of the moon to navigate in and out of the water at night. Artificial lighting from condominiums, houses and businesses, and even concentrations of bright flash lights on the beach can confuse and disorient the nesting turtle.  Learn more...

  • A brown, furry bat attached to the roof of a humid cave
    Information icon A tri-colored bat Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Michael Senn, USFWS.

    To the bat cave!

    July 25, 2019 | 8 minute read

    Paint Rock, Alabama — Nothing really distinguishes Nat Mountain from its hilly neighbors amid the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s not particularly tall at 1,600 feet. It offers no sweeping summertime views, except snatches of distant mountains and the curvaceous Paint Rock River. It’s home to the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, but, on the surface, there’s really nothing to do here. It’s what’s below ground that tantalizes.  Learn more...

  • A man and a woman drag discarded Christmas trees across the sand on a beach
    Information icon Alabama Field Office biologists Eric Spagenske and Erin Padgett drag Christmas trees through a stretch of beach in Fort Morgan, Alabama. Photo by Denise Rowell, USFWS.

    Service works with Alabama landowner to turn trees into sand dunes on the Gulf Coast

    July 24, 2019 | 5 minute read

    Fort Morgan, Alabama — Biologist Bill Lynn’s eyes widened as he saw the massive pile of Christmas trees before him. Lynn, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alabama Field Office, was collecting leftover trees from businesses in Baldwin County. “If I had known the trees were this big, I would have grabbed more volunteers,” laughed Lynn. Alabama Field Office biologists Erin Padgett and Bill Lynn pick up Christmas trees from a local business in Fort Morgan, Alabama.  Learn more...

Faq

  • A small fish with tan and brown markings blending into the pebble substrate.
    Information icon Frecklebelly madtom. Photo by USFWS.

    Frecklebelly madtom proposed listing, 4(d) rule and critical habitat frequently asked questions

    November 17, 2020 | 7 minute read

    What is the frecklebelly madtom and where does it occur? The frecklebelly madtom is a small, stout catfish that inhabits the main channels and tributaries of medium to large river systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The fish has a broad but scattered distribution across the Pearl River and Mobile Basin drainages. Throughout its range, the frecklebelly madtom primarily occupies streams and rivers within the Gulf Coastal Plain province.  Learn more...

  • Tawny brown shell rests in outstretched hand. Shell covers index and middle fingers.
    Information icon Canoe Creek clubshell. Photo by USFWS.

    Proposed listing and proposed critical habitat for Canoe Creek clubshell

    November 2, 2020 | 4 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? Based on a review of the best available science, the Service is proposing to list the Canoe Creek clubshell as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are also proposing to designate critical habitat for the species. The ESA defines endangered as a species that is likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...

News

  • A small fish with tan and brown markings blending into the pebble substrate.
    Information icon Frecklebelly madtom. Photo by USFWS.

    Service proposes to list population of frecklebelly madtom as threatened under Endangered Species Act

    November 17, 2020 | 4 minute read

    Following a review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a population of the frecklebelly madtom in the Upper Coosa River in Georgia and Tennessee as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal, which would provide protections to this distinct population segment (DPS), also includes proposing critical habitat and a 4(d) rule for this population. The frecklebelly madtom is a small catfish that inhabits channels and tributaries of medium to large river systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  Read the full story...

  • Tawny brown shell rests in outstretched hand. Shell covers index and middle fingers.
    Information icon Canoe Creek clubshell. Photo by USFWS.

    Service seeks public comment on proposal to list Alabama mussel under the Endangered Species Act

    November 2, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Canoe Creek clubshell, a freshwater mussel found only in a single watershed in northern Alabama, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing critical habitat protections for the species. The clubshell requires clean, flowing water to survive, and according to a science-based review, sedimentation, poor water quality, loss of habitat and events such as droughts and floods, have devastated clubshell populations.  Read the full story...

  • A light brown snake with darker black and brown markings on a green vine.
    Puerto Rican boa. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra.

    Service announces recovery plan revisions for 43 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats

    August 5, 2019 | 5 minute read

    As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019.  Read the full story...

  • A green plant with serrated edges and a brown stem with a cylindrical orange flower.
    Information icon *Gesneria pauciflora* (no common name). Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, USFWS.

    Service announces recovery plan revisions for 53 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats

    August 5, 2019 | 5 minute read

    As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 28 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 53 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals, which call for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery, by September 2019.  Read the full story...

  • Bright red flowers emerge from a bog with a forest in the background.
    Information icon Mountain sweet pitcher plant patch in Butt CPA. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 53 Southeastern species

    June 20, 2019 | 9 minute read

    As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 53 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before August, 19, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  Read the full story...

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