The content below has been tagged with the term “Alabama.”
October 18, 2021 | 9 minute read
As part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group’s first restoration plan, Pilot Town is being acquired as part of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...
June 22, 2021 | 5 minute read
Hank Weldon is a native Alabamian, born in that state 36 years ago. He’s also a traveling man; as director of student and junior tournaments for Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, he’s seen a lot of fishing spots. Few, he said, can rival those found in his home state. “If you want to go fish deep clear water… you can do it,” says Weldon, who works for a nonprofit organization that promotes angling for America’s most popular freshwater game fish. Learn more...
March 10, 2021 | 2 minute read
Scattered among the sidewalks, roadways, and buildings of Alabama’s largest city are beautiful reminders of the region’s unique geological history. Crystal-clear, perpetually cold water that originates in the untouched caverns below Birmingham supports pockets of wild aquatic vegetation. Five of these urban oases contain the only known populations of the endangered watercress darter (Etheostoma nuchale). The colorful, tiny fish are seldom seen, usually hidden by vegetation. The urban surroundings carry risks and challenges for management of the species. Learn more...
March 1, 2021 | 5 minute read
Whether it’s the Yellowhammer State or the Cotton State, whatever you call the state of Alabama, an abundance of birds calls it home. “Yellowhammer” in fact refers to the common name for the northern flicker woodpecker — which just happens to be the state bird of Alabama. Specifically, coastal Alabama is home to a treasure trove of avian species that nest on the beach and use the area for stopover on their migratory journeys around the world. Learn more...
December 10, 2020 | 3 minute read
Monroeville, Alabama – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources celebrated Thursday the acquisition of nearly 5,000 acres for the federally threatened Red Hills salamander. The purple, translucent, lungless sallie isn’t the only creature to benefit from the newly conserved habitat. People who like to hunt, fish, hike, bike and bird watch, too, will be able to recreate on the south Alabama land. Learn more...
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...
July 14, 2021 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposed rule to designate 649,066 acres of critical habitat across 13 states for the rufa red knot, a robin-sized shorebird that relies on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts to fuel its remarkable migrations from the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of South America. If finalized, the designation would not require federal agencies to expand their current approach in reviewing federal actions such as those involving recreation, development or other activities in rufa red knot habitat. Read the full story...
July 13, 2021 | 3 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 37 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are primarily found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, but are also known to occur in Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before September 13, 2021. Read the full story...
March 25, 2021 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability for public review and comment of draft recovery plans for the reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders, the fluted kidneyshell, and the Kentucky glade cress. These endangered or threatened species are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The draft recovery plans include specific recovery objectives and criteria based on Species Status Assessments or SSAs. The Service is requesting review and comment on these draft recovery plans from local, State, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, and the public. Read the full story...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources conserve salamander habitat
December 10, 2020 | 3 minute read
MONROEVILLE, ALABAMA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources celebrated Thursday the acquisition of nearly 5,000 acres for the federally threatened Red Hills salamander. In all, 11,000 acres of prime salamander habitat in south Alabama will be protected and opened for recreation, including hunting. The Service awarded $9 million in endangered species recovery grants – the largest ever distributed in the Southeast – to Alabama for conservation at the Forever Wild Red Hills Complex. Read the full story...