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  • An eastward view of St. Andrews Bay and the Fort Morgan Peninsula in coastal Alabama.
    Information icon An eastward view of St. Andrews Bay and the Fort Morgan Peninsula in coastal Alabama. Photo Credit: USFWS

    Preserving utopia: pilot towns history and addition to bon secour

    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...

  • Alabama sunrise over the water, bow of a boat.
    Information icon A breath-taking Alabama sunrise on the water. Photo credits: Paul Smith

    Funding fun

    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...

  • small colorful fish with bright blue and red accented fins
    Information icon A watercress darter. Credit: Jeffrey Drummond, USFWS

    The partnership-driven conservation of an urban fish

    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...

  • A bright orange sunrise looking down a coastal beach with a silhouette recording data from the dunes with a golf cart midway between the silhouette and the surf
    Information icon Sunrise on Dauphin Island, Alabama Audubon staff conducts some early morning monitoring activities. Photo by Drew Heffenden, Nature Travel Specialists

    In Alabama, conservation is for the birds

    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...

  • Salamander pokes head out of burrow in ground
    Information icon Red Hills salamander. Photo by USFWS

    Fish and Wildlife Service helps Alabama acquire wonderful habitat for rare salamander

    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...


  • 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...


  • A small shorebird walking through a tide pool on the beach, with other shorebirds.
    Information icon Tagged red knot. Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese,USFWS

    Agency Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Rufa Red Knot Shorebird

    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...

  • A parrot mid-flight with vibrant green feathers, with blue feathering on the tip of the wings. And red feathers above the beak
    Information icon Puerto Rican Parrot in flight. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 37 Southeastern Species

    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...

  • A low growing grass-like plant not currently in bloom.
    Information icon Kentucky glade cress. Photo by Bryan Siders CC BY 2.0.

    Four draft recovery plans available for public review and comment

    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...

  • Purple and transluscent salamander on a forest floor
    Information icon Red Hills salamander. Photo by Emmett Blankenship, USFWS

    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...

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