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August 22, 2017 | 8 minute read
Atlanta, Georgia – Typically, animals like the Florida panther lose their Southern habitat, dwindle perilously close to extinction and end up on the endangered species list. Federal, state and non-profit groups hustle to raise money and conserve land to bolster the populations with the chance, one day, of delisting it. The gopher tortoise, though, just might buck the trend. An at-risk species in Georgia, Florida and parts of Alabama and South Carolina, the tank-like tortoise is the recipient of an unprecedented, high-dollar collaboration between government agencies, NGOs and the private sector to keep gopherus polyphemus from ever gracing the threatened or endangered species list. Learn more...
August 10, 2017 | 4 minute read
The 2017 blitz, like those that preceded it, attempted to spread a little bat understanding – and, perhaps, some bat love. Bat experts invited the public to spend a few moments regarding a creature that’s suffered from a PR problem. Most folks just don’t understand bats, or what they do. Learn more...
September 11, 2017 | 2 minute read
Hurricane Irma pushed north from Florida early Monday morning leaving behind miles of downed trees and power lines with Georgia and Alabama next in her dangerous sites. Roughly 7 million Floridians remained without power, yet fears of widespread death and destruction proved, thankfully, unfounded. Virtually every U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, from Key West National Wildlife Refuge to Piedmont NWR, was safe and accounted for, according to mid-morning field reports. Read the full story...
September 11, 2017 | 4 minute read
Less than a year after surviving a rugged screwworm infestation, the Florida Keys’ Key deer now must contend with Hurricane Irma. Some fans of the endangered species are worried. Catastrophic storms like Irma raise questions about wildlife, nature and impacts to their populations. At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, there are nearly 25 threatened and endangered wildlife and plants. “When you know there are 130 mile-per-hour winds and 10 feet of storm surge shoving into the Keys, that’s big,” said Dan Clark, project leader for the complex. Read the full story...
September 10, 2017 | 2 minute read
Hurricane Irma sped up early Sunday morning before hitting the Florida Keys, returning to Category 4 status with top speeds of 130 mph. And, for the first time ever, Atlanta was placed under a tropical storm warning. Irma arrived just east of Key West about 9 a.m. Although shifting somewhat westerly, Irma now targets Fort Myers and Tampa where peak gusts could reach 160 mph. Hurricane Irma forecasted path. Read the full story...
September 9, 2017 | 2 minute read
Hurricane Irma is headed toward the Florida Keys and the south-central part of the state. Its winds are at 130 mph, but it’s expected to gain strength over the water. Irma should be a category 4 tempest, with winds at 150 mph, when it makes landfall around 8 a.m. Sunday. Hurricane Irma forecasted path. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Already, say meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center, south Florida is experiencing 30 mph wind gusts. Read the full story...
Fish and Wildlife Service responders bringing technology to aid Hurricane Irma response, bolster safety
September 8, 2017 | 3 minute read
With Hurricane Irma heading toward the mainland United States, Josh O’Connor has a tool that can help search and rescue efforts after the storm has passed. It fits in one hand and is no larger than a cell phone. In fact, it is a cell phone – one with some modifications that have already helped search parties plying the murky waters left by Hurricane Harvey. A fire specialist with the U. Read the full story...
September 8, 2017 | 2 minute read
Releasing water. Moving trucks to higher ground. Closing up shop. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges, fish hatcheries, and offices in Hurricane Irma’s projected path undertook a series of safety and preventive measures Friday in preparation for the killer storm. About 60 Service properties and 400 employees in Florida and Georgia sit within Irma’s hurricane and tropical storm cone. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall near Key Largo, Florida by 8 a. Read the full story...
September 8, 2017 | 2 minute read
Some property owners facing the daunting task of rebuilding homes or businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma don’t have to worry about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) slowing things down. People whose property also serves as habitat to endangered or threatened species can rebuild with minimal government delay, according to the Service. There is but one provision: You must rebuild on the same footprint of the original structure. If you want to rebuild on a larger footprint, you will need to call the Service for a conversation and a permit. Read the full story...
September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read
Hurricane Irma, the second most powerful Atlantic basin hurricane in recorded history, has killed at least nine people in the Caribbean region, and is projected to be heading for Florida and the southeastern United States soon. “Our priority is the safety of our employees, making sure they are safe and then back to work as soon as personal priorities are taken care of,” said David Viker, acting deputy regional director of the Service’s Southeast Region, which is directly in Irma’s path. Read the full story...