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  • A bucket full of yellow/brown mussels.
    Information icon Juvenile fatmucket mussels approximately 6cm in length. Photo by Chris Barnhart, Missouri State University.

    There was a mussel called fatmucket…

    June 5, 2017 | 3 minute read

    A shelled creature called Arkansas fatmucket – yes, you read that correctly – is going to be released into a couple of Arkansas rivers this week. The goal: baby Arkansas fatmuckets. That bivalve’s full name: Arkansas fatmucket, a species of mussel found only in the state from which it derives part of its name. Since 1990, it has been listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Scientists with the U.  Learn more...

  • A red, semi-transluscent fish with catfish like whiskers in an aquarium.
    Information icon Ouachita madtom. Photo by Conservation Fisheries.

    17 more fish, mussels, and other species don’t need the ESA’s protection

    February 8, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Scientists recently proposed that 17 species including the Ouachita madtom, a whiskery fish found in Arkansas, be removed from a petition that had called for its protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Learn more...

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  • A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose.
    A tri-color bat in the Avery County with white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gabrielle Graeter, NCWRC.

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

    July 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Southeastern states from North Carolina to Mississippi will receive nearly $300,000 to study and fight a fatal disease sweeping bat colonies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced Monday. The Service is disbursing $289,236 to 10 southeastern states to research and battle white-nose syndrome (WNS), an affliction that has decimated bats across about two-thirds of the United States. The allocation represents nearly a third of just over $1 million distributed across 37 states where the disease has turned up, the Service said.  Read the full story...

  • A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river.
    Fishing the Green River. Photo by Katie Theule.

    Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

    June 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. The 10 states in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region will receive a total of more than $243 million. “For nearly eight decades, the nation’s hunters and anglers have generated billions of dollars to protect wildlife and habitat simply by purchasing items that help them engage in the outdoor activities they enjoy,” Zinke said.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    2017 Endangered Species Day Events

    May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read

    The Service is helping out in many parts of the Southeast Region. Here are a few examples: Alabama In Daphne, Alabama, Service employees will be giving endangered species talks at local elementary schools with a focus on endangered species recovery and a live gopher tortoise for demonstration. Arkansas The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hosted its eighth annual K-12 art contest focusing on endangered and threatened species found in Arkansas.  Read the full story...

  • A light brown fish with bright orange markings on the tops of its fins.
    Information icon Yellowcheek darter. Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Draft recovery plan for endangered yellowcheek darter available

    March 6, 2017 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for the yellowcheek darter, afish federally-listed as endangered. The public is invited to submit written comments concerning the recovery plan through May 5, 2017. The yellowcheek darter grows up to 2.5 inches total length and is only found in the Devils, Middle, South, and Archey forks of the Little Red River in Arkansas. This small darter is threatened primarily by factors associated with the present destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range.  Read the full story...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    Information icon North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

    October 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

    Responding to requests to add them to the federal threatened and endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the Louisville cave beetle, Tatum Cave beetle, black mudalia, sicklefin redhorse, Arkansas darter, and highlands tiger beetle do not need such protection. A plant species, Hirst Brothers’ panic grass listing is not warranted as it has been determined that it is not a taxonomically distinct species and does not meet the definition of a species under the Endangered Species Act.  Read the full story...

  • A black salamander with gray spots.
    Fourche Mountain salamander. Photo by John Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Fish and Wildlife Service to gather more information on two rare reptiles in the Southeast

    September 13, 2016 | 3 minute read

    A Caribbean skink and a Florida lizard need more study to determine whether they need to be included on the federal list of endangered and threatened species. More scientific and commercial information will be compiled for the Lesser Virgin Islands skink found in and around St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands as well as the Florida scrub lizard found in central and south Florida. The U.  Read the full story...

  • Wetlands with lots of tress and plants.
    Bayou DeView in Spring Bloom. Photo by Eric S. Johnson, USFWS.

    Cache River National Wildlife Refuge adds lands for wildlife conservation

    May 4, 2016 | 3 minute read

    The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is improving wildlife habitat conservation capacity at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring lands from willing landowners. This will benefit wintering waterfowl, migratory birds and other native fish and wildlife, and also increase opportunities for public access. This year the Service was awarded $1.391 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund and $1 million from North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These funds enabled the Service to purchase 978 acres of habitat in Prairie and Monroe Counties, Arkansas to be incorporated into the refuge.  Read the full story...

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