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Tag: At Risk Species

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  • A piece of heavy machinery deconstructs a small dam.

    Western North Carolina dam removal clears the way for imperiled species

    January 25, 2010 | 4 minute readAs a handful of people watched, heavy machinery obliterated the powerhouse for North Carolina’s Dillsboro Dam, the most visible sign yet of the impending removal of the 12-foot high dam itself, scheduled to begin in early February. Dillsboro Dam, built in 1913, is one of a series of Duke Energy hydropower facilities on western North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River. Federal law requires operators of private hydropower dams to address impacts to fish and wildlife. Learn more...

    A trackhoe begins the work of demolishing Dillsboro Dam. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.


  • A brownish-yellow salamander sanding on a mossy rock with large round eyes.

    At-Risk Species Finder

    The At-Risk Species Finder (Finder) is an online tool that allows U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists and private citizens to track the Service’s progress on at-risk species conservation. The Finder allows users to create custom database queries based on a number of attributes including state range, current status, taxonomic group, lead Service office, and lead geographic region. Learn more about the Service’s approach to conserving at-risk species. Results from a query of the At-Risk Species Finder for species who’s petition has been withdrawn. Learn more...

    The Pigeon Mountain salamander is no longer at-risk of needing federal protection. Photo by John P. Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


  • A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins.

    Service initiates status review of the spring pygmy sunfish

    March 31, 2011 | 3 minute readThe spring pygmy sunfish may warrant federal protection as an endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concludes, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision, commonly known as a 90-day finding, means that the information provided in the petition, and available in the Service’s files, indicates that listing might be appropriate for the spring pygmy sunfish. Read the full story...

    Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


  • A purple/rust colored salamander walking through moist, iron rich red soil.

    Berry Cave Salamander

    June 6, 2011 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Berry Cave salamander is found in only nine caves in eastern Tennessee. It faces threats from urban development near those caves, water contamination, and hybridization with spring salamanders. The Endangered Species Act allows anyone to petition to add a species to the federal endangered species list. If the information provided indicates the plant or animal may need protection, the Service will investigate further. Learn more...

    Metamorphosed adult Berry Cave salamander from eastern Tennessee. Photo by Todd Pierson, used with permission.

  • A brown and black amphibian in a plastic container.

    Ozark hellbender

    January 23, 2011 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Once you see a hellbender, you never forget it. Hellbenders are salamanders, but not just any salamanders. They’re big salamanders. Growing up to three feet in rare instances, it’s fairly easy to comes across individuals at least a foot long here in the Southern Appalachians. Despite their size, they’re essentially harmless to humans and are part of a healthy stream ecosystem. Learn more...

    Ozark hellbender. Photo by Jill Utrup, USFWS.

  • CITES - a look at this wildlife conservation treaty

    April 20, 2010 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. People are fascinated by the zebra skin. It’s a prop I use when I talk to school groups about endangered species, though when I bring it out sometimes complete strangers come over for a closer look. The skin was confiscated by Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors at the Atlanta airport as it was being unlawfully imported. International trade in rare plants and animals, including that zebra skin, is governed by a treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species, or CITES. Learn more...

  • Biologists collect bright yellow eggs from a half dozen brownish red fish.

    Sicklefin redhorse conservation

    November 23, 2008 | 3 minute readTranscript On the bank of the Little Tennessee River, downstream from the town of Franklin, biologists squeeze tiny yellow eggs from a fish into a plastic bag. Unlike caviar, these eggs won’t be eaten, but rather trucked to a lab in Knoxville, Tenn., to join an effort to keep a rare fish off the endangered species list. The fish is a sicklefin redhorse, a recently discovered species found only in the western tip of North Carolina and a small bit of North Georgia. Learn more...

    Fertilizing sicklefin redhorse eggs for captive rearing. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.


  • Seven small brownish-yellow mussels held in open hands by a biologist.

    Atlantic pigtoe

    The Atlantic pigtoe is a small freshwater clam found in Virginia, North Carolina, and historically in South Carolina and Georgia. Visit the species profile...

    Atlantic pigtoes ready for release. Photo by USFWS.

  • A small catfish swimming above rocky substrate.

    Carolina madtom

    The Carolina madtom is a small catfish, reaching a maximum length of nearly five inches and can be found in riffles, runs, and pools in medium to large streams and rivers. Ideally, it inhabits fresh waters with continuous, year-round flow and moderate gradient in both the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic regions. Visit the species profile...

    Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS.

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