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  • A black bird with white speckling and red eyes in a biologist’s hand.
    Information icon Eastern black rail being banded. Photo credit: Christy Hand, SCDNR.

    Secrets of the Marsh: A Partnership to Protect a Rare Bird

    July 9, 2021 | 3 minute read

    The Eastern black rail is more often heard than seen, if observed at all. This small, secretive marsh bird is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and lives in shallow, grassy wetlands along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. In South Carolina, the black rail has found a home in a unique wetland system with more than 300 years of human involvement. While this presents a daunting challenge, a recent South Carolina Coastal Program partnership put conservation on the ground and preserved a cultural heritage.  Learn more...

  • Small fish with black stripe on side laying in an open hand
    Information icon A blackside dace caught at Hatfield Creek. Credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

    Building a bridge for endangered species and Tennessee neighbors

    March 10, 2021 | 2 minute read

    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program helps landowners conserve habitat for threatened and endangered species. But what if it could also help frustrated neighbors and resource-strapped counties? Last year the Tennessee Partners’ program joined with a bevy of county, state and federal agencies to remove a particularly troublesome fish barrier on a Campbell County stream. Hatfield Creek is home to the federally endangered Cumberland darter, federally threatened blackside dace, and the at-risk Cumberland arrow darter.  Learn more...


  • A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings
    Information icon Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Recovery plan available for endangered Cumberland darter

    June 5, 2019 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the recovery plan for the Cumberland darter, a fish listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The darter is found in the upper Cumberland River drainage, above Cumberland Falls, in southeastern Kentucky and north central Tennessee. Its recovery plan describes actions necessary for its recovery, establishes criteria for delisting it, and estimates the time and cost for implementing necessary recovery actions.  Read the full story...

  • A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings
    Information icon Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Cumberland darter draft recovery plan available for review

    April 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

    The Cumberland darter is a pencil-sized fish that lives in the Upper Cumberland River Basin in Kentucky and Tennessee. It is endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is releasing a draft recovery plan for the fish. The public is invited to submit comments concerning the draft recovery plan through June 4, 2018. The Cumberland darter lives in pools and shallow runs of streams with sand-covered river bottoms in that basin.  Read the full story...

  • A brown and white bird with whiskers and a short, sharp beak.
    Information icon Endangered Puerto Rican nightjar. Photo by Mike Morel.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

    June 29, 2017 | 5 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 22 endangered fish, wildlife, and plants, and one threatened species, the Ozark cavefish. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before August 29, 2017. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  Read the full story...

  • A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals.
    Information icon Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

    May 19, 2017 | 8 minute read

    On Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves.  Read the full story...

  • Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes.
    Search for chucky madtom in Little Chucky Creek, Tennessee. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

    October 15, 2012 | 3 minute read

    After reviewing and incorporating information from the public and the scientific community, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today identified approximately 228 river miles and 29 acres of critical habitat in, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama; and Arkansas, that contain aquatic habitat essential to the conservation of the Cumberland darter, rush darter, yellowcheek darter, Chucky madtom, and laurel dace, five species of fish protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The critical habitat designation includes areas in McCreary and Whitley counties, Kentucky; Campbell, Scott, Bledsoe, Rhea, Sequatchie, and Greene counties, Tennessee; Etowah, Jefferson, and Winston counties, Alabama; and Cleburne, Searcy, Stone, and Van Buren counties, Arkansas.  Read the full story...


  • Biologists crowd around a seine.
    Services biologists search through a seine for signs of Chucky madtom. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Appalachian fish added to endangered species list

    September 12, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Little Chucky Creek flows through scenic farmland of eastern Tennessee. Looking at it, you would never guess it’s the only place in the world where a tiny catfish, the Chucky madtom, lives. In fact, in the past 11 years, only three individuals have been found. Come September 8th, the madtom and three other Appalachian fish will be placed on the federal endangered species list.  Learn more...

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