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  • Dozens of people huddle around the banks of a shallow creek with fishing rods.
    Information icon Stocking Hatchery Creek. Photo by Alex Hoover, USFWS.

    Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery prepare fishing events

    May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The Friends of Wolf Creek NFH are ramping up to prepare for another successful year of fishing events. Each year, Wolf Creek NFH hosts five fishing events for various constituents including children, wounded veterans, senior citizens, and local children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Each event provides a day of fishing and outdoor fun, including complimentary lunch. Approximately 4,500 individuals enjoy these events. With the total cost of combined fishing events topping $46,000 dollars each year, Friends of Wolf Creek NFH relies heavily on sponsors and donations to keep the events free.  Learn more...

  • A large group of employees pose for a photo on the banks of the Green River.
    Information icon Employees stationed in Kentucky gather at the site of the lock and dam number 6 on the Green River near Mammoth Cave National Park. Photo by Robert Herndon, USFWS.

    Kentucky annual meeting includes dam breach visit

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees stationed in Kentucky met for the annual All Employee Meeting on February 22, at Mammoth Cave National Park in Cave City, Kentucky. Originally, this meeting was to be hosted at the Ecological Services office in Frankfort. Instead, the Ecological Services staff hosted the meeting at a more centralized location. Representatives from the Ecological Services office, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, law enforcement, and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery provided updates for each field station and reported new employees and recent retirements.  Learn more...

  • Mississippi field office welcomes three new hires

    May 3, 2017 | 5 minute read

    The Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office in Jackson has added three members to our team: Tamara Campbell, Kelly Morris and Timika Morris (no, they are not related.) The new teammates started off the new year in their new jobs – and we couldn’t be happier to have this new dynamic trio on board. Tamara Campbell is new to the Fish and Wildlife Service, but not new to conservation. Her background is in forestry and wildlife, and she has been in natural resources for 12 years.  Learn more...

  • A tiny snail held in front of a vast marsh.
    Apple snail. Photo by John Brandauer, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Students help restore Everglades

    May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center entered an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (UWRP) and were selected as recipients of a 2016 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program grant. The grant, Apple Snail Adoption Program: Teaching Youth about the Effect of Invasives on Natural Ecosystems, will involve at least 500 students in Palm Beach County in propagating and restoring native Florida apple snail populations and removing invasive exotic snails at both the refuge and Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve.  Learn more...

  • A man standing in front of a new wooden kiosk.
    Information icon Dennis Kendrick stands in front of the kiosk he built. Photo by Vicki Maples, USFWS volunteer.

    Volunteer builds outdoor kiosk for Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge volunteer Dennis Kendrick spent 309 hours building an outdoor kiosk at the refuge’s north entrance. During his stay in Mississippi, Dennis also helped with several other tasks including mending a broken levee, maintaining roads, and drawing up several plans for upcoming refuge projects. He and his wife Jean are now exploring Louisiana and its many refuge volunteer opportunities. New North Entrance to the Sam D.  Learn more...

  • A female volunteer adding fish food to a pond.
    Information icon Macey Canerday feeds the fishes. Photo by USFWS.

    Volunteers spruce up Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery had the luxury of having several amazing volunteers recently donate their time at our facility: Bonnie Stevens, Sharon Hucks, Aaron Ruud, Cindy Wright, and Macey Canerday. During their time at the hatchery, they coordinated and executed several community outreach events, including bringing in the local high school art students to paint a hatchery- themed mural in the entrance area of the aquarium. Other activities included providing tours and organizing and planning events.  Learn more...

  • Biologists wearing white gowns head-to-toe walking through nets in a marsh holding whooping cranes.
    Information icon Biologists tend to whooping cranes in one of the release pens at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

    Whooping crane reintroduction continues in Louisiana

    May 3, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The whooping crane reintroduction effort is well underway in southwestern Louisiana. Since 2011, 10-16 hatched juveniles have been released annually here into the non-essential experimental population (NEP). The original release pens are located at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, and in 2016 a new release area was added 19 miles to the south at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. The expanded release areas allow the NEP to receive more juvenile cranes for release into the wild.  Learn more...

  • A male and female volunteer work on a trail with shovels.
    Information icon Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss begin trail reroute on the nature trail. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek volunteers make lasting improvements

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Volunteers play a vital part in the daily operations at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. They staff the visitor contact station with coverage 364 days a year and help with daily fish production needs. A rare opportunity occasionally presents itself when volunteers with exceptional skills arrive. This winter, Wolf Creek was fortunate to have John Adams and Julia Hoss join the team for a trail reroute project. They brought a wealth of trail building knowledge and experience to the hatchery, having both worked several seasons at the national Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  Learn more...

  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size
    A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    Support and cooperation cure the New World screwworm infestation in the Keys

    April 12, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The unexpected New World screwworm infestation of the endangered Key deer confirmed September 30, 2016, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was found on 13 Keys and led to 135 Key deer deaths. Screwworms are fly larvae or maggots that infest warm-blooded animals through open wounds and feed on living tissue. They were formerly eradicated from the U.S. in the 1960’s. The herculean effort to eliminate screwworms and save the Key deer was recently celebrated at a public meeting on March 25, 2017.  Learn more...


  • Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach.
    Brown pelicans sitting on nests at Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    Strategic conservation assessment will help guide gulf conservation

    April 11, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Remember the story of the blind men and the elephant? A group of blind men each feel a different part of an elephant so they end up having widely different interpretations of what the whole elephant looks like. A similar situation exists with land conservation in the Gulf of Mexico region. Although there are a large number of land conservation plans already in existence across the Gulf, many are limited either geographically or organizationally.  Read the full story...

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