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  • A bright green parrot with red markings on its face and blue flight feathers.
    Information icon Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) © Alfredo Irizarry.

    Puerto Rican Parrot recovery program

    The Puerto Rican parrot recovery program is an effort to conserve, protect and manage wild and captive parrots in order to downlist the species from endangered to threatened.  Learn more...


  • An outstretched hand holding a dozen tiny bright orange eggs above a bin of thousands more.
    Information icon Rainbow trout eggs. Photo by USFWS.

    Frequently asked questions

    Where can I purchase a fishing license? To review Georgia fishing regulations and to purchase a license, please contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not issue fishing licenses. Can I go fish and camp nearby? Yes! Fishing is allowed in Rock Creek, which runs through hatchery grounds. Individuals must bring their own fishing gear, bait, license and trout stamp, all of which can be purchased at local stores.  Learn more...


  • Endangered mountain sweet pitcher plants need specific conditions to survive. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act

    When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes an animal or plant for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, we identify specific areas that contain the physical or biological features essential to its conservation. This is the species’ “critical habitat.”  Learn more...

  • A white/gray butterfly with black spots blends into a flower bloom of similar color and markings.
    The endangered Miami blue butterfly feeds on a flower. © Holly Salvato. Used with permission.

    Five-Year Reviews of Listed Species

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts reviews of the status of threatened and endangered species once every five years. Learn more and read the most current review of species found in the southeastern United States.  Learn more...

  • An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky
    Information icon A bald eagle in flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

    Recovering threatened and endangered species

    After a plant or animal is listed as protected under the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists must determine what the species needs in order to achieve recovery, meaning it no longer requires federal protection.  Learn more...

  • A brownish-yellow salamander sanding on a mossy rock with large round eyes.
    The Pigeon Mountain salamander is no longer at-risk of needing federal protection. Photo by John P. Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    At-risk species conservation

    The Endangered Species Act provides a variety of ways for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners to conserve and recover species while reducing regulatory burden.  Learn more...


  • A large group of bright white pelicans each with an orange beak and webbed feet.
    Information icon American white pelicans are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    Our Responsibilities

    The Service has a mandate to protect, conserve and/or enhance certain species and land on behalf of the American people.  Learn more...


  • A large black bear with a small cub nestled in the upper branches of a hardwood tree.
    Information icon Louisiana black bear female with her two cubs in a tree. Photo by Clint Turnage, USDA.

    Endangered species and recovery

    One of the primary responsibilities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is to protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. Congress defined “species” to include subspecies, varieties, and, for vertebrates, distinct population segments. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is America’s strongest conservation law. Originally passed by Congress in 1973, the ESA is jointly administered by the Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  Learn more...

  • Biologists team up to inspect oil impacts to marsh grasses.
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists on Bird Island One, a rookery colony for shorebirds in Barataria Bay conduct first ground reconasasance since the oil hit the bay. Photo by Tom MacKenzie, USFWS.

    For government agencies

    Civil Works The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act requires federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on all projects that impact wetlands, bayous, coulees, streams, lakes and rivers, and to give fish and wildlife resources equal consideration during the project planning process, while at the same time accomplishing the objectives of the proposed action. We work to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats by minimizing impacts and recommending mitigation for U.  Learn more...


  • Four biologists walk through a shallow stream bed in a forrest looking for fish.
    Information icon Daniel Schwarz, Ryan Theel, Daniel Drennen and Andy Sanderson sampling White Oak Creek for Bayou darter. Photo by Matt Peay, USFWS.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery works to recover, restore and enhance threatened, endangered, at-risk and recreational fish populations in the Southeast.  Learn more...

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