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Tag: Endangered Species

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  • A man in a hard hat builidng a wooden barrier inside a cave.
    Information icon Jim Honaker, a contractor, fashions a cave barrier. Photo by Kristen Bobo.

    Ozark Big-Eared Bats Receive a Little Love and a Lot of Protection

    August 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

    On a cool, rainy day in late April, a small group gathered in a remote parking lot near Lee Creek Reservoir in Van Buren, Arkansas. They were waiting for a semi-trailer truck to arrive with nearly seven tons of steel destined for a series of bat caves on private lands in northwest Arkansas. The team consisted of staff from the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas; the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; the U.  Learn more...

  • A wooden sign nailed to a tree in the woods that reads.
    Information icon Signs marking a longleaf pine stand on Dr. John Bembrys farm in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Would wood work?

    July 14, 2021 | 8 minute read

    Hawkinsville, Georgia – Dr. John Bembry roams his 2,200-acre tree farm pointing out the ecological wonders bestowed by “the good Lord.” Here, he says, is an age-old longleaf pine stand towering over wiregrass and gallberry scrub. There’s a gopher tortoise whose sandy burrow provides shelter for hundreds of creatures. And that cypress-kneed swamp – Bembry prefers “mill pond” – is filled with bass, bream, catfish and white perch. “I’ve always had a very strong environmental ethic.  Learn more...

  • Female biologist standing in cave, in protective white suit with headlamp, holding a small gray bat.
    Information icon Biologist attached a radio telemetry transmitter to a gray bat, Credit G. Peeples, USFWS.

    Casual sighting leads to endangered bat discovery

    May 26, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Asheville, North Carolina - On May 9, 2016, biologist Chris Kelly saw a lone bat on a bridge crossing the French Broad River outside Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, everything wildlife biologists thought they knew about endangered gray bats in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been upended. Kelly, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was on the bridge doing bird work. Bats aren’t her area of expertise, so she reached out to the state’s bat experts.  Learn more...

  • More than a dozen volunteers planting shrubs on a sandy beach
    Information icon On Volunteer Day at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, volunteers planted native torchwood and wild lime on a site that had recently been full of debris that could have hidden invasive pythons. Photo by Jeremy Dixon, USFWS.

    Coastal Program project helps Florida Keys refuge withstand possible python invasion

    July 10, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Invasive species surveillance and control is front and center for Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida Keys. Just a short 18 mile drive north is the Florida Everglades, where invasive pythons are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem, a situation that would have devastating effects on endangered Keys fauna if the species were to take hold. Indeed, several pythons (one measuring 16 feet long) have already been discovered in the refuge and removed.  Learn more...


  • A dozen dark mussels in a propagation tank with sandy substrate.
    Carolina heelsplitter mussels. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    North Carolina’s conservation aquaculture center

    August 4, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Carolina heelsplitter mussel is one of the rarest animals in the country – with shrinking numbers found in only a handful of stream reaches across the Carolina piedmont. A conservation challenge, the mussel has declined as the piedmont, especially the area around Charlotte, has rapidly developed and streams have correspondingly degraded. However, one glimmer of hope is found outside Marion, North Carolina, inside what appears to simply be a large storage shed.  Learn more...

  • Three biologists wearing wet suits snorkeling in a stream.
    Aquatic biologists snorkeling on the Oconaluftee River in North Carolina. Photo by Gary Peeples.

    Reintroduction of spotfin chub

    July 28, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The spotfin chub is an unassuming little fish – growing up to about four inches long, with an unimpressive appearance, save during the breeding season when males turn an iridescent blue on the upper side of their bodies. However, this tiny fish is on the federal endangered species list and one biologists are trying to reestablish in Western North Carolina’s Cheoah River.  Learn more...


  • A small catfish swimming above rocky substrate.
    Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS.

    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...

  • A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the background
    A Florida panther. Photo by Larry W. Richardson, USFWS.

    Florida panther

    The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. It is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  Visit the species profile...

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