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Four released birds spread their wings and take flight towards the blue sky.

Taking flight to freedom

April 17, 2018 | 6 minute readAbout 130 birds were released April 14 into Florida’s River of Grass by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and partners at Everglades National Park headquarters near Homestead, Florida. The birds had been bought by undercover agents from illegal trappers and traffickers, and seized in a series of arrests in the days leading up to the release. Learn more...

Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

Fire as tool, and as friend

Boynton Beach, Florida – Rolf Olson idles the airboat alongside a spindly melaleuca tree and ticks off the endless list of invasive plants bedeviling the 145,000-acre Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. The Australia-native melaleuca, of course. Old world climbing fern. Australian pine tree. Brazilian pepper tree. Water lettuce. Hydrilla. Cattail. Nearly one-third of the refuge is covered in invasives, strangling exquisite plants, harming wildlife, clogging waterways, hindering recreation and blotting out some of the Everglades’ most memorable vistas. Learn more...


Small bird with dark olive-gray and the tail and wings are olive-brown.

Corps and Service agree on actions for conserving cape sable seaside sparrow and restoring balance to Everglades ecosystem

July 22, 2016 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are taking additional steps under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to restore balance to the Florida Everglades ecosystem and help reverse decades-long population declines of the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. These steps are outlined in a new biological opinion on the Corps’ Everglades Restoration Transition Plan (ERTP), which was implemented in 2012 to guide improved management of water flows in the Everglades. Read the full story...

Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Photo by Brandon Trentler, CC BY 2.0.

A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.

Salazar announces ban on importation and interstate transportation of four giant snakes that threaten Everglades

January 17, 2012 | 4 minute readWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today. The final rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States. Read the full story...

Burmese python. Photo by Liz Barraco, FWC.

A gray bird with a red face and long legs walks on the grassy water's edge.

First public hearing this Saturday on proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

September 20, 2011 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting the first of two public meetings this Saturday, Sept. 24 in Avon Park, Fla., to answer questions and take comments on the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in south-central Florida. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. at the South Florida Community College Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 W. College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825. From 1 p. Read the full story...

Sandhill crane at Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Keenan Adams, USFWS.

A grassy low-lying area under a bright blue sky.

Interior Secretary Salazar announces initiative to conserve working lands and wildlife habitat in the Everglades Headwaters

January 7, 2011 | 5 minute readFT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with private landowners, conservation groups and federal, tribal, state and local agencies to develop a new national wildlife refuge and conservation area to preserve the community” s ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades. “The Everglades’ rural working ranch landscapes are an important piece of our nation’s history and economy, and this initiative would work to ensure that they remain vital for our future,” Secretary Salazar said. Read the full story...

Everglades Headwater Proposed National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

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