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  • Yellow wildflwoers
    Information icon A Florida golden aster. Photo credit: B.J. Maynard.

    Fort De Soto and the Florida Golden Aster

    August 3, 2021 | 2 minute read

    The rare, and lovely, Florida golden aster has many friends and, now, some money to help the endangered species on the road to recovery. Tiffany Lane, worked with land managers from Fort De Soto Park and biologists from the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens to study and preserve the short-lived perennial that’s found in only five counties in the Tampa Bay region. Bok Towers received $22,000 from the Coastal program to go along with $21,500 in matching funds.  Learn more...

  • University of Florida student researchers at Lone Cabbage Reef
    Information icon University of Florida student researchers at Lone Cabbage Reef. Photo credit: Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Studying shellfish

    May 14, 2021 | 8 minute read

    Cedar Key, Florida – Brad Ennis runs the airboat over the low-tide mudflats and between the barrier islands protecting the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. A fat raccoon traipses among clumps of cordgrass. Fog limits Gulf of Mexico visibility to 100 yards. “It’s been worse,” Ennis says. It’s supposed to lift by 10 a.m., three hours away. By then peak low tide will have come and gone and Ennis, with his band of University of Florida researchers, will have completed a morning’s work counting oysters on Lone Cabbage Reef.  Learn more...

  • A Florida panther walking out from a wildlife corridor. It has a long tan body and yellow eyes.
    Information icon Florida panther standing outside of a wildlife crossing. Photo by fStop Foundation.

    Service, landowners develop a Florida panther habitat conservation plan

    April 7, 2021 | 6 minute read

    Collier County is one of Florida’s greenest with two-thirds of its lands set aside for conservation. Large swaths of territory – Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – will never be developed while providing a safe haven for all manner of wildlife. What makes Collier special also makes it popular. Its population is expected to rise 50 percent over the next quarter-century. With so much land already protected, where will the new homes and businesses go?  Learn more...


  • Suwannee Moccasinshell Critical Habitat Questions and Answers

    June 30, 2021 | 7 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is designating critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the range of the Suwannee moccasinshell? The Suwannee moccasinshell, a small freshwater mussel, was historically present throughout much of the Suwannee River Basin, including the Suwannee River main stem in Florida, Santa River sub-basin in Florida, and the Withlacoochee River in Florida and Georgia.  Learn more...

  • A hand holding a small lobster shaped crayfish.
    Information icon Panama City crayfish. Photo by USFWS.

    Proposed listing of Panama City crayfish as threatened under Endangered Species Act, with proposed 4(d) rule and critical habitat

    April 14, 2021 | 11 minute read

    Why is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing to list the Panama City crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act? A review of the best available science has determined that the Panama City crayfish meets the definition of threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The science indicates the Panama City crayfish is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...


  • A small shorebird walking through a tide pool on the beach, with other shorebirds.
    Information icon Tagged red knot. Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese,USFWS

    Agency Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Rufa Red Knot Shorebird

    July 14, 2021 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposed rule to designate 649,066 acres of critical habitat across 13 states for the rufa red knot, a robin-sized shorebird that relies on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts to fuel its remarkable migrations from the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of South America. If finalized, the designation would not require federal agencies to expand their current approach in reviewing federal actions such as those involving recreation, development or other activities in rufa red knot habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A parrot mid-flight with vibrant green feathers, with blue feathering on the tip of the wings. And red feathers above the beak
    Information icon Puerto Rican Parrot in flight. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 37 Southeastern Species

    July 13, 2021 | 3 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 37 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are primarily found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, but are also known to occur in Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before September 13, 2021.  Read the full story...

  • Dark brown, black shell mussel on a red cloth with a measuring scale
    Information icon Suwanee moccasinshell by MyFWC.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussel in Georgia and Florida

    June 30, 2021 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2016. The Service is also finalizing an economic analysis that assesses the potential impact of the Suwannee moccasinshell’s critical habitat designation on various sectors of the economy. The Service received no substantive comments during the public comment period, and there are no changes to the proposed units as published on November 27, 2019.  Read the full story...

  • A patch of yellow wildflowers.
    Information icon Florida golden aster. Photo credit B. J. Maynard

    Florida Golden Aster Proposed for Delisting Thanks to Three Decades of Conservation Efforts

    June 23, 2021 | 3 minute read

    When the Florida golden aster was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1986, there were only nine known populations in Hillsborough County, Florida. Following the plant’s listing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners embarked on a series of conservation initiatives to protect and recover the golden aster. Today, less than 35 years after this plant was listed, there are now 30 populations, spread across five counties—primarily east and southeast of the Tampa Bay area in west central Florida.  Read the full story...

  • A hand holding a small lobster shaped crayfish.
    Information icon Panama City crayfish. Photo by USFWS.

    Service reopens public comment period on proposal to list Panama City crayfish under Endangered Species Act

    April 14, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Panama City, Fla. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on its 2018 proposal to list the Panama City crayfish as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing to designate a critical habitat for the crayfish, and a special 4(d) rule, designed to conserve the crayfish while allowing greater flexibility for landowners. A draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat designation is also being released with today’s proposed rule.  Read the full story...

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