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November 11, 2009 | 4 minute read
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton today announced that the brown pelican, a species once decimated by the pesticide DDT, has recovered and is being removed from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. “At a time when so many species of wildlife are threatened, we once in a while have an opportunity to celebrate an amazing success story,” Salazar said. Read the full story...
October 26, 2009 | 5 minute read
Nine young whooping cranes were released October 24 on central Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The cranes are part of the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) project conducted by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing this highly imperiled species in eastern North America, part of its historical range. There are approximately 77 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America thanks to WCEP’s efforts. Read the full story...
October 22, 2009 | 5 minute read
Twenty young whooping cranes have begun their ultralight-led migration from central Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). This is the ninth group of birds to take part in a landmark project led by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing this highly imperiled species in eastern North America, part of its historical range. There are now approximately 77 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America thanks to WCEP’s efforts. Read the full story...
September 23, 2009 | 6 minute read
ATLANTA, GA — On coastal North Carolinas federal wildlife refuges, shorelines are receding and barrier islands are narrowing. In the Florida Keys, the sooty tern, a sea bird, is showing up to breed three to four months earlier than usual. Inland, invasive plants such as Alligator Weed are crowding out more desirable food for ducks and geese on refuges in Tennessee and northern Alabama. These signs, and many others, are consistent with the science on global warming. Read the full story...
Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states
September 11, 2009 | 6 minute read
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on September 9, 2009, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved the expenditure of nearly $8 million in Federal Duck Stamp funds to add more than 4,000 wetland acres to seven units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission also approved $33.4 million in federal funding to conserve more than 190,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat in the United States under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Read the full story...
Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review
September 9, 2009 | 4 minute read
The Gopher tortoise may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the gopher tortoise in the eastern portion of its range under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service will undertake a more thorough status review of the species to determine whether to propose adding the species to the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. Read the full story...
August 24, 2009 | 4 minute read
Michael Lusk, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new refuge manager at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Crystal River, Florida. He began his new duties on August 2, 2009. As manager, he oversees activities at three refuges, Chassahowitzka, Crystal River, and the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges. “Michael has worked for the National Wildlife Refuge System for more than 10 years, serving in the Washington Office and in several Service regions,” says Cynthia Dohner, acting Southeast Regional Director of the U. Read the full story...
Troup county panther was a Florida panther – wildlife CSI: high-tech genetic testing used to determine cat’s parentage
August 5, 2009 | 2 minute read
SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA – Genetic testing by the National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, has indicated that the panther shot by a hunter in Troup County last year came from the resident southern Florida panther population. On Sunday, November 16, 2008, a hunter observed a mature panther or cougar while he was hunting deer in the woods of Troup County. The hunter observed the cat from his stand and shot it, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR). Read the full story...
July 31, 2009 | 6 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed continuation of liberal hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2009-2010 late waterfowl seasons. Duck hunting season lengths would be 60 days in both the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Highlights of the proposed frameworks include: a full season on pintails with a one bird daily bag limit in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways, and a two bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide. Read the full story...
June 29, 2009 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will conduct several virtual town hall meetings on the recently submitted Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project. The Service is soliciting public input on the report and draft maps during a 120-day public comment period that closes on August 5, 2009. The Service will hold the public meetings via webcast and teleconference on July 14-15, 2009. Read the full story...