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  • Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.
    People enjoying a boat. Photo by Greg Workman, FWC.

    Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

    June 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

    Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced that $14.6 million will be awarded to 28 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2009. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and provide educational programs for recreational boaters. “Clean Vessel Act funds support construction of facilities in communities that depend on recreational boating for their economy, and depend on clean water for their health,” said Salazar.  Read the full story...

  • A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest.
    Bald eagle perched at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    Eagle shooter sentenced in Tampa, Florida

    June 8, 2009 | 3 minute read

    Jesse Barresse of Hudson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tampa today for intentionally shooting and killing a bald eagle, while he was illegally duck hunting in Ruskin.  Read the full story...

  • A huge bin of crushed ivory pieces.
    Crushing our ivory sends a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. Photo by Kate Miyamoto, USFWS.

    Endangered species wildlife on luxury yacht in south Florida results in conviction, seizure and forfeitures

    May 13, 2009 | 5 minute read

    MIAMI, FL – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations; James Gale, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Southeast Region, and Harold Woodward, Director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announced that Ruzial, Ltd. (Ruzial), a Cayman Islands corporation, pled guilty on May 11, 2009 to felony charges of attempting to import and thereafter transport approximately twenty-nine (29) wildlife items that included specimens of various protected species, knowing that the wildlife was transported and possessed in violation of the laws, treaties, and regulations of the U.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates Endangered Species Day

    May 13, 2009 | 4 minute read

    On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor Endangered Species Day and the numerous nationwide conservation programs underway aimed at protecting America’s threatened and endangered species. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the most important environmental laws in history, is credited with saving 99.9 percent of species protected by the ESA from extinction. Co-administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the ESA is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.  Read the full story...

  • Grassy vegetation emerges from coastal beach dunes.
    Information icon Beach mouse habitat at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Photo by Steve Robinson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Agency draft recovery plan for St. Andrew beach mouse available for review

    April 22, 2009 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comments on a draft recovery plan for the St. Andrew beach mouse, federally listed as endangered. Currently, there are only two known core populations of this beach mouse, which occurs in Bay and Gulf Counties, Florida. Public comments will be accepted on this draft recovery plan for 60 days until June 22, 2009. The Agency Draft Recovery Plan for the St. Andrew Beach Mouse describes necessary actions for species conservation and protection, establishes criteria for identifying the recovery levels for downlisting or delisting, and estimates the time and costs for implementing the recovery measures.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist with a walking stick walks through dense wetland vegetation.
    Due to dense vegetation and an often muddy ground, traipsing through bogs can often be a challenge. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    $7 million in federal grants awarded to Native American tribes for wildlife conservation work

    April 20, 2009 | 11 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that 41 Native American tribes in 16 states will receive $7 million in competitive federal grants to undertake a wide variety of conservation projects. Funding is provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG), which helps tribes defray the cost of implementing programs on their lands benefiting fish, wildlife, and their habitat. “Native American tribes manage nearly 100 million acres of land in the United States, land that provides important habitat for some of our nation’s most treasured species.  Read the full story...

  • A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch.
    Maui parrotbill. Photo by Andrew Smith CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Interior Secretary Salazar announces award of $9 million in grants to states for imperiled species Conservation

    April 20, 2009 | 4 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the award of more than $9 million to 12 state wildlife agencies to help conserve and recover imperiled fish and wildlife species through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Competitive Program. The federal funding will be matched by more than $7 million in non-Federal funds provided by states and their partners for projects helping imperiled fish, wildlife and plant species. The SWG Competitive Program, part of the U.  Read the full story...


  • Sunrise photo with a deep blue to bright orange gradient and pine trees in the background
    Sunrise at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Josh O’Connor, USFWS.

    Conservation in Florida

    Florida sunset. Photo: Paul Lang, USFWS. Florida is a state rich in a natural diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems. Encompassing nearly 66,000 square miles, this state is home to a tremendous diversity of species that live in varied land and water habitats. In the hardwood hammocks near Key West, you might see the endangered Stock Island tree snail. In the surf at Fernandina, you could find three species of sea turtles that we protect, and in the dunes at Perdido Key, you could spot the burrows of Perdido Key beach mice.  Learn more...


  • Fuzzy yellow and purple flowers emerging from a green grass-like stalk.
    Information icon American chaffseed © Robert Sincliar. Copyright release form S://EA/Photo Permissions/american-chaffseed.pdf

    American chaffseed

    American chaffseed is generally found in habitats described as open, moist pine flatwoods, fire-maintained savannas, and flowers from April to June in the South, and from June to mid-July in the North.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small, black and white bird flies over ocean waters.
    Information icon Black-capped petrel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Photo © Brian Patteson,, used with permission.

    Black-capped petrel

    Taxon: Bird Range: Breeds on Hispaniola within the countries of Dominican Republic and Haiti; forages offshore in waters of the Atlantic off the coast of northern South America through North America as far north as Maine, occasionally further into Canada Status: Proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act The black-capped petrel is a seabird found in North America and the Caribbean, and is known by several common names: “black-capped petrel,” “capped petrel,” and “West Indian petrel” in North America and on English-speaking islands.  Visit the species profile...

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