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August 20, 2020 | 1 minute read
Law enforcement officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently intercepted boxes and boxes of endangered sea turtle shells smuggled through the Miami International Airport. “It took probably 100 sea turtles to be killed to make this illegal shipment happen and that’s a very rough estimate,” said Aurelia Skipwith, the Service’s director. “Sea turtles are sometimes illegally killed for their shells, meat, eggs which have a commercial value on the black market. Learn more...
July 31, 2020 | 7 minute read
Folkston, Georgia — The thieves, armed with machetes, travel in packs targeting unsuspecting communities with chilling precision. Sometimes, they’ll hit in the dead of night wearing headlamps as they slink deeper into the forest. Lookouts prowl the roadways alerting the criminals via phone or radio if the authorities approach. Then, with bags full of ill-gotten gains worth thousands of dollars, the bad guys abscond to the next ill-prepared community. Learn more...
July 16, 2020 | 3 minute read
Crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches are two features you will find at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses St. Vincent Island in the northwestern portion of the Florida Gulf coast. Besides being surrounded by pristine Outstanding Florida Waters, the barrier island refuge is also an important safe haven for at-risk species, including gopher tortoise, Florida red-bellied turtles, and black rail birds. It is an important stop-over point for neotropical migratory birds - birds that breed in North America but spend winters in Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean islands. Learn more...
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...
October 7, 2020 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), has broad authority to issue regulations for the conservation of threatened species. The ESA provides a specific list of prohibitions for endangered species under section 9, but does not automatically provide these same prohibitions to threatened species. Section 4(d) of the ESA allows the Service to establish prohibitions or exceptions to prohibitions for threatened species. The intent of any 4(d) rule is to provide for the conservation of a threatened species by allowing regulatory flexibility under the ESA. Learn more...
October 7, 2020 | 14 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is finalizing a rule to protect the eastern black rail, a small secretive marsh bird native to the United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Partially migratory, the eastern black rail is historically known to exist in 35 states east of the Rocky Mountains, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America. Learn more...
September 25, 2020 | 11 minute read
Download the proposed rule to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened with a section 4(d) rule. What is a red-cockaded woodpecker? The red-cockaded woodpecker is a territorial, non-migratory bird species of the southeastern and southern United States. It grows to about eight to nine inches long, about the size of the common cardinal, and has a wingspan of about 15 inches. The red-cockaded woodpecker’s most distinguishing feature is a black cap and nape that encircle large white cheek patches. Learn more...
October 7, 2020 | 4 minute read
The eastern black rail, a small, secretive marsh bird historically known to exist in 35 states east of the Rocky Mountains, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final listing includes a rule that will help ensure beneficial conservation actions continue, while minimizing impacts to landowners and other stakeholders. Critical habitat designation for the eastern black rail was deemed not prudent. Read the full story...
September 25, 2020 | 13 minute read
Fort Benning, Georgia — Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Fort Benning Garrison Commander, Col. Matthew Scalia, were joined by public and private representatives today to celebrate the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the Southeast, no fewer than eight Army installations, four Air Force installations and one Marine Corps installation all made commitments to recovery goals for red-cockaded woodpeckers, which is a cardinal-sized bird, 8 to 9 inches in height with a sharp beak, living on land they manage. Read the full story...
August 31, 2020 | 3 minute read
Based on reviews of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has found that the Big Cypress epidendrum and Cape Sable orchid do not face the threat of extinction now or in the foreseeable future and do not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). New surveys and the latest science have determined that these orchids occur across Latin America and the West Indies in a variety of habitat types and elevations that will help ensure the species’ persistence into the future. Read the full story...