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  • Vegetation grows out of sand dunes at the beach.
    Information icon Dunes on Perdue Unit at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    Oil spill funds help protect shorebird nesting and improve monarch butterfly habitat

    May 18, 2017 | 3 minute read

    The sparkling beaches of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama attract visitors of all shapes and size—and species. Bon Secour’s beaches and dunes are visited not only by tens of thousands of people each year but also by the many kinds of wildlife our refuge managers are charged with protecting and preserving every day. On any warm spring day at Bon Secour, you may find sunbathers, swimmers, nature lovers, birds, beach mice, crabs, foxes, insects and scores of others.  Learn more...

News

  • A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas.
    Information icon Hurricane Irma image from space. NOAA/NASA.

    Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

    September 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Hurricane Irma is headed toward the Florida Keys and the south-central part of the state. Its winds are at 130 mph, but it’s expected to gain strength over the water. Irma should be a category 4 tempest, with winds at 150 mph, when it makes landfall around 8 a.m. Sunday. Hurricane Irma forecasted path. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Already, say meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center, south Florida is experiencing 30 mph wind gusts.  Read the full story...

  • A map of southeastern Florida.
    Information icon An excerpt of the Palm Beach County, FL map. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service responders bringing technology to aid Hurricane Irma response, bolster safety

    September 8, 2017 | 3 minute read

    With Hurricane Irma heading toward the mainland United States, Josh O’Connor has a tool that can help search and rescue efforts after the storm has passed. It fits in one hand and is no larger than a cell phone. In fact, it is a cell phone – one with some modifications that have already helped search parties plying the murky waters left by Hurricane Harvey. A fire specialist with the U.  Read the full story...

  • A tiny sea turtle marches towards the ocean on a wet beach.
    Baby loggerhead sea turtle. Photo by Orsulak, USFWS.

    Public advisory on sea turtle nests and Hurricane Irma

    September 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

    As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, there is the possibility that some sea turtle nests along the coasts may be harmed or disrupted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are advising the public not to interfere with any sea turtles nests or eggs, even if they think they are being helpful by doing so. Sea turtles have a nesting strategy that accommodates natural storm events.  Read the full story...

  • Satellite image of huge hurricane between Florida and Puerto Rico.
    Information icon Hurricane Irma from space. Photo by NASA/NOAA GOES.

    Service prepares for Hurricane Irma

    September 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Releasing water. Moving trucks to higher ground. Closing up shop. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges, fish hatcheries, and offices in Hurricane Irma’s projected path undertook a series of safety and preventive measures Friday in preparation for the killer storm. About 60 Service properties and 400 employees in Florida and Georgia sit within Irma’s hurricane and tropical storm cone. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall near Key Largo, Florida by 8 a.  Read the full story...

  • Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof.
    Information icon Steve Ricks and Jeff Van Vracken, an aquatic ecologist at the Panama City office, lay down a tarp on a National Key Deer Refuge home. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Tips for rebuilding

    September 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Some property owners facing the daunting task of rebuilding homes or businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma don’t have to worry about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) slowing things down. People whose property also serves as habitat to endangered or threatened species can rebuild with minimal government delay, according to the Service. There is but one provision: You must rebuild on the same footprint of the original structure. If you want to rebuild on a larger footprint, you will need to call the Service for a conversation and a permit.  Read the full story...

  • A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Hurricane Irma mid-day on September 6, 2017 off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Satellite Image by NOAA GOES-16.

    Hurricane Irma: How we are responding

    September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Hurricane Irma, the second most powerful Atlantic basin hurricane in recorded history, has killed at least nine people in the Caribbean region, and is projected to be heading for Florida and the southeastern United States soon. “Our priority is the safety of our employees, making sure they are safe and then back to work as soon as personal priorities are taken care of,” said David Viker, acting deputy regional director of the Service’s Southeast Region, which is directly in Irma’s path.  Read the full story...

  • Dozens of grey and white birds taking flight on the beach.
    Elegant and Royal Terns. © Beedie Savage CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Silver Lining: Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network

    May 18, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Many people were upset as they watched the unfolding devastation of wildlife and habitat caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Some were also troubled by the realization that there weren’t adequate baseline data on the birds of the Gulf to assist decision-makers responding to the crisis. “There were bird data, but the bird data were limited and very disjointed,” says the Service’s Randy Wilson.  Read the full story...

  • Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach.
    Brown pelicans sitting on nests at Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    Strategic conservation assessment will help guide gulf conservation

    April 11, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Remember the story of the blind men and the elephant? A group of blind men each feel a different part of an elephant so they end up having widely different interpretations of what the whole elephant looks like. A similar situation exists with land conservation in the Gulf of Mexico region. Although there are a large number of land conservation plans already in existence across the Gulf, many are limited either geographically or organizationally.  Read the full story...

  • Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water.
    Information icon Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by David Hinkel.

    Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

    March 30, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Read the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat.  Read the full story...

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