skip to content

Tag: Gulf

The content below has been tagged with the term “Gulf.”

Articles

  • A bird on the wing with black feathers on its wings and white breast.
    Swallow-tailed kite. Photo by Walter Rodriguez, CC BY 2.0.

    Tracking “Panther,” the swallow-tailed kite

    November 28, 2016 | 2 minute read

    June 8, 2016, was an exciting day at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge when the Avian Research and Conservation Institute captured a swallow-tailed kite, now known as “Panther”, and fitted him with a GPS tracking transmitter funded by Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge. Panther has given collaborators the opportunity to follow his travels from refuge nesting grounds, more than 600 miles up to South Carolina, then back down to cross the Gulf of Mexico and the Andes for southbound migration.  Learn more...

  • A beige agricultural landscape dotted by hundreds of small ponds.
    The Prairie pothole region is also known as the "Duck Factory". Photo by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

    BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds migrate north

    April 27, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Most of us, if given a choice, would steer clear of potholes. Many migratory birds, however, actively seek out potholes – provided you’re talking about the thousands of temporary, seasonal, and semi- permanent wetlands wetlands known as “potholes” that are found in the prairies of the Northern Great Plains. Despite their importance to wildlife, these shallow wetland “potholes” are often drained, filled, or degraded by development and agricultural practices. With its mission focus on wetlands restoration and conservation, the Service naturally has placed a priority on enhancing, restoring and acquiring bird habitat in what’s known as the Prairie Pothole Region.  Learn more...

  • A tiny turtle hatchling covered in sand.
    Green sea turtle hatchling at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Keenan Adams, USFWS.

    Five things you need to know

    April 20, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Did you know that the good health of the Gulf of Mexico depends on places far from the Gulf Coast? Thirty-one states (more than 50% of the contiguous US) have rivers, creeks, and streams that eventually drain into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico watershed includes states as far away as Montana and New York! Did you know that it is actually very easy to cause additional harm to the environment when cleaning up oiled shorelines?  Learn more...

News

  • 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...

  • TWo biologists on a beach wearing gloves photograph and document a dead sea gull.
    Information icon A USFWS biologist documents the GPS coordinates for a dead gull found in Gulfport, Mississippi, during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.

    Service employees lead studies on toxic and physical effects of oil on birds

    August 3, 2016 | 2 minute read

    The USFWS led efforts to assess the injury to bird species caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read the full story...

  • TWo biologists on a beach wearing gloves photograph and document a dead sea gull.
    Information icon A USFWS biologist documents the GPS coordinates for a dead gull found in Gulfport, Mississippi, during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed as many as 102,000 birds across 93 species

    June 1, 2016 | 5 minute read

    In order to hold those responsible for an oil spill accountable for injury and death of wildlife biologists estimate the total number of animals killed, which can be a difficult process.  Read the full story...

  • Bright green needles emerge from a central cone of a longleaf pine tree
    Information icon Longleaf pine needles. Photo by Dot Paul, USDA NRCS.

    Seeing the forest for the trees

    April 6, 2016 | 3 minute read

    More than 30 animal species that depend on longleaf pine forests are federally listed as endangered or threatened, and many more are considered to be at-risk. This is why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with partners to restore longleaf pine across the southeastern United States.  Read the full story...

  • Kemps ridley sea turtle laying in the sand. Large with grey shell and yellow body with grey speckles.
    Kemps ridley sea turtle. Photo by NER Sea Turtle Stranding Network.

    New report assesses the impacts of emerging threats on Gulf coast species and ecosystems

    November 13, 2015 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA), a comprehensive report that evaluates the effects of climate change, sea level rise and urbanization on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 species that depend on them. The ecosystems are mangrove, oyster reef, tidal emergent marsh and barrier islands. The species are roseate spoonbill, blue crab, clapper rail, mottled duck, spotted seatrout, eastern oyster, American oystercatcher, red drum, black skimmer, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and Wilson’s plover.  Read the full story...

  • Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline.
    Brown pelicans flying near Queen Bess Island off Grand Isle, LA during BP oil spill response. Photo by Tom MacKenzie USFWS.

    Using sound science, the service addresses urgent habitat needs for birds and other wildlife along the Gulf coast

    July 8, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is coordinating efforts along the Gulf Coast to safeguard wildlife such as shorebirds, waterfowl, marsh birds, sea birds, and sea turtles from the effects of oil. Working closely with state, federal and non-government partners, the Service is identifying the most pressing habitat needs of these at-risk species, recommending strategic habitat conservation activities to address those needs, and helping to implement projects along the coast from Florida to Texas.  Read the full story...

Podcasts

  • Two bright white birds with red patches on their face and long slender legs standing in the a dormant grassy field.
    Information icon Whooping cranes. Photo by D. Serverson, USFWS.

    Whooping cranes headed south

    January 3, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Ten of the world’s most endangered birds recently flew across the Southern Appalachians, led by a trio of ultra-light aircraft. The birds were the 10th group of whooping cranes to be escorted from Wisconsin in an ongoing effort to establish a new flock of migrating whooping cranes. For years all of the migrating wild cranes were part of a flock that flew between Wisconsin and Texas, however several years ago a project came together to establish an eastern flock of the cranes, flying between Wisconsin and Florida.  Learn more...

Contact Us:

Looking for a media contact? Reach out to a regional spokesperson.

Share this page

Tweet this page on Twitter or follow @USFWSsoutheast

Share this page on Facebook or follow USFWSsoutheast.

LinkedIn

Share this page on LinkedIn