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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...