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  • A team of USFWS employees gather in a circle for directions from Incident Commander Sami Gray.
    Information icon Incident commander Sami Gray holds a morning briefing. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    A tough woman gets the job done

    October 16, 2017 | 10 minute read

    Big Pine Key, Florida – It was hot already at 8 a.m. with temperatures expected to soar under a cloudless, tropical sky. The men and few women gathered at the Nut Farm, a former coconut tree plantation tucked amid downed trees and storm-wracked buildings, were receiving their daily marching orders. It had been a week since Irma and her 180 mph winds came ashore a couple of Keys over, and the U.  Learn more...

  • Men in hard hats and yellow safety vests line up for lunch.
    “The Fish and Wildlife people have just been tremendous,” said school principal Jim Ragusa. “They’ve been working their butts off.” Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

    A tiny town hit hard by Irma

    September 17, 2017 | 9 minute read

    Everglades City, Florida - Billy Snyder stood in mud-caked boots in his mud-caked living room, or what used to be his living room before Hurricane Irma roared in. Kayla Kimmel, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, talks to homeowner Billy Snyder in his ruined living room in Everglades City. “Having people come in who can get big parts of [the job] done takes a lot of the stress off,” she said.  Learn more...

  • A man in protective gear uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree.
    Fallen tree at National Key Deer Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    ‘Lots of new help here,’ as recovery picks up and residents begin returning

    September 16, 2017 | 5 minute read

    Big Pine Key, Florida – Hurricane Irma hammered the Florida Keys a week ago Sunday and the recovery has been a whirl of progress and promise.  Learn more...

News

  • A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.
    Information icon A Key deer in velvet. Photo by USFWS.

    First, do no harm: keeping wildlife wild and healthy

    October 10, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Vero Beach, Florida – The old doctors’ adage “First, do no harm” also applies to wildlife, in this case Key deer. Legitimately trying to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, well-meaning people have been providing a variety of food products (corn, dog/cat food, etc.) for Key deer and other wildlife. But feeding them could do more harm than good. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) strongly urges the public not to feed wildlife, particularly Key deer.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.
    Information icon Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

    A tale of two photos

    October 6, 2017 | 3 minute read

    To appreciate how one hurricane gave Puerto Rico only a glancing blow, while the next delivered a hit that left the island prone, you need only look at the two photos. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Irma. Photo by USFWS. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Maria. Photo by USFWS. The photos depict the same place, the road leading into Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest.  Read the full story...

  • A colorful radar map.
    Information icon Weather radar for the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

    Rain coming

    October 4, 2017 | 2 minute read

    A storm is brewing off the coast of Nicaragua that could drench the Florida Keys, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meteorologist said Wednesday. At worst, the storm could develop into a “minimal hurricane” that could make landfall late this weekend around Louisiana, said meteorologist Kevin Scasny. He shared the forecast with other Service employees during a morning conference call focusing on cleanup efforts in the Caribbean following Hurricane Maria.  Read the full story...

  • A small deer with two small emerging antlers lays on a slab of concrete while taking a drink of water from plastic tupperware.
    Information icon A dehydrated Key deer drinks water provided by USFWS at National Key Deer Refuge. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Thirsty Key deer get a helping hand from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the public

    September 22, 2017 | 6 minute read

    Big Pine Key, Florida – Key deer, the lovably docile and locally iconic herbivores that meander across the piney marshlands and in-town streets of the Lower Keys, were hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Some survivors seem listless and dehydrated a week after Irma wracked this hard-hit island, home to National Key Deer Refuge. The storm’s surge – 4 feet high in places – inundated freshwater drinking holes turning them salty and unpalatable.  Read the full story...

  • An USFWS employee in uniform looks at a small screen to register the salinity level of a small pond.
    Information icon Chris Eggleston, project leader at the Southwest Louisiana NWR Complex tests salinity levels on the National Key Deer Refuge. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Community assistance opportunity to help Florida Keys wildlife

    September 20, 2017 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed surveys of areas known to provide fresh water to wildlife in the National Key Deer Refuge (No Name and Big Pine Keys west to Sugarloaf Key) following Hurricane Irma. Due to the storm surge from Hurricane Irma, salinity levels in fresh water wetlands are on average higher than acceptable levels for most wildlife species, including the endangered Key deer, resident and migratory birds, rabbits, butterflies, and other species.  Read the full story...

  • A yellow backhoe moves a large pine tree from a road.
    Information icon Grant Lovato, a fire equipment operator from Louisiana, uses a backhoe to remove a tree that was blocking a public road at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

    FWS crew gives state partners at Stephen C. Foster a lift speeding up its reopening

    September 15, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia - Sometimes the best tool for the job is a large backhoe. Bright yellow and unstoppable, the big John Deere machine was just part of the heavy equipment packed by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service task force deployed to help where needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Comprised of 14 Service veterans from several Southeastern states, with a heavy Louisiana contingent, the team made it to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, just a couple of days after Irma had toppled trees and raised havoc with 60 mph winds.  Read the full story...

  • An 18-wheeler used for emergency response.
    Information icon North Mississippi Task Force responds to Hurricane Irma. Photo by USFWS.

    Knocking on doors, saving lives

    September 15, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Big Pine Key, Florida – Hurricane Irma killed eight people in the Florida Keys. Sami Gray, newly arrived and in charge, did her part to make sure there wouldn’t be a 9th body found, not on her watch. Gray, the incident commander for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service response to the hurricane asked law-enforcement officers to undertake another round of “wellness checks” Thursday afternoon in and around the National Key Deer Refuge.  Read the full story...

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