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October 19, 2017 | 5 minute read
Hurricane Maria had hardly passed over the small island of Vieques, which is about 10 miles east of Puerto Rico. The land, normally in the full green of early fall, was brown, trees stripped of leaves. The town of Vieques was dark, the houses in the hills just as dark. Learn more...
October 17, 2017 | 6 minute read
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico – They’re old, parenthood behind them, but that hardly means the two senior citizens serve no purpose. They like to talk. Others, sometimes, show up to listen. People here call them Egida, literally, a “house for the elderly.” The Spanish-to-English translation describing their function is not precise, but it’s close enough. The Puerto Rican parrots sit in a cage and call to their wild peers. Learn more...
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...
October 23, 2017 | 3 minute read
A new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey has found that Hurricane Irma killed some of Florida’s endangered Key deer, but that the overall population remains healthy. Prior to Irma, the Service estimated approximately 1,100 deer roamed their core habitats on Big Pine Key and No Name Key. After Irma, Service staff estimated the population at 949 Key deer in the same areas. “We are happy to report Key deer numbers are well within the range we observed before Irma,” said National Key Deer Refuge manager Daniel Clark. Read the full story...
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...
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...
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...
The Caribbean offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Maria
September 29, 2017 | 1 minute read
For any Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Energy, etc. issues please contact Robert Tawes, Chief, division of Environmental Review at email@example.com or by phone at 404-679-7142 For any issues regarding recovery of Endangered Species or Coastal Barrier Resource Act please contact Aaron Valenta, Chief, Division of Recovery and Restoration at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404-679-4144 If for any reason you can not reach them you can also try Victoria Davis, Chief of Staff for Ecological Services at victoria_davis@fws. Read the full story...
September 28, 2017 | 2 minute read
The going has been hard, the searches exhausting, but the efforts of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers dispatched to Puerto have borne fruit: All of the Service’s 61 employees on the crippled island are OK. That was the highlight of Thursday’s conference call on the status of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, the category 4 hurricane that smashed into the U.S. territory last week. Crews have tracked down all the Service workers, some cut off from communications and travel following the storm’s vicious passage. Read the full story...
September 27, 2017 | 1 minute read
A dozen more U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffers have landed in Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria recovery, joining teams already on the island. But they face daunting challenges. The U.S. territory still has almost no electricity, and fresh drinking water is a big problem for many, Service employees in Puerto Rico said Wednesday on a conference call. Fuel is extremely hard to get, which makes operations more difficult. Read the full story...