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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...
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...
September 26, 2017 | 2 minute read
Puerto Rico is a long way from standing upright again, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said on Tuesday. But the U.S. territory shows a few encouraging signs that it is trying to rise after Hurricane Maria knocked it flat. The island remains without power, Service workers said in a Tuesday conference call, but there are a few places where cell-phone service is working. There’s more. Five pallots of supplies – each containing generators, fuel and other essentials – left Miami Monday on a vessel headed to Puerto Rico. Read the full story...
September 25, 2017 | 2 minute read
Puerto Rico faces a “long road” toward recovery after Hurricane Maria, federal officials said Monday. That road has hardly begun. The island remains without power. Water shortages are critical. People are hungry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is scrambling to help. In a conference call Monday, Service employees said they are mobilizing teams, have already sent needed supplies and plan to do more to help the island restore some of life’s basic necessities. Read the full story...
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...
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...
September 19, 2017 | 1 minute read
Puerto Rico, still staggering from Hurricane Irma, is now likely to get knocked down by Hurricane Maria. The category 4 storm is headed its way. Maria, with occasional wind gusts up to 190 mph, is expected to reach Puerto Rico’s east coast by 9 p.m. EST. Expect “extensive damage,” said Kevin Scasny, a meteorologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). “It is not a good time” for Puerto Rico, he said in a Tuesday morning conference call with representatives of various Service divisions. Read the full story...
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...
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...
On eve of early waterfowl hunting season, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Merritt Island NWR urges caution related to Hurricane Irma damage
September 15, 2017 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today urged waterfowl hunters to use caution on the eve of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge’s early waterfowl season pointing to damage and access challenges in Hurricane Irma’s wake. The early waterfowl season is set to run from September 16 through September 24. The early teal season will be open as planned this year. Reaching some areas will be challenging. Hunters should expect high water levels, storm damage and submerged debris. Read the full story...