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  • black and white photograph of a man posing with a mounted eastern cougar.

    Extinct eastern cougar subspecies proposed for removal from endangered species list

    June 16, 2015 | 3 minute readThe eastern cougar has likely been extinct for at least 70 years; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the extinct subspecies from the endangered species list. Read the full story...

    Eastern cougar. Photo by Northeastern Wildlife Station.

  • Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.

    Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

    May 13, 2015 | 5 minute readAmerica’s waterways provide critical wildlife habitat, drinking water for Americans across the country, and recreational opportunities to millions. To advance both purposes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today more than $16.2 million in funding to 27 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program. In the Southeast Region, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will benefit from coastal and inland projects with $3,689,478 in grant funding. Read the full story...

    People enjoying a boat. Photo by Greg Workman, FWC.

  • A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.

    Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

    April 29, 2015 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat designations for the Neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot mussels in rivers of 12 states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final designations are smaller than those proposed nearly three years ago, and include a significant change to what the Service proposed in Arkansas for the rabbitsfoot, reducing the designation there by 27 percent. The final critical habitat designations in Arkansas affect less than two percent of the state’s total perennial stream miles as defined by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Read the full story...

    Threatened rabbitsfoot mussel. Photo by Bob Butler, USFWS.

  • A lobster shaped and colored crayfish in an aquarium.

    Endangered Species Act protections proposed for two Appalachian Crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

    April 6, 2015 | 4 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...

    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University

  • Two whooping cranes follow a large fan powered glider in front of a gray sky.

    Ultralight-led whooping cranes complete fall migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida

    December 11, 2014 | 3 minute readST MARKS, FL - Early this morning, seven young whooping cranes following two ultralight aircraft during a two-month migration landed at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge where they will spend the winter. They traveled 63 days and 1,100 miles from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to St. Marks. “After today’s destination flight lasting 50 minutes, our seven-month-old whooping cranes touched down for the first time on their new winter home,” said Heather Ray of Operation Migration. Read the full story...

    Two whooping cranes fly over St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge following the second ultralight aircraft. Photo by Terri Calleson, USFWS.

  • Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.

    Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

    December 9, 2014 | 4 minute readSeven whooping cranes following pilots in two ultralight aircraft lifted off from Pike County, Alabama today and flew 117 miles before landing in Decatur County, Georgia. It sounds very simple, but in reality is amazingly difficult. Why? Well it seems cranes just have minds of their own. And if it’s cold, or the wind isn’t right, they don’t just automatically follow these brave pilots dressed up like whooping cranes flying ultralight aircraft. Read the full story...

    We hope for a tremendous viewing audience for this amazing spectacle! Photo by Nick Baldwin, a refuge volunteer.

  • Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen.

    Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

    November 14, 2014 | 3 minute readSeven young whooping cranes are making their way south in their first migration from Wisconsin, being led by costumed pilots in ultralight aircraft. But the weather isn’t cooperating, and after making only 52 miles in 34 days, the migration team decided to use ground transportation to move the cranes into Tennessee and more favorable migration conditions. The seven young whooping cranes started their southward journey on October 10, 2014, from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County, near Princeton, Wisconsin. Read the full story...

    Whooping cranes in Tennessee. Credit: Operation Migration.

  • A strange looking salamander with horns.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

    September 22, 2014 | 5 minute readThe Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally protected species that will be getting a check-up. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Service is seeking comments and information from the public on all 27 species by November 24, 2014, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register. Read the full story...

    Reticulated flatwoods salamander larva. Photo by Kevin Enge, FWC.

  • A long stemmed plant with bright yellow flowers.

    Service estimates economic impact of Critical Habitat designations for three southern plants

    May 28, 2014 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks additional public comment on proposed critical habitat for three plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. About 2,488 acres on 30 parcels have been identified as habitat critical to the plants’ survival. In addition, the Service seeks comment on a draft economic analysis that considers the cost of the critical habitat designation to federal, state and local governments. The estimated costs of the designation range from $410 to $21,000 per year, and is expected to be borne largely in administrative costs by federal and state agencies. Read the full story...

    Short's bladderpod. Photo by John MacGregor, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

  • A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.

    Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

    May 13, 2014 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday will reopen the public comment period for 60 days on the proposed designations of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket and Rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act. Both species are freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States. To provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposal designations, ask questions and submit their comments in person, the Service will hold two public meetings in early June in Arkansas during the comment period. Read the full story...

    Threatened rabbitsfoot mussel. Photo by Bob Butler, USFWS.

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