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July 1, 2015 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling just under $1 million to 35 states and the District of Columbia for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and prepare for and respond to WNS, a disease that afflicts bats. “White-nose syndrome has now been confirmed in 26 states and five Canadian provinces,” said Dr. Jeremy Coleman, the Service’s national WNS coordinator. Read the full story...
Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act
June 30, 2015 | 3 minute read
In response to a 2012 petition claiming 53 reptiles and amphibians require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today published a batch of 90-day findings affecting 15 species of frogs, salamanders, snakes, skinks and crayfish found in the Southeast. Five petitioned species will not be given further consideration for federal protection at this time, and 10 species have triggered a deeper scientific review. Read the full story...
June 16, 2015 | 3 minute read
The 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...
Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants
May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read
America’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...
April 29, 2015 | 5 minute read
The 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...
Endangered Species Act protections proposed for two Appalachian Crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2015 | 4 minute read
The 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...
Ultralight-led whooping cranes complete fall migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida
December 11, 2014 | 3 minute read
ST 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...
December 9, 2014 | 4 minute read
Seven 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...
November 14, 2014 | 3 minute read
Seven 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...
September 22, 2014 | 5 minute read
The 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...