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  • A beige agricultural landscape dotted by hundreds of small ponds.
    The Prairie pothole region is also known as the "Duck Factory". Photo by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

    BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds migrate north

    April 27, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Most of us, if given a choice, would steer clear of potholes. Many migratory birds, however, actively seek out potholes – provided you’re talking about the thousands of temporary, seasonal, and semi- permanent wetlands wetlands known as “potholes” that are found in the prairies of the Northern Great Plains. Despite their importance to wildlife, these shallow wetland “potholes” are often drained, filled, or degraded by development and agricultural practices. With its mission focus on wetlands restoration and conservation, the Service naturally has placed a priority on enhancing, restoring and acquiring bird habitat in what’s known as the Prairie Pothole Region.  Learn more...


  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.
    Information icon A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

    Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

    June 2, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Washington, D.C. — The monarch butterfly, Topeka shiner and gopher tortoise are among the imperiled species that will benefit from $5.7 million in grants to 11 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants focus on large-scale conservation projects to conserve and recover species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. They will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners.  Read the full story...

  • A bald eagle strewn on the grass laying on its back.
    Poisoned eagle in Louisiana. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement.

    $11,000 reward offered for information in death of bald eagles in Plaquemine, Louisiana

    May 28, 2015 | 3 minute read

    Federal and state wildlife officers are investigating the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles in Iberville parish, Louisiana, last month. A reward of up to $11,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $5,000; The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000; and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Operation Game Thief program is offering $1,000.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal announce proposal to remove Louisiana black bear from endangered species list

    May 20, 2015 | 5 minute read

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Thanks to a highly successful public-private partnership spanning more than two decades, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the Louisiana black bear – the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” – from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “The Louisiana black bear symbolizes how the Endangered Species Act can be a remarkably effective tool to protect and recover threatened and endangered species when we work in close partnership with states and other stakeholders,” Jewell said.  Read the full story...

  • An injured bald eagle crouched in a field.
    Information icon The gunshot wounds to the eagle were too severe for survival so this representative of our national symbol had to be euthanized. Photo by Adam Caughern.

    $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

    March 31, 2015 | 2 minute read

    SHREVEPORT, LA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found near Cavett River Road in Gilliam, Louisiana. The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this unlawful act.  Read the full story...

  • Coiled up black pinesnake on grass.
    Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    Service proposes to designate Critical Habitat and announces re-opening of comment period on proposed listing of black pinesnake

    March 10, 2015 | 18 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the black pinesnake under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A proposed rule to list the black pinesnake as threatened was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014. At the same time, the Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat designation. The public is invited to submit comments on all of these actions through a 60-day comment period ending May 11, 2015.  Read the full story...

  • Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.
    Information icon We hope for a tremendous viewing audience for this amazing spectacle! Photo by Nick Baldwin, a refuge volunteer.

    Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

    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...

  • A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight.
    American bittern takes flight. Photo by Steve Brooks.

    Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

    November 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

    The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $28 million in funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to purchase, lease, restore or otherwise conserve more than 128,000 acres of wetland habitats for ducks, bitterns, sandpipers and other birds in the United States. In the Southeast, projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina received a combined total of $9,861,731 in federal funds and another $20,888,399 in matching funds from non-federal organizations and agencies.  Read the full story...

  • Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen.
    Whooping cranes in Tennessee. Credit: Operation Migration.

    Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

    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...

  • An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.
    Information icon Adult Red wolf. Photo by Brad McPhee, Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of gunshot red wolf

    October 17, 2014 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead.  Read the full story...

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