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  • A white and black frog standing on dormant grass.
    Mississippi gopher frog. Photo by John A. Tupy, Western Carolina University.

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat for Mississippi gopher frog

    June 3, 2010 | 5 minute read

    In today’s Federal Register, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat designation for the Mississippi gopher frog, the only federally listed frog in the continental southeastern United States. The proposed critical habitat designation is for 1,957 acres within Forrest, Harrison, Jackson, and Perry counties in southern Mississippi. A total of 1,391 acres of the proposed critical habitat designation are in federal ownership, 96 acres are in state ownership, and 470 acres are in private ownership.  Read the full story...

  • Two gloved workers wearing protective glasses soap up and clean an oiled bird.
    Two workers clean an oiled northern gannet. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.

    First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican National Wildlife Refuge

    May 9, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The first two oiled birds found in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been cleaned and are now recovered and ready for release. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release the birds at 4 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Pelican National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic coast northeast of Vero Beach, Florida. Media wishing to cover the release of the birds should be at Centennial Tower in the refuge by 3:30 p.  Read the full story...

  • A gray bird with bright red spot on its face with a small, furry, beige chick.
    Information icon Sandhill crane and chick. Photo by The Back Road Photographer, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 10 Southeastern species

    April 9, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of seven endangered and three threatened species occurring in one or more of 10 states. These five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these species. Written comments and information related to these five-year reviews must be received on or before June 8, 2010.  Read the full story...

  • Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach.
    Information icon Brown pelicans sitting on nests at Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

    November 11, 2009 | 4 minute read

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton today announced that the brown pelican, a species once decimated by the pesticide DDT, has recovered and is being removed from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. “At a time when so many species of wildlife are threatened, we once in a while have an opportunity to celebrate an amazing success story,” Salazar said.  Read the full story...

  • A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face.
    Shovelnose sturgeon. Photo by Eli Cureton, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for the shovelnose sturgeon

    September 22, 2009 | 4 minute read

    The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to treat the shovelnose sturgeon as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act) due to its similarity of appearance to the endangered pallid sturgeon. The Service is also proposing a special rule that would prohibit harvest of flesh or roe of shovelnose sturgeon and shovelnose–pallid sturgeon hybrids when associated with a commercial fishing activity. The pallid sturgeon was listed as an endangered species in 1990.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers.
    Long-necked and slim, the Northern Pintail is a graceful, elegant bird. Photo by Dan Cox, USFWS.

    Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

    September 11, 2009 | 6 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on September 9, 2009, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved the expenditure of nearly $8 million in Federal Duck Stamp funds to add more than 4,000 wetland acres to seven units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission also approved $33.4 million in federal funding to conserve more than 190,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat in the United States under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).  Read the full story...

  • A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil.
    Gopher tortoise. Photo by Randy Browning, USFWS.

    Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

    September 9, 2009 | 4 minute read

    The Gopher tortoise may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the gopher tortoise in the eastern portion of its range under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service will undertake a more thorough status review of the species to determine whether to propose adding the species to the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.  Read the full story...

  • Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky.
    Information icon Ducks at Upper Ouachita. Photo by Joseph McGowan, USFWS.

    Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

    July 31, 2009 | 6 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed continuation of liberal hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2009-2010 late waterfowl seasons. Duck hunting season lengths would be 60 days in both the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Highlights of the proposed frameworks include: a full season on pintails with a one bird daily bag limit in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways, and a two bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide.  Read the full story...

  • Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.
    People enjoying a boat. Photo by Greg Workman, FWC.

    Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

    June 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

    Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced that $14.6 million will be awarded to 28 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2009. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and provide educational programs for recreational boaters. “Clean Vessel Act funds support construction of facilities in communities that depend on recreational boating for their economy, and depend on clean water for their health,” said Salazar.  Read the full story...

  • Five birds with bright green markings on the side of their head on wing tips swimming.
    Green-winged teal ducks at Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Ronnie Maum, USFWS volunteer.

    Conservation funds GO ZERO® program goes gold with CCB

    June 1, 2009 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Environmental Synergy Inc. (ESI) announced today that a 1,182-acre forest carbon sequestration project along Louisiana’s Red River has received Gold Level Validation, the highest level available under the Go Zero® standards. Supported by donations from The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program, the project, known as the Red River Restoration Initiative, is helping to restore and protect native forestland at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, benefiting wildlife and people alike.  Read the full story...

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