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  • A lone pine tree stands tall on a narrow peninsula along a bay
    Information icon Weeks Bay marsh, Alabama. Photo by Weeks Bay NERR.

    Gateway to Weeks Bay conserved for future generations

    June 2, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Whether gliding through the mouth of Weeks Bay by motor or paddle craft, the first strip of land that catches a voyager’s eye is the East Gateway Tract. The tract is roughly 175 acres of critically important and diverse land that includes micro-dune habitat, tidal streams, marshland, and forested wetlands. The water surrounding East Gateway is a prime fishing location with a prevalence of redfish and speckled trout, which is not to be outdone by the bird watching opportunities on the tract, as it provides wonderful habitat for migratory birds.  Learn more...

  • A manatee breaks the surface of a small river with marsh in the background.
    Information icon Jno, with her new tag, feeds near Ossabaw Island on April 1. Photo by Clay George, Georgia DNR, taken under FWS permit MA37808A-2.

    Rescued manatee makes long-haul return

    April 9, 2020 | 2 minute read

    The big manatee rescued near Savannah last October recently reaffirmed one thing: When she’s ready to migrate, it’s best not to get in her way. The female nicknamed Jno swam from Miami to Savannah in 30 days along the Intracoastal Waterway, covering 500 miles between March 3 and April 2, according to satellite transmitter data tracked by Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It wasn’t Jno’s first interstate journey. After being stranded on a berm at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and saved with the help of a dozer Oct.  Learn more...

  • A vidographer films as a wildlife biologist returns a black snake to its natural habitat
    Information icon BBC-PBS crew filming TNC's David Printiss at TNC's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve with threatened eastern indigo snake. Photo by The Nature Conservancy.

    “PBS Nature: Wild Florida” Captures Beauty and Challenges of Conservation Work

    February 10, 2020 | 1 minute read

    Show airs 8 p.m. Feb. 12 Florida is well-known for its beaches and year-round sun, but it is also home to a wild side, with pine forests, coral reefs, manatees, and the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Every year, this state faces the full forces of nature: from wildfires to flooding to powerful hurricanes. Now, a growing human population, rising sea levels and abandoned exotic pets, like the Burmese python, are added threats to this wild paradise.  Learn more...

  • Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water.
    Information icon Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by David Hinkel.

    Manatees hanging out in mitigation feature in Southwest Florida

    May 15, 2019 | 3 minute read

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists monitoring the progress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) were excited to hear that up to 20 Florida manatees used the manatee mitigation feature south of Port of the Islands marina in Collier County, Florida, in January and February. Kim Dryden, biologist. Photo by USFWS. That manatee mitigation feature is a refugium built by the South Florida Water Management District a couple of years ago.  Learn more...

  • Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.
    Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL. Photo by David Hinkel, USFWS.

    ‘I had to do something’

    September 11, 2017 | 3 minute read

    He was sick of watching the televised radar images, that big red storm heading steadily his way. With Hurricane Irma still hours south of his Bradenton home, Marcelo Clavijo said he’d had enough.  Learn more...

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.
    Information icon Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute read

    It meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike.  Learn more...

News

  • Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water.
    Information icon Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by David Hinkel.

    Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

    March 30, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Read the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.
    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Credit: Jim Reid, USFWS.

    Service releases access plans for Three Sisters Springs for the upcoming winter season

    September 15, 2016 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established updated, science-based protocols to help determine when Three Sisters Springs is open for in-water wildlife viewing this winter. “Our goal is to be fully transparent on how we make day-to-day decisions for in-water public access to Three Sisters Springs this winter,” said Joyce Palmer, the new Project Leader for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “We know that cold weather and high tides increase the likelihood of higher numbers of manatees inside the springs, but other factors will also be considered to ensure manatees are not disturbed.  Read the full story...

  • A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.
    Manatee. Photo by S. Whitecraft, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened

    January 7, 2016 | 5 minute read

    MIAMI, FL – As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions, and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to downlist the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations.  Read the full story...

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.
    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Photo by Jim Reid, USFWS.

    Service extends comment period for proposed management changes at Three Sisters Springs

    November 23, 2015 | 1 minute read

    In response to requests received from the local community and elected officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the comment period by more than three weeks on a draft proposal for the future management of Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge through Friday, December 18, 2015. “In conversations with tour operators, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, and congressional representatives, we believe extending the comment period on our revised proposal is needed,” said James Burnett, project leader for the Northwest Florida National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Read the full story...

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