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Articles

  • A small green plant growing in a sand dune with bright red/pink stems.

    From Massachusetts to South Carolina, recovering seabeach amaranth

    December 7, 2017 | 6 minute readThis is a story about people, places and a plant — but it’s more than just that. This is a story about faith in a tiny little seed and the huge potential for recovering a threatened species. First things first — the plant Most people have probably never heard of seabeach amaranth, but for such an obscure little dune plant, it bears a mighty burden. This low-growing annual colonizes newly disturbed habitats such as over-wash areas at the end of barrier islands and flat, low-lying areas along the foremost dunes. Learn more...

    Seabeach amaranth at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, NC. Photo by Lilibeth Serrano, USFWS.

Faq

  • A small black bird flies over a lush green marsh

    Proposed listing for the eastern black rail

    October 5, 2018 | 12 minute readWhat action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to protect the eastern black rail, a small secretive marsh bird native to the United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Partially migratory, the eastern black rail is known in as many as 36 states, plus multiple territories and countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is one of four subspecies of black rail, which live in salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes. Learn more...

    Eastern black rail in flight – Texas, April 2016. Photo © Jesse Huth, used with permission, Huth Avian Services.

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    Final rule to list the yellow lance mussel as threatened

    April 2, 2018 | 5 minute readHow does the final listing rule differ from the proposed listing rule? In preparing this final rule, we reviewed and fully considered 22 public comments on the proposed rule. This final rule incorporates minor changes to our proposed listing based on the comments we received. The Species Status Assessment report report was updated based on comments and some additional information provided; many small, non-substantive changes and corrections were made throughout the document including ensuring consistency of colors on maps, providing details about data sources, updating references in threats section, and minor clarifications. Learn more...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

News

  • Seven small brownish-yellow mussels held in open hands by a biologist.

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes threatened status for declining mussel

    October 10, 2018 | 5 minute readThe Atlantic pigtoe, a freshwater mussel native to waters from Virginia to Georgia, has lost more than half of its historical range, and remaining populations may not be sustainable over time. To help this species and its habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to extend protection for it as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also has identified areas that are essential for conservation of this freshwater mussel and proposes to designate 539 river miles in 16 units as critical habitat. Read the full story...

    Atlantic pigtoes ready for release. Photo by USFWS.

  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.

    Service proposes to list the eastern black rail as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    October 5, 2018 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are working to protect a small, secretive marsh bird that is in steep decline. Some populations of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic coast have dropped by as much as 90 percent, and with a relatively small total population remaining across the eastern United States, the Service is proposing to list the subspecies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...

    Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the yellow lance mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    April 2, 2018 | 3 minute readToday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the yellow lance mussel will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) following a rigorous evaluation of the best available science. Partnerships with state wildlife agencies and others have already been established to work toward improving habitat conditions for the mussel, which is one of nature’s most diligent water filterers. Yellow lance current range. Map by Sarah McRae, USFWS. Read the full story...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds yellow lance mussel warrants Endangered Species Act protection

    April 4, 2017 | 4 minute readA freshwater mussel native to waters from Maryland to North Carolina along the Atlantic seaboard is declining. Recent surveys showed the yellow lance mussel has lost 57 percent of its historical range. Read the full story...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

Wildlife

  • A colorful green/brown and red trout covered in small red spots.

    Brook trout

    The brook trout is a fish native to the eastern United States, and is often referred to as speckled trout, spotted trout, brookie, and squaretail. “Brookies” are considered an indicator species, because they help indicate the health or overall quality of the waters they inhabit. Visit the species profile...

    A wildlife biologist holds a small eastern brook trout. Photo by Steve Droter, Chesapeake Bay Program.

  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.

    Eastern black rail

    Black rails are the smallest rails in North America. One of four recognized subspecies of black rail, the eastern black rail is perhaps the most secretive. This small inhabitant of shallow salt and freshwater marshes is rarely seen and has a distinctive "kick-ee-doo" call that is often heard at night. Visit the species profile...

    Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • Bright pink conical flowers.

    Swamp pink

    Swamp pink and it’s beautiful conical flower is only found in wetlands along streams and seepage areas in freshwater swamps. Visit the species profile...

    Flowering swamp pink. Photo by Maja Dumat, CC BY 2.0.

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