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  • Female biologist standing in cave, in protective white suit with headlamp, holding a small gray bat.
    Information icon Biologist attached a radio telemetry transmitter to a gray bat, Credit G. Peeples, USFWS.

    Casual sighting leads to endangered bat discovery

    May 26, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Asheville, North Carolina - On May 9, 2016, biologist Chris Kelly saw a lone bat on a bridge crossing the French Broad River outside Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, everything wildlife biologists thought they knew about endangered gray bats in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been upended. Kelly, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was on the bridge doing bird work. Bats aren’t her area of expertise, so she reached out to the state’s bat experts.  Learn more...

  • Cluster of three venus flytraps. Two are open revealing red interior, the other is closed showing green exterior
    Information icon Wild Venus flytrap growing with a variety of plants surrounding it. Photo by Dale Suiter, USFWS.

    Coastal Program funds survey for Venus flytrap

    November 30, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Venus flytrap is one of the most widely known carnivorous plants in the world. This unique species occurs naturally only in the Coastal Plain of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.  Learn more...


  • A small shorebird walking through a tide pool on the beach, with other shorebirds.
    Information icon Tagged red knot. Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Credit: Gregory Breese,USFWS

    Agency Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Rufa Red Knot Shorebird

    July 14, 2021 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposed rule to designate 649,066 acres of critical habitat across 13 states for the rufa red knot, a robin-sized shorebird that relies on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts to fuel its remarkable migrations from the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of South America. If finalized, the designation would not require federal agencies to expand their current approach in reviewing federal actions such as those involving recreation, development or other activities in rufa red knot habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A parrot mid-flight with vibrant green feathers, with blue feathering on the tip of the wings. And red feathers above the beak
    Information icon Puerto Rican Parrot in flight. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 37 Southeastern Species

    July 13, 2021 | 3 minute read

    As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 37 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are primarily found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, but are also known to occur in Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before September 13, 2021.  Read the full story...

  • A lone red wolf, head down, walks along the edge of a field at Alligator River NWR
    Information icon Red wolves once were found across much of the Southeastern United States. Today, about 20 live at Alligator River and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges. Photo by USFWS.

    Each one, much too important to lose

    July 1, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Update to original story Those words echoing again with news of yet two more roadway fatalities. More red wolves taken too soon. On the heels of the death of red wolf 2216, two more wolves are now victims of roadway deaths this year. Four red wolves no longer part of the pack. Recently released from an acclimation pen at Alligator River NWR, red wolves 2236, a male from the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, and 2310, a female from the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri, were killed earlier this week.  Read the full story...

  • Purple wildlfowers in an open field, with power lines in the distance.
    Information icon Smooth coneflower habitat. Photo credit: Caroline S. Krom, USFWS.

    Service Proposes Downlisting Smooth Coneflower From Endangered to Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

    June 23, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Following a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to downlist the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A 4(d) rule that tailors protections while allowing activities that do not hinder its recovery is also being proposed. The proposal represents a significant recovery milestone for the plant following years of ESA-inspired partnerships across its range in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  Read the full story...

  • Summary of the Neuse River waterdog final 4(d) rule- prohibitions and exceptions.

    June 17, 2021 | 5 minute read

    The Service is announcing a final rule that identifies Endangered Species Act protections for the Neuse River waterdog. The final 4(d) rule, published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2021; and will go into effect on July 30, 2021, which is 30 days after it publishes in the Federal Register. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), has broad authority to issue regulations for the conservation of threatened species.  Read the full story...

  • Small catfish with black speckling and noticeable the barbels ("whiskers") around the mouth.
    Information icon The Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS, 1992.

    Service Provides Endangered Species Protections for the Carolina Madtom and Neuse River Waterdog

    June 8, 2021 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect the Carolina madtom a small catfish, and the Neuse River waterdog, an aquatic salamander. The Carolina madtom will receive protection as an endangered species, and 257 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat. The Neuse River waterdog will be protected as a threatened species with an ESA Section 4(d) rule, and 779 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A green, heart shaped leaf plant.
    Information icon Dwarf-flowered-heartleaf. Photo USFWS.

    Service delisting Carolina plant from Endangered Species Act due to recovery

    April 23, 2021 | 2 minute read

    Following a review of the best-available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to delist the dwarf-flowered heartleaf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. The move represents years of ESA-inspired collaborations between state, federal and local stakeholders on behalf of the North Carolina and South Carolina plant. When the plant was listed as threatened under the ESA in 1989, there were only 24 known populations, distributed across eight counties.  Read the full story...

  • Yellow and brown mussels with a long shell.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussel

    April 7, 2021 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the yellow lance, a freshwater mussel found only in the rivers and streams of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The species was listed as threatened under the ESA in 2018 following population declines due to habitat loss and degradation. “Critical habitat is a specific geographic area that is essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species,” said Leo Miranda, Regional Director for the Service’s Southeast Region.  Read the full story...

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