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  • Water topples over a 25ft tall dam

    North Carolina dam removal helps Rocky River and the endangered fish that lives there

    December 6, 2018 | 4 minute readThe Cape Fear shiner, a federally protected North American minnow found only in central North Carolina, battles to survive with only one stronghold remaining in the lower reaches of the Rocky and Deep Rivers of North Carolina’s Upper Cape Fear River Basin. Many issues have piled up against this little fish, but a massive dam of reinforced concrete, averaging 25 feet tall and 235 feet across stood out, until recently, as a monumental obstacle to the species’ recovery. Learn more...

    Hoosier Dam stood 25 feet tall and 235 feet across the Rocky River in Chatham County. It blocked the endangered Cape Fear shiner from reaching habitat upstream from 1922 until October 2018. Photo by Emily Wells, USFWS.

  • A pine forest with trees snapped in half by high winds and a bent speed limit sign

    After Hurricane Michael

    November 29, 2018 | 6 minute readCamilla, Georgia — Hurricane Michael barreled across prime Southern timber territory, damaging five million acres of pines and hardwoods and destroying nearly $1.7 billion worth of marketable trees. Habitat for many of the region’s at-risk species — red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes — was sundered. Red-cockaded woodpecker in flight. Photo by Martjan Lammertink, U.S. Forest Service. Now, six weeks after Michael killed more than 45 people in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, forest owners salvage timber, clear stands and pray for a market rebound. Learn more...

    Tyndall Air Force Base pine forests were scissored by Hurricane Michael. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • A deep red, wooden baseball bat commemorating the opening of Fayetteville’s new baseball stadium

    Endangered woodpecker is baseball’s newest mascot

    November 13, 2018 | 3 minute readMinor League Baseball has a new mascot, a new team: the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. The team, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, has adopted the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker to adorn team caps, shirts and other items. Note the bat; that bird’s been busy. Photo courtesy of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Take a look at the all-new mascot for the all-new Fayetteville Woodpeckers Minor League Baseball team. Note the fierce gleam in the eye, topped by a scarlet crest. Learn more...

    A baseball bat commemorating the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina’s bew baseball stadium groundbreaking - August 21, 2017. Photo by the City of Fayetteville.

  • A brown sign bent in half by high winds that reads St Vincent NWR

    Survivors of the storm

    October 22, 2018 | 6 minute readBradley Smith seeks evidence that the red wolves survived Hurricane Michael off St. Vincent NWR. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. Apalachicola, Florida — Bradley Smith stood tall on the bow of the SeaArk 21-footer with a VHF antenna held high. It was quiet, too quiet. It had been six days since Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle and Smith was listening for signs of life on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...

    The sand-clogged dock with St. Vincent NWR in the background. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • A fallen street sign blown over by high winds reads Mercedes Ave.

    The Battle for Mercedes Avenue

    October 14, 2018 | 6 minute readPanama City, Florida — The battle for Mercedes Avenue was joined. On one side stood an army of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sawyers, swampers and heavy-equipment operators. On the other, a seemingly impenetrable forest of hurricane-downed pines and oaks blocking the street and keeping locals, utilities and ambulances from getting through. The Service’s sawyers readying to attack a tree. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. Hurricane Michael had ripped across the Panhandle destroying houses, businesses and this city’s once-lovely tree canopy with equally reckless abandon. Learn more...

    Hurricane Michael bent the sign for Mercedes Ave. in half. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • A bowling alley with one wall and part of the roof blown off.

    Service task forces start assisting in Hurricane Michael recovery

    October 13, 2018 | 5 minute readPanama City, Florida – The sawyers and engineers, swampers and commanders arrived in the dark Thursday unable to fully grasp what Hurricane Michael had wrought. But there was no mistaking the devastation when the two-dozen U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers woke Friday in this Panhandle town no longer recognizable. Virtually every tree for miles was down or damaged. Roofs disappeared from homes and businesses along U.S. 98 only to be found a block away. Learn more...

    A bowling alley on US 98 in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Photo by Dan Chapman.

Caribbean

  • A vernal pool surrounded by bright purple flowers in the shadow of a forested mountain.

    Project evaluations

    The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office promotes healthy wildlife and their habitat through a diverse group of programs: Endangered Species, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Contaminants Program, Coastal Program and Project Evaluation. Learn more...

    Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © José Almodóvar.

News

  • New regional director to head southeastern conservation efforts Fish and Wildlife Service

    December 10, 2018 | 2 minute readService officials announced late last month that Leopoldo “Leo” Miranda will head the Service’s Southeast Region. The tract encompasses 10 southeastern states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the full story...

  • An inquisitive red wolf looks into the distance.

    Service extends red wolf review in North Carolina

    November 29, 2018 | 1 minute readIn light of a federal court ruling issued earlier this month in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending its review of a proposed rule to adapt its management of red wolves in the state. The additional review time will provide the Service the opportunity to fully evaluate the implications of the court decision. Read the full story...

    Red wolf (Canis rufus). Photo by Valerie, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • 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.

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