Tag: Oil Spill
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April 27, 2015 | 4 minute readMost of us, if given a choice, would steer clear of potholes. Many migratory birds, however, actively seek out potholes – provided you’re talking about the thousands of temporary, seasonal, and semi- permanent wetlands wetlands known as “potholes” that are found in the prairies of the Northern Great Plains. Despite their importance to wildlife, these shallow wetland “potholes” are often drained, filled, or degraded by development and agricultural practices. With its mission focus on wetlands restoration and conservation, the Service naturally has placed a priority on enhancing, restoring and acquiring bird habitat in what’s known as the Prairie Pothole Region. Learn more...
The Prairie pothole region is also known as the "Duck Factory". Photo by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.
Occasionally, federal agencies must respond to emergency situations where human life and property are in danger. Examples include oil spills, wildland fire, and weather events such as Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its implementing regulations recognize the need to respond immediately to emergencies and provide special procedures that allow federal agencies the latitude to complete their emergency responses in order to secure human life and property without delay, while still providing them with protections that normal compliance under the ESA would have afforded them. Learn more...
Hurricane Irma mid-day on September 6, 2017 off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Satellite Image by NOAA GOES-16.
Service, Coast Guard, and responsible party responds to 50-barrel oil spill on Delta National Wildlife Refuge with controlled burn
June 3, 2014 | 3 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are working with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator Office, Texas Petroleum Investment Company and Forefront Emergency Management to mitigate an estimated 50-barrel crude oil release on Delta National Wildlife Refuge. A silver sheen was observed by an aerial overflight on May 28, 2014. Texas Petroleum Investment Company (identified as the responsible party), and Forefront Emergency Management responded to conduct an initial assessment, though inclement weather prevented a full response. Read the full story...
Oil boom near Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.
May 9, 2010 | 3 minute readThe 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...
Two workers clean an oiled northern gannet. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.