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  • A bright orange sunrise looking down a coastal beach with a silhouette recording data from the dunes with a golf cart midway between the silhouette and the surf
    Information icon Sunrise on Dauphin Island, Alabama Audubon staff conducts some early morning monitoring activities. Photo by Drew Heffenden, Nature Travel Specialists

    In Alabama, conservation is for the birds

    March 1, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Whether it’s the Yellowhammer State or the Cotton State, whatever you call the state of Alabama, an abundance of birds calls it home. “Yellowhammer” in fact refers to the common name for the northern flicker woodpecker — which just happens to be the state bird of Alabama. Specifically, coastal Alabama is home to a treasure trove of avian species that nest on the beach and use the area for stopover on their migratory journeys around the world.  Learn more...

  • An aerial photograph of a coastal marsh with a breakwater.
    Information icon Aerial photograph of PO-0148 Living Shoreline Demonstration Project, constructed in 2016, which provides approximately three miles of reef breakwater structure along the shoreline of Eloi Point. The adjacent Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline Project, PO-0174, will create an additional nine to eleven miles of reef breakwaters. Photo by Gulf Coast Aerial Mapping, Mott Macdonald, Louisiana CPRA.

    In defense for our shorelines, the natural way

    August 5, 2020 | 5 minute read

    It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the air is thick with heat and humidity, and people have begun to watch their weather forecasts with a nervous eye out for a special set of names — the names associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have predicted an above-normal to near-normal hurricane season, as evidenced with the recent storm event of Hurricane Hanna in south Texas.  Learn more...

  • A beige agricultural landscape dotted by hundreds of small ponds.
    The Prairie pothole region is also known as the "Duck Factory". Photo by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

    BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds migrate north

    April 27, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Most 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...

Endangered-Species-Act

  • A massive hurricane threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Information icon Hurricane Irma mid-day on September 6, 2017 off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Satellite Image by NOAA GOES-16.

    Emergency consultation

    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 Michael, 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...

News

  • Aerial image of small crescent shaped island. Waves crash into beachfront with marsh behind
    Information icon Aerial view of the north end of North Breton Island. Photo by USFWS

    Massive restoration project begins on North Breton Island

    December 18, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the start of restoration work on North Breton Island as the first of 5.87 million cubic yards of dredged sand is placed on the island. This project will add 400 acres of barrier island wildlife habitat to address some of the injuries to birds caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project was approved in 2014 as one of the three components of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Phase III Early Restoration Louisiana Outer Coast Project.  Read the full story...

  • A long brown floating oil boom with a fishing vessel in the background.
    Oil boom near Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    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 read

    The 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...

  • Two gloved workers wearing protective glasses soap up and clean an oiled bird.
    Two workers clean an oiled northern gannet. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.

    First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican National Wildlife Refuge

    May 9, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The 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...

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