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Tag: Panama City Ecological Services Field Office

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  • Two people work together to lift a large sea turtle next to a wheelbarrow.
    Information icon Jeff Schlafke and Anna Clark from Panama City but working in Cape San Blas, Gulf County, Florida where the stunned turtle event occurred. Photo by USFWS.

    Service helps sea turtles hit by Florida freeze

    January 8, 2018 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped rescue hundreds of near-frozen sea turtles during Florida’s recent cold snap. Roughly 900 threatened or endangered turtles, mostly green turtles, but including Kemp’s Ridleys and loggerheads, were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as water temperatures dropped below 50 degrees. Most were taken to the Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach where they were warmed up and fed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Learn more...

  • A man in protective gear uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree.
    Fallen tree at National Key Deer Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    ‘Lots of new help here,’ as recovery picks up and residents begin returning

    September 16, 2017 | 5 minute read

    Big Pine Key, Florida – Hurricane Irma hammered the Florida Keys a week ago Sunday and the recovery has been a whirl of progress and promise.  Learn more...

  • Two finely manicured hands reach for a tiny gopher tortoise hiding in its shell on sandy soil.
    Information icon A gopher tortoise hiding in its shell. Photo by Ben Williams.

    Florida couple dedicates property to conservation

    July 20, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Ben and LouAnn Williams own approximately 3,400 acres of pinelands interspersed with bottomland hardwoods in Putnam County, Florida, between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. Their property contributes to conservation on a regional scale because it is adjacent to publicly owned conservation areas, creating an important link in a chain of conservation lands from central Florida to the Georgia state line. Sandhill after prescribed burn. Photo by Ben Williams. In 2012, the Williams’ began establishing longleaf pine on their property and reintroduced prescribed burning.  Learn more...


  • A hand holding a small lobster shaped crayfish.
    Panama City crayfish. Photo by USFWS.

    Panama City Crayfish Proposed Listing Under the Endangered Species Act

    January 3, 2018 | 3 minute read

    What is the Panama City crayfish? The Panama City crayfish is a small, semi-terrestrial crayfish that grows to about two inches in length, minus claws, and is found only in Bay County, Florida. The life history of the Panama City crayfish is not well known. However, many crayfish species have a maximum lifespan of 1.5 to 3.5 years. Why is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing to list the Panama City crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)?  Learn more...


  • A low growing shrub with bright purple flowers.
    Information icon Endangered Pyne’s ground-plum. Photo by NPS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 35 Southeastern species

    May 7, 2018 | 5 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 35 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before July 6, 2018. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  Read the full story...

  • A uniformed biologist shows off a specimen to three YCC students.
    Information icon Jennifer Owen-White shares her love of wildlife with members of the Youth Conservation Corps. Photo by USFWS.

    Summer employment opportunity with the Youth Conservation Corps

    April 12, 2018 | 1 minute read

    The Youth Conservation Corps of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility.  Read the full story...

  • A hand holding a brownish red crayfish near a cameras lens with a stream in the background.
    Information icon Panama City crayfish. Photo by FWC.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing Panama City crayfish as federally threatened

    January 3, 2018 | 4 minute read

    Panama City, Florida – Based on the best available science, the Service has found that the Panama City crayfish – a two-inch-long crustacean found only in the open pine flatwoods and wet prairie marshes of Bay County, Florida – meets the definition of “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and is proposing it for listing. The Service is opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Under the ESA, a threatened species is one that is likely to become extinct within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Read the full story...

  • A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly.
    Information icon Blackfin sucker. Photo by Matthew Thomas, KDFWR.

    Endangered Species Act protections not needed for Southeastern fish and crayfish

    December 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

    A crayfish found in sinkholes and freshwater spring caves in the Florida panhandle and a small fish found in clear headwater streams of the Upper Barren River System in Kentucky and Tennessee, do not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Read the full story...

  • Two young ladies showing off awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    Information icon Sabrina and Starr Myers celebrate completion of a Youth Conservation Corps internship. Photo by USFWS.

    Rutherford High School students complete summer YCC program

    August 23, 2017 | 1 minute read

    The Fish and Wildlife Service, Panama City Field Office congratulates Rutherford High School students Sabrina and Starr Myers for a productive and successful summer as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). This federally funded youth employment program facilitated by the Department of Interior, gives local high school student and opportunity for hands on experience working with endangered species and scientific research through civic engagement. Starr and Sabrina worked with biologist specializing in Gulf sturgeon, beach mice, sea turtles, Flatwood salamander and freshwater mussels.  Read the full story...

  • Summer youth employment at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    July 19, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Instead of the typical summer high school job flipping burgers or waiting tables, Sabrina and Star will work side by side with biologists working to achieve the Service’s mission for federal trust species inclu, gopher tortoises and sea turtles.  Read the full story...

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