Tag: Panama City Ecological Services Field Office
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April 20, 2015 | 2 minute read
Did you know that the good health of the Gulf of Mexico depends on places far from the Gulf Coast? Thirty-one states (more than 50% of the contiguous US) have rivers, creeks, and streams that eventually drain into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico watershed includes states as far away as Montana and New York! Did you know that it is actually very easy to cause additional harm to the environment when cleaning up oiled shorelines? Learn more...
November 22, 2013 | 4 minute read
Big Canoe Creek is home to some of America’s rarest aquatic species. A project sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is already dramatically improving water quality and habitat of the creek, giving those imperiled species a better chance at recovery. Learn more...
September 22, 2014 | 5 minute read
The Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally protected species that will be getting a check-up. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Service is seeking comments and information from the public on all 27 species by November 24, 2014, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register. Read the full story...
May 19, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 25 endangered and eight threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states in the Southeast and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide written information and comments concerning these species on or before May 27, 2014. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Read the full story...
April 4, 2014 | 4 minute read
The *rufa* red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that visits the U.S. on its annual journey between the tips of the Americas, is in trouble. The knot’s population has declined by about 75 percent in some areas since the 1980s. Changing climate conditions are already affecting the bird’s food supply, the timing of its migration and its breeding habitat in the Arctic. The shorebird also is losing habitat along its range due to sea level rise, shoreline projects and development. Read the full story...
October 9, 2012 | 4 minute read
Eight Gulf Coast mussels are in danger of becoming extinct or threatened with extinction in the foreseeable future, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. As a result, the Service will protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and will continue to work with conservation partners to aid the species’ recovery and address current and future threats. The Alabama pearlshell, round ebonyshell, southern kidneyshell, Choctaw bean, tapered pigtoe, narrow pigtoe, southern sandshell and fuzzy pigtoe are all freshwater mussels found in streams in south Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Read the full story...
May 22, 2012 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ interim plan for operating Jim Woodruff Dam (Lake Seminole) on the Apalachicola River will not threaten the continued existence of federally protected freshwater mussels and the Gulf sturgeon fish in Florida. The Biological Opinion released to the Corps today includes an Incidental Take Statement, which provides the Corps an exemption from take under the Endangered Species Act for harming protected species. Read the full story...
September 16, 2011 | 5 minute read
NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule today changing the listing of loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act from a single threatened species to nine distinct population segments listed as either threatened or endangered. Scientists believe this will help focus their sea turtle conservation efforts to the specific needs of the distinct populations. NOAA and FWS share jurisdiction for loggerhead sea turtles listed under the ESA. Read the full story...
March 28, 2011 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reclassifying the Okaloosa darter (Etheostoma okaloosae) from the status of endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act, saying that the population is being managed so well, the small fish is making major strides in its fight for recovery. The announcement was made today by Acting Director Rowan Gould at a ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base to celebrate the accomplishment and honor those involved. Read the full story...
March 23, 2011 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on the draft recovery plan for Gentian Pinkroot, a federally listed, endangered herb. Read the full story...