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A hillside with debris and trees snapped in half like twigs.

Aid in the shade

August 9, 2018 | 4 minute readIn September 2017, Puerto Rico was already reeling from Hurricane Irma, which had doused it with torrential rains and caused widespread damage. Then, two weeks later, Hurricane Maria roared through, killing hundreds of residents, wiping out buildings, entire landscapes of vegetation, and practically the entire electrical grid. It was the worst natural disaster on record for the U.S. commonwealth island, which is still recovering from the Category 4 storm. Learn more...

A portion of Jose Roig’s coffee plantation immediately after Hurricane Maria struck. Photo by USFWS.

A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds.

Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

November 9, 2017 | 5 minute readHurricanes are never welcome, but they can prompt changes in buildings to make them better, stronger, and more capable of handling high water and even higher winds. Learn more...

The rebuilt Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge visitor's center built to withstand future storms.

Fallen trees crushed many of the Puerto Rican parrot breeding cages.

Partners in chaos

October 25, 2017 | 6 minute readSan Juan, Puerto Rico – The Jeep was pretty new, but battered already. It was dusty, and someone had stolen the spare wheel from the rear. Flying debris knocked a hole in the top, too. But it rolled, and rolled well. It also had a spot on the dash for the “Captain’s Log,” the name the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Jon Wallace gave to a dog-eared notebook. As the Service’s incident commander during three weeks of relief and rescue work in Puerto Rico recently, he used it to keep a tally on what had been done, what still needed attention. Learn more...

Shredded trees at El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

Flags blow in the breeze at the peak of a small mountain.

A plea, and an answer

October 19, 2017 | 5 minute readHurricane Maria had hardly passed over the small island of Vieques, which is about 10 miles east of Puerto Rico. The land, normally in the full green of early fall, was brown, trees stripped of leaves. The town of Vieques was dark, the houses in the hills just as dark. Learn more...

The wind catches flags at a resort outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

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A large limestone island emerges from the sea covered in green vegetation.

Proposed Removal of the Monito Gecko from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

January 9, 2018 | 5 minute readWhat action is the Service taking? Following an in-depth status review, the Service is proposing to remove the Monito gecko from the federal list of endangered and threatened animals. The Service found that the species’ status has improved and it no longer meets the definition of either threatened or endangered. An adult Monito gecko is smaller than a human finger, and is known to exist on only one island in the world, off the coast of Puerto Rico. Learn more...

Monito Island is an uninhabited and mostly inaccessible island of only about 36 acres. It lies west of Puerto Rico and was designated a U.S. National Natural Landmark in 1975. Photo by USFWS.

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A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes.

Draft recovery plan for endangered Puerto Rican frog available

July 6, 2018 | 2 minute read“Kee, kee,” a male coquí llanero softly sings from dusk to dawn in a Puerto Rican wetland. Hearing its high-pitched call is rare because the tiny frog is only found in one freshwater wetland in the municipality of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft recovery plan outlining actions to save this dime-sized frog, which has been federally listed as endangered since October 2012. Read the full story...

Coqui Llanero. Photo by Luis J. Villanueva CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

March 20, 2018 | 4 minute readHoricon, Wisconsin – Today U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Download state-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of the Wildlife Restoration Program fund and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund. Read the full story...

A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes.

Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of eight southeastern species

March 9, 2018 | 3 minute readAs 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 eight endangered 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 May 11, 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...

Coqui Llanero. Photo by Luis J. Villanueva CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

A large limestone island emerges from the sea covered in green vegetation.

An endangered species recovery success story: Service proposes delisting Monito gecko following conservation collaboration

January 9, 2018 | 6 minute readBombs and artillery shells rained down on them for years, but they survived. Non-native rats preyed on them, but they endured. The Monito gecko is one resilient little lizard. Monito Island off the western coast of Puerto Rico. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Living only on one small chunk of rock in the Caribbean Sea, the gecko has weathered adversity and is now so abundant, the U. Read the full story...

Monito Island is an uninhabited and mostly inaccessible island of only about 36 acres. It lies west of Puerto Rico and was designated a U.S. National Natural Landmark in 1975. Photo by USFWS.

A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.

A tale of two photos

October 6, 2017 | 3 minute readTo appreciate how one hurricane gave Puerto Rico only a glancing blow, while the next delivered a hit that left the island prone, you need only look at the two photos. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Irma. Photo by USFWS. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Maria. Photo by USFWS. The photos depict the same place, the road leading into Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest. Read the full story...

Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

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