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  • An island covered in shallow pools after being overwashed by an extreme high tide.
    An overwashed portion of Cape Island during an extreme tide event in 2007. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Sea level rise threatens Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    April 22, 2011 | 4 minute read

    Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina serves as a living laboratory for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the impacts of rising sea levels on coastal wildlife and habitats.  Learn more...


  • Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation.
    Information icon Georgia aster. Photo by Michele Elmore, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia.

    Conservation efforts help keep Georgia aster off Endangered Species List

    September 17, 2014 | 4 minute read

    Asheville, North Carolina – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Georgia aster does not require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, a decision reflecting years of conservation work by myriad partners. Georgia aster is a wide-ranging, but rare, purple-flowering plant found in the upper Piedmont and lower mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The plant has been a candidate for the federal endangered species list since 1999.  Read the full story...

  • Ten to twenty bright purple flowers emerge from thick vegetation.
    Information icon Georgia aster. Photo by Michele Elmore, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia.

    Partners to sign agreement to conserve rare plant

    May 14, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Georgia aster is an uncommon Southern plant that declined for decades, to the verge of receiving federal protection. However, nine organizations, private and public, are committing to conserve the plant in an effort that should keep it off the endangered species list. The commitment will be memorialized this Friday in an agreement called a Candidate Conservation Agreement, designed to proactively conserve plants and animals before they need Federal protection.  Read the full story...

  • A red breasted shorebird with black and white markings on its back.
    Tagged Red Knot Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Photo by Gregory Breese, USFWS.

    Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered Species Act

    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...

  • A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose.
    A tri-color bat in the Avery County with white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gabrielle Graeter, NCWRC.

    Bat disease white-nose syndrome confirmed in South Carolina

    March 11, 2013 | 3 minute read

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently received confirmation that white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North American, is now officially in South Carolina. Until now, South Carolina appeared to be insulated from white-nose syndrome (WNS). However, a dead bat discovered recently at Table Rock State Park in northern Pickens County has been confirmed to have WNS, which spreads mainly through bat-to-bat contact and has not been found to infect humans or other animals.  Read the full story...

  • Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond.
    Two juvenile Whooping cranes released from their holding pen fly around on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Decatur, AL. Photo by Bill Gates, USFWS.

    Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

    February 10, 2012 | 3 minute read

    The nine whooping cranes led by ultralight aircraft have been released from a holding pen at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge after Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership biologists attached marking bands and transmitters to help track their movements. “So far the cranes are foraging and hanging around close to the pen and moving into the flooded fields,” said Bill Gates, Biologist at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, near Decatur and Huntsville, Ala. “We plan to leave the gate to the pen open, so if they need to come back here they can.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers.
    Long-necked and slim, the Northern Pintail is a graceful, elegant bird. Photo by Dan Cox, USFWS.

    Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

    September 11, 2009 | 6 minute read

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on September 9, 2009, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved the expenditure of nearly $8 million in Federal Duck Stamp funds to add more than 4,000 wetland acres to seven units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission also approved $33.4 million in federal funding to conserve more than 190,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat in the United States under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).  Read the full story...

  • A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil.
    Gopher tortoise. Photo by Randy Browning, USFWS.

    Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

    September 9, 2009 | 4 minute read

    The Gopher tortoise may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the gopher tortoise in the eastern portion of its range under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service will undertake a more thorough status review of the species to determine whether to propose adding the species to the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.  Read the full story...

  • Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky.
    Information icon Ducks at Upper Ouachita. Photo by Joseph McGowan, USFWS.

    Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

    July 31, 2009 | 6 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed continuation of liberal hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2009-2010 late waterfowl seasons. Duck hunting season lengths would be 60 days in both the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Highlights of the proposed frameworks include: a full season on pintails with a one bird daily bag limit in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways, and a two bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide.  Read the full story...

  • Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island.
    Three breaches in NC12 at old maintenance shop at Pea Island NWR. Photo by Tom MacKenzie, USFWS.

    Service will host public meetings on coastal barrier resources system pilot project units

    June 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will conduct several virtual town hall meetings on the recently submitted Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project. The Service is soliciting public input on the report and draft maps during a 120-day public comment period that closes on August 5, 2009. The Service will hold the public meetings via webcast and teleconference on July 14-15, 2009.  Read the full story...

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