Tag: South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...