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May 12, 2020 | 5 minute read
Maybe you’re still sheltering in place, working from home, unable to go to the gym or church. What do you do? Go fishing. Millions of Americans are doing just that — in eye-popping numbers. Cooped up, and without their usual recreational outlets, anglers have taken mightily to the mountain streams, reservoir lakes and coastal waters across the South. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision two years ago to expand hunting and fishing opportunities at the nation’s wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries seems particularly fortuitous. Learn more...
May 8, 2020 | 5 minute read
It’s not every day that you can help science and have a good time doing it. So, make the most of this day, Saturday, May 9. Saturday is International Migratory Bird Day; the 2020 theme is “Birds Connect Our World.” It’s also Global Big Day, 24 hours set aside to participate in a worldwide bird count that adds to a body of avian knowledge. Perhaps best of all: You can observe both days in your back yard. Learn more...
April 22, 2020 | 4 minute read
Nestled in the rolling hills of St. Clair County, Alabama, is a small, unassuming stream that is getting a lot of attention these days. This intermittent stream is a small tributary to Little Canoe Creek which appears to be no different than many others in the area. In fact, it doesn’t even have flowing water during most of the year. However, this one is special, at least from a conservation standpoint. Learn more...
February 24, 2020 | 7 minute read
It was a fine day to sit in a tree — cool, the December sun casting shadows across the leafy floor below. Mark Carter didn’t move. The minutes passed. They became an hour. Carter and the man who’d brought him into the woods traded an occasional murmur. The shadows grew longer. Night would soon come to Georgia. Then, just about 100 yards away: a flash of tan in the dwindling light — Odocoileus virginianus, a white-tail deer. Learn more...
April 24, 2020 | 6 minute read
What action is the Service taking? The Service is proposing to delist the Cumberland sandwort, a delicate perennial white flowering plant in Tennessee and Kentucky, from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. Based on a thorough review of the best available science, the Service found that the species is healthy and stable, and it no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered under the ESA. We are also announcing the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring plan (PDM), to help ensure that the sandwort remains healthy and secure from the risk of extinction after it is delisted. Learn more...
November 25, 2019 | 4 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to delist the Nashville crayfish. This determination is based on the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of an endangered or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes more opportunities to hunt, fish across South Atlantic, Gulf and Mississippi Basin
April 27, 2020 | 5 minute read
Atlanta, Georgia — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on another 500,000 acres of national wildlife refuge lands across the South. If approved, the new regulations will take effect this fall. In all, 22 refuges will offer more than 110 new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities — new species to hunt, more acres to hunt and more times to hunt. “We continue to build upon our recent successes to expand our recreational offerings,” said Leo Miranda, an avid hunter and regional director for the South Atlantic-Gulf & Mississippi Basin. Read the full story...
April 24, 2020 | 4 minute read
Found only in a small portion of the Cumberland Plateau in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky, the Cumberland sandwort was headed toward extinction before it was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1988. That’s when the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, federal agencies and conservation groups stepped in to protect and restore this unique plant. Thanks to these ESA-inspired partnerships, Cumberland sandwort populations are now healthy, robust and stable, and a scientifically rigorous review of the best available science has determined the species no longer faces the threat of extinction. Read the full story...
November 25, 2019 | 3 minute read
The Nashville crayfish lives in only one place in the world: the Mill Creek watershed in metropolitan Nashville. Despite the urban setting, the crayfish is doing just fine. So much so that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to delist it under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), following a science-based status review. The review found that populations are healthy, stable and robust and that it no longer meets the definition of an endangered or a threatened species under the ESA. Read the full story...
October 23, 2019 | 5 minute read
When the interior least tern was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1985, there were fewer than 2,000 birds and only a few dozen nesting sites scattered across a once-expansive range that covered America’s Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Today there are more than 18,000 interior least terns at more than 480 nesting sites in 18 states, thanks to decades of innovative conservation efforts and diverse partnerships among local, state and federal stakeholders. Read the full story...