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  • A man with a beard looks closely at an insect with a magnifying glass

    Protecting the rare

    September 18, 2018 | 5 minute readSequatchie Cave State Natural Area, Tennessee — A royal snail is about the size of a match head. You could be standing in a few inches of water with lots of royal snails at your feet, look down, and not even see them. The royal snail, found only in one county in Tennessee, was declared in endangered in 1994. Photo by David Withers, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “If it looks like a caterpillar turd but it starts moving, that’s a royal snail,” cracks David Withers, a zoologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Learn more...

    Zoologist David Withers of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation examines a Sequatchie caddisfly, an insect that lives in only a very few spots in Tennessee. Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

  • A man wearing an orange Tennessee NWR shirt releases a brownish grey bird, which takes flight.

    Banded together

    September 4, 2018 | 8 minute readNew Johnsonville, Tennessee — They gathered in a large group, more than 100. They didn’t know it yet, but they were about to help science. That began when Clayton Ferrell into their midst and selected one Aix sponsa ­– a wood duck. He held her with his left hand. His right grasped a set of needle-nose pliers. Something flashed in the sun — a small piece of aluminum, slightly curved, with a number engraved on it. Learn more...

    A wood duck heads skyward after banding as Bill Ross watches. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

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  • A small, brown and yellow fish with iridescent scales around its gills

    Spring pygmy sunfish Critical Habitat proposal

    November 2, 2018 | 6 minute readWhat is the spring pygmy sunfish and where does it occur? The spring pygmy sunfish is a spring-associated fish which is currently found in spring systems in the Tennessee River drainage in northern Alabama. Understanding of the distribution of the spring pygmy sunfish changed in 2015 with the discovery of the fish in Blackwell Swamp on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Currently the spring pygmy sunfish is known from Beaverdam Spring/Creek in Limestone County and Blackwell Swamp in Madison County. Learn more...

    A female spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet.

  • A small black bird flies over a lush green marsh

    Proposed listing for the eastern black rail

    October 5, 2018 | 12 minute readWhat action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to protect the eastern black rail, a small secretive marsh bird native to the United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Partially migratory, the eastern black rail is known in as many as 36 states, plus multiple territories and countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is one of four subspecies of black rail, which live in salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes. Learn more...

    Eastern black rail in flight – Texas, April 2016. Photo © Jesse Huth, used with permission, Huth Avian Services.

News

  • Four men watch as a fifth release a few dozen ntrout into the Clinch River.

    Making a splash

    November 5, 2018 | 3 minute readClinton, Tennessee — The Clinch River is now richer by a couple hundred extra trout. Other watersheds will soon share that wealth. Four government agencies recently released rainbow, brook, brown and spotted trout into the tailwaters of the Clinch River near Knoxville. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Tennessee Valley Authority, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency took turns dumping nets of wriggling fish into the river — a symbolic gesture underscoring a fruitful partnership. Read the full story...

    Representatives of four state and federal agencies release the first of hundreds of trout into the Clinch River near Knoxville. They gathered recently to sign an agreement to stock trout in watersheds in Tennessee and Georgia. Photo by TVA.

  • A small, brown and yellow fish with iridescent scales around its gills

    New population of spring pygmy sunfish discovered

    November 2, 2018 | 3 minute readTo protect one of only two known populations of a rare, threatened Alabama fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to designate a swamp in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) as critical habitat for the species. A new population of spring pygmy sunfish was discovered in the swamp in late 2015. The proposed critical habitat designation will help guard against the sunfish’s extinction and support recovery efforts by local, state and federal partners. Read the full story...

    A female spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet.

  • A colorful trout in hand with a smiling angler in the background.

    TVA, Fish and Wildlife Service to Continue Popular Trout Stocking Program

    October 30, 2018 | 4 minute readKnoxville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a multi-agency agreement to provide continued funding for three federal fish hatcheries that have stocked waters in Georgia and Tennessee with millions of trout. The partnership, which began in 2013, includes the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since 2013, TVA has been funding trout production by the Service at three national fish hatcheries: Dale Hollow and Erwin in Tennessee, and Chattahoochee Forest in Georgia. Read the full story...

    Beautiful rainbow trout. Photo by Cale Bruckner, CC BY-NC 2.0.

  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.

    Service proposes to list the eastern black rail as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    October 5, 2018 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are working to protect a small, secretive marsh bird that is in steep decline. Some populations of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic coast have dropped by as much as 90 percent, and with a relatively small total population remaining across the eastern United States, the Service is proposing to list the subspecies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...

    Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • A small semi-transluscent catfish in an aquarium.

    Recovery plan for endangered Chucky madtom available

    September 19, 2018 | 3 minute readThe final recovery plan for the Chucky madtom, a federally listed endangered small catfish, is now available. The Chucky madtom lives in a single tributary of the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee. Threats to the species include loss of habitat, small population size, inability to offset mortality with natural reproduction, and their resulting vulnerability to natural or human-induced catastrophic events, such as droughts and pollution. This plan describes actions considered necessary for the recovery of this fish, establishes criteria for delisting the species, and estimates the time and cost for implementing the measures needed. Read the full story...

    Chucky madtom. Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

  • The sun over a round, blue earth covered in part by an enormous circular cloud formation

    Storm weakens, wanders

    September 14, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina Friday morning, weakening as it struck near Wilmington. But, even with its winds subsiding, the storm remained a threat to coastal areas in at least two states. Florence, once a Category 4 hurricane, is now Category 1, said Kevin Scasny, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist. Though its winds, he said this morning, occasionally gusted to 90 mph. Even so, Scasny said in a telephone call with Service officials in Atlanta, the storm is a significant hazard — and will remain so for several days. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence from space on September 14, 2018. Photo by Ricky Arnold, NASA.

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