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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...
August 22, 2019 | 1 minute read
This spring, 67 Barrens topminnows were released into Short Springs located near Tullahoma, Tennessee. These Barrens topminnows were spawned at Conservation Fisheries Inc. (CFI). The Tennessee Aquarium and CFI provide Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery with the topminnows when they reach about 10-12 millimeters in length for grow-out. Cultured fish are released at about 25 millimeters, and Wolf Creek typically makes one or two releases during the year. The program is coordinated with the Cookeville, Tennessee, Ecological Services Field Office. 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...
October 18, 2019 | 3 minute read
What is the Barrens topminnow? The Barrens topminnow is a small, colorful fish that reaches up to four inches in length native only to Tennessee. Barrens topminnows have upturned mouths, flattened heads and backs, and rounded fins with dorsal and anal fins set far back on the body. Males are very showy during the spawning season, with bodies displaying bright, iridescent background colors of greens, blues and reddish orange spots, and their fins colored yellow. Learn more...
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...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalizes rule to protect fish unique to Tennessee under Endangered Species Act
October 18, 2019 | 2 minute read
The Barrens topminnow, a beautiful, iridescent fish found only in four Tennessee counties, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act today. The final listing follows a rigorous review of the best available science and information that determined it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The topminnow was once found at 18 sites on Tennessee’s Barrens Plateau, but recent surveys indicate it is down to just five sites. Read the full story...
October 8, 2019 | 4 minute read
Bird enthusiasts from around the world travel to northern Michigan in hopes of catching sight of a Kirtland’s warbler, a small songbird once poised on the brink of extinction. Now the species is thriving thanks to decades of effort by a diverse group of dedicated partners. Due to the species’ remarkable recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...
October 7, 2019 | 6 minute read
Based on reviews of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found that the Florida clamshell orchid, Ocala vetch, yellow anisetree, redlips darter, Berry Cave salamander and southern hognose snake do not face the threat of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. Protection of these species on existing conservation lands and new survey data helped inform the reviews, and as such, the Service determined that none of the species warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...
Service announces recovery plan revisions for 43 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats
August 5, 2019 | 5 minute read
As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019. Read the full story...