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  • Three men meet before deloying with heavy equipment.
    Information icon USFWS employees at Mississippi Sandhill Crane finalize their equipment and supply checks before responding to Florida to support the Irma recovery response in Florida. Photo by USFWS.

    Service assesses damage, starts cleanup

    September 12, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Hurricane Irma, once a category 5 storm, has nearly played itself out. As of Tuesday, Sept. 12, the storm that howled up the west coast of Florida had dwindled to gusts and rain over North Carolina – a tempest, still, but nothing like the terror that came ashore two days earlier. Weather in Florida is returning to what is normal this time of year, said Kevin Scasny, a meteorologist with the U.  Read the full story...

  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size
    A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

    September 11, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Less than a year after surviving a rugged screwworm infestation, the Florida Keys’ Key deer now must contend with Hurricane Irma. Some fans of the endangered species are worried. Catastrophic storms like Irma raise questions about wildlife, nature and impacts to their populations. At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, there are nearly 25 threatened and endangered wildlife and plants. “When you know there are 130 mile-per-hour winds and 10 feet of storm surge shoving into the Keys, that’s big,” said Dan Clark, project leader for the complex.  Read the full story...

  • A swirling cloud mass south of Florida.
    Information icon Hurricane Irma from space. Satellite image by NOAA/NASA.

    Irma reaches Florida, heads north

    September 10, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Hurricane Irma sped up early Sunday morning before hitting the Florida Keys, returning to Category 4 status with top speeds of 130 mph. And, for the first time ever, Atlanta was placed under a tropical storm warning. Irma arrived just east of Key West about 9 a.m. Although shifting somewhat westerly, Irma now targets Fort Myers and Tampa where peak gusts could reach 160 mph. Hurricane Irma forecasted path.  Read the full story...

  • A map of southeastern Florida.
    Information icon An excerpt of the Palm Beach County, FL map. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service responders bringing technology to aid Hurricane Irma response, bolster safety

    September 8, 2017 | 3 minute read

    With Hurricane Irma heading toward the mainland United States, Josh O’Connor has a tool that can help search and rescue efforts after the storm has passed. It fits in one hand and is no larger than a cell phone. In fact, it is a cell phone – one with some modifications that have already helped search parties plying the murky waters left by Hurricane Harvey. A fire specialist with the U.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.
    Information icon Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

    Friday Hurricane Irma roundup

    September 8, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Damage assessment continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Irma. All U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are safe, but about 70 percent of the island was without power Friday morning, and ATMs were not working. Culebra National Wildlife Refuge reported minor damage to its greenhouse and shop office. Service meteorologist Kevin Scasny estimates Irma will make landfall in south Florida, around 6 a.m. Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.  Read the full story...

  • Two men attach a tarp onto a damaged roof.
    Information icon Steve Ricks and Jeff Van Vracken, an aquatic ecologist at the Panama City office, lay down a tarp on a National Key Deer Refuge home. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Tips for rebuilding

    September 8, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Some property owners facing the daunting task of rebuilding homes or businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma don’t have to worry about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) slowing things down. People whose property also serves as habitat to endangered or threatened species can rebuild with minimal government delay, according to the Service. There is but one provision: You must rebuild on the same footprint of the original structure. If you want to rebuild on a larger footprint, you will need to call the Service for a conversation and a permit.  Read the full story...

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.
    Information icon Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

    Irma hits Puerto Rico, Service facilities

    September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean may have missed the worst of Hurricane Irma, but the killer storm is headed straight for Florida and its bounty of endangered species and pristine refuges. After rampaging through the eastern Caribbean, Irma steered just north of Puerto Rico. She nonetheless dumped 2 to 8 inches of rain across the island and knocked out power to more than 1 million people.  Read the full story...

  • A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river.
    Fishing the Green River. Photo by Katie Theule.

    Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

    June 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. The 10 states in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region will receive a total of more than $243 million. “For nearly eight decades, the nation’s hunters and anglers have generated billions of dollars to protect wildlife and habitat simply by purchasing items that help them engage in the outdoor activities they enjoy,” Zinke said.  Read the full story...

  • Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water.
    Information icon Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by David Hinkel.

    Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

    March 30, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Read the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate.
    Angular dwarf crayfish. Photo by Chris Lukhaup, USDA Forest Service.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

    September 20, 2016 | 4 minute read

    Responding to requests to add them to the federal threatened and endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the angular dwarf crayfish, Icebox Cave beetle, Clifton Cave beetle, and the Virgin Island coqui do not need such protection. “To receive Endangered Species Act protection, the species must be facing threats that would likely cause extinction or threaten existence in the foreseeable future,” said Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director.  Read the full story...

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