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  • A black salamander with gray spots.
    Fourche Mountain salamander. Photo by John Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Fish and Wildlife Service to gather more information on two rare reptiles in the Southeast

    September 13, 2016 | 3 minute read

    A Caribbean skink and a Florida lizard need more study to determine whether they need to be included on the federal list of endangered and threatened species. More scientific and commercial information will be compiled for the Lesser Virgin Islands skink found in and around St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands as well as the Florida scrub lizard found in central and south Florida. The U.  Read the full story...

  • A light brown snake with darker black and brown markings on a green vine.
    Puerto Rican boa. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 14 Caribbean species

    August 17, 2016 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 12 endangered and two threatened species occurring in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 18, 2016. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five–year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress.  Read the full story...

  • A small amphibian with a striped back.
    Information icon Greater St. Croix skink (Spondylurus magnacruzae). Photo by A. J. Meier.

    Fish and Wildlife Service reviews petition for seven species found in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    January 11, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Wildlife experts in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to make steady progress in reviewing petitions seeking Endangered Species Act protection for nearly 500 southeastern species. Today, the agency announced a batch of “90-day findings,” the first benchmark in its assessment of whether plants or animals identified in a petition may require federal protection. Since receipt of the petitions in 2010 the Service has leveraged the strength of its conservation partnerships, particularly those with state wildlife agencies, to determine that 42 species do not need federal protection as a result of either conservation actions, additional information (e.  Read the full story...

  • Bright yellow flowers for an agave plant.
    Agave eggersiana flower. Photo by Christian Torres, USFWS.

    Service seeks comments on draft economic analysis, re-opens comment period on proposal to designate Critical Habitat for three Caribbean plants

    May 20, 2014 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks additional public comment on a proposed critical habitat designation for three plants found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. All three plants are known by their scientific names, and don’t have common names. About 51 acres of critical habitat is proposed for Agave eggersiana in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; 198 acres for Gonocalyx concolor in Puerto Rico; and 6,547 acres for Varronia rupicola in southern Puerto Rico and Vieques Island.  Read the full story...

  • Small white flowers with shiny green centers emerge from a stem.
    Caribbean mayten. Photo © Pedro Acevedo-Rodriquez, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Biology used with Permission.

    Service says listing Caribbean mayten not warranted

    July 3, 2012 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not conduct an in-depth review of the status of the Caribbean mayten tree. The Service made this decision in response to a petition to list the tree as threatened or endangered with critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was filed by WildEarth Guardians, in Denver, Colorado. In response to the petition filed October 6, 2011, the Service conducted a preliminary 90-day finding concluding the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing the Caribbean mayten may be warranted.  Read the full story...

  • A brown and white bird with whiskers and a short, sharp beak.
    Endangered Puerto Rican nightjar. Photo by Mike Morel.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 15 species in the Caribbean

    April 9, 2010 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered species in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these species. Written comments and information related to these five-year reviews must be received on or before June 8, 2010.  Read the full story...

  • A white bird with a black cap and forked tail flying in front of a blue sky.
    Roseate tern in flight. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status review for roseate tern

    April 5, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces it is conducting a five-year status review for the roseate tern throughout the entire area where it is listed. A prior notice, issued in 2008, indicated that the Service was only conducting a status review of the roseate tern’s northeastern population. However, the Service is actually reviewing the species’ status throughout its entire range. The roseate tern is currently listed as endangered in the United States along the Atlantic Coast south to North Carolina, and includes Canada (in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Quebec) and Bermuda, as well.  Read the full story...

  • Bright yellow flowers for an agave plant.
    Agave eggersiana flower. Photo by Christian Torres, USFWS.

    Service evaluates two Virgin Islands plants warrant Endangered Species Act protection

    January 20, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the initiation of a status review for two Virgin Islands plants, Agave eggersiana (no common name) and Solanum conocarpum (marrón bacora). With this notice, the Service is soliciting information regarding the status of, and any potential threats to these plant species. Today’s announcement is in response to a court-approved settlement agreement after the Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint challenging the 12-month finding for both species.  Read the full story...

  • Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach.
    Brown pelicans sitting on nests at Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

    November 11, 2009 | 4 minute read

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton today announced that the brown pelican, a species once decimated by the pesticide DDT, has recovered and is being removed from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. “At a time when so many species of wildlife are threatened, we once in a while have an opportunity to celebrate an amazing success story,” Salazar said.  Read the full story...

  • Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island.
    Three breaches in NC12 at old maintenance shop at Pea Island NWR. Photo by Tom MacKenzie, USFWS.

    Service will host public meetings on coastal barrier resources system pilot project units

    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...

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