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  • Buildings with boarded up doors and windows designed to mimic the Middle East.

    Marines and woodpeckers share the high ground

    March 22, 2018 | 8 minute readJacksonville, North Carolina — Above the distant din of 50-caliber machine gun fire and Cobra attack helicopters, John Hammond hears the unmistakable sound of a red-cockaded woodpecker. He is approaching Combat Town, where U.S. Marines routinely assault a mock Iraqi village at Camp Lejeune. A sign for Combat Town at Camp Lejeune. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. It is an incongruous spot for an endangered bird to make its home – the middle of a war zone where artillery boom and tanks prowl. Learn more...

    Combat town at Camp Lejeune with a pine tree that is home to a red-cockaded woodpecker cluster. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • A small green plant growing in a sand dune with bright red/pink stems.

    From Massachusetts to South Carolina, recovering seabeach amaranth

    December 7, 2017 | 6 minute readThis is a story about people, places and a plant — but it’s more than just that. This is a story about faith in a tiny little seed and the huge potential for recovering a threatened species. First things first — the plant Most people have probably never heard of seabeach amaranth, but for such an obscure little dune plant, it bears a mighty burden. This low-growing annual colonizes newly disturbed habitats such as over-wash areas at the end of barrier islands and flat, low-lying areas along the foremost dunes. Learn more...

    Seabeach amaranth at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, NC. Photo by Lilibeth Serrano, USFWS.

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  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    Final rule to list the yellow lance mussel as threatened

    April 2, 2018 | 5 minute readHow does the final listing rule differ from the proposed listing rule? In preparing this final rule, we reviewed and fully considered 22 public comments on the proposed rule. This final rule incorporates minor changes to our proposed listing based on the comments we received. The Species Status Assessment report report was updated based on comments and some additional information provided; many small, non-substantive changes and corrections were made throughout the document including ensuring consistency of colors on maps, providing details about data sources, updating references in threats section, and minor clarifications. Learn more...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

  • A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

    Endangered Species Act protects two Appalachian crayfish

    April 6, 2016 | 7 minute readFollowing a review of the best available science, peer review and public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. What are the ranges of the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish? Occurrence data, historical habitat characteristics, and information from species experts indicate that the Big Sandy crayfish’s historical range likely included streams throughout the upper Big Sandy River basin, which covers 10 counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more...

    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

News

  • A huge circular cloud formation covering a huge portion of the visible earth as seen from space.

    Waters rise as storm crawls

    September 15, 2018 | 2 minute readTropical Storm Florence, no longer a hurricane, continues moving slowly across the Carolinas, dumping historic amounts of rainfall on areas already under water. After making landfall Friday morning on the North Carolina coast, the storm is now headed toward Columbia, South Carolina, said meteorologist Denver Ingram. He briefed officials Saturday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), who have been monitoring the storm from the Service’s Atlanta regional offices. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence is pictured from the International Space Station as a category 1 storm as it was making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Photo by NASA.

  • A circular cloud seen from space.

    Service prepares for Hurricane Florence impact in Carolinas

    September 11, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence has the Carolinas in her sights. The Category 4 storm, with winds of up to 130 miles per hour, is expected to hit the North Carolina coast north of Wilmington late Thursday night, bringing a storm surge of 4-12 feet, according to Kevin Scasny, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist. Florence has the potential to cause “catastrophic damage,” Scasny said Tuesday morning on a planning conference call conducted by the Service. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. Photo by Astronaut Ricky Arnold, NASA.

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the yellow lance mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    April 2, 2018 | 3 minute readToday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the yellow lance mussel will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) following a rigorous evaluation of the best available science. Partnerships with state wildlife agencies and others have already been established to work toward improving habitat conditions for the mussel, which is one of nature’s most diligent water filterers. Yellow lance current range. Map by Sarah McRae, USFWS. Read the full story...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

  • A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom.

    Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

    October 16, 2017 | 6 minute readThe plight of the golden riffleshell, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, took a leap forward on September 21, as 700 captively-reared individuals were released into three sites – on Indian Creek, and on the Clinch River on the edge of Richlands, Virginia, and further upstream at a site owned by The Nature Conservancy. Read the full story...

    Golden riffleshell mussel gets placed in Indian Creek. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds yellow lance mussel warrants Endangered Species Act protection

    April 4, 2017 | 4 minute readA freshwater mussel native to waters from Maryland to North Carolina along the Atlantic seaboard is declining. Recent surveys showed the yellow lance mussel has lost 57 percent of its historical range. Read the full story...

    Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

  • A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

    Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

    April 6, 2016 | 4 minute readJust months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 2015 proposal to protect the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered, the agency sent a crayfish expert into the central Appalachians to look for more. The goal: to determine if the outlook for the two creatures was better than previous data indicated. After combing hundreds of likely sites in the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the survey team from West Liberty University had mixed results. Read the full story...

    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

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