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  • A man wearing a camouflage hoodie posing for a photo on a gravel road

    Hunting for a cause

    December 12, 2018 | 3 minute readFor many Americans hunting is a vehicle for connecting with nature and the great outdoors. Just look at the numbers: a five-year report found that 101.6 million Americans participated in hunting, fishing and wildlife activities in 2016. Learn more...

    Stephen Scott, longtime Hunters for the Hungry participant. Photo by Katherine Taylor, USFWS.

  • Two large white birds flying low over a wetland coming in for a landing with a Service biologist in the foreground

    “Journey of the Whooping Crane” follows efforts to save a rare, endangered bird

    November 30, 2018 | 2 minute readIn 1940, only about 20 whooping cranes were known to exist. Today, thanks to the diligence of many partners working together in the United States and Canada, there are more than 850 cranes in North America and the population continues to increase slowly and steadily. The iconic bird is one of the success stories of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But it remains one of the rarest animals in the world. Learn more...

    Two endangered whooping cranes coming in for a landing. Photo by Greg Pope.


  • 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, 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 dozen large, flying birds with red markings over the eye.

    National Wildlife Refuge Week

    November 6, 2009 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. National Wildlife Refuge week is October 11-17. In the Southern Appalachians, where public lands are likely National Forests or National Park Service lands, it’s important to remember wildlife refuges, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for they are the only system of federal lands devoted to wildlife. Across the nation, there are 550 national wildlife refuges, protecting more than 150 million acres, more land than the entire national park system. Learn more...

    Sandhill cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, AL. Photo by Tim Lumley, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


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

    Spring pygmy sunfish

    Taxon: Fish Range: Currently occurs in two spring systems in Limestone and Madison County, Alabama. Status: Listed as threatened on October 2nd, 2013 The spring pygmy sunfish is a spring associated fish that is endemic to springs in northern Alabama. It was historically known to occur in springs in North Alabama along the Tennessee River in Limestone and Lauderdale counties. The spring pygmy sunfish was first discovered in Cave Spring in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1937. Visit the species profile...

    A female spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet.

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