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Southeastern wildlife

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the the Service's Southeast region is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

  • A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water
    Information icon A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water. Photo: Keith Ramos, USFWS

    West Indian manatee

    Manatees are large, elongated marine mammals with paired flippers and a large round or spoon-shaped tail. They can reach lengths of over 14 feet and weights of over 3,000 pounds  Visit the species profile...

  • A plant that looks similar to grass with tiny white flowers extending from the ends.
    Information icon White irisette flowers. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    White irisette

    White irisette is a perennial herb that lives in areas with partial sun and flowers from late May through July.  Visit the species profile...

  • Leafy green vegetation with bright yellow flowers
    White-haired goldenrod. Photo: John MacGregor, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    White-haired goldenrod

    The white-haired goldenrod is a unique plant to the Red River Gorge region of eastern Kentucky. The Red River Gorge is well known for its unique geology, scenic beauty, and outdoor recreational opportunities, and much of the area is located within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Visit the species profile...

  • A duck with long green and brown feathers on its head in the shape of a backwards-hat
    Information icon A wood duck at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Robin Koch, USFWS volunteer.

    Wood duck

    Taxon: Anseriformes, Anatidae Range: Wood ducks are common year-round in the Southeastern United States and during summer and autumn throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. Wood ducks breed in most states east of the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Pacific Northwest, but they migrate from northern states and provinces to southern areas during early fall. Status: Not listed, low concern – Although breeding population estimates are not available for wood ducks based on breeding surveys, perhaps as many as 3 million breeding pairs exist across North America.  Visit the species profile...

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    Yellow lance

    The Yellow lance is a freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.  Visit the species profile...

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