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Whooping crane. Credit: USFWS.
Journeying Toward Recovery

April 2017
The whooping crane came close to being a museum artifact. Instead, thanks to science-driven conservation endeavors, the courtly crane has seen an uptick in numbers that pleases those involved. Read more about the crane and its marvelous recovery.


Cliff Schleusner, Chief, Southwest Region Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration Program holds a Merriam turkey while his Dad Cliff Sr. looks on - harvested in the Gila Natoianl Forest New Mexico. Credit: USFWS.
Spring Ritual, Lasting Impressions
There's No Season Like Turkey Season

April 2017
Spring: The woods are alive with the courtship display of wild turkeys. Hunters across the Southwest will go afield to hunt them. In doing so they will contribute to conservation in no small way. Read how in this story by the Southwest Region's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program chief, Cliff Schleusner.   





Young Voices Demand We Stand for Wildlife video. Credit: Vermont School Commons.

Watch the Vermont School Commons production, "Young Voices Demand We Stand for Wildlife."

April 2017
The Vermont Comons School engages students with their world. Their programs and curriculums involve the students in local and global issues to help in their journey of self-discovery.

Watch the Vermont Commons School video, "Young Voices Demand We Stand for Wildlife."


Roundtail chub captured during renovation of Fossil Creek, Arizona in 2005. Credit: USFWS.
Service Withdraws Proposal to List the Headwater Chub and Roundtail Chub under the Endangered Species Act

April 2017
As the result of new scientific classification information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing the proposal to list two minnows, the headwater chub and a distinct population segment of the roundtail chub in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Arizona and New Mexico), under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists now classify the two species and the Gila chub as a single species – the roundtail chub.

Read the news release.
Learn more about the roundtail chub.


Sea turtle on the Texas coast. Credit: Donna Shaver.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast
Public Asked to be Observant

March 2017
The sea turtle nesting season along the Texas coast begins on April 1, 2017. Visitors to Texas beaches can help protect the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, as well as the loggerhead and green sea turtles, by keeping an eye out for their nests along the beach. Visitors to Texas beaches from April through September are urged to watch for nesting adult sea turtles and emerging hatchlings and report them immediately.

Today, the first Kemp’s ridley nest of the year was located on the Texas coast, on South Padre Island. This is the earliest that a Kemp’s ridley nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast and the first Kemp’s ridley nest that has ever been documented on the Texas coast during the month of March.

Read the entire bulletin.


A sculpture outside the Navajo Nation Eagle Aviary at Window Rock, Arizona, commemorates the golden eagle. Craig Springer, USFWS.
Tuggle: Tribal Eagle Aviaries in the Southwest Reflect the Spirit of the Ages

March 2017
Reverence for the golden eagle and bald eagle reveal our human passions. These majestic bird species live in our lexicon through verse, song and in symbol. Aviaries in the Service's Southwest Region reflect the essence of this age, where Native Americans seek to keep what is theirs—their languages, rites and customs.

Read the rest of Dr. Benjamin Tuggle's thoughts on tribal eagle aviaries.






The team is pictured here. L – R: Dennis Stone and Kirk Young with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s acting director, Jim Kurth, next to Randy Van Haverbeke and Michael Pillow attended by Acting Assistant Director for Science Applications, Seth Moth. Recipients Rick Deshler and Jim Walters not pictured. Photo Laura McClean/USFWS.
Southwest Region Biologists Earn Rachel Carson Award

March 2017
Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, Rachel Carson, wrote this in her 1965 book Sense of Wonder: “Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

It’s entirely fitting that a group of fish biologists would earn the 2016 “Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment” for their untiring scientific endeavors in uncovering the wonders of humpback chub life-history and applying their findings in conservation measures for the endangered fish.  The Grand Canyon Humpback Chub Team from the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office formally accepted this award at Wildlife Management Institute’s 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Spokane, WA, on March 11, 2017.


Tricolored bat. Credit: USFWS.

Fungus that Causes White-nose Syndrome in Bats Detected in Texas

March 2017
The fungus that causes deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats has been detected in Texas for the first time. The syndrome has killed millions of bats in the eastern parts of North America, raising national concern. A coalition of groups in Texas is continuing work to monitor the spread of the problem and is seeking willing landowners who could help scientists locate and access bat caves.

The fungus was detected on species of hibernating bats in six North Texas Counties: Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King, and Scurry. The three species are tri-colored bat, cave myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat. This is the first detection of the fungus on both cave myotis and western populations of Townsend’s big-eared bats.

Additional information on the WNS fungus in Texas is available at Additional information on White-Nose Syndrome is available at










Southwest Region Archived News Releases

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Wildlife Selfies
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Youth and Students
U.S. Fish and Wildlife News Publication
Division of Human Resources Shines! 

The Division of Human Resources (HR) in the Southwest Region, who also serves the Southeast Region, was recognized today by Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle for their outstanding work over the past several months. 
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Women's History in the FWS

We recognize women in our ranks who work to conserve our natural resources in the Southwest Region. Check back to read more about extraordinary women in conservation.
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Our Stories
R2 LE Agent Receives Honor Award
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Arizona Game and Fish Department recognizes two of our employees
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Science Leadership Award
Grant Harris receives recognition for scientific leadership
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Southwest Region's Wounded Warriors
There are eight Wounded Warriors who have joined our ranks.
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Two New Refuges
Two new refuges in the Southwest Region are the 559th and 560th refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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Last updated: April 19, 2017