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Cranes at sunset at Bosque del Apache NWR. Credit: USFWS. Cranes at sunset at Bosque del Apache NWR. Credit: USFWS.

Southwest Region Stories

Enjoy news, stories of our employees, partners, events and conservation efforts in the Southwest Region. The dedication and passion for our natural resources that is attributed to the employees of this region, will allow future generations of Americans to enjoy our wild places. Scroll down this list of recent stories from the Southwest Region site.


Barton Springs pool in Austin, Texas.

  Game warden watches forensic lead test animal carcus. Warning, images in this story are graphic. Credit: USFWS.        
Collaboration and Partnership Help Protect a Texas Treasure for Future Generations
September 2018

How Maggots Help Game Wardens Fight Poachers
October 2018



A girl aims at a target with a bow and arrow. Credit: USFWS

  Attwater's prairie chicken dances in the sunset. Credit: John Magera, USFWS.    

Beating the Summertime Blues
July 11, 2018
  A Delicate Dance Insights from a Lifetime in Attwater’s Recovery
June 29, 2018
  Counting Sheep Hunts
September 05, 2018
  Black-capped vireo Endangered No Longer
September 2018
World Migratory Bird Day. Credit: Indu Roychowdhury   Biologist Lief Ahlm of Vermejo Park Ranch. Photo by Craig Springer, USFWS.
  Antique truck at the Couch Mountain Ranch. Credit: Steve Arey, USFWS.  
The Art of the Hunt story.

World Migratory Bird Day
June 13, 2018

  Artifacts of Epochs Past
June 11, 2018
  A Ripple Effect
June 11. 2018

  The Art of the Hunt
May 14, 2018

Tashjian Oral History. Credit: USFWS.

  Smallmouth bass. Credit: Shannon Brewer, OSU.
  Texas pimpleback mussel. Credit: Clint Robertson, TPWD.   Moreno bog pool.
Tashjian Oral History
May 2018
  Wandering Habits of Smallmouth Bass in Oklahoma
April 2018
  San Marcos Mussel Biologists Sciencing the Way
April 19, 2018
  Map Reading in the Mimbres Valley
April 5, 2018

Monarch butterfly.

  Texas Game Warden Preston Kleman at the Texas State Capitol in Austin for his graduation ceremony in 2017. Credit: USFWS.   “Hunting with my son means a great deal to me,” said Gavin’s father Shawn Paschall. Credit: USFWS.  

Flowers in a field at Wichita Mountains NWR. Credit: USFWS.

The Magnificent Monarch

April 2, 2018
  From Wildlife Refuge
to Elite
Law Enforcement

March 22, 2018
  First Deer Hunt at Buffalo Lake Wildlife
January 31, 2018
  Roosevelt's Game Preserve
January 31, 2018


Texas is home to more that 50 mussel species, 12 of which are unique to the state. Credit: Gary Pandolfi, USFWS.

  Scouting can pay off for public lands hunters. Credit: Paul Balkenbush, USFWS.   Syndey Wooldridge earned a spot in the annual Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt. Credit: Brian Wooldridge, USFWS.   Quail habitat in New Mexico. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.
Mussel Building:
A gathering on mussel
conservation sets a
stage for success in
conserving native
Texas mussels

December 4, 2017
  Public Lands: Hagerman
National Wildlife Refuge
Quality Deer
November 22, 2017

Turkey Hunting and
the Psalm of Life

October 25, 2017

  See with a
Hunter’s Heart

September 28, 2017

USFWS Southwest Region fish distribution truck wrap. Credit: Tammy Simmons, USFWS.

  Dr. Benjamin Tuggle addresses students at the University of Texas San Antonio. Credit: USFWS.   Hawaiian Hawk. Credit: © Joel Satore/NatGeo.   Colonel Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Fort Hood, addresses the audience. Credit: USFWS.
It's a Wrap: A new
graphic vinyl wrap
covers the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service,
Southwest Region’s
fish distribution truck.

September 2017
  Developing Future
at the University
of Texas
at San Antonio

September 2017

Hawaiian Hawk
Hatched at
Nation Aviary

August 2017

  Two Texas
Thanks to
Efforts by
Largest U.S.
Army Installation

August 2017


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Last updated: October 3, 2018