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Bat with white-nose syndrome confirmed in Washington state

White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. WNS has spread quickly among bats in other affected areas, killing more than six million beneficial insect-eating bats in North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago. 

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  • Critical Habitat for Oregon Spotted Frog Designated in Washington and Oregon

    Critical habitat is defined by the Endangered Species Act as areas vital to the long-term survival of listed species. Today’s designation reflects the latest science and information from several public comment periods. 

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    Federal Register Notice


    Oregon Spotted Frog Species Page

Stormwater Studies

  • Hopeful Solutions to Threats from Stormwater

    "If you build it they will come." This was the approach used to help promote salmon restoration in the Pacific Northwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with a variety of partners to remove fish barriers and find ways of addressing many other issues that get in the way of having healthy stream corridors.These efforts successfully restored physical habitat, allowing salmon to once again inhabit the streams in and around urban areas of Puget Sound. 

    Check out "Solving Stormwater", a short video summarizing the long-term study that yielded down-to-earth solutions to this significant problem for people, wildlife and the ecosystems on which all Puget Sound residents depend. 


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