Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

What's going on at FWS

With more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges, 70 national fish hatcheries, numerous regional and field offices across the country and thousands of active conservation projects, the nearly 8,000 employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have a lot going on. Here are a few of the latest news stories from across the Service...

A mangrove bush along the coast.
Climate Change
Mangroves Move North as the Climate Heads South
It was probably inevitable that mangroves would reach Georgia. They’ve rampaged up the Florida coasts after spreading across Louisiana and Texas. And, as the temperature continues to warm at historic levels, Georgia’s climate turns increasingly hot, muggy, tropical, and mangrove friendly
Photo of Crooked Creek after a dam removal
Habitat Restoration
Fish Passage and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Fish passage barriers, like a dam removed in Gadsden County, prevent fish, mussels, and other aquatic wildlife from moving freely through waterways. Endangered freshwater mussels can now do their jobs of helping purify the water along Crooked Creek a bit better now that a longstanding dam has...
A biologist places a juvenile freshwater mussel into a river
Wildlife Wonders
First-Ever Freshwater Mussel Reintroduction in Texas
The San Antonio River Authority and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released freshwater mussels raised by Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery into the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, marking the first time hatchery-produced freshwater mussels have ever been reintroduced into the wild in Texas.
Bright blue, Big Sandy crayfish resting on a rock.
Endangered Species Act
Threatened species gets head start at hatchery 
Biologists released hatchery-raised Big Sandy crayfish in Virginia for the first time, marking a historical step towards recovery for the federally threatened species.
Underwater picture of an Okaloosa darter.
Our Partners
Eglin Air Force Base named Service’s Military Conservation Partner of the Year
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida, as the 20th Annual Military Conservation Partner Award for its outstanding contributions to natural resource management.
A monarch butterfly crawls on a small whorled milkweed amidst dried grass and shrubs.
Habitat Restoration
Ranch for At-Risk Youth Converts Farmland Back to Desert Wetland
Running down the center from north to south of the fifth largest U.S. state — New Mexico — flows its largest and most important waterway: the Rio Grande. Known as the Rio Bravo to neighboring old Mexico, one might interpret the name, (meaning great or brave) as a testament to the courage the river...

Our Focus

The history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be traced back to 1871. We are the only federal government agency whose primary responsibility is to manage fish and wildlife resources in the public trust for people today and future generations. Here are just a few of our focus areas...

What We Do For You

If you’re looking for places to experience nature; interested in partnering with us; seeking technical advice, permits, grants, data or scientific research; want to know more about today’s conservation challenges; looking for ways on how you can get involved and make a difference -- the Service has a lot to offer and more…

Visit Us - Our Locations

With more than 560 national wildlife refuges, dozens of national fish hatcheries and more than 100 field offices, there are numerous great U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service locations to visit.