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...

2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest judges holding the winning artwork
Migratory Species
2024 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner
A talented young artist from Oregon has taken top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A king eider by 17-year-old Emily Lian, will grace the 2024-2025 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation and outdoor...
A wetland surrounded by brown trees and some green vegetation
Climate Change
IRA-Funded Projects in Four States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the selection of nature-based solutions projects in the Lower Mississippi River Valley (LMRV) for forestry and wetland restoration across more than 63,100 acres of national wildlife refuges and state-managed lands in Arkansas, Louisiana,...
A black-footed ferret in their enclosure.
Science and Technology
Innovative Cloning Advancements for Black-footed Ferret Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its genetic research partners announce the birth of two new black-footed ferret clones – known as Noreen and Antonia – and are providing an update on their latest efforts to breed previously cloned black-footed ferret, Elizabeth Ann.
large flock of sandhill cranes standing in shallow water
Land Management
Expansion of 4 National Wildlife Refuges to Conserve Habitat, Protect Species, Support Recreation
The Department of the Interior today announced the expansion of four existing national wildlife refuges, which will allow for the voluntary conservation of up to 1.13 million acres of wildlife habitat in New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas.
View of Port of Toledo in Ohio
Service Provides $21 Million in Grants for Boating Infrastructure, Local Communities and Water Recreation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $21 million in Boating Infrastructure Grant funding to support construction, renovation and maintenance of marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation and waterway access. This year’s grants will support projects in 21...
two black birds fly above brown mountain range
Endangered Species Act
Interior Department Finalizes Action to Strengthen Endangered Species Act
The Department of the Interior today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized Endangered Species Act (ESA) revisions to improve participation in its voluntary conservation programs. The revisions promote native species conservation by clarifying and simplifying permitting...

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.