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Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Critical Report Documents the Risks of Giant Invasive Snakes in the United States
October 13, 2009
Five giant non-native snake species would pose high risks to the health of ecosystems in the United States should they become established here, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. The report details the risks of nine non-native boa, anaconda and python species considered invasive or potentially invasive in the United States. Two of these species are documented as reproducing in the wild in South Florida, with population estimates for Burmese pythons numbering in the tens of thousands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will use the report to assist in further development of management actions concerning the snakes when and where these species appear in the wild.

Burmese python wrangled by Service employee.
Burmese python wrangled by Service employee. Credit: USFWS

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Don't Buy It — Harrison Ford Encourages the Public to Help Stop Illegal Trade of Tigers and African Elephants
October 8, 2009
Harrison Ford and other entertainment and sports celebrities have lent their voices to help conserve some of the world's endangered wildlife. WildAid, a 2009 "Wildlife Without Borders" grant recipient, has produced several video spots featuring Ford encouraging the public to help stop the poaching of tigers and African elephants and illegal trade in parts and products derived from these species through more knowledgeable souvenir purchase practices.

Harrison Ford. Courtesy of WildAid
and the U.S. State Department
Harrison Ford. Courtesy of WildAid and the U.S. State Department

National Wildlife Refuge System: Conserving Our Lands and Resources
Celebrate over 100 years of Conservation with the National Wildlife Refuge System
October 6, 2009
Dust off your hiking boots, grab the fishing pole or dig out those binoculars…National Wildlife Refuge Week is heading your way, October 11-17. "It is my hope that citizens across the country will take advantage of this weeklong celebration to experience wildlife in their natural habitats and play a firsthand role in conservation by participating in special events and programs, or simply observing and enjoying the great outdoors at a local refuge," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Find a refuge near you.

Open once a year to the public, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge provides a secure habitat for many threatened and endangered species found only on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Credit: USFWS
Open once a year to the public, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge provides a secure habitat for many threatened and endangered species found only on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Credit: USFWS

Migratory Birds: Conservation and Management
Efforts Made to Reduce Oil, Bird Encounters
October 1, 2009
A broad-based cooperative effort among state and federal agencies and corporate entities is helping to reduce the number of deaths of migratory birds and other wildlife attracted to oil field waste pits. Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, many operators have taken preventive measures to reduce these losses, currently estimated at least a half-million birds annually.

Snapshot taken from a video of a bird suffering from oiled feathers after landing in an oil pit.

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Celebrating Success in Conservation
October 1, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gearing up to select the 2009 recipient of the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence, an award recognizing Service employees who demonstrate superior scientific involvement and application to achieve extraordinary results in fish and wildlife conservation. Rachel Mair, a biologist at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, was the first person to receive this award. Learn about Mair's work and why this honorary award is important to the future of conservation.

Visit the White Sulpher Springs National Fish Hatchery this Saturday to attend the Freshwater Festival and learn how mussels and other aquatic species help keep our waters clean.

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Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Conference Urges "Get Outdoors"
September 30, 2009
Service Director Sam Hamilton recently addressed attendees of a conference held in Atlanta aimed at increasing outdoor participation. The conference, entitled Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great American Outdoors , was designed to illustrate the fact that Americans of every heritage and ethnicity are rising to their personal best as they embrace the challenge of protecting our environment and follow the call of the wild outdoors. Here the Director chats with a group of students attending the conference.

Service Director Sam Hamilton pictured with four recent participants in the Northeast Region Credit: USFWS
Service Director Sam Hamilton pictured with four recent participants in the Northeast Region Conservation Internship Program hosted by the Service's National Wildlife Refuge System. . Credit: USFWS

Climate Change
Service Releases Climate Change Strategy for Public Review and Comment
Builds on Secretary Salazar’s DOI Climate Change Order
September 23, 2009
As part of the Department of the Interior’s commitment to building a coordinated strategy to respond to the impacts of climate change on the nation’s natural resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today releases a proposed strategic plan that will guide the agency’s efforts to respond to the unprecedented threat posed by global warming.

Melting sea ice is a visible reminder of a warming climate. Credit: Shutterstock
Melting sea ice is a visible reminder of a warming climate. Credit: Shutterstock

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Legacy of Hunting and Fishing Celebrated
September 25, 2009
For over 100 years, generations of hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement. The 38th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 26, recognizes the contributions of millions of Americans who continue to engage in these ageless pursuits. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, outdoor sportsmen and women generate more than 1.75 billion per year for fish, wildlife and habitat.

Duck hunting at Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Dr. F. Eugene Hester / USFWS
Duck hunting at Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Dr. F. Eugene Hester / USFWS

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation Call to Action: Help Protect Our Nation’s Coasts and Estuaries for Our Future
September 25, 2009
National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 26 is an annual celebration of the coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. Estuaries provide spawning and nursery areas for fish, offer nesting and brooding habitat for migratory birds and help protect communities from flooding. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Service’s Coastal Program, provides strategic conservation planning and assistance in coastal areas and works closely with Restore America’s Estuaries and its member organizations.

A 2006 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant supported the conservation and recovery of chinook and coho salmon, and bull and steelhead trout in Wiley Slough, an estuary in the Skagit River delta in Washington. Credit: USFWS
A 2006 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant supported the conservation and recovery of chinook and coho salmon, and bull and steelhead trout in Wiley Slough, an estuary in the Skagit River delta in Washington. Credit: USFWS

National Wildlife Refuge System: Conserving Our Lands and Resources
Service Hosts National Public Lands Day at Refuges Across the U.S.
September 24, 2009
Americans of all ages have the opportunity to help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands on September 26 as part of the 16th annual National Public Lands Day . Across the nation, people will join the largest coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. Many of this year’s events will focus on water and its importance in healthy ecosystems. National Public Lands Day provides Americans with a great chance to get outside and improve our public lands, while answering the new administration’s call for Americans to participate in public service.

Volunteers at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge restore habitat by removing noxious weeds and planting native flowers, grasses and shrubs. © Robert Schallmann / NEEF
Volunteers at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge restore habitat by removing noxious weeds and planting native flowers, grasses and shrubs. © Robert Schallmann / NEEF

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Where: Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Coleharbor, North Dakota

What’s Happening: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received Recovery Act funding to construct a safe, spacious, energy-efficient administrative and visitor center at the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. Construction is already underway, and expected to be complete in September 2010.

Threatened and Endangered Species: Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction
2007 Threatened and Endangered Species Expenditures Report Announced
September 21, 2009
The Service, 27 other federal agencies and most state agencies reported their expenditures made for federally protected species in fiscal year 2007.
Read the Report PDF

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Get Outside with the Service for the 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup
September 17, 2009
The Service in partnership with multiple organizations and individuals is heading out on Saturday, September 19 for the International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect the ocean.

Threatened and Endangered Species: Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction
Service Announces Final Rule to List Three Foreign Species of Birds under the Endangered Species Act
September 16, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a final rule to protect three foreign species of birds as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Migratory Birds: Conservation and Management
Uncommon Seabird Nests Successfully for First Time in United States
September 16, 2009
Biologists visiting Matinicus Rock, an island managed as part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, discovered a fledgling age Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) this month.

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
Draft Reports Identify Opportunities to Conserve Chesapeake Bay Watershed
September 15, 2009
As a result of President Obama’s Protect and Restore the Bay Executive Order (13508), ten Federal agencies released a series of draft reports on September 9 that identify strategies to accelerate cleanup and restoration of the nation’s largest estuary and its vast watershed.

Climate Change
Salazar Launches Interior Climate Change Response Strategy
September 14, 2009
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today launched the Department of the Interior’s first-ever coordinated strategy to address current and future impacts of climate change on America’s land, water, ocean, fish, wildlife, and cultural resources.

Connecting People With Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation
New Eagle Permit Regulation Announced
September 10, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced two new permits designed to protect public safety and manage activities or projects that may disturb or otherwise incidentally “take” bald or golden eagles or their nests, while maintaining stable or increasing populations.

Migratory Birds: Conservation and Management
As Climate Warms, Arctic-Nesting Geese Elect to Winter in Alaska Instead of Mexico
September 10, 2009
The winter distribution of Pacific brant, a small, dark sea goose, has shifted northward from low-temperate areas such as Mexico to sub-Arctic areas as Alaska’s climate has warmed over the last four decades, according to a just-released article in Arctic.

Migratory Birds: Conservation and Management
Grants under North American Wetlands Conservation Act Pass $1 Billion Threshold
September 9, 2009
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the federal government has now made more than $1 billion in grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989, helping to conserve or restore more than 25.4 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat across the continent over the past two decades.
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