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Let’s celebrate! The Lower Wisconsin Riverway was just designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Co...
08/26/2020

Let’s celebrate! The Lower Wisconsin Riverway was just designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.

Ramsar is the oldest modern global environmental and intergovernmental agreement that provides a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages our Ramsar work through our International Affairs Program.

The Riverway has one of Wisconsin’s highest concentrations of rare and threatened species, providing habitat for 121 rare animal species such as the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) and the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) with 17 species listed on the IUCN Red list including the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica), the rusty blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) and the ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata). It is also important for the federally endangered Higgins’ eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii), a species endemic to the upper Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Threatened plants include the pale green orchid (Platanthera flava herbiola) and algal-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton confervoides). The site is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA), supporting 25 breeding bird species such as lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus), whooping crane (Grus americana) and worm-eating warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum).

The Riverway is one of Wisconsin’s most significant conservation and recreational areas because of its relatively wild, continuous natural area with a wide variety of native plant-animal communities.

News Release: https://www.ramsar.org/news/united-states-names-lower-wisconsin-riverway-as-its-41st-wetland-of-international-importance

Additional information from Wisconsin Wetlands Association: https://www.wisconsinwetlands.org/updates/wisconsin-river-honored/

Photo credit: Timothy Jacobson

08/20/2020
Bairds Tapir Survival Alliance

Join the Bairds Tapir Survival Alliance for the debut of their new short documentary followed by a discussion with Alliance members!

Tomorrow night at 8pm EST, we are excited to invite you to an event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support...
08/18/2020

Tomorrow night at 8pm EST, we are excited to invite you to an event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supported Bairds Tapir Survival Alliance . You can see the online premiere of the documentary "A Regional Initiative For Tapir Conservation." The film will be screened through Google Meets and Facebook Live followed by a live discussion with Survial Alliance members from Belize, Costa Rica, and Panama.

If you would like to join please RSVP to [email protected] to receive the link. Please share widely!

Have you ever seen an ancient plant that was around before, during, and after the dinosaurs roamed the earth? Cycads are...
08/14/2020

Have you ever seen an ancient plant that was around before, during, and after the dinosaurs roamed the earth?

Cycads are one of the rarest and oldest plants on earth today, and they need our help. They are the most imperiled plant group on Earth, even though they have stood the test of time and survived three mass extinctions! In fact, sources have described the rate of extinction of cycads as higher than rhinos and they are more endangered than corals and amphibians.

Staff from our program recently traveled to South Africa to observe and learn more about cycads first hand, the impacts of poaching on wild populations, and to see the progress on a currently supported project to improve the conservation of cycad species.

Read our exclusive: https://www.fws.gov/international/articles/safeguarding-the-future-of-ancient-cycads-in-south-africa.html

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
08/14/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection helped us seize about 1,400 sea turtle shell pieces at Miami International Airport. The illegal shipment contained two sea turtle species: hawksbill sea turtles and green sea turtles. The turtle shell fragments were painted in blue chalk to disguise them. Smugglers tried to pass the shells as “plastic recycle” and illegally transport them from the Caribbean to Asia.

Hawksbill sea turtles and green sea turtles are both endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and protected by international wildlife laws (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, or CITES).

Sea turtles are among the world’s most imperiled wildlife. Once abundant, populations in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans have dwindled, largely due to habitat degradation and illegal wildlife trade.

Working with conservation partners domestically and internationally, we aim to curb illegal wildlife trade, which threatens beloved wildlife across the globe, including sea turtles, tigers, rhinos, and elephants.

You can help by reporting suspicious behavior and wildlife crime: http://ow.ly/cHTP50ATGjP

To report suspicious activity at U.S. ports of entry, call U.S. Customs and Border Protection at 1-800-BE-ALERT.

#SeaTurtles #WildlifeConservation #DOIdelivers

Photo 1: Green sea turtles by Megan Nagel/USFWS.

Photo 2: Hawksbill sea turtle by Caroline S. Rogers/NOAA.

Photo 3: Turtle shell fragments painted in blue chalk by smugglers. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Photo 4: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with turtle shells. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

For #WorldElephantDay, this year we would like to share a unique story written by one of our special agents. Stopping th...
08/12/2020

For #WorldElephantDay, this year we would like to share a unique story written by one of our special agents. Stopping the illegal ivory trade is one of our agency's priorities, but did you know that elephant toenails are also sold? Learn more and read about how one unique experience impacted our agent's thinking on her role in helping conserve elephants. :https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2020/8/12/Saving-Elephants-Even-Their-Toenails

Learn more about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps conserve sharks worldwide in our new story: "Sharks Should...
08/11/2020
Sharks Should Be Respected, Not Feared

Learn more about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps conserve sharks worldwide in our new story: "Sharks Should Be Respected, Not Feared" #SharkWeek

Sharks have long gripped our fascination and swum in the ocean before dinosaurs roamed the earth. However, such factors as climate change…

"A loss of life to one is a loss of life to all in the fight against wildlife trafficking." Keith Swindle, U.S. Fish and...
07/31/2020

"A loss of life to one is a loss of life to all in the fight against wildlife trafficking." Keith Swindle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, reflects on the importance of honoring the commitment of our fellow stewards of wildlife around the world. #WorldRangerDay

Read more at: https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2020/7/31/A-Loss-of-Life-to-One-is-a-Loss-of-Life-to-All-in-the-Fight-Against-Wildlife-Trafficking

Photo: Keith Swindle presenting a letter of condolence and support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement to Julius Kariuki Kimani, who at the time was the Deputy Director of Security at Kenya Wildlife Service.

The first global survey of the illegal tortoiseshell trade indecades reveals that 40 countries around the world have act...
07/30/2020

The first global survey of the illegal tortoiseshell trade in
decades reveals that 40 countries around the world have active domestic markets, most of which are illegal. Based on research conducted by individual biologists and conservation
organizations, the report conservatively estimates more than 45,000 individual products for sale worldwide since 2017. In-person research at shops found more than 17,000 products and online research showed nearly 30,000 products for sale, primarily in Indonesia. Read the report and learn more here via our partners at Too Rare To Wear: https://www.tooraretowear.org/report

In these strange and tough times, receiving a hand-written letter in the mail from a friend or family member can be a bi...
07/29/2020

In these strange and tough times, receiving a hand-written letter in the mail from a friend or family member can be a big spirit booster.

Today is #InternationalTigerDay and we thought you might like to know about Save Vanishing Species Stamps if you don't already. By purchasing these cool stamps, you can have a tangible impact on helping to conserve wild tigers and many other iconic species! Plus, you might make someone very happy when they receive a letter from you, with a VERY cool stamp of a treasured animal.

You can buy the stamps online here: https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/save-vanishing-species-S_576674

As a result of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Operation Crash," an Irish man was sentenced to serve one year in f...
07/28/2020

As a result of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Operation Crash," an Irish man was sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in the trafficking of black rhinoceros horns. The investigation revealed that he, and other Rathkeale Rover members, not only illegally bought, sold, and transported rhinoceros horn, but also falsified documents and lied to federal agents. Working closely with the Irish Government, he was arrested on August 1, 2019 in Ireland and extradited to the United States to be prosecuted. Read more: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/irish-national-sentenced-prison-trafficking-rhinoceros-horns

Photo: This black rhinoceros horn mount was sold by an undercover special agent to a wildlife trafficker during Operation Crash. Credit: USFWS

07/24/2020
Discovery

Wow! 🤓

Just beneath the surface of this squid’s skin are thousands of color-changing cells called chromatophores. 🎥🦑 by SaltyFlyTying.com

#SharkWeek #Sharkbait #squid #sealife

During Latino Conservation Week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to learn a little bit about a few of the...
07/23/2020

During Latino Conservation Week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to learn a little bit about a few of the conservationists of tomorrow.

In the story are mini-biographies of the interns secured by the Service in 2020 through our partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). We welcome and thank our HAF Interns, especially during Latino Conservation Week! https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2020/7/23/Happy-Latino-Conservation-Week #LCW2020

“I think we had this idea that turtles were running on rails, and that they had some sort of fine scale navigational abi...
07/22/2020
Sea turtles often lose their way, but always reach their destination

“I think we had this idea that turtles were running on rails, and that they had some sort of fine scale navigational ability,” Alex Rattray, co-author of the paper and research fellow at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University in Australia, told Mongabay. “But what we found out is that they make mistakes, they miss their targets, they overshoot the targets, and they do a lot of searching.”

When baby sea turtles hatch from their eggs, they skitter across the sand to the shoreline before disappearing into the open ocean. Many years later, by some remarkable feat, female turtles find their way back, sometimes traveling thousands of kilometers, to arrive at the exact beach where they were...

"Cuba is home to the world’s greatest diversity of snails, but no others have shells with such a range of colors and com...
07/17/2020
‘World’s most beautiful snails’ threatened by illegal trade

"Cuba is home to the world’s greatest diversity of snails, but no others have shells with such a range of colors and complex patterns. Painted snails, in the genus Polymita, have long been sought by collectors, who sell the shells to tourists or trade them abroad to the United States and Europe. This demand is one reason why Cuba lists all six species as critically endangered, and why it’s been illegal for more than a decade to take these snails from the wild. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates global commerce in wildlife, has banned their trade since 2017."

Spectacularly colored shells make these critically endangered Cuban snails highly sought after, but some are working to save them.

Levi Novey, a member of our communications team, wrote a personal essay for the spring edition of the U.S. Fish and Wild...
07/09/2020

Levi Novey, a member of our communications team, wrote a personal essay for the spring edition of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's magazine about how he was inspired by his experience working with the Bairds Tapir Survival Alliance. You can read it here: https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2020/7/7/Finding-Inspiration-During-an-Extinction-Crisis

Titled "Finding Inspiration During an Extinction Crisis," in one segment Levi writes: "The people on the ground fighting for the conservation of species around the world inspire us and give us hope, despite the odds against wildlife and the habitats they depend on. Ultimately, it might not be enough to save every threatened species from extinction. But we can save some of them, and the best chance we have is each other."

🐘 138 new calves have been recorded so far and more are expected. The record was 201 born in 2002. 🐘🐘🐘 ☺️
07/08/2020
Baby elephants are raining from the sky in Amboseli

🐘 138 new calves have been recorded so far and more are expected. The record was 201 born in 2002. 🐘🐘🐘 ☺️

In a bouncing baby jumbo boom, 138 calves have been recorded so far, with more to come in Amboseli.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
07/08/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Did you know that there are more than 3,000 cicada species worldwide, including more than 190 in North America? For their size, cicadas have an impressively loud song, providing the soundtrack to hot summer days.

Photo: Swamp cicada courtesy of Mark Moschell/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/wxrHvk

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska
06/22/2020

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska

Ok let's start off #WorldAlbatrossDay with an easy trivia question! In order from A to D, comment the common names of these albatross! (Answers here: http://ow.ly/OnAW50Ac0wv) 📸 Clockwise from top by Robin Agarwal; USFWS/Tamara Zeller; Sophie Webb; USFWS/Dan Cushing

We are proud that our very own Dr. Meenakshi Nagendran was interviewed for this interesting video story about island bio...
06/19/2020
National Parks in the History of Science: Island Biogeography

We are proud that our very own Dr. Meenakshi Nagendran was interviewed for this interesting video story about island biogeography. It focuses on a fascinating and famous experiment that took place in Everglades National Park that has relevance for international conservation of species such as rhinos and orangutans. Please check it out!

Fifty years ago, mangrove islands in Everglades National Park were the subject of a now-famous experiment that tested an important idea about biodiversity. Meet the scientist who conducted it.

Did you know that saiga antelope once roamed alongside mammoths and saber-toothed tigers? For millions of years saiga su...
06/18/2020

Did you know that saiga antelope once roamed alongside mammoths and saber-toothed tigers? For millions of years saiga survived harsh and changing environmental conditions, but today human activities are their greatest threat.

This ancient species once covered vast landscapes spanning from the British Isles to Alaska, and today only exists in five remaining populations in the dry steppe grasslands and semi-arid deserts of Central Asia. Significant decreases in populations has resulted in the IUCN classifying saiga as Critically Endangered, and being listed in Appendix II of CITES. There are approximately 124,000 individuals remaining, compared to about 1,000,000 in the early 1990s.

Saiga populations have had dramatic population fluctuations, and are in decline due to increased poaching for meat, poaching of males for their horns, and natural threats such as disease and environmental change. In this graphic, learn more about saiga and the financial and technical assistance USFWS has provided for saiga conservation since 2000, working with partners for the survival of this unique animal throughout its range.

"For most of the wild things on earth, the future must depend on the conscience of mankind." — Archie CarrPhoto: A green...
06/16/2020

"For most of the wild things on earth, the future must depend on the conscience of mankind." — Archie Carr

Photo: A green sea turtle hatchling at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Keenan Adams / USFWS

#WorldSeaTurtleDay

Tomorrow for #WorldSeaTurtleDay, our partners at the Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention are hosting 3 special presenta...
06/15/2020

Tomorrow for #WorldSeaTurtleDay, our partners at the Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention are hosting 3 special presentations from Ecuador, Panama, and Peru. These will all be held in Spanish and hosted on a combination of platforms including Facebook live and Zoom. See the attached images for more details!

In her new article, "#BlackWomenWhoBird: A Personal Reflection," U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service park ranger Felice Yarbo...
06/11/2020

In her new article, "#BlackWomenWhoBird: A Personal Reflection," U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service park ranger Felice Yarbough writes: "I’m grateful to be a ranger. I’m striving to be the conservation role model that I wish I had growing up. I love the work that I’m doing in Houston – getting to work with kids, many who look like me. I don’t take it for granted. I want them to experience nature in ways I didn’t...There is so much work to be done to truly make access to nature equitable for all, but it’s an investment worth making." #BlackBirdersWeek

https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2020/6/10/BlackWomenWhoBird-A-Personal-Reflection

Looking for some inspiring and interesting reading? Our National Conservation Training Center recently released its 2020...
06/10/2020

Looking for some inspiring and interesting reading? Our National Conservation Training Center recently released its 2020 Conservation History Journal. This year's theme is women in conservation and it's jam-packed with inspiring articles. Please read and share!

https://nctc.fws.gov/history/Documents/2020-Conservation-History-journal.pdf

The CITES Secretariat recently announced the postponement of the 31st meeting of the Animals Committee and 25th meeting ...
06/09/2020

The CITES Secretariat recently announced the postponement of the 31st meeting of the Animals Committee and 25th meeting of the Plants Committee. These important meetings were scheduled to take place next month, but will now take place in 2021. More info here:https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2020-045.pdf

CITES
06/08/2020

CITES

Today is World Oceans Day, a reminder of the vital importance of marine ecosystems and species for all life on Earth, in and out of the water. CITES works to keep trade in many valuable marine species sustainable for people, planet and prosperity.

Today is #WorldOceansDay and we always like to highlight these fascinating animals when we can: chambered nautiluses. Th...
06/08/2020

Today is #WorldOceansDay and we always like to highlight these fascinating animals when we can: chambered nautiluses.

They are the only living descendants of a group of ocean creatures that thrived in the seas 500 million years ago when the earth’s continents were still forming. They are even older than the dinosaurs!

Learn more about them and conservation efforts on our detailed webpage: https://www.fws.gov/international/animals/nautilus.html

Photo credit: Klaus Stiefel / Creative Commons

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I cannot fathom how USFWS would vote with China??!!!! to allow export of wild elephants and their calves. Get a clue goddamn it!!!
I can't get your new post dec is the last
My name is Laurian Lenjo working with Wildlife Works as Community Relations Officer, The Climate Investment Funds together with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco have invited me to attend "the power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Change" where we are meeting with different stakeholders to engage in dialogue and learn from each other and help shape the future of climate action. I would really like to attend to this event as i deal directly with indigenous communities where i am incharge of climate change and conservation education to change the lifestyle of communities and improve their livelihoods. I will appreciate if you link me with organizations that have funding opportunities where i can send my request. Any assistance will be highly appreciated Kind regards Lenjo
I'm trying to get an update on a cites permit for my trophy scimitar oryx from Mexico. The SASABE hunting & trophy logistics sent in for the permit in to USFws in my and he stated he is still waiting for the permit. Is there a way to get an update and why it is taking so long?
Really? I am ashamed to say I did not know about this misuse of my tax dollars. This is exactly why Trump won. Drain this swamp now!
Help us please. The authorities of Cyprus must make their decision. They know this petition. Getting the most signatures is our only chance to save Congo, hostage in Cyprus. Thank you !!!! https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animaux/sauvons-lion-congo/40895
Just saw this on the today show (had to stop working and listen). We can support by buying our postage stamps from tiger stamp.com. They saved a 10 day old elephant from drowning and brought to the elephant sanctuary.
Are you allowing animal trophy parts into the U.S. again?????
HOW CAN YOU LET THE IMPORT OF WILD ANIMAL PARTS, ESPECIALLY ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS WHO ARE ENDANGERED AND HELPLESS BE IMPORTED TO THE u.s. ???????????? HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU PLEASING AND HOW MANY ARE YOU UPSETTING AND DISGUSTING????????? FOLLOW THE MONEY FOLKS FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!! YOU SELL AN ENDANGERED SPECIES STAMP? YOU SHOULD ALL JUST GO AWAY YOU ARE TRAITORS TO YOUR SITE
I don't think the exploitation of wildlife populations abroad for the sake of wealthy American hunters is something you're meant to do. Please respect and protect wildlife, here and in other countries. I am appalled at your allowing hunting of lions and elephants (I understand the elephant hunting is suspended but it should be absolutely banned).