We are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the American people.

We offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage. And through our work to conserve natural resources, we provide communities with healthier environments, clean water, flood control and a strong economy.

Achieving Our Mission

Learn about our priorities, statutory authority and functions. 

History of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the nation’s oldest conservation agency. Our origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study why the nation’s food fishes were decreasing and recommend ways to reverse that decline.

Though the name of our agency has changed multiple times over the years, what endures is the collective dedication of Service employees to face the conservation challenges of their dayand now, our daywith ingenuity, integrity and hard work. Fortunately, our history shows that we’ve always been up to the challenge.

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Latest Stories

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...
A high school student holding a net over a fish trailer. There are hundreds of people in the background as well as green trees and a blue sky with clouds.
Our Partners
Releasing the 1000th Fish
On May 3, 2024, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the Palisade High School's Endangered Fish Hatchery marked a very special day. For the fourth consecutive year, students, partners, and the community of Palisade, CO,...

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See Where Your Tax Dollars Go 

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develops an annual budget justification which defines our goals, objectives, and the funding necessary to accomplish them. Once approved, funds are allocated to programs and regions, and monitored to ensure those funds are used as mandated by Congress.

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Do Business With Us

The mission of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In support of the mission, the FWS procures goods and services that include: land rehabilitation; information technology resources; construction projects; professional and nonprofessional services; supplies; and environmental studies. We look forward to working with qualified, capable contractors, including small businesses.

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Work With Us

The range of career options available in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is as wide as it is rewarding. A career with us might be just what you’re looking for if you’re passionate about supporting our mission and science, water quality, nature, air quality, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, native plants, or education. You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background, and perspective to our work.  

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