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Mojave Desert Tortoise facing out of burrow
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 4-lane Northern Corridor highway in southern Utah. This analysis assesses the potential impacts to the Mojave desert tortoise from a proposed Utah...
Image of North Park phacelia, a small plant in muddy soil with purple flowers and green leaves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the proposed removal of the North Park phacelia (Phacelia formosula) from the list of threatened and endangered species due to advancements in recovery for this species. This action follows a thorough Species Status Assessment and a five-year review...
Prescribed burn on island
"BLM Eastern States and its partners conducted a prescribed burn at Lathrop Bayou in the Florida Panhandle with a goal of reducing ground fuel vegetation over 561 acres of public and private land and improving the habitat for imperiled plants and animals." - Eric Dehm, BLM Public Affairs Specialist
a brown owl with white spots sits on a snag with brown foliage in the background
In 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to add the California spotted owl to the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act. The proposal noted wildfire as the leading threat to the bird, and thankfully, efforts are already underway to improve the health of California’s...
Yellow and green fish held in hand within a net.
On the screen appears a map of Northern Nevada with a slice of Eastern California. Diamond shaped markers are peppered across the map signifying recovery projects for Lahontan cutthroat trout. Faith Machuca, a Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery ecologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in...
Photo of orphaned well on Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
Located not far from Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Texas, Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge offers diverse vegetation which provides habitats for wildlife.  Species that call the refuge home, include ducks, geese, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, minks, white-tailed deer and alligators. ...
A biologists uses a fine paintbrush to sort through sand and holds a petri dish with tiny snails.
Over the Summer of 2023, New Mexico’s typical monsoon rains failed to arrive, threatening the existence of native aquatic species that have managed to eke out a niche in this desert southwest state. With a creek section quickly drying out, biologists carefully collected endangered springsnails to...
Grizzly bear visiting a hair snare site
As part of ongoing efforts to monitor grizzly bears in the lower-48 states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several partners will continue genetic sampling efforts during the summer of 2023 to document grizzly bears in southwest Montana. This multi-year project collects data to assist...
a blunt-nosed leopard lizard wearing a tracking collar is released into dry grass
In May, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined representatives from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Bureau of Land Management and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to release 10 endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizards back onto the landscape, reaching a milestone 2 years in the...
A frog on the edge of a pond with a person standing out-of-focus in the background.
When people think about the southwestern United States, most picture arid deserts and mountainous areas, however southwestern states including Arizona and New Mexico also contain riparian woodlands and wetlands that many species rely on. One of those species is the Chiricahua leopard frog.
A small bird with a black belly and long downcurved black bill stands in the grassy tundra
On Feb.8, 2023, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska and the government of Saga City, Japan formalized a sister site relationship between Qupałuk (KU-pah-luck), Alaska and Higashiyoka-higata, Japan. This relationship strives for continued collaboration, research, and capacity building between these...
Sage-grouse in Wyoming standing in snow and engaging in geophagy, which means eating dirt.
Some of us like to celebrate life events with friends, family, and food. But the sage-grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming, might celebrate with a little bit of hard-packed dirt.
Western snowy plover
Breeding season for federally threatened Western snowy plovers has officially come to an end. This doesn’t mean that plovers get to relax and enjoy the fall and winter seasons with pumpkin spice lattes or eggnog, however. Instead, plovers must continue to forage for food and work to stay warm and...
windmill and flowers in the prairie
This year, the Service’s Southwest Region Science Applications Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, USGS, the American Bird Conservancy and other partners are launching a new landscape-scale Grassland Effectiveness Monitoring (GEM) protocol to help quantify the effectiveness of a...
rocky grassy field landscape of Wyoming with wind turbines in the background
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking public comment on an environmental assessment of the proposed Two Rivers Wind Energy Project, which would be located near the Towns of Medicine Bow and Rock River in Carbon and Albany counties, Wyoming. The draft...
A Dakota skipper butterfly on a pink flower
When we think about landscape conservation, we tend to think big – big problems that require big solutions. But sometimes, it’s the little things that have the greatest impacts. The beating wings of a small butterfly might just be what is needed to save our nation’s grasslands. The butterfly is...
Mojave Desert Tortoise
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (Act) in 1990 due to habitat loss and fragmentation, excessive predation, and disease. Since then, the Service has been working to protect desert...
A firefighter walks with a drip torch
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are hosting two hiring events to quickly fill 200 wildland firefighter and support positions in California and parts of Nevada, for the 2023 wildland fire year.
A brown and white bird resting on the sand
Labor Day is all about celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of workers across the country. For many, the day off work provides a needed opportunity to relax, spend time with friends and family, or get outdoors. If you choose to celebrate on one of California’s North Coast beaches, make sure...
a short round cactus with long dark red spines and pink flowers.
Following a 60-day public comment period, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a recovery plan for the endangered acuña cactus (Echinomastus erectocentrus var. acunensis), a small, spherical, usually single-stemmed succulent that occurs in valleys and on small knolls and gravel ridges...
a group of people standing on a bridge over water holding a blue sign
The Little Tonsina River bridge project in Alaska's Copper River watershed was the nation's first Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded fish passage project to break ground. As of August 2023, the two lane, 100-foot floodplain-friendly bridge is open to traffic - vehicles over top and fish below!
A latina woman wearing an orange personal flotation device canoeing on a river
For adventurous travelers and residents alike, America’s lesser-known public lands and waters are off-the-beaten-path places for invigorating outdoor recreation. National wildlife refuges, national forests, national marine sanctuaries and national conservation lands typically are uncrowded,...
decorative blue wavy line graphic
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment and draft habitat conservation plan for the proposed issuance of an incidental take permit for the Bellefield Solar Energy Project in Kern County, California. 8minute Solar Energy applied for the permit...
A small spotted brown and black toad in someone's hand.
A small toad found only in the remote Nevada valley for which it is named seems to have achieved what many of us only dream of, spending our days lounging in the warm water of a natural hot spring.
Snow covering a charred landscape with snow capped mountains in the background.
The idea of using local, native seeds in restoration is taking off, just like the wildfires they are designed to follow, as ecologists and botanists in Nevada embark on research to test the use of these seeds in helping burned areas recover and become resilient.
Male Sage Grouse
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is withdrawing a 2013 proposed rule to list the bi-state distinct population segment of greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The bi-state sage-grouse population is an isolated group of sage-grouse living along the...

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