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Final reclassification – Rulemaking Actions – Missouri bladderpod plant moved to threatened list

Final reclassification – Rulemaking Actions – Missouri bladderpod plant moved to threatened list – Brief Article Missouri Bladderpod (Lesquerella filiformis) On October 15, we recognized the improved status of the Missouri bladderpod, an annual in the mustard family (Brassicaceae), by reclassifying it from endangered to the less critical category of threatened. Habitat acquisition and management […]

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Region 1

Region 1 LaRee Brosseau Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) staff coordinated with the Sierra National Forest, Madera County, and the California Highway Patrol to protect a pair of adult bald eagles and their nestling on Bass Lake in Madera County. A local eagle expert reported to us that the adult eagles […]

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Fish Creek Preservation and Restoration

Fish Creek Preservation and Restoration Dan Sparks Like most midwestern streams, Fish Creek is threatened by pollution from certain land uses within its watershed. In its Fish Creek Bioreserve Project Strategic Plan, TNC identifies the primary threats as those that degrade water quality, water quantity, and habitat structure. Agriculture is the primary land use within […]

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African Elephant Conservation Act

African Elephant Conservation Act Mark Phillips The African elephant (Loxodonta africana), the world’s largest land mammal, had a continent-wide population of approximately 1.3 million individuals in the late 1970’s. But an onslaught of poaching to satisfy the ivory trade reduced the population of African elephants by about 50 percent during the 1980’s. Current population estimates […]

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Turtle patrol on Padre Island

Turtle patrol on Padre Island Darrell Echols A frantic radio call came into the Padre Island National Seashore Ranger Station on April 29, 1991: a park visitor reported that a sea turtle was crawling ashore! In a flash, we loaded a 4-wheeldrive truck with all the necessities for excavating sea turtle eggs and drove the […]

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Bird Conservation in America’s Heartland

Bird Conservation in America’s Heartland Robert P. Ford Ever hear of the Interior Low Plateau Region? If not, you may be surprised that it covers over 30 million acres (12.1 million hectares), spread across a wide swath of the south-central United States from southern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, through Kentucky and Tennessee, and into northern […]

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Landowners are recognized for conservation work

Landowners are recognized for conservation work – fish habitat improvement Tyler Sykes At a dinner held in April 2002, 20 private landowners from the Morrison-Viola area of middle Tennessee were recognized by the Barrens Topminnow Working Group for their efforts to restore and protect habitat for this extremely rare fish. The Barrens topminnow (Fundulus julisia), […]

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Region 5

Region 5 – Brief Article Tom Chapman Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii) The Service’s New Jersey Field Office participated in a series of meetings with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Township of Hardyston in Sussex County regarding a proposed expansion of the township’s sewer service area. The expansion area originally included […]

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The Mystery of the Dying Eagles – Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy

The Mystery of the Dying Eagles – Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy – Brief Article Russell D. Jeffers During the winter of 1994-1995, DeGray Lake, Arkansas, was the scene of a grave situation; 29 bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) were found dead. Wildlife officials desperately tried to determine the cause. The die-off did not repeat the following winter […]

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Building Partnerships With Zoos and Aquariums

Building Partnerships With Zoos and Aquariums David Harrelson Over the past 25 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) have become increasingly involved in conservation programs for imperiled species in North America. Both organizations are aware of the conservation of biodiversity as an issue of increasing […]