United States Fish and Wildlife Service

An Oregon State Fish biologist pulls a hand full of Oregon Chub from the waters of a pond near Dexter, Oregon as part of a research project in this April 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch, File)

Minnow to be 1st fish taken off endangered list

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is becoming the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction. […]

02/04/2014

A large excavator is drops a load of limestone boulders from a barge into the gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The huge boulders are being put in place to help rebuild a reef that once filled some 400 acres and now barely exists. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Major oyster reef rebuilding begins on Texas coast

MATAGORDA, Texas (AP) — A deep sea oyster reef restoration being touted as the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico began in an unlikely place: a quarry in landlocked Missouri. That is where years […]

11/01/2013

Feds seek threatened status for some sage grouse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Friday proposed to list as threatened populations of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California in an effort to save the struggling species, a decision that promises […]

10/25/2013

No endangered species status for ashy storm petrel

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal biologists have turned down Endangered Species Act protection for the ashy storm-petrel, a sea bird that breeds on islands off the California coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

10/21/2013

This Sept. 27, 2013 image provided by NOAA Fisheries shows thousands of walruses hauling out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea near Point Lay, Alaska. (AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries, Stan Churches)

10,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An estimated 10,000 walrus unable to find sea ice over shallow Arctic Ocean water have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday […]

10/01/2013

(AP Photo)

Feds defend plan to drop gray wolf protection

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is strongly defending its proposal to drop federal protection for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states ahead of […]

09/30/2013

An employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, releases a Red Knot on the north end of Nauset Beach in Eastham, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

APNewsBreak: Feds to protect red knot shorebirds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A little shorebird called the red knot is closer to getting federal protection. The rosy-breasted red knot makes a 10,000-mile migration from South America to the Arctic and stops to refuel in Cape Cod […]

09/27/2013

In this Aug 22, 2013, photo, research Associate Pamela Flores conducts a health assessment on a desert tortoise at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Support flows in for sick desert tortoises

LAS VEGAS (AP) — News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to […]

08/29/2013

A tagged California condor. (AP Photo)

Feds won’t prosecute wind farm for condor deaths

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities say they won’t prosecute a Southern California wind farm if the company’s whirring turbine blades kill any endangered California condors. The Los Angeles Times reports the Tehachapi Mountain wind […]

05/25/2013

Kali, polar bear cub in AP Video.

Polar bear cub orphaned in Alaska lands at NY zoo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It may have been the most anticipated package ever delivered to the Buffalo Zoo: an orphaned polar bear cub that arrived Wednesday from Alaska and will spend the summer with another cub […]

05/15/2013

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