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Look closely. See the skippers' proboscis? The tubular, mouthpart is like a built-in straw that rolls out like the blowout party favors that whistle. As the skippers slurp nectar, they become accidental pollinators. Photo by D. Suiter #PollinatorWeek
Bet you can't guess where this serene trail is located? Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAF). The LRAF Liaison and Staff set aside 20 acres for pollinator habitat. The trail will habitat for pollinators that we depend on for food production and other necessities. 📷: LRAF4
Smooth coneflower grows in VA, NC, SC and GA. It depend on insect pollinators for cross-pollination. Like this plant relies on pollinators, we rely on people like you to spread the word about pollinator diversity: #PollinatorWeek
A plant once only known to #PuertoRico and #SabaIsland, a municipality of the Netherlands, is on a path to recovery. Learn more about what this means for Mitracarpus polycladus and how you can submit comments.… 📷: USFWSC
We want to hear from Y O U! We’re proposing federal protection and critical habitat for a #rareplant with a unique name.… 📷: USFWSO
Bees are all the buzz because it's #PollinatorWeek! We can thank them for tasty foods that we enjoy, like, the summertime favorite, watermelon. Give back by planting a pollinator plant. Video by: Nicole Vidal Video description: Honey bees fly in and out of a hive.
We’re listing a rare, tropical plant as #endangered. The marron bacora is native to the #VirginIslands and is on the decline. We’re also announcing critical habitat on the island of St. John.… 📷: USFWS5
Coastal refuges like St. Marks, are more than a beautiful beach, they provide vital habitat for many species, like this threatened frosted flatwoods salamander. Learn more about what St. Marks is doing to help the salamander:… 📷: USFWS0
This #NationalRiversMonth let’s celebrate wildlife that live along riverbanks.💚 Rivers are vital ecosystems that provide for raccoons and humans alike. Savannah NWR, which runs along the Savannah River is over 30,000 acres of habitat for wildlife and fish. 📷: Larry Woodwar7W
Have you ever caught a spottail bass or a trout? It's #NationalFishingAndBoatingWeek. Celebrate with your friends and family. Find a National Wildlife Refuge or a National Fish Hatchery near you:…. Photo Credit: Jennifer Koches/USFWS
In the 1800s great egrets were almost wiped out because their plumes were highly sought after for fashion. They made a recovery thanks to the work of early conservationists, and they are still protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Photo Credit: Larry Woodward
Myth: Opossums carry rabies. In fact, it is extremely rare for opossums to get rabies, because their body temperatures are so low that rabies has a difficult time surviving. Click here to learn more about opossums:… Photo Credit: Larry Woodward/USFWS
Today we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day. Photo Credit: Eric Ellingson/Flickr
It’s #WildTurtleWeek y’all! If you’re having friends and family over for the long weekend take a cue from nature’s most generous host. The gopher tortoise shares its burrow with over 350 wildlife species.… Photo Credit: Renee Bodine
We’re conducting 5-year status reviews of 35 Southeastern #Endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. Learn more about what this means, and how you can submit comments.…... Photo Credit: AGFC
Did you know that today is #WorldTurtleDay? Meet North America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle. The largest on record is only 4.5 inches long. Find out what you can do for turtles where you live.… Photo Credit: Bog Turtle by Gary Peeples/USFWS
Florida’s state animal, the Florida panther is endangered with only 120 -130 animals left in Southwest FL. In 2022, 12 panthers died after being struck by a vehicle. Save Florida panthers by driving slowly near wild areas below the Caloosahatchee River.
📷: A red wolf at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina by Leo Miranda/USFWS (5/5)
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For the latest information from @USFWS on red wolf recovery, visit: To report possible red wolf sightings and information, please contact: [email protected] or call the red wolf hotline at 1-855-4-Wolves (1-855-496-5837). (4/5)
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If someone accidentally kills a red wolf, they must report it by calling @USFWS toll-free at 1-855-4-WOLVES (1-855-496-5837). It’s important to report red wolf incidents quickly so our staff can minimize conflicts and retrieve any carcasses while they are still intact. (3/5)
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Anyone with information on the death of the red wolf is urged to contact North Carolina Division of Refuge Law Enforcement Patrol Captain Frank Simms at 252-216-7504 or Special Agent Jason Keith at 919-856-4786 ext. 34 (2/5)
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.@USFWS is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution in the recent shooting and killing of a federally protected red wolf: The endangered red wolf was found dead in Tyrrell County, North Carolina on April 15. (1/5)
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Dim the Lights for Birds at Night. Help migrating birds avoid collisions. The male indigo bunting migrates from Canada to Florida during breeding season. This yellow Kentucky warbler was photographed at Clarks River NWR during data collection. #WMBD2022
Do you want to stop birds from flying into windows? Dim lights for birds at night. Also, replace white or red lights with dimmer colored lights or use light fixtures with a shield pointing downward. For more tips, checkout this 2018 article: #WMBD2022
Carolina gopher frogs getting new lease on life, thanks to Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery! See what our hatcheries are doing to help declining populations in the Francis Marion National Forest. Learn more: SavetheFrog! AmphibianWeek!
More indigo snakes wild and-free! We joined The Nature Conservancy and others to release 26 eastern indigo snakes in the Florida Panhandle (Yr #6). The threatened serpents spent 2 yrs adulting @USFWS Welaka National Fish Hatchery after 1 yr at a zoo.
Money does not grow on trees, it grows in them. Read this story to explore how nonprofits serve as go-betweens for landowners and the carbon market where carbon credits are bought and sold. #ArborDay @TNCALABAMA Photo by USFWS: The Walls of Jericho, AL.
Learn how the USFWS and partners are helping the Florida panther make its way north away from extinction. See how Photo: Male panther at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS, 2018. @MyFWC
Happy #EarthDay!!🌎Do you have plans for today? Come see us! Here are some ideas for a visit to@CapeRomainNWRR. We conserve America’s wildlife & habitats for future generations. You are not in South Carolina? We are always near
Happy 91st Birthday Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, Louisiana! This hatchery spawns, hatches, and rears rare fish to help them recover and survive in the wild. It also raises more common freshwater fish for pond or lake stocking. 📷 Natchitoches NWR, USFWSu
Last Monday, @USFWS Director Martha Williams joined Joint Unified Command co-commander Jon Wallace & USFWS Southeast Regional Director Leo Miranda to learn more about the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) impacting manatees: 📷: Terri Calleson/USFWSQ
Every year we look for the sounds of spring in the air. The short trills or combinations of notes that vary in pitch, dynamics, and rhythm of the male loggerhead shrike and the mating songs of both sexes is a sure sign that spring is truly here! 📷 Omaira Falcon, USFWSo
We recently released Puerto Rican parrots into the wild! The goal of the @USFWS is to establish a 3rd population of wild parrots in PR and boost the natural population. Learn more about the recovery of this #endangered species: 📷 Jan P. Zegarra, USFWSQ
Due to successful conservation, the Service is proposing to downlist the relict darter, a fish native to western KY, from #endangered to threatened. We are also proposing a 4(d) rule & posting a draft recovery plan. Learn more:( 📷 Dr. Matthew Thomas/KDFWRn
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For the past several weeks Florida panther FP260 has been located on public conservation land and feeding on natural prey. Given the panther's recent behavior, we and our conservation partners, including FWC, are pausing plans to remove FP260 from the wild. (2/4)
Important update on Florida panther male “FP260.” @USFWS and Florida Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Commission (FWC) continue monitoring FP260’s location. (1/4)
A keen sense of smell and acute eyesight help Turkey vultures find a meal before it decays. This valuable service keeps our roadsides and forests clean of pathogens/toxins. Their featherless heads helps them keep it clean when dining. #MigratoryBirds 📷 O. Falcon, USFWSu
For more information on @USFWS Florida panther conservation efforts, please visit: & (6/6)
We’ve determined that FP260 should be removed from the wild due to the number & frequency of livestock depredations & concerns for human safety. 50 CFR 17.21(c)(3)(iv) provides for removing animals that constitute a demonstrable but non-immediate threat to human safety. (5/6)
We continue working in close coordination with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regarding FP260. (4/6)
Human health & safety remain our top priority, in addition to science-based conservation. FP260 is a suitable candidate for permanent captivity. Work is ongoing to potentially place FP260 at a facility that would care for him at their expense. (3/6)
There are no plans to kill FP260. It is the goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners to avoid any such scenario. (2/6)
We’re sharing important updates about Florida panther “FP260” - a male panther receiving a bit of public interest recently. @USFWS remains committed to working with public & private partners to advance Florida panther management & recovery. (1/6)
Bring your cameras to our refuges this weekend! You don't have to be a pro to capture something amazing! If you're a pro, you might capture the best wildlife moment of your life! 📷 Southeast LA NWR friends at: Louisiana Northshore & weinbse
.@USFWS proudly provides a record $1.5 billion to state, commonwealth & territory wildlife agencies across America! 🎉 Supported by hunters, anglers, boaters & industry, these funds support outdoor recreation & healthy wildlife 📷: USFWi5
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