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Conserving the Nature of America
Collage of an owl, otter, raccoon, and a turtle next to an open book.
America’s Wild Read. Credit: USFWS

America’s Wild Read is Back!

January 08, 2021

The USFWS Conservation Library is relaunching America’s Wild Read, a virtual book club centered on inspiring readers to engage with conservation literature and nature writing. Read along with us, and look out for posts on the USFWS Conservation Library blog where we’ll weave together the perspectives of Fish and Wildlife Service thought leaders through their commentary and conversation. Join in on the discussion by posting your thoughts and responses. Our first selection is J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.

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Close up photo of a Golden-cheeked warbler perched on a pine branch.
Golden-cheeked warbler. Credit: Steve Maslowski/USFWS

Service Finalizes Regulation Clarifying the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Implementation

January 05, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final regulation that defines the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Consistent with the text, purpose and history of the MBTA, the final regulation clarifies that conduct resulting in unintentional (incidental) injury or death of migratory birds is not prohibited under the MBTA. This rule provides regulatory certainty to the public, industries, states, tribes and other stakeholders about implementation of the MBTA and best practices for conservation.

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Screenshot of the shooting sports supports safety conservation interactive map.
Find a shooting range near you. Credit: USFWS

Interactive Map for Shooting Sports Supports Safety, Conservation

December 22, 2020

Finding a place to shoot safely is now easier than ever thanks to a new interactive tool premiered today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of its 83-year partnership with states, industry and individual firearms users who help pay for wildlife and natural resource conservation, hunter education and public shooting ranges through the Wildlife Restoration Program. The new map identifies a total of 623 ranges across the United States, including 183 archery ranges, 285 firearms ranges and 155 archery and firearms combined shooting ranges, highlighting opportunities and access from California to Massachusetts.

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