U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Karner blue butterfly at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Patrick Dodson for WAMC

As many Capital Region residents know, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a rare type of butterfly called the Karner blue. But the unique landscape is also home to a species that the federal government wants to know more about.

EPA Delays Decision On GE's Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Jan 8, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed General Electric that its decision about whether to formally determine that the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup is complete is delayed. Meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the EPA, saying additional cleanup would accelerate recovery of the river and its resources.

One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

        Springfield, Massachusetts has been selected to participate in a federal conservation program for migratory birds. 

Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy. 


The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been recognized by the federal government for environmental stewardship.  With the designation comes some money for a project to restore an urban conservation area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday designated the Springfield Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  It is a cooperative effort to promote conservation values with urban residents, especially young people, according to Deborah Rocque, the northeast deputy regional director for the wildlife service.

" Youth is huge component of our urban partnerships," she said.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing its rules about ivory imports after two teenage bagpipers from New Hampshire had their instruments seized at the Canadian border.

Gary Kramer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A rule being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove most species of wolves from the endangered species list would end federal protection for any wolves that move into upstate New York or northern New England from Canada or elsewhere.

Scott Darling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

With nearly 90 percent declines in some species of bats due to White Nose Syndrome, scientists in the Northeast conducted an experiment this winter aimed at finding alternative strategies to save infected bats.

Steve Faccio

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not responding to its petition to grant endangered species status to the Bicknell’s thrush.  The rare songbird is only found on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada during the summer, and a few Caribbean islands in winter.


The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit for migratory bird monitoring.

The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.

The Caledonian-Record reports the permit was issued in July by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It authorizes the company to "collect, transport and temporarily possess carcasses and partial remains of migratory birds," except threatened or endangered species, to monitor bird mortality.

T.B. Ryder / USFWS

A northeastern songbird may be headed to endangered species status.