U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Live in the Southwest and rely on a wood-burning stove? Tree-cutting ban over threatened owl could mean trouble

First listed as threatened in 1993, the owl is found in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, west Texas and Mexico. (National Park Service)People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. district court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest…

Balloons – yes, balloons – wreak havoc with Great Lakes wildlife

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)DETROIT — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines from 2016 to 2018, the Detroit Free Press reported. Lara O’Brien, who studies…

How to build a pollinator garden

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Careful planning is essential to creating a successful pollinator garden. Follow these easy steps to make sure you have everything covered before you make your investment. Choosing your location While flowering plants can grow in both shady and sunny locations, consider your audience. Butterflies and other pollinators like to bask in the sun and some of…

Brainerd playing host to USFWS public hearing on proposed wolf delisting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public hearing to take comments on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on June 25 in Brainerd, Minn. And as more than a million public comments have already come in, the 480-seat Franklin Arts Center auditorium in Brainerd, in north-central Minnesota, is expected…