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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Teams up with Tennessee Valley Authority, Discover Life in America to Host Bioblitz

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSpringville, TN – On Saturday, May 16th, 2020 from 8:00am to noon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces they are teaming up with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Discover Life in America to host a BioBlitz at the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in north-central Tennessee. The refuge, considered a hotspot of biodiversity in this area, consists of 51,000 acres that stretch along 65 miles of the Tennessee River.

In an effort to conduct a concentrated survey of nature in a small area of the refuge, they are inviting the public to come participate in a family friendly, citizen science activity alongside many professional scientists.

BioBlitz at the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to be held May 16th.

BioBlitz at the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to be held May 16th.

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Latest Collectible Waterfowl Stamp Available Through Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announces that the Best of Show drawing from the 2019 Tennessee Annual Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is now a collectible waterfowl stamp.

Orders are being taken for the collectible stamp that is produced annually and sold for conservation education through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Erica Brock from Lafollette was honored as the 2019 Tennessee Best of Show last spring as announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which hosts the annual contest.

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Senator Bill Powers calls for Aggressive Action to address Asion Carp Invasion in Tennessee Waterways

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Senator Bill Powers (R-Clarksville) is pushing passage of a resolution calling for the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and other federal authorities to join Tennessee in “aggressively addressing the Asian carp invasion in Tennessee waterways.”

Senate Joint Resolution 723, co-sponsored by Powers, recognizes the urgency of the infiltration of the invasive fish into Tennessee’s rivers and lakes, the negative effects on the state’s ecosystem, and the disastrous economic consequences to the state if the problem accelerates further.

District 22 Tennessee State Senator Bill Powers.

District 22 Tennessee State Senator Bill Powers.

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TWRA, USFWS offer reward for Arrest in Shooting of Bald Eagle in West Tennessee

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRADecatur County, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in West Tennessee. The injured eagle was reported on December 30th, 2019 around 3:00pm in Decatur County.  A $2,500 reward is being offered for an arrest.

The eagle was found off Martins Landing Road in Bath Springs. TWRA wildlife officer Brant Luker responded to the call and the bald eagle was transported alive, but injured to the North Madison Animal Hospital on December 31st.

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Honoring Our Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice on behalf of this country.

Their heroism has made the United States a global beacon of hope, and I dedicate my work with the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees to supporting and caring for our best and bravest when they finally return home.

Improving Health Care For Rural Tennesseans: Tennesseans are rightly worried that as rural hospitals close, they will be left without access to health care.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Nashville Zoo to host “Toss the Tusk” To Save Animals, October 19th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – To help protect elephants, Nashville Zoo will be hosting an ivory surrender event on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00am – 2:00pm to encourage public participation in the fight to save this species and others from wildlife trafficking.

Toss the Tusk is a public service program whose goal is to raise public awareness about wildlife trafficking. It will provide Nashville Zoo guests with an actionable way to combat illegal wildlife trade with a focus on elephant poaching.

Tennessee State Representative Jason Powell and a representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be present for the event.

African Elephants at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

African Elephants at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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Senator Lamar Alexander announces $14 Million for Tennessee Asian Carp Fight

 

Senate Committee Approves More Money to Reduce the Maintenance Backlog at National Parks, Including Smokies

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate Appropriations Committee took “a promising step,” to reduce the maintenance backlog at our national parks, including at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

“The funding bill approved today includes increased funding to reduce the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in our nation’s 419 national parks. Alexander said. “This funding will help restore the campgrounds, trails and roads in what Ken Burns calls ‘America’s best idea’ – our national park system. This funding is a promising step in addressing the park maintenance backlog – and the next step is to pass the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation I introduced that would be the biggest help to our parks in a generation.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission makes adjustments to Duck Blind Drawings

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRACookeville, TN – At the June meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission adjustments were made for the August handheld duck bling drawings and an update on a fisheries research cooperative effort was given among the agenda items.

At the TFWC’s May meeting, the commission requested Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff review the handheld duck blind drawing process for consistency and ways to reduce the likelihood of buying/selling of blind sites.

Update of Fisheries Cooperative given at June TFWC Meeting.

Update of Fisheries Cooperative given at June TFWC Meeting.

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NASA uses airborne G-LiHT instrument to study Hurricane Maria Damage to Puerto Rico’s Forests

 

Written by Samson Reiny
NASA’s Earth Science News Team

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria barreled across Puerto Rico with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and battering rain that flooded towns, knocked out communications networks and destroyed the power grid.

In the rugged central mountains and the lush northeast, Maria unleashed its fury as fierce winds completely defoliated the tropical forests and broke and uprooted trees. Heavy rainfall triggered thousands of landslides that mowed over swaths of steep mountainsides.

In April a team of NASA scientists traveled to Puerto Rico with airborne instrumentation to survey damages from Hurricane Maria to the island’s forests.

On April 25th, 2018, the G-LiHT team captured this aerial image of El Yunque National Forest. (NASA)

On April 25th, 2018, the G-LiHT team captured this aerial image of El Yunque National Forest. (NASA)

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TWRA reports Permits for Peregrine Falcon Draw to be Increased to Five in 2018

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The numbers of permits to be allowed for the taking of peregrine falcons to be used in falconry has increased from one to five in 2018 as announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The 2018 application period for the trapping of Peregrine falcons to be used in falconry begins in July and will end on August 15th. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will conduct a draw to be held on August 29th with five permits to be awarded.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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