By David Ljunggren – Reuters – May 18, 2016

More than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, scientists who are part of a tri-nation initiative said on Wednesday, adding that ocean and tropical birds were in particular danger. The study, compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the first
of its kind to look at the vulnerability of bird populations in Canada, the United States and Mexico, said 37 percent of all 1,154 species on the continent needed urgent conservation action. For full story, click here.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is about to publish its “Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits” in the Federal Register. The Corps’ pre-publication version of the rule is posted on their webpage. ASWM will be hosting a series of webinars about the new rule, once it is published. Stay tuned!

Contact: Enesta Jones – U.S. Environmental Protection Agecny – May 11, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the first-ever National Wetland Condition Assessment, showing that nearly half of the nation’s wetlands are in good health, while 20 percent are in fair health and the remaining 32 percent in poor health. The National Wetland Condition Assessment is part of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys designed to advance the science of coastal monitoring and answer critical questions about the condition of waters in the United States. For full news release, click here.

By Laura Zuckerman – PanetArk – May 11, 2016

North America's bison, a living emblem of the Western frontier that roamed the continent by the millions before being hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, was officially designated on Monday as the national mammal of the United States. The bison, whose image adorned the back of the U.S. nickel for 25 years and has graced the U.S. Interior Department seal since 1912, was bestowed symbolic status equal to that of the American bald eagle through an act of Congress. The measure, signed into law by President Barack Obama, proclaims the bison's role as a symbol for America's heritage as a whole. It cites the animal's history as "integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies." For full story, click here.

Contact: Laury Parramore – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – May 4, 2016

In a move designed to maintain strong protections for bald and golden eagles, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is opening a 60-day public comment period on proposed improvements to the agency’s comprehensive eagle conservation and management program. The proposed changes include modifications to the regulations governing permits for incidental take of bald and golden eagles that will protect eagle populations during the course of otherwise lawful human activities. For full press release, click here. The public may submit comments on the proposed rule and the PEIS until July 5, 2016.