PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
Water Restored to Cullinan Ranch After 100 Year Absence
Tidal waters returned to the Cullinan Ranch portion of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge last week, after over a 100-year absence. Dozens of onlookers from the Audubon Society, Save the Bay and other organizations involved in the restoration project gathered to watch an excavator remove the final tidal levee. Once enough dirt was removed, the salty water rushed into the restoration area recreating marsh habitat that is one-and-a-half times larger than Golden Gate Park.
Nets Aren't Just for Catching Fish -- Rocket Nets Used to Capture Aleutian Cackling Geese During the Annual Banding Event
Teams of wildlife management personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife participated in the capture and banding at more than 400 Aleutian Cackling geese on San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge recently. The geese were banded as part of the program to monitor the size and health of the species' population.
Volunteers remove fences, improve wildlife habitat on Bitter Creek NWR
Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, south of Maricopa, Calif., established in 1986 to protect sensitive California condor foraging and roosting habitat, was once an historic cattle ranch and farm. With the acquisition came with dilapidated buildings, antique farming equipment and miles of degraded barbed wire fencing. While the Service and its partners have preserved or removed much of it, committed volunteers continue these efforts to restore the landscape to a more natural state by removing the remaining fence lines piece-by-rusted-piece.
Bad News: Asian Weather Loach Found in California River
Invasive species are a huge problem in the United States. It is estimated that the annual damage caused by invasive species totals more than $120 billion. When biologists at our Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office discovered an Asian weather loach during fish monitoring surveys on the San Joaquin River in Madera County in California recently, it raised lots of red flags.
- Jan 30, 2015 - Service Invites Kids Across the Nation to Participate in this Year’s Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
- Jan 13, 2015 - Public Input Sought on Conservation Plan for New Solar Park in Merced County
- Jan 07, 2015 - Service Announces Over $1.8 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands in California
- Dec 30, 2014 - Service to Initiate Comprehensive Review of Coastal California Gnatcatcher Status