Pacific Southwest RegionCalifornia, Nevada and Klamath Basin
Join us! We're kicking off #birdyear!
Help celebrate 100 years of bird conservation and be a part of something big. Photo: USFWS
Home for the Holidays: California Condor AC-4 Returns to the Wild After 30 Years
Photo By: Jon Myatt/USFWS
Working to Balance Eagle Conservation With Wind Energy Development
Photo By: Scott Flaherty/USFWS
Pacific Southwest Highlights
An aerial view of the restored Henderson Park site on the Merced River, December 2015 - Photo Credit: Jesse Anderson, Sr., Cramer Fish Sciences for USFWS
LODI FWO: Re-establishing the Merced River’s Henderson Park for a New Generation
The Merced River was historically a complex, multi-channel river system that began in the Sierra Nevada foothills and spread across the California Central Valley in river channels and floodplains. However, in the early to mid-1900s large mechanical dredges were used to excavate the river and valley floor in search of gold. Today, Henderson Park, the restored area along the north bank of the Merced River in eastern Merced County, offers opportunities for picnicking, fishing, and other river recreation.
Fish N' Fire -- Landowners Embrace Latter to help Former
Beautifully rugged and remote, California's Salmon River and Mid-Klamath River country are enveloped by steep mountains and awe-inspiring forests. The Salmon River with its large, free-flowing, un-dammed waters make a nice home for Klamath Basin spring-run and fall- run Chinook salmon, summer, fall and winter steelhead, coho salmon and green sturgeon. A group of landowners from tiny Salmon River and Mid-Klamath River hamlets are embarking on exciting conservation projects this fall that use fire as conservation tool to advance the restoration of fish and the landscapes that surround them.
Thousands Gather as Salmon Return to Battle Creek
Despite a raging downpour earlier in the morning, the 24th Annual “Return of the Salmon Festival” at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif., was a rousing success on Saturday, October 17, according its organizers. More than 4,000 people attended the one-day event, with some traveling from as far away as southern California and Oregon.
Refuge Benefits From Forward-Looking Process to Conserve California's Central Valley
For migrating birds, waterfowl and other wildlife, national wildlife refuges in California's Central Valley likely appear as welcomed islands of calm in a shifting sea of agriculture. For managers of the Service's 10 refuges and six wildlife management areas in California's central valley, the outlook is less welcoming. Consecutive years of severe drought and its associated water problems have brought managers and biologists face-to-face with climate change.
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The Western Monarch
The Monarch Story...
The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species of wildlife in all of America. They undertake one of the world's most remarkable and fascinating migrations, traveling thousands of miles over many generations from Mexico, across the United States, to Canada. Learn about their amazing journey and how you can help them.
California Condor Website
California Condor Recovery Program
The California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program) is a multi-entity effort, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to recover the endangered California condor. Cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Zoo Los Angeles Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Chapultepec Zoo, Peregrine Fund, and Ventana Wildlife Society, among others. Learn more here...
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