Pacific Southwest RegionCalifornia, Nevada and Klamath Basin
Marine Corps’ Conservation Program Gives Imperiled Desert Tortoises Head-Start on Survival
A wild male desert tortoise, one of 35 tortoises released by the U.S. Marine Corp's Desert Tortoise Headstart Program. Credit: Lauren Kurkimilis/USMC
Sharing our Shores to Give At-Risk Birds a Fighting Chance
Black skimmers in tandem near Ventura, Calif. Courtesy photo by: Terry Foote, Flickr Creative Commons
'Monster' Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Swimming One Step Closer to Native Home
The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery & Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are working together to restore the ancient Lahontan cutthroat trout. Credit: USFWS
Living Coastline Project Will Restore Tidal Salt Marsh at Humboldt Bay NWR
A black brant Goose feeding in Morro Bay's harbor channel, Morro Bay, Calif., January 2013.
Courtesy photo: Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com
Service Fish Hatcheries Helping Endangered California Salmon in Innovative Ways
Spawning Chinook in Salmon River, Oregon. Photo: Bureau of Land Management
Evading Extinction: The Recovery of Island Foxes on California’s Channel Islands
Courtesy photo by: Chuck Graham
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The most recent population estimate for the California Brown Pelican subspecies (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) is roughly 70,680 breeding pairs, with the majority breeding in the Gulf of California.
Photo Credit: USFWS
Citizen Scientists, Partners and FWS to Document California Brown Pelicans, Shed Light on Population Declines
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to launch the first ever citizen science survey for California brown pelicans across the Pacific coast. The survey will take place during a two hour window from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 7, 2016 across more than 100 sites in Washington, Oregon, and California, and will help conservation professionals collect important data on the distribution and abundance of California brown pelicans across the Pacific coast, and track shifts in population structure.
HOPPER MOUNTAIN NWR: Watch California Condor Chick Hatch – Live!
For the first time in history, anyone with an internet connection can watch a California condor egg hatch in the wild. This live streaming video from a cliffside nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California will capture the young condor's journey to adulthood.
The "Redwood condors," Kingpin and Redwood Queen, nuzzle in a tree in Monterey County, Calif., at Big Sur in October 2015. Photo credit: Tim Huntington, Webnectar.com
The REDWOOD CONDORS: Ten Years Later
Ten years ago this month, a small group of biologists searched for a mated pair of California condors in the forested canyons of Monterey County, California. Using radio telemetry, satellite signals and a few days of bushwhacking through poison oak and stinging nettles, they tracked the tagged birds to a remote canyon.
At the time, condors had not been found nesting anywhere in coastal redwood forests and the last known condor nest in Monterey County, or anywhere else in Northern California, was recorded on April 12, 1905.
Today, the pair seems to have carved out a successful life in the coastal redwoods of Big Sur...
An Amargosa Vole at the University of California at Davis, being prepared for release. Photo Credit: Don Preisler, US Dave School of Veterinary medicine
CARSLBAD FWO: Amargosa Vole Gets Emergency Help at Tecopa Hot Springs, California
Found only in a few spring-fed marshes in the Mojave desert east of Death Valley National Park, the Amargosa vole was federally listed as endangered in 1980, due to loss and degradation of its habitat.
In 2014, the rangewide population of this species was fewer than 100 individuals. To prevent the possible extinction of this species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of California, Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife partnered to capture 20 voles from marshes near Tecopa Hot Springs to serve as founders for a captive breeding colony.
Adult red-tailed hawks are easily identified by the red upper surface of their tails. Drive down any roadway in the Valley and you are certain to see red-tailed hawks perched atop telephone poles, fence posts and trees. Photo Credit: Rick Lewis/USFWS
SAN LUIS NWRC: Winter Raptors Provide Amazing Wildlife Watching Opportunities on San Joaquin Valley Refuges
The Refuges of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the San Joaquin Valley of California protect more than 45,000 acres of wide-open grasslands and wetlands crisscrossed with riparian woodlands and dotted with lone cottonwood, willow, and oak trees. These landscapes are home to a diverse assortment of species of birds of prey or “raptors” throughout the year.
Eight raptor species reside on the refuges during the summer, but that number swells to nearly double when the food shortages of winter bring six other species down from the northern latitudes and higher elevations to take advantage of a robust food supply.
Landowner Jerry Massini listens to questions from visitors touring his property where he and the Service have restored wetlands for migratory birds. Photo Credit: Jon Myatt/USFWS
KLAMATH BASIN REFUGES: Landowner's 'Labor of Love' Expands Habitat for Local Wildlife
Just off Highway 97, on Miller Island, three miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon, the Klamath River spills out onto a valley floor. Farms and ranches spread out on either side of the highway, as bare fields and shallow ponds dotted with ducks and geese of all types, cover the basin all the way to the foothills and mountains beyond.
The ponds and wetlands serve as important resting and nesting places for millions of waterfowl migrating up and down the Pacific Flyway, and other wildlife. And some of these wetlands are the product of a unique partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local ranchers and farmers.
KLAMATH BASIN REFUGES: Birders and Conservation Advocates Gather to Celebrate Winter Wings Fest 2016
Two hours before daylight, a group of 12 photographers, with their camera bags and tripods, huddled in the crisp darkness outside the Oregon Institute of Technology’s student center, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The resolute photographers were soon greeted by their tour leader, Stephen Johnson and a warm bus that would take them to capture images of birds and landscapes at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier birding areas in the West.
The photographers’ tour was one of 33 tours offered during the annual Winter Wings Bird Festival, held in and around the refuge February 11-14. The annual festival is hosted at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and is rated one of the top bird festivals in the nation.
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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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