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Hoopa Valley Tribe Leads Fisher Conservation Effort

The Hoopa Valley Tribe and the fisher (Martes pennant) have coexisted on Hoopa ancestral land for thousands of years...Read More

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Partnership Helps a Small Lizard Stage a Big Comeback

The island night lizard, found only on the Channel Islands off the coast of California, has reached a historic milestone. After 36 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the species has successfully recovered and will be removed from federal protection.Read More

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California: A hot spot for Rare Species

With more than 300 threatened and endangered species, California has more federally protected animals than any other state, and ranks second to Hawaii in the number of protected plants. A large number of these species are located along densely populated coastal areas, where they are threatened with habitat loss from urbanization. ... Read More

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California Condors: A Recovery Success Story Faces New Challenges

It's not quite noon and it is already a scorcher of a day in southern California. On a remote sandstone cliff near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Joseph Brandt, a biologist with the U.S. Fish ... Read More

Featured Species in California

Casey's June beetle aqui chub, photo credit: Jon Avery, USFWS

Casey's June beetle

The only known population of Casey's June beetle occurs within the Palm Canyon Wash area in the southern part of the City of Palm Springs, California. The species is believed to occupy less than 800 acres of land.

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Casey's June beetle

Photo credit: Jon Avery, USFWS

Southwestern willow flycatcher, Photo credit:Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS

Southwestern willow flycatcher

Because of river flow reductions and habitat alteration and loss, the southwestern willow flycatcher teeters on the brink of extinction.

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Southwestern willow flycatcher

Photo credit: Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS

Desert tortoise, Photo credit:Beth Jackson, USFWS

Desert tortoise

The desert tortoise is found throughout the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, and Utah. Tortoises have survived in the desert for millions of years, however today they face many hurdles.

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Desert tortoise

Photo credit: Beth Jackson, USFWS

Vandenberg monkey flower , photo credit: Mary Meyer

Vandenberg monkey flower

The Vandenberg monkey flower is found only in Western Santa Barbara county in California, and its current distribution is a fairly small areaonly about 7 miles long and about 2 miles wide.

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Vandenberg monkey flower

Photo credit: Mary Meyer

Southern sea otter , photo credit: USFWS

Southern sea otter

As a consequence of their threatened status,southern sea otters are also recognized as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Reduced range and population size, vulnerability to oil spills, and oil spill risk from coastal tanker traffic were the primary reasons for listing.

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Southern sea otter

Photo credit: USFWS

Partnership Stories in California

Palos Verdes blue butterfly. Credit: Jane Hendron, USFWS

Restoring the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy works in partnership with Moorpark College's captive rearing program and other agencies to support the recovery of the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly... More »

Unique to California

  • Yreka phlox, Photo credit: Nadine Kanim, USFWS

    Yreka phlox (Phlox hirsuta) is a small flowering plant that grows in the serpentine soils of Siskiyou County in California and nowhere else in the world. It is the official city flower of Yreka, California, after which it is named. The plant is endangered by the increased urbanization of the Yreka area, off-road vehicle use, and the encroachment of non-native species.

    Photo credit: Nadine Kanim, USFWS

  • California tiger salamanders, Photo credit: John Cleckler, USFWS

    California tiger salamanders (Ambystoma californiense) are large, stocky salamanders that spend most of their lives underground in burrows made by squirrels and other animals. These nocturnal amphibians occur in the San Joanquin-Sacromento river valleys, bordering foothills and coastal valleys of central California. The species' limited distribution makes it vulnerable to human land use activities, such as housing development and road construction, as well as catastrophic natural events, such as disease or fire.

    Photo credit: John Cleckler, USFWS

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Last updated: May 5, 2014