Seabird App Takes Flight at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Cannon Beach, OR – Ushering in an era of digital engagement and fun for the millions of smartdevice-carrying visitors to Oregon’s spectacular coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, is launching an interactive, place-based game app.
The public is invited to attend a launch party at Haystack Rock at 9 AM on Saturday, June 20 in conjunction with the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. Called “Discover Haystack”, the game based app will teach visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures that make the Oregon Coast such a vibrant and wondrous ecological system. Read News Release>
USFWS Invites Comment on Implementation Plans for
Bull Trout Recovery
BOISE, Idaho – Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released draft Recovery Unit Implementation Plans that will be part of a final recovery plan outlining the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout.
The draft Implementation Plans were developed in collaboration with interested and knowledgeable federal, tribal, state, private, and other parties. Each of the six Plans identifies recovery unit-specific conservation actions needed to address threats such as loss of habitat connectivity and passage barriers, non-native fish competition and predation, and the sometimes adverse effects of land-management practices such as road building, forest management and land conversion.
The Plans are available for public comment during a 45-day period, which closes July 20, 2015.
Congratulations to the Oregon Chub Interagency Recovery Team! The 12 members of the team are the recipients of the Service's 2014 Recovery Champion Award. Delisitng the Oregon chub would not have been possible without their successful leadership. The Oregon chub, delisted in February, was the first fish delisted due to recovery under the ESA.
Recipients: Brian Bangs and Paul Scheerer, ODFW; Greg Taylor, US Army Corps of Engineers; Kim Garner, Ann Gray, Cat Brown, Jarod Jebousek, Chris Seal, Jock Beall, Ron Rhew, Pat DeHaan, USFWS; and Les Bachelor, Natural Resources Conservation Service.