Latest News Stories
January 26, 2015
Feature Story - Making a Difference for Native Wildlife in Urban Areas
Rio Vista Middle School in suburban Oxnard, Calif., is one of ten schools across Ventura County taking proactive steps to incorporate hands-on environmental education through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program.
January 9, 2015
News Release - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $1 Million for Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration in Monterey County
The Service announced today $1 million in federal funds will go to the California Coastal Conservancy to support the restoration of critical coastal wetlands at Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County.
December 30, 2014
News Release - Service to Initiate Comprehensive Review of Coastal California Gnatcatcher Status
Carlsbad, Calif. – In response to a petition to remove the coastal California gnatcatcher from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating an in-depth analysis of the bird’s taxonomic and population status.
November 24, 2014
Feature Story - Saving Sensitive Amphibians in Santa Cruz County
This year wetlands, ponds and streams across California failed to fill with water as a result of one of the worst droughts the state has seen in decades. Limited water resources not only impact people and communities, but also plants and animals that rely on these essential water resources for survival.
October 16, 2014
News Release - Service Invites Additional Comments on Endangered Species Act Proposal for Arroyo Toad
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its proposal to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted from October 17 to November 17, 2014.
October 14, 2014
Featured Story - Leveraging Resources to Recover Tidewater Goby
Collaboration and sound science are key to effective landscape-level conservation along the California coastline. That’s why natural resource professionals are leveraging their resources and expertise to expand conservation efforts for the future.
October 2, 2014
News Release - Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Receives Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act
Sacramento, CA - The western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The Service determined that listing a distinct population segment (DPS) of the bird in portions of 12 western states, Canada and Mexico is warranted. In the U.S., the DPS will cover parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
September 22, 2014
Feature Story - Slowly Swimming Towards Recovery, California’s Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady
When sea otters want to rest, they wrap a piece of kelp around their body to hold themselves steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, California’s sea otter numbers are holding steady against the many forces pushing against their population recovery, according to the latest field survey led by federal, state, aquarium, and university scientists.
September 4, 2014
Feature Story - Rebuilding the Bay: Eelgrass Restoration along the Central California Coast
In Morro Bay along central California’s coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working alongside the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and other conservation partners to restore eelgrass, a critical component to the health of the coastal ecosystem.
August 25, 2014
News Release - Service Designates Endangered Status for the Vandenberg Monkeyflower
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has listed the Vandenberg monkeyflower, a unique plant species found only within sandy openings of Burton Mesa in Santa Barbara County, Calif., as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
August 15, 2014
News Release - CondorKids Program to Connect Local Students with California Condor Conservation and Recovery Efforts
VENTURA, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Santa Barbara Zoo and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is pleased to announce the expansion of the CondorKids program, a pilot education and outreach effort that connects students in predominantly urban areas with California condor conservation and recovery efforts.
August 1, 2014
Feature Story - Connecting Tribal Youth with Nature at Yosemite National Park
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service join fourth and fifth graders from the Bishop Paiute Tribe for a three-day summer camp in Yosemite National Park each July. Part of the annual Firstbloom tradition, the camp connects natural resource professionals with tribal members to share knowledge of fish, wildlife and plant conservation, within the surroundings of the habitats upon which they depend.
July 16, 2014
News Release - Service Proposes Safe Harbor Agreement with Bishop Paiute Tribe to Support Endangered Owens Pupfish Recovery
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Bishop Paiute Tribe of Inyo County, Calif., is proposing a safe harbor agreement to contribute to the recovery and conservation of Owens pupfish, a federally listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
July 14, 2014