Latest News Stories
May 29, 2015
Featured Story: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Works with Local, State and Federal Partners to Assess Wildlife and Natural Resource Impacts at Refugio Oil Spill
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 an oil spill was reported at Refugio State Beach, prompting an immediate response effort by multiple local, state and federal agencies. The Responsible Party, Plains All American Pipeline, and local, state and federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention, and the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management represent a Unified Command (UC) and are leading the joint response effort.
May 14, 2015
Featured Story: Exploring Santa Cruz Island for the First Time, Children from the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Connect with Wildlife, History and Culture
This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined more than 60 kids, parents and chaperones from two California tribes for an exciting multi-day excursion to one of the most visually stunning and biodiverse landscapes on Earth. The destination: Santa Cruz Island; the largest of the islands that make up Channel Islands National Park just 30 miles off the southern California coast.
May 12, 2015
News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Host Public Workshop on May 22, 2015 for Santa Barbara County California Tiger Salamander Recovery Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is hosting a public workshop and seeking public participation to finalize the Recovery Plan for the federally endangered California tiger salamander in Santa Barbara County. The Service invites the public, scientific community, conservation partners and other stakeholders to the workshop on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building, Board Hearing Room at 511 East Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria, California.
May 4, 2015
News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recognizes Vandenberg Air Force Base as 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award Winner
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Vandenberg Air Force Base as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Military Conservation Partner Award during a ceremony held today at the 30th Space Wing in central California.
April 24, 2015
News Release: Service Announces Draft Recovery Plan to Guide Conservation Efforts for Endangered California Tiger Salamanders in Santa Barbara County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the publication of a draft Recovery Plan to guide conservation efforts the federally endangered California tiger salamander in Santa Barbara County. The draft Recovery Plan lays out a strategy to recover the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander by recommending actions to alleviate the primary threats impacting the species including habitat loss and fragmentation.
April 23, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY: Celebrate Monarch Butterflies at Museum of Ventura County Santa Paul Agricultural Museum
Members of the public and media are invited to attend a community event celebrating one of the most recognizable species of wildlife in all of America – the monarch butterfly. Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation partners to learn how you can help monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Family-friendly activities include butterfly-friendly plant and seed giveaways, educational booths, opportunities to explore native pollinator habitat and visit a working beehive at the Museum of Ventura County Santa Paula Agricultural Museum.
April 3, 2015
Feature Story - Nesting Season Begins for Threatened and Endangered Shorebirds along California Coast
California coastlines include some of the most picturesque landscapes anywhere on earth. Popular destinations for beach recreation, these coastal areas also support a diverse range of wildlife, from marine mammals to hundreds of migratory and resident bird species.
March 11, 2015
News Release - Recovery Efforts Bring Endangered Fox Back from the Brink of Extinction in Record Time
VENTURA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final Recovery Plan for four subspecies of island fox (Urocyon littoralis). The Service is also initiating status reviews of each subspecies - San Miguel Island fox (U. l. littoralis), Santa Rosa Island fox (U. l. santarosae), Santa Cruz Island fox (U. l. santacruzae) and Santa Catalina Island fox (U. l. catalinae) – to determine if any of the subspecies warrant consideration for reclassification or removal from the list of Federally Threatened and Endangered Species.
March 5, 2015
Feature Story - Celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth with #USFWS!
Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an important connection to one of the most notable female conservation heroes: Rachel Carson, who, as one of the first female scientists and government leaders, revolutionized America’s interest in environmental issues.
February 3, 2015
News Release - Service Proposes Safe Harbor Agreement with California Department of Parks and Recreation to Support Imperiled Species Recovery at Garrapata State Park
Ventura, CA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is proposing a safe harbor agreement to support the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife at Garrapata State Park in Monterey County, California.
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