Sep 22, 2014
When sea otters want to rest, they wrap a piece of kelp around their body to hold
themselves steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, Californiaâ€™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
Sep 04, 2014
In Morro Bay along central Californiaâ€™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.
Aug 25, 2014
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).
Aug 15, 2014
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.
Aug 01, 2014
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.
Jul 16, 2014
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).
Jul 14, 2014
Grassland-covered hills dotted with stock ponds remain motionless as strong coastal
winds sweep across the La Purisima Ranch in southern Californiaâ€™s Santa Barbara
County. Beneath the hills, California tiger salamanders live out their days in small
underground burrows, surfacing to visit the ponds on rainy nights to breed.
Jun 09, 2014
Sacramento - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Southwest Region is realigning
three of its Ecological Services offices - Palm Springs, Ventura, and Nevada - effective
May 05, 2014
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today
the availability of a draft economic analysis on the proposal to designate 5,809
acres of critical habitat for Vandenberg monkeyflower in Santa Barbara County, California.
May 01, 2014
Ventura, CA - Following a status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service)
has determined Lane Mountain milk-vetch (Astragalus jaegerianus) remains at risk of
extinction and does not warrant downlisting to threatened status under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA).
Mar 26, 2014
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to reclassify the
arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act after determining
that the amphibian has expanded its current range in the past 20 years and that conservation
efforts have reduced the threats to its survival.
Mar 12, 2014
Ventura, CA - According to a proposed rule available today, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the tidewater goby is not likely to
become extinct in the foreseeable future and should be reclassified from endangered
Feb 26, 2014
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to
remove the Eureka Valley evening-primrose and Eureka dune grass from the List of Endangered
and Threatened Plants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This proposal is based
on successful habitat conservation efforts undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) and National Park Service (NPS).
Dec 10, 2013
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it has completed
a status review of Indian Knob mountainbalm (Eriodictyon altissimum), and concluded
it does not warrant reclassification from its current listing as an endangered species
to threatened at this time.
Nov 01, 2013
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal to remove
the Inyo California towhee (Pipilo crissalis eremophilus) from its current listing
as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, based on successful recovery efforts
by the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Bureau of Land Management, and California
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Oct 28, 2013
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Vandenberg
monkeyflower as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and proposed
to designate approximately 5,785 acres of critical habitat in Santa Barbara County,
Oct 22, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it has completed a status review
of ashy storm-petrel, a seabird that lives off the California coast, and concluded
it does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Aug 30, 2013
Ventura, Calif.-- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify Santa
Cruz cypress from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act.
Jul 18, 2013
Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period
for 120 days for the proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the
northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered
and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
May 17, 2013
Sacramento: The story of endangered species conservation in the United States over
the past 40 years involves many heroes. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Service) recognized 61 of these heroes for their outstanding efforts to conserve
and protect endangered and threatened fish, wildlife and plants by designating them
2012 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored for their work from the Service's
Pacific Southwest Region were two California residents, Mark Elvin and Brian Woodbridge,
and partner-in-mission, Larry Dunsmoor from Oregon.