Nov 23, 2015
Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up with Girl Scouts of Californiaâ€™s
Central Coast on November 22, 2015 at Camp Arnaz near Ojai to build floating nest
platforms that will be used by federally endangered light-footed clapper rails in
Ventura County this spring.
Nov 17, 2015
The vast majority of southern sea otters today inhabit the central California coastline,
where sea otters in the longest-occupied areas near the middle of the range are at
or near carrying capacity. The population's ability to expand into adjacent habitat
to the north and south has been curtailed by accelerating rates of shark bite mortality
in these areas. The small population of approximately 100 animals at San Nicolas
Island is well below carrying capacity, growing, and apparently unaffected by shark-related
mortality, but even counting the habitat at San Nicolas Island as occupied, the subspecies
remains restricted to just a small portionâ€”about 13 percentâ€”of its historic range
between Washington and central Baja California.
Nov 12, 2015
A California man has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service, a $500 fine,
and six months of probation, following intentional harassment of a southern sea otter
in Moss Landing, California. Richard Niswonger, 71, of Moss Landing, California pleaded
guilty and was sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins on
September 11, 2015, for the taking of a federally threatened southern sea otter, a
Class B Misdemeanor violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Nov 10, 2015
On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All America Pipeline, Inc.
ruptured near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California, sending oil
into the ocean. In response, state and federal natural resource trustee agencies are
conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). This is the process of assessing
exposure to spilled oil and the injuries to the environment and its public uses. Additionally,
the process identifies how to restore and compensate for the harm, and the damages
that should be paid by the responsible party to fund restoration projects.
Nov 09, 2015
No matter how many books we read, movies we watch or games we play, most of us will
never know what it feels like to storm an enemy beach, secure a U.S. installation
in a foreign country, wade into a humanitarian crisis, or carry out any of duties
that the women and men of our armed forces regularly and willingly perform.
Nov 04, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the California Department
of Parks and Recreation, is proposing a safe harbor agreement to support the recovery
and conservation of federally threatened California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii)
at four state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
Nov 02, 2015
The community of Santa Paula joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners
at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum on Sunday, November 1, 2015 to celebrate Dia
de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the integral role Monarch butterflies play in
Hispanic culture and our ecosystem.
Oct 28, 2015
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and community partners at the Santa
Paula Agriculture Museum on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to
celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the integral role Monarch butterflies
play in Hispanic culture and our ecosystem.
Oct 23, 2015
A yellow-bellied sea snake, Pelamis platura, highly uncommon in California, was found
in the high tide line at Silver Strand Beach in Ventura County on October 16 by local
surfer Bob Forbes. This is the first known report of the species in Ventura County,
and, the northernmost record of the species along the Pacific coast of North America.
Warmer ocean waters along the southern and central California coast due to El Nino
conditions may explain the sea snakeâ€™s presence this far north.
Oct 07, 2015
The Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office welcomes two new fish and wildlife biologists
to our team! Learn how Mark and Lara got their start in the field of conservation,
and how their love for the great outdoors led them on a path to work for the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sep 18, 2015
The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to
results from the annual California sea otter survey. Yet despite an overall increase
in sea otter abundance, sharks have been taking a bite out of the portion of the population
that could fuel expansion into new areas.
Sep 17, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviewing petitions to list nine
species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act and a petition
to delist one species.
Sep 01, 2015
Just two weeks into a new school year, Principal John Wilber welcomed a crowd of more
than 300 children, parents and community members to Mountain Vista Elementary School
in the small foothill town of Fillmore, California.
Aug 28, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released a proposed habitat conservation
plan (HCP) for the excavation and maintenance of a Southern California Gas Company
gas pipeline between Buellton and Lompoc, in Santa Barbara County, California. The
HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered
California tiger salamander and federally threatened California red-legged frog.
Aug 26, 2015
VENTURA â€“ Today, people around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe
nesting California condors and their young chicks in real time via live-streaming
webcams near the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceâ€™s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife
Refuge (NWR) in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Societyâ€™sÂ (VWS)
Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.
Aug 13, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states
- including nearly $16 million to California - to support conservation planning and
acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation.
The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF),
will benefit numerous species, ranging from the coastal California gnatcatcher to
the Karner blue butterfly. For a complete list of the 2015 grant awards and project
descriptions, see www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
Aug 10, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has designated 5,755 acres in Santa Barbara
County as critical habitat for the Vandenberg monkeyflower under the Endangered Species
Act (ESA). This unique plant is found only within a series of low, flat-topped hills
known as the Burton Mesa between the Purisima Hills to the north and the Santa Ynez
River to the south.
Jul 23, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Santa Barbara Zoo completed their pilot
summer education program to connect more than 100 second to sixth grade students in
urban areas with biologists and experts in California condor conservation and recovery
Jul 15, 2015
On May 19, 2015 a pipeline break at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara released
an estimated 100,000 gallons of crude oil, prompting an immediate response effort
by multiple local, state, and federal agencies.
In addition to the clean-up, representatives from state and federal natural resource
trustee agencies (Trustees) are working together with Plains All American Pipeline
to assess the impacts to wildlife, the coastal environment, and human uses from the
Jun 30, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviewing petitions to list six species
in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act. The Service determined
the Western spadefoot toad, Relictual slender salamander, Kern Canyon slender salamander,
and Foothill yellow-legged frog petitions contained substantial information; therefore,
the Service will now initiate more in depth reviews of these species and their conservation