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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 – 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 Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s (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

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 efforts.

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 oil spill.

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 status.

May 29, 2015
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
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
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 04, 2015
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.

Apr 24, 2015
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.

Apr 23, 2015
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.

Apr 03, 2015
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.

Mar 11, 2015
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.

Mar 05, 2015
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.

Feb 03, 2015
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.

Jan 26, 2015
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.

Jan 09, 2015
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.

Dec 30, 2014
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.

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