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
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
May 04, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Vandenberg Air Force Base as this yearâ€™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 â€“ 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.Â Popular destinations for beach recreation, these coastal areas also support
a diverse range of wildlife, from marine mammals to hundreds of migratory and resident
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) â€“ to determine if any of the subspecies warrant consideration
for reclassification or removal from the list of Federally Threatened and Endangered
Mar 05, 2015
Celebrate Womenâ€™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
Americaâ€™s interest in environmental issues.