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May 23, 2016
Nearly 200 fourth graders from Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park, California took a pledge to respect and protect native wildlife in honor of Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2016. Their school is situated between a patchwork of natural and urban areas, from the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains to the bustling communities neighboring Highway 101 in Ventura County. Here exists an increasingly common interface between native wildlife and people.

May 20, 2016
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today recognized eight individuals from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies as 2015 Recovery Champions for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect three subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands, which are currently proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act. The Recovery Champion award honors partners for outstanding successes in recovering threatened and endangered wildlife across the nation.

May 11, 2016
Did you know? Saturday, May 14, 2016 is World Turtle Day, and we’re joining the Santa Barbara Zoo to talk turtles and tortoises. Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists Ray Bransfield and Judy Hohman to learn about the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), and our work with partners to bring this beautiful animal back from the brink of extinction. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo and will focus on the conservation of turtles and tortoises found locally and around the world. Activities include a turtle-themed scavenger hunt, turtle-themed train talks, turtle-themed photos, turtle encounters and keeper talks all day long.

Apr 18, 2016
Elementary and middle school students at Bernice Curren School in Oxnard, California celebrated their second planting day this season in their new Schoolyard Habitat, an outdoor classroom converted from a grass lawn to drought tolerant native plant garden. The new outdoors space will not only save water, but will also provide habitat for native wildlife, including pollinators like the Monarch butterfly.

Apr 07, 2016
Bird enthusiasts in California, Oregon, Washington, and Baja Mexico, are invited to survey California Brown Pelicans on May 7, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM to better understand the status of this popular yet troubled seabird. The survey protocol was designed by experts to capture a comprehensive snapshot of pelican abundance and age distribution. This information is needed to understand how potential threats from changes in weather patterns, to changes in prey availability, changes in habitat or contaminants, could impact California Brown Pelican populations over the long term.

Apr 04, 2016
Ventura, Calif. - For the first time in history, anyone with an internet connection will have the opportunity to watch a newly hatched California condor chick in the wild via a live video camera. Eyes will be glued to livestreaming footage from a cliffside nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California that will capture the chick's journey to adulthood in real-time.

Mar 23, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency comprised of people from all disciplines and all walks of life, from conservation biology to human resources, from botany to communications, and we strive to reflect the diversity of the American public we serve. Throughout the month of March, the world celebrates the history of women and their contributions to science, innovation, culture, and society.  We here at the Service celebrate the female leaders who have inspired young women to pursue careers with our agency, from Rachel Carson, a game-changer in environmental reform, to Molly Beattie, our first female director.

Mar 21, 2016
On Friday, March 18, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Representative Lois Capps joined representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy at Channel Islands National Park to highlight the remarkable come-back of the Channel Islands fox on Santa Cruz Island.

Mar 07, 2016
We’re proud to welcome two new team members to the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office family. Meet Glen Knowles, Assistant Field Supervisor for our North Coast Division and Collette Thogerson, Assistant Field Supervisor for our South Coast Division. Learn how these two new members of our leadership team 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.

Mar 07, 2016
You may have heard that the Los Angeles Clippers unveiled their new mascot Chuck the Condor at Monday’s game against the New York Nets, and while the reactions were mixed, we think Clippers' fans will learn to love condors as much as we do.

Mar 03, 2016
A rare amphibian that has been lost from 70 percent of its historical range has been given a fighting chance to repopulate on state-protected lands in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and California State Parks have signed a Safe Harbor Agreement, a 50-year voluntary conservation agreement, that calls for the reestablishment of California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) populations across four state parks in southern California, covering more than 16,000 acres of park lands. This species is both federally threatened and a state species of special concern.

Feb 18, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule to downlist the Santa Cruz cypress (Hesperocyparis abramsiana) from an endangered to a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The reclassification reflects ongoing collaborations by stakeholders to reduce threats to the cypress and improve data on tree locations, resulting in an increase in the number of known trees from 2,300 in 1987 to some 33,000-44,000 today. The best scientific and commercial information available on the status of and threats to the Santa Cruz cypress now indicates that it is no longer in danger of extinction.

Feb 12, 2016
Representing the fastest successful recovery for any Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed mammal in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposal to delist three subspecies of island fox native to California’s Channel Islands. 

Feb 04, 2016
The girls and their parents joined biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and U.S. Navy to launch hand-made nest platforms at low-tide throughout the shallow lagoons at Point Mugu to encourage nesting of the federally endangered light-footed Ridgway’s rail, a secretive marsh bird whose numbers have dwindled since the 1980s due to habitat loss along the southern California coast.

Jan 14, 2016
The public is invited to a meeting and open house to discuss restoration projects for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill. The forum will be led by state and federal scientists who serve as natural resource trustees for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill. These trustees will share information about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and ongoing studies, as well as seek potential restoration project recommendations from the general public.

Jan 07, 2016
A 35-year-old male California condor that has served a pivotal role in returning condors to the skies above California for the past 30 years was returned to the wild on December 29, 2015 by biologists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, California.

Jan 05, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the operation, repair, maintenance and replacement of state water pipeline facilities between the Polonio Pass Water Treatment Plant in San Luis Obispo County and Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.  The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered San Joaquin kit fox and federally threatened California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander.

Dec 23, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized the City of San Luis Obispo and former Natural Resources Manager Neil Havlik for outstanding stewardship of natural resources, and in particular for dedicated efforts to help prevent the extinction of the federally endangered Chorro Creek bog thistle.

Dec 22, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposed rule to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. New information gathered through a scientific, peer-review process shows that populations have not stabilized, have declined in some areas, and that the toad still faces the threat of extinction.

Dec 18, 2015
Monarch butterflies travel hundreds of miles each fall to bask in the warmth of secluded eucalyptus, Monterey pine and coast live oak groves along the central California coast. They cluster in the hundreds and even thousands, appearing as a mass extension of the trees upon which they rest. At Ellwood Mesa, a city-owned coastal preserve just north of Santa Barbara, biologists count more than 6,000 monarch butterflies on a warm winter’s morning in early December.

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