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.
Feb 03, 2015
Ventura, CA â€“ 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 Serviceâ€™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. â€“ 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 birdâ€™s taxonomic and population status.
Dec 02, 2014
Each school year, students from Mountain Vista Elementary School in the small town
of Fillmore, California, take time outside of the classroom to find their sense of
place in the southern California landscape.
Dec 02, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold
a public hearing on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the western distinct
population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo (western yellow-billed cuckoo).
Nov 24, 2014
This year wetlands, ponds and streams across California failed to fill with water
as a result of one of the worst droughts the state has seen in decades. Limited water
resources not only impact people and communities, but also plants and animals that
rely on these essential water resources for survival.
Oct 16, 2014
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on
its proposal to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted from October 17 to November
Oct 14, 2014
Collaboration and sound science are key to effective landscape-level conservation
along the California coastline. Thatâ€™s why natural resource professionals are leveraging
their resources and expertise to expand conservation efforts for the future.
Oct 02, 2014
Sacramento, CA - The western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be protected
as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service announced today. The Service determined that listing a distinct population
segment (DPS) of the bird in portions of 12 western states, Canada and Mexico is warranted.
In the U.S., the DPS will cover parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada,
New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.