Pacific Southwest RegionCalifornia, Nevada and Klamath Basin
Conservation partners restore school-owned ranch
The Circle J Norris Ranch enables local students to learn about habitat conservation. Gifted to the countty school district inthe early 2000s, the 620-acre ranch the ranch has become an outdoor classroom for students and partners working to conserve it. Credit: Courtesy of Michael Hansen/Windwalker Images
Wanted: More Delta smelt data
Enhanced Delta Smelt Monitoring Program helps fill the void. Fisheries technician Brynn Pearles records data from daily tows on the Delta in March 2017.
Credit: Steve Martarano/USFWS
Path to Safety: Wildlife crossings cut collisions nearly 80 percent
Thousands of motorists are involved in collisions involving animals each year. In addressing the problem, federal and state wildlife and transportation partners built Nevada's first wildlife overpass project. Credit: NDOW
Innovative program builds partnerships, provides wildlife habitat
After years of building forming relationships with each other, farmers and the Service work together to improve wildlife habitat on the California/Oregon border. Credit: Byrhonda Lyons/USFWS
Imperiled spring-run Chinook salmon released into upper San Joaquin River
When almost 90,000 3-inch spring-run Chinook salmon shot into the darkness of the Eastside Bypass of the San Joaquin River the night of March 6, they didn’t get there alone. It took a strong, collaborative effort. Credit: Steve Martarano/USFWS
Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders
Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge manager Diane Kodama and her colleagues undertook a delicate, first-of-its-kind captive rearing of endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders, helping them to survive California's historic drought. Credit: USFWS
'Share the Shore' with one of California’s tiniest shore birds
Coastline visitors will be sharing beaches with smaller residents as spring breeding season approaches for the snowy plover. Credit: USFWS
Early risers get the birds...sometimes
Once a month from September to February, staff and volunteers gather at refuges across the west for waterfowl surveys. Here, Sand Hill Cranes pass in front of the setting sun over Pixley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Byrhonda Lyons/USFWS
Pacific Southwest Highlights
The Klamath Tribal Youth Program was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide hands-on natural resource education to local tribal youth. Since then, more than 75 percent of its participants have pursued college degrees. Credit: USFWS
Making dreams come true: Klamath Tribal Youth Program turns dreams into reality
Growing up on the Yurok Reservation in northern California, Jaycee Owsley dreamed of becoming a marine biologist.
However unrealistic her goal might have been, an opportunity in high school completely changed her future. Owsley was accepted into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program.
Just five weeks into her studies, she knew exactly how to make her dream come true.
Wildlife biologist Lindsey Troutman supports conservation of endangered species. Credit: Veronica Davison/USFWS.
We Conserve! But We Don't Do It Alone
With a history that can be traced back to the late 1800s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the nation's premier government agency responsible for wildlife and plant species conservation. Although the name and organization changed over time, the core purpose of the agency has remained constant: conservation. The Service works closely with a variety of partners to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants—as well as their habitats—for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Earth Day is an important reminder that no individual government agency, organization, or person can do it alone. Partnership is central to progress and partners from all sectors are making a difference..
Biologist Chad Mellison, from the Reno Fish and Wildlife Office, deploys a tracking antenna in Indian Creek on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in south central Nevada, using the same electronic tracking methods used in fish monitoring to observe the Columbia spotted frog. Credit: Jim Harvey/U.S. Forest Service
TAGGED: Nevada biologists use miniature fish technology to track Columbia spotted frogs
As most people know, catching frogs isn’t easy. Tracking and counting imperiled Columbia spotted frogs in their Nevada habitat usually requires a lot of patience. Volunteers devote a few days every year to hunt for this amphibian, painstakingly slogging through muddy creeks deep in the rugged outback of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in the name of science
But for the last few years, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Department of Wildlife have complimented that delicate, by-hand monitoring process by adopting the same electronic tracking methods used in fish monitoring.
A seventeen-year-old student from Ranch Palos Verdes, Calif., won best of show in the California level Junior Dusck Stamp art contest held Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in Willows, Calif. Credit: Byrhonda Lyons/USFWS
Junior Duck Stamp: The king eider wears the crown
On the crisp morning of March 30, 2017, 10 judges gathered for the 27th Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in Willows, Calif.
“The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a great way to see what young students in the area have learned about waterfowl biology and wildlife conservation from our staff members,” said Lora Haller, visitor services manager at the refuge. “Great anatomical features, detailed feathers, color and habitats are all incorporated in their artwork. It’s really exciting to see children learn from our programs.”
Celebrating the Service's women of science
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin, recognizes the inspiring journeys and contributions of Service #Women In Science.
There are women in every capacity working the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Biologists, hydrologists, law enforcement, economists, forensic specialists, firefighters... the Service has an amazing diversity of women making history in science and wildlife conservation.
In addition, visit our Flickr album to meet more of our women scientists.
California's 2017 #Superbloom — A photo essay
The deserts of southern California erupted in an explosion of color during their annual inland display of wildflowers recently. A popular destination for tourists, locals, photographers and wildlife viewers, the area has experienced a surge in visitation since the blooming began. Joanna Gilkeson, of the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, joined the thousands of visitors in the desert and shared this photo essay.
“We documented this year’s super bloom because we believe in sharing the beauty of open space, providing refuge to our plants and wildlife,” she said.
Public affairs specialist Byrhonda Lyons and outreach specialist Laura Mahoney put together this video showing the spawning process at Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif. Watch it here. Credit: Steve Martarano/USFWS
Steelhead, Chinook salmon spawning at Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Northern Calif.
When it’s spawning season at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif., all hands are on deck. From October to March, hatchery employees spawn Steelhead and Chinook salmon twice a week.
The hatchery hosts an annual Salmon Festival on the third Saturday of October to show visitor how spawning works. However, since October is months away, here’s a behind-the-scenes video of spawning at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. -- Byrhonda Lyons
IN HER OWN WORDS: Service biologist Rachel Williams describes her work recording the locations of Eastern Sierra monarchs and their milkweed food sources. Credit: USFWS
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Tracking the Eastern Sierra Monarch
Like ducks and caribou, monarch butterflies migrate with the changing seasons. As the weather cools and plants begin to go dormant in the fall, monarchs fly to warmer areas to overwinter.
As a biologist in a remote part of California nestled between the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the Great Basin desert, I have been working with other scientists and volunteers to try to learn more about the migration patterns of western monarchs.
Last summer, with the help of volunteers citizen scientists, we began recording locations of Eastern Sierra monarchs and their milkweed food sources.
Roy Averill-Murray never thought his future would revolve around saving desert tortoises, but he has become the Service's top desert tortoise biologist.
Credit: Cecil Schwalbe
Service biologist creating an 'era of better research'
As someone who grew up fond of snakes, Roy Averill-Murray never thought his future would revolve around saving desert tortoises. Yet his 26 published journal articles, primarily focused on desert tortoise conservation only skim the surface of his efforts to keep these modern dinosaurs thriving in the wild.
He was the first person to document the reproduction of that species and with several papers published; he’s now working on an analysis that highlights the differences between Sonoran Desert tortoise and Mojave Desert tortoise reproduction.
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