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Find news about what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin. Photo above: Biologists counted around 6,000 monarch butterflies at a single roost site at Ellwood Mesa, amidst a grove of eucalyptus trees. (Jan. 13, 2013) Photo credit: Ashley Spratt/USFWS.

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Return of the rescue-reared salamanders

This spring and summer, #SharetheShore with one of California’s tiniest shore birds

Rain or shine, Service biologists work through some tough weather conditions

Into the darkness: Imperiled spring-run Chinook salmon released into upper San Joaquin River

Starting a new life: Immigrant children connect with nature in their new home

Conservation couple: From Bay Area business owners to award-winning, first gen ranchers

Early risers get the birds...sometimes

California's 2017 #Superbloom — A photo essay

50 years later: A community still invested

A silver lining for sare Smith’s blue butterflies

Monarch overwintering numbers remain low in the West despite increased conservation efforts

Once vanished, rare butterfly reintroduced on San Diego National Wildlife Refuges

Learning the secret life of flying squirrels

Service biologist creating an 'era of better research'

In their own wqords: Tracking the eastern Sierra monarch

Steelhead and Chinook spawning at the Coleman Fish Hatchery


Virtual tour: Visiting the winter home of eestern monarch butterflies

Saving a rare desert fish on the brink of extinction

If you build it, they will come: Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge creates ideal habitat for giant kangaroo rat

A silver lining for rare Smith’s blue butterflies

Luckiest sea turtle returns to its Pacific Ocean home

Good fences make good neighbors: when survival depends on keeping predators Out

Dream fulfilled: A Sacramento biologist's love of the Delta became her life's calling

Saving North America’s rarest trout

After nearly vanishing, one of California’s last 'true' frogs is on the road to recovery

Citizen scientists’ data used to study size and migration of western monarch population

Vector, the scent detection dog and the search for the elusive Morro Bay kangaroo rat

Biologists see slight rise in 2016 juvenile Delta smelt numbers, though still below 2012 estimates

FWS biologist inspires a “sense of wonder” in Southern California’s urban children

Delta smelt markings study one of many highlights at 2016 Bay Delta Science Conference

Precious cargo: Brighter future For 100 juvenile mountain yellow legged frogs, tadpoles

Monarch migration connects kids to culture and conservation during 'El Dia de los Muertos' celebration in Southern California

After years of severe drought, white-faced ibis colony returns to nest at Sacramento refuge

Nevada’s ‘Shoesole’ sanchers grazing cattle For sustainable results, not for federal regulations

Two decades ago, Orange County made conservation history -- and it’s the best kept secret

Pinole Creek fish passage project may be easy to miss, but its importance isn’t

Artist’s 'Big Foot' project highlights human impact on California’s species in peril

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge brush rabbits attract experts from across the globe

Against the Odds: Wildlife Refuge Inspired Los Banos Student to Become a Biologist

Learning secrets of the 'Bay': Endangered Ridgway's rails released into south San Diego Bay marshland

New fish screen and water intake facility improves fish assage on the Sacramento River

Flight of the condors: expanding their range

The Refugio Oil Spill: One Year Later, Biologists Reflect on Their Experiences

Orphaned western snowy plover chicks return to the wild at Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara

Green sturgeon numbers on the rise? Time will tell...

'A needle in a thousand haystacks'

Civil settlements advance eagle sonservation

'If you see a bud, count it...'

Young California artists shine in state, national Junior Duckstamp Conservation Art Contests

Finding common ground: western science meets indigenous knowledge at sage grouse summit

Once thought extinct, pacific pocket mouse reintroduced to SoCal's coastal canyons

Mathematician uses big data to save tiny smelt

Reno FWO botanist: Overcoming ‘plant blindness’ crucial to saving 'sagebrush sea'

Battling the invasion of watersnakes

Team that saved foxes from extinction on northern Channel Islands honored by Service

After nearly six months flying free, condor AC-4 completes health check with low lead level

Young women in science team up with U.S. Navy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists to help endangered wildlife in Ventura County

U.S. Marine Corps and partners aid survival of endangered Southern California fish

Marine Corps’ conservation program gives imperiled desert tortoises head-start on survival

Sharing our shores to give at-risk birds a fighting chance

'Monster' Lahontan cutthroat trout swimming one step closer to native home

Citizen scientists, partners and FWS to document brown pelican population Decline

Living coastline project will restore tidal salt mMarsh at Humboldt Bay

Service, partners launch live stream video of California condor chick hatching

Teaching the next generation of conservationists

Service fish hatcheries helping endangered California salmon in innovative ways

The 'redwood' condors: Ten years later

Amargosa vole gets emergency help at Tecopa Hot Springs, California

Evading extinction: The recovery of island foxes on California’s Channel Islands

Monarch butterflies of Ellwood Mesa

Small seeds mean big fine for California trafficker


Home for the holidays: California condor AC-4 returns to the wild after 30 years

Levee breach celebrates wetland restoration on San Francisco Bay

Wildlife photographer becomes citizen scientist while getting the perfect picture

Rescue for recovery: Endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs get an emergency evacuation for treatment

Thinking like an ocean

Service focused on balancing eagle conservation and wind energy development


Archived Stories

You can search and view past featured stories in our Field Notes archives here.