Volunteers with The Xerces Society and Crystal Springs Partnership relocated over 2,000 mussels from a SE Portland culvert replacement project in July. Freshwater mussels such as Western pearlshell, a surrogote species, are an important part of stream ecosystems.
Money will go to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for laboratory testing. The disease has had devastating effects on bat colonies in the Northeast and was only recently discovered in Washington. Learn more about the coordinated response to white-nose syndrome.
Ranchers in Yamhill and Polk Counties are working to restore Oregon white oak habitat which is down to 5% of what it was historically. This 5 year effort, funded by federal and local partners, also benefits the Fender's blue butterfly. Both beneficiaries are Willamette Valley Surrogate Species - read more about them.
Biologists recently captured a small number of female Oregon silverspot butterflies and brought them to the Oregon Zoo so they could lay their eggs and develop under optimal conditions for later release back into their natural habitat. Captive propogation not only supplements wild populations but also allows for retintroduction into the butterfly's former range.
Three new pups were found in southern Oregon this year, including two from OR7's Rogue Pack in Jackson County and one in western Lake County.
Final Methodology for Prioritizing ESA Status Reviews
This new methodology will allow us to more effectively implement the ESA by placing each pending endangered species status review into one of five categories based on available data, threats to the species, conservation efforts, and new or developing science.Read the news release. Read more about it at Regulations.gov
Critical Habitat for Marbled Murrelet Confirmed
In response to litigation, the USFWS initiated a voluntary review of over 3.5 million acres of marbled murrelet critical habitat in 2015 to evaluate whether and how the designated areas meet the legal definition. The Service confirmed that previously designated critical habitat meets the statutory definition and no changes have been made to the designation.Read the news release.Read the Rule on Regulations.gov
Help Declining Monarchs
Western monarch butterflies spend winters on the California coast and in Central Mexico. A new report shows a 74% decline in the number overwintering in coastal California. Monarchs face many risks including habitat loss, pesticides, climate change, and natural enemies (predators, parasitoids, and diseases). You can help by planting native milkweed and nectar plants.
Art Meets Science
Jr. Duck Stamp Results
The results of the Oregon Jr. Duck Stamp Contest are in! From 322 entries, a premiere panel of five judges selected a Best of Show and a total of 36 first, second, and third place winners. The Best of Show went to a painting of Harlequin ducks titled, "Never Alone." The artist is Martha Nguyen, aged 16.Get the details!
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