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.
In addition to serving as a hunting license and conservation tool, the current Federal Duck Stamp also provides free access into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.
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.
For the past 5 weeks, approximately 400 juvenile bull trout have been released into Upper Clackamas River as part of an ongoing reintroduction project led jointly by USFWS and ODFW. This is the 6th consecutive year of transfer and efforts appear to be paying off as each year more redds are recorded.
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 develping science.
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West Coast Population of Fisher Will Not Be Listed Under ESA
The USFWS announced its finding that the West Coast Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of fisher does not face the risk of extinction now or in the foreseeable future and therefore does not require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. More information about this finding is available at: http://www.fws.gov/yreka/
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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