After being gone from the Clackamas River since 1963, bull trout are now back. Fish have been transferred every year since 2011 and each year the number of spawning nests has increased - this year's count was 59 redds!! This 11-minute video was produced by Freshwaters Illustrated in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Watch the Video on YouTube
After careful analysis of the current threats, the 5-Year Review recommends this small fish be removed from the list of threatened species. Underlying this recommendation is a Cooperative Management Plan - signed by BLM, ODFW and the USFWS - that outlines actions to ensure this unique dace persists into the future.
The USFWS determined that protection under the Endangered Species Act is not needed for the Sierra Nevada red fox in Oregon, nor the Columbia spotted frog in its entire range (NV, ID, OR). In Oregon, the red fox occurs in the Cascade Range; the Columbia spotted frog occurs in Lake, Harney, and Malheur Counties.
Since 2005, USFWS and BLM biologists have travelled to an oasis in the remote eastern Oregon desert to track a population of the Columbian spotted frog. Vince Patton and the crew from Oregon Field Guide went along this spring to document the project.
Draft Safe Harbor for Northern Spotted Owl
USFWS has received a draft Safe Harbor Agreement to access private timberlands in Oregon for survey and removal of barred owls as part of our Barred Owl Removal Experiment. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 3, 2015. Go to the Federal Register Notice.Read the Draft Safe Harbor Agreement Read the Draft Environmental Assessment
Proposal to Reclassify Columbian White-Tailed Deer
In a move signaling the success of ongoing conservation efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to downlist the Columbia River population of the Columbian White-Tailed Deer from endangered to threatened. Public comments are accepted through December 7, 2015.View the interview with the Refuge biologist.
Northern Red-legged Frog
Meet one of Oregon's new Surrogate Species. The northern red-legged frog was selected by the USFWS and its partners as one of the species to represent wetland habitat health in the Willamette Valley as part of a new Surrogate Species pilot project.
Communication Tip #1
Watch Dr. Janine Castro's video, "Speaking of Science: Stepping Out of the Stereotype," about effective presentations for the non-presenter. Dr. Castro is a biologist at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office with a passion for making technical topics accessible to a wide audience. In this 1-hour presentation, she shares some fantastic tips for reaching your audience.Learn more about communicating science
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