Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
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Ecological Services | California
'Former gang member turned conservationist
Anthony Prieto turned his life of gangs around in the late 1980s by taking up hunting. From there he became a non-lead hunting advocate for the recovery of the endangered California condor.
Marsh of dreams
“It’s a very secretive salt marsh bird. You could be 20 feet away from them, but you'll never see them.” The light-footed Ridgway’s rail once inhabited the wetlands that occupied California’s coast. The last sighting of the rail in Santa Barbara County’s Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve was in 2004.
From Devastation to Collaboration
In December 2017, the largest wildfire in modern California history threatened the city of Ojai. Miraculously, Ojai remained mostly unscathed, thanks to firefighters from across the West. Just outside of town though, 1,500 out of 2,300 acres of Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s open space was burned by the fire.
One river remains
Despite channelized or leveed waterways that resemble concrete canals more than Instagram-worthy landscapes, only the Santa Clara River remains untouched by development in Southern California
Hanging by a thread
California’s ‘liveforevers’ face new threat: poachers engaged in lucrative, illegal succulent trade
Flourishing return: Once presumed extinct, plant returns following successful first year planting
The San Fernando Valley spineflower, once believed extinct, is now flourishing in the hills above the Santa Clarita Valley in Los Angeles County.
Celebrating Women in Science
Meet the women of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ventura, California.
2018 Year in Review
Conservation success stories from the people of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who work to protect fish, wildlife, plants, and natural habitats of the central and Southern California coast.
'All is not lost.' Rare California red-legged frogs fight for survival following SoCal wildfire
Amid an ashy creek bed in the Simi Hills, rare frogs are fighting for survival following the Woolsey Fire, which swept across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties this November, prompting mass evacuations.
Hawkeyes, tritons and rails? Unique partnership helps rare birds share land and sky with military aircraft
Sixty-five miles northwest of Los Angeles, Naval Base Ventura County houses a diverse array of tactical aircraft from E-2 Hawkeyes to MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems. But did you know that this Naval Base is also home to other rare aerial wonders from the secretive light-footed clapper rail to the California least tern?
Artichokes and amphibians: Watsonville Slough Farm brings land conservation and farming together
Less than a minute’s drive from the outskirts of Watsonville, California, is a hidden gem: a small coastal farming community alive with flora and fauna known as Watsonville Slough Farm. It's 500-acres lies in the heart of one of California’s largest coastal wetlands.
Serenity in the slough: Sea otters lure the world to tiny coastal town
It’s a serene morning at Elkhorn Slough, one of the largest wetlands in the state of California. It’s 20 miles north of Monterey in the town of Moss Landing, population 204. Gena Bentall raises her binoculars to get a closer look at kayakers near a group of sea otters resting in the water. She likes what she sees.
A marriage of opposites? Condor conservation, oil research link couple
Can a committed conservationist find happiness with a guy whose living focuses on the search for oil? Absolutely, provided the two share a core belief: that conservation and industry can go hand-in-hand — yes, just as they do. The Faiths — Nadya and Luke — can show you how it’s done.
The lion in the tree: A botanist's mission to save our natural landscapes
Santa Cruz cypress, Lane Mountain milk-vetch, and Island bedstraw. Few people know them by name, but we can attribute their continued existence on Earth, in part, to one woman’s passion and commitment to their recovery. We delve into the life and career of Service botanist Connie Rutherford, and the plants she helped save from near extinction.
A promising future for a California plant once believed extinct
The San Fernando Valley spineflower, a tiny plant once believed extinct, has a promising future thanks to support from a Southern California developer.
Restoring the 'Galapagos of North America': California’s Channel Islands
Off the coast of California, a string of islands rise above the waves. Shaped by millions of years of tectonic, volcanic, and climatic events, the Channel Islands have played host to myriad plants and animals. Over the last several decades, scientists, biologists, land managers and local communities have rallied together to help restore these islands to their rich and biodiverse origins.
Sparling Ranch Conservation Bank a win-win for ranchers, developers, wildlife
More than 2,000 acres of valuable habitat will be permanently protected for California tiger salamanders and California red-legged frogs, including 14 breeding ponds, while the Sparling family continues to graze cattle on their land.
Twenty years of walking the beach in the name of science
Type the word “beachcomber” into any web browser and a variety of information appears for your perusal: quaint bed and breakfasts along the California coast, a pub in Oregon, or even the 1954 movie, “The Beachcomber,” about a mismatched group of Europeans living on remote islands in the Indian Ocean. You will also find the definition of the word according to, which, somewhat surprisingly, is “a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.”
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