Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
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Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
2016 Year in Review
A compilation of 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.
Feature Story: Surveys Show a Silver Lining for Rare Smith’s Blue Butterflies
With a wingspan of only one inch, Smith’s blue butterflies are a challenge to spot with the naked eye. Despite their small size and rarity, the attractive bright blue coloring of the males and bright orange and brown coloring of the females never fails to catch the attention of senior fish and wildlife biologist Jake Martin.
Feature Story: Wildlife Scent Detection Dog Leads the Search for Elusive, Endangered Morro Bay Kangaroo Rat in San Luis Obispo County
Last documented in 1986, the federally endangered Morro bay kangaroo rat has eluded biologists for more than three decades. While some in the conservation community believe this tiny native mammal may have gone the way of the dodo, two local biologists have reason to believe that a few isolated colonies may still exist in the remaining patches of coastal dune scrub along California’s central coast near Los Osos in San Luis Obispo County.
Feature Story: Biologist Michael Glenn Inspires a “Sense of Wonder” in Children Living in Southern California’s Urban Environment
Michael Glenn has a knack for getting kids to dig in the dirt. It’s a character trait few possess in an era of on-demand television, cell phone games, and dwindling green spaces.
Feature Story: Miracle Monarch Migration Connects Kids to Culture and Conservation
El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated each November across Mexico and the United States in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away and to celebrate the annual return of their spirits to Earth.
News Release: Interior Announces Fastest Successful Recovery of an Endangered Species Act-Listed Mammal; Three Island Fox Subspecies Now Fully Delisted
Obama Administration now oversees more de-listings than all other Administrations combined
Orphaned western snowy plover chicks return to the wild in California
On the first day of May, Jessica Nielsen peered silently through her binoculars as two western snowy plover chicks broke through their tiny egg shells just below the dunes of a sandy beach in southern California.
Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Honors Team that Saved Foxes on the Northern Channel Islands from Extinction
Bird enthusiasts invited to join coast-wide effort on May 7 to spot Brown Pelicans
Two hour birding blitz along Pacific coast will aid conservation of an iconic species
Watch California Condor Chick Hatch – Live!
For the first time in history, anyone with an internet connection will have the opportunity to watch a newly hatched California condor chick in the wild via a live video camera.
Secretary Jewell Champions Island Fox Recovery as Model for Collaborative Conservation
On Friday, March 18, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Representative Lois Capps joined representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy at Channel Islands National Park to highlight the remarkable come-back of the Channel Islands fox on Santa Cruz Island.
News Release: Rare Frogs Find New Home in California State Parks
Safe Harbor Agreement with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports long-term voluntary recovery effort for California red-legged frog

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