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Ecological Services | California
Rare, Tiny Shorebird Nests on Los Angeles County Beaches for First Time in Nearly 70 Years
For the first time in nearly 70 years, western snowy plovers are nesting on Los Angeles County beaches. Following their discovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists installed small wire cages around each nest to protect the eggs from predators and human disturbance.
Bird enthusiasts join coast-wide effort on May 6 to count brown pelicans
Bird enthusiasts in California, Oregon, Washington, and Baja California, Mexico, will participate in a coast-wide survey of California brown pelicans the evening of May 6 in an effort to better understand the status of this popular, yet troubled seabird.
A Little Amphibian with a Large Fan-base: The return of the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander
When Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who were playing at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, just down the road the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum) was struggling to survive.
Over $3M in USFWS grants support community-focused coastal restoration project
The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and an array of conservation partners broke ground today, officially marking the start of a planned ecological restoration of a former golf course in Goleta.
This spring and summer, 'Share the Shore' with one of California’s tiniest shore birds
While Californians and visitors flock to the beaches this spring and summer, a much smaller resident will share the shoreline: the western snowy plover.
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.
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
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