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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. Martin works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help recover threatened and endangered wildlife, and has studied the butterfly for more than 10 years.
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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a final revised Mitigation Policy that will guide its review of potential impacts of land and water development projects on America’s wildlife and their habitats. Through this policy, the Service will help others mitigate (avoid, minimize and compensate) for a project’s impacts to species and their habitats. This update of the Service’s longstanding Mitigation Policy, which has guided agency recommendations since 1981, will provide a broad and flexible framework to facilitate conservation that addresses the potential negative effects of development, while allowing economic activity to continue.
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. He lives and works in one of the most heavily urbanized areas in the country, just 66 miles north of Los Angeles in southern California. A patchwork of agricultural fields, highways, and residential and commercial development, the coastal and inland cities of Ventura County are surrounded by the wilds of the Los Padres National Forest and Santa Monica Mountains, and within eyesight of the Channel Islands that rise up from the Pacific Ocean just a few miles off shore. This year, on his tenth anniversary with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Glenn was honored by the agency with the regional nomination for the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Award, which recognizes individuals who embody the storytelling legacy of Rachel Carson, who more than three decades ago inspired an entire generation to become stewards of our environment.
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. During this same time of year, one of the world’s most recognizable species - the monarch butterfly - takes a 3,000 mile journey from Canada and the United States to the central highlands of Mexico. Some monarch butterflies migrate west of the Rocky Mountains to coastal California to spend the winter.
Bernice Curren School teachers and students in Oxnard, Calif., will team up with biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to celebrate one of the most recognizable species of wildlife in all of America – the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly plays a significant role in the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos, an annual celebration honoring the memory of loved ones who have passed away. The Dia de los Muertos Monarch Butterfly Festival, hosted by Bernice Curren School, will be open to the public from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016, and will feature children’s activities, food trucks, and music.
Condor Country, a new mobile game, allows players to experience what it’s like to save an endangered species, based on real-life conservation practices used by the California Condor Recovery Program. Released for Android and iOS devices on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the game simulates the actual activities of zookeepers and field biologists who are on the frontlines to help save this federally endangered species from extinction. Gamers will have eggs to hatch, chicks to release into the wild, and a flock of condors to monitor for real health threats including lead poisoning. Developed through a collaboration of the Santa Barbara Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Cerberus Interactive, Condor Country is free to download for both Android and IOS; visit www.condorcountrygame.com for more information.
Bird enthusiasts in California, Oregon, Washington, and Baja Mexico, are invited to join a West coast-wide effort to count California brown pelicans on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the last four hours of daylight to help conservationists determine the health of the iconic species. Data collected from this survey will help scientists and researchers understand how threats to the species, like changes in weather patterns and prey availability, could impact pelican populations over the long term.
Ventura, Calif. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two Pacific seabird species, the Scripps's murrelet and Guadalupe murrelet, no longer warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), due to the efforts of diverse stakeholders in addressing primary threats to the species. As a result, the two species are no longer at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future and will be removed from the ESA Candidate List.
SANTA CRUZ, California - The southern sea otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, continues its climb toward recovery, according to the annual count released today by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners. For the first time, southern sea otters' numbers have exceeded 3,090, which is the threshold that must be exceeded for three consecutive years in order for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider removing the species from Endangered Species Act protections. However, localized population declines at the northern and southern ends of the range continue to be a cause for concern among resource management officials.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the San Fernando Valley spineflower is likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range within the foreseeable future. The Service is proposing to list the plant, located in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in southern California, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Gaviota Coast in southern California is a precious resource to people and wildlife; largely still in its natural state, a scenic stretch of coastline home to a wealth of biota, sand beaches, intact habitats, and natural drainages that allow the undisturbed flow of water between land and ocean. On May 19, 2015, eyes around the world turned to this stunning stretch of coastline, as newspapers and television screens flashed images of crude oil seeping into the turquoise and deep blue waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.
Carlsbad, Calif. – The coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica), a subspecies of the California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) does not warrant removal from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are looking for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August. A reward of at least $10,000 is being offered for this information.
This summer, families served by the Salvation Army Community Center in Ventura boarded the Island Adventure, a large catamaran, headed for Channel Islands National Park on Santa Cruz Island, accompanied by biologists and park rangers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service. Around 40 children and parents toured the island while learning about its many endemic plants and animals, as well as conservation efforts by land managers to conserve and restore the island ecosystem.
We'd like to share the insider's scoop about the people who carry out the important work of protecting and conserving fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats along the central and southern California coast. We'll be featuring profiles from members of our team over the coming months in a series we're calling Faces of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We hope you enjoy reading our stories as much as we enjoy writing them!
August 11, 2016 - Representing the fastest successful recovery for any Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed mammal in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the final de-listing of three subspecies of island fox native to California's Channel Islands. The removal of the San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Island fox subspecies from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife brings the total number of ESA de-listings due to recovery to 37, with 19 of those overseen by the Obama administration. In the Act's 43-year history, more recoveries have been declared under the current Administration's watch than all past Administrations combined.
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. It’s a sight Jessica has seen before as a Conservation Specialist for Coal Oil Point Reserve on the University of California campus in Santa Barbara, but it’s always a special moment. The two salt and pepper-colored chicks emerged from their shells and found comfort beside their mother.
Ventura – Nearly 200 citizen scientists and volunteers surveyed California brown pelicans at 179 locations in California, Oregon, and Baja Mexico on May 7 – this was a first of its kind effort to engage birding enthusiasts across the West coast in a bi-annual survey of this iconic Pacific coast seabird. A fall survey is planned for this October.
As summer approaches, the U.S. Army at former Fort Ord in Monterey County, California, is preparing for the 2016 prescribed burn season.  This requires coordination with many agencies, the local community, and cooperation from Mother Nature to meet a very specific burn prescription in order to conduct a safe, prescribed burn.  If that narrow prescription is met, and firefighting resources are available, the U.S. Army Fire Department will be prepared to quickly mobilize a team of personnel and equipment to get the job done.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the subspecies as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act. With extinction an imminent threat, scientists, biologists, and natural resource managers across agencies and organizations rallied around a common mission to bring the island fox back from the brink on the northern Channel Islands.
For botanists, rediscovering a very rare plant in a location it had not been spotted for decades is cause for excitement. The Indian Knob mountainbalm is a shrubby plant in the borage family only known to exist within maritime chapparal communities in San Luis Obispo County along the central California coast. Biologists and botanists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Parks, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and California Native Plant Society, came together this spring to survey for several populations of the plant where they had not been seen in decades – in one location, since 1985.
Nearly 200 fourth graders from Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park, California took a pledge to respect and protect native wildlife in honor of Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2016. Their school is situated between a patchwork of natural and urban areas, from the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains to the bustling communities neighboring Highway 101 in Ventura County. Here exists an increasingly common interface between native wildlife and people.
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today recognized eight individuals from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies as 2015 Recovery Champions for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect three subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands, which are currently proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act. The Recovery Champion award honors partners for outstanding successes in recovering threatened and endangered wildlife across the nation.
Did you know? Saturday, May 14, 2016 is World Turtle Day, and we’re joining the Santa Barbara Zoo to talk turtles and tortoises. Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists Ray Bransfield and Judy Hohman to learn about the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), and our work with partners to bring this beautiful animal back from the brink of extinction. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo and will focus on the conservation of turtles and tortoises found locally and around the world. Activities include a turtle-themed scavenger hunt, turtle-themed train talks, turtle-themed photos, turtle encounters and keeper talks all day long.
Elementary and middle school students at Bernice Curren School in Oxnard, California celebrated their second planting day this season in their new Schoolyard Habitat, an outdoor classroom converted from a grass lawn to drought tolerant native plant garden. The new outdoors space will not only save water, but will also provide habitat for native wildlife, including pollinators like the Monarch butterfly.
Bird enthusiasts in California, Oregon, Washington, and Baja Mexico, are invited to survey California Brown Pelicans on May 7, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM to better understand the status of this popular yet troubled seabird. The survey protocol was designed by experts to capture a comprehensive snapshot of pelican abundance and age distribution. This information is needed to understand how potential threats from changes in weather patterns, to changes in prey availability, changes in habitat or contaminants, could impact California Brown Pelican populations over the long term.
Ventura, Calif. - 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. Eyes will be glued to livestreaming footage from a cliffside nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California that will capture the chick's journey to adulthood in real-time.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency comprised of people from all disciplines and all walks of life, from conservation biology to human resources, from botany to communications, and we strive to reflect the diversity of the American public we serve. Throughout the month of March, the world celebrates the history of women and their contributions to science, innovation, culture, and society. We here at the Service celebrate the female leaders who have inspired young women to pursue careers with our agency, from Rachel Carson, a game-changer in environmental reform, to Molly Beattie, our first female director.
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.
We’re proud to welcome two new team members to the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office family. Meet Glen Knowles, Assistant Field Supervisor for our North Coast Division and Collette Thogerson, Assistant Field Supervisor for our South Coast Division. Learn how these two new members of our leadership team got their start in the field of conservation, and how their love for the great outdoors led them on a path to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
You may have heard that the Los Angeles Clippers unveiled their new mascot Chuck the Condor at Monday’s game against the New York Nets, and while the reactions were mixed, we think Clippers' fans will learn to love condors as much as we do.
A rare amphibian that has been lost from 70 percent of its historical range has been given a fighting chance to repopulate on state-protected lands in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and California State Parks have signed a Safe Harbor Agreement, a 50-year voluntary conservation agreement, that calls for the reestablishment of California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) populations across four state parks in southern California, covering more than 16,000 acres of park lands. This species is both federally threatened and a state species of special concern.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule to downlist the Santa Cruz cypress (Hesperocyparis abramsiana) from an endangered to a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The reclassification reflects ongoing collaborations by stakeholders to reduce threats to the cypress and improve data on tree locations, resulting in an increase in the number of known trees from 2,300 in 1987 to some 33,000-44,000 today. The best scientific and commercial information available on the status of and threats to the Santa Cruz cypress now indicates that it is no longer in danger of extinction.
Representing the fastest successful recovery for any Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed mammal in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposal to delist three subspecies of island fox native to California’s Channel Islands.
The girls and their parents joined biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and U.S. Navy to launch hand-made nest platforms at low-tide throughout the shallow lagoons at Point Mugu to encourage nesting of the federally endangered light-footed Ridgway’s rail, a secretive marsh bird whose numbers have dwindled since the 1980s due to habitat loss along the southern California coast.
The public is invited to a meeting and open house to discuss restoration projects for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill. The forum will be led by state and federal scientists who serve as natural resource trustees for the Refugio Beach Oil Spill. These trustees will share information about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and ongoing studies, as well as seek potential restoration project recommendations from the general public.
A 35-year-old male California condor that has served a pivotal role in returning condors to the skies above California for the past 30 years was returned to the wild on December 29, 2015 by biologists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft habitat conservation plan for the operation, repair, maintenance and replacement of state water pipeline facilities between the Polonio Pass Water Treatment Plant in San Luis Obispo County and Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered San Joaquin kit fox and federally threatened California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized the City of San Luis Obispo and former Natural Resources Manager Neil Havlik for outstanding stewardship of natural resources, and in particular for dedicated efforts to help prevent the extinction of the federally endangered Chorro Creek bog thistle.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposed rule to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. New information gathered through a scientific, peer-review process shows that populations have not stabilized, have declined in some areas, and that the toad still faces the threat of extinction.
Monarch butterflies travel hundreds of miles each fall to bask in the warmth of secluded eucalyptus, Monterey pine and coast live oak groves along the central California coast. They cluster in the hundreds and even thousands, appearing as a mass extension of the trees upon which they rest. At Ellwood Mesa, a city-owned coastal preserve just north of Santa Barbara, biologists count more than 6,000 monarch butterflies on a warm winter’s morning in early December.
A field station of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office works to conserve and protect threatened and endangered fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats, across the central and southern California coast.
The area is home to 97 federally endangered and threatened species, from the internationally renowned California condor and southern sea otter, to lesser-known species like the California red-legged frog and Ohlone tiger beetle.
It’s our job to work with our partners to prevent the extinction of those rare species and support their recovery.
Our natural resource professionals work to protect the ecologically diverse resources of our coastline, from the unique coastal dunes and estuaries of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties to our north, to the agricultural landscapes in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, and the heavily urbanized areas around Los Angeles to our south.
Working with local communities and conservation partners, we aim to build a future that supports both people and wild places.
Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up with Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast on November 22, 2015 at Camp Arnaz near Ojai to build floating nest platforms that will be used by federally endangered light-footed clapper rails in Ventura County this spring.
The vast majority of southern sea otters today inhabit the central California coastline, where sea otters in the longest-occupied areas near the middle of the range are at or near carrying capacity. The population's ability to expand into adjacent habitat to the north and south has been curtailed by accelerating rates of shark bite mortality in these areas. The small population of approximately 100 animals at San Nicolas Island is well below carrying capacity, growing, and apparently unaffected by shark-related mortality, but even counting the habitat at San Nicolas Island as occupied, the subspecies remains restricted to just a small portion—about 13 percent—of its historic range between Washington and central Baja California.
A California man has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and six months of probation, following intentional harassment of a southern sea otter in Moss Landing, California. Richard Niswonger, 71, of Moss Landing, California pleaded guilty and was sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins on September 11, 2015, for the taking of a federally threatened southern sea otter, a Class B Misdemeanor violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
On May 19, 2015, a pipeline owned and operated by Plains All America Pipeline, Inc. ruptured near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California, sending oil into the ocean. In response, state and federal natural resource trustee agencies are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). This is the process of assessing exposure to spilled oil and the injuries to the environment and its public uses. Additionally, the process identifies how to restore and compensate for the harm, and the damages that should be paid by the responsible party to fund restoration projects.
No matter how many books we read, movies we watch or games we play, most of us will never know what it feels like to storm an enemy beach, secure a U.S. installation in a foreign country, wade into a humanitarian crisis, or carry out any of duties that the women and men of our armed forces regularly and willingly perform.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is proposing a safe harbor agreement to support the recovery and conservation of federally threatened California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) at four state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California.
The community of Santa Paula joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum on Sunday, November 1, 2015 to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the integral role Monarch butterflies play in Hispanic culture and our ecosystem.
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and community partners at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the integral role Monarch butterflies play in Hispanic culture and our ecosystem.
A yellow-bellied sea snake, Pelamis platura, highly uncommon in California, was found in the high tide line at Silver Strand Beach in Ventura County on October 16 by local surfer Bob Forbes. This is the first known report of the species in Ventura County, and, the northernmost record of the species along the Pacific coast of North America. Warmer ocean waters along the southern and central California coast due to El Nino conditions may explain the sea snake’s presence this far north.
The Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office welcomes two new fish and wildlife biologists to our team! Learn how Mark and Lara got their start in the field of conservation, and how their love for the great outdoors led them on a path to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to results from the annual California sea otter survey. Yet despite an overall increase in sea otter abundance, sharks have been taking a bite out of the portion of the population that could fuel expansion into new areas.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviewing petitions to list nine species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act and a petition to delist one species.
Just two weeks into a new school year, Principal John Wilber welcomed a crowd of more than 300 children, parents and community members to Mountain Vista Elementary School in the small foothill town of Fillmore, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the excavation and maintenance of a Southern California Gas Company gas pipeline between Buellton and Lompoc, in Santa Barbara County, California. The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered California tiger salamander and federally threatened California red-legged frog.
VENTURA – Today, people around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California condors and their young chicks in real time via live-streaming webcams near the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s (VWS) Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states - including nearly $16 million to California - to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), will benefit numerous species, ranging from the coastal California gnatcatcher to the Karner blue butterfly. For a complete list of the 2015 grant awards and project descriptions, see www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has designated 5,755 acres in Santa Barbara County as critical habitat for the Vandenberg monkeyflower under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This unique plant is found only within a series of low, flat-topped hills known as the Burton Mesa between the Purisima Hills to the north and the Santa Ynez River to the south.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Santa Barbara Zoo completed their pilot summer education program to connect more than 100 second to sixth grade students in urban areas with biologists and experts in California condor conservation and recovery efforts.
On May 19, 2015 a pipeline break at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara released an estimated 100,000 gallons of crude oil, prompting an immediate response effort by multiple local, state, and federal agencies.

In addition to the clean-up, representatives from state and federal natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) are working together with Plains All American Pipeline to assess the impacts to wildlife, the coastal environment, and human uses from the oil spill.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviewing petitions to list six species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act. The Service determined the Western spadefoot toad, Relictual slender salamander, Kern Canyon slender salamander, and Foothill yellow-legged frog petitions contained substantial information; therefore, the Service will now initiate more in depth reviews of these species and their conservation status.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 an oil spill was reported at Refugio State Beach, prompting an immediate response effort by multiple local, state and federal agencies. The Responsible Party, Plains All American Pipeline, and local, state and federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention, and the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management represent a Unified Command (UC) and are leading the joint response effort.
This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined more than 60 kids, parents and chaperones from two California tribes for an exciting multi-day excursion to one of the most visually stunning and biodiverse landscapes on Earth. The destination: Santa Cruz Island; the largest of the islands that make up Channel Islands National Park just 30 miles off the southern California coast.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is hosting a public workshop and seeking public participation to finalize the Recovery Plan for the federally endangered California tiger salamander in Santa Barbara County. The Service invites the public, scientific community, conservation partners and other stakeholders to the workshop on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building, Board Hearing Room at 511 East Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Vandenberg Air Force Base as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Military Conservation Partner Award during a ceremony held today at the 30th Space Wing in central California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the publication of a draft Recovery Plan to guide conservation efforts the federally endangered California tiger salamander in Santa Barbara County. The draft Recovery Plan lays out a strategy to recover the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander by recommending actions to alleviate the primary threats impacting the species including habitat loss and fragmentation.
Members of the public and media are invited to attend a community event celebrating one of the most recognizable species of wildlife in all of America – the monarch butterfly. Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation partners to learn how you can help monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Family-friendly activities include butterfly-friendly plant and seed giveaways, educational booths, opportunities to explore native pollinator habitat and visit a working beehive at the Museum of Ventura County Santa Paula Agricultural Museum.
California coastlines include some of the most picturesque landscapes anywhere on earth.  Popular destinations for beach recreation, these coastal areas also support a diverse range of wildlife, from marine mammals to hundreds of migratory and resident bird species.
VENTURA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final Recovery Plan for four subspecies of island fox (Urocyon littoralis). The Service is also initiating status reviews of each subspecies - San Miguel Island fox (U. l. littoralis), Santa Rosa Island fox (U. l. santarosae), Santa Cruz Island fox (U. l. santacruzae) and Santa Catalina Island fox (U. l. catalinae) – to determine if any of the subspecies warrant consideration for reclassification or removal from the list of Federally Threatened and Endangered Species.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an important connection to one of the most notable female conservation heroes: Rachel Carson, who, as one of the first female scientists and government leaders, revolutionized America’s interest in environmental issues.
Ventura, CA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is proposing a safe harbor agreement to support the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife at Garrapata State Park in Monterey County, California.
Rio Vista Middle School in suburban Oxnard, Calif., is one of ten schools across Ventura County taking proactive steps to incorporate hands-on environmental education through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program.
The Service announced today $1 million in federal funds will go to the California Coastal Conservancy to support the restoration of critical coastal wetlands at Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County.
Carlsbad, Calif. – In response to a petition to remove the coastal California gnatcatcher from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating an in-depth analysis of the bird’s taxonomic and population status.
Each school year, students from Mountain Vista Elementary School in the small town of Fillmore, California, take time outside of the classroom to find their sense of place in the southern California landscape.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a public hearing on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo (western yellow-billed cuckoo).
This year wetlands, ponds and streams across California failed to fill with water as a result of one of the worst droughts the state has seen in decades. Limited water resources not only impact people and communities, but also plants and animals that rely on these essential water resources for survival.
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its proposal to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted from October 17 to November 17, 2014.
Collaboration and sound science are key to effective landscape-level conservation along the California coastline. That’s why natural resource professionals are leveraging their resources and expertise to expand conservation efforts for the future.
Sacramento, CA - The western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The Service determined that listing a distinct population segment (DPS) of the bird in portions of 12 western states, Canada and Mexico is warranted. In the U.S., the DPS will cover parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
When sea otters want to rest, they wrap a piece of kelp around their body to hold themselves steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, California’s sea otter numbers are holding steady against the many forces pushing against their population recovery, according to the latest field survey led by federal, state, aquarium, and university scientists.
In Morro Bay along central California’s coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working alongside the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and other conservation partners to restore eelgrass, a critical component to the health of the coastal ecosystem.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has listed the Vandenberg monkeyflower, a unique plant species found only within sandy openings of Burton Mesa in Santa Barbara County, Calif., as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
VENTURA, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Santa Barbara Zoo and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is pleased to announce the expansion of the CondorKids program, a pilot education and outreach effort that connects students in predominantly urban areas with California condor conservation and recovery efforts.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service join fourth and fifth graders from the Bishop Paiute Tribe for a three-day summer camp in Yosemite National Park each July. Part of the annual Firstbloom tradition, the camp connects natural resource professionals with tribal members to share knowledge of fish, wildlife and plant conservation, within the surroundings of the habitats upon which they depend.
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Bishop Paiute Tribe of Inyo County, Calif., is proposing a safe harbor agreement to contribute to the recovery and conservation of Owens pupfish, a federally listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Grassland-covered hills dotted with stock ponds remain motionless as strong coastal winds sweep across the La Purisima Ranch in southern California’s Santa Barbara County. Beneath the hills, California tiger salamanders live out their days in small underground burrows, surfacing to visit the ponds on rainy nights to breed.
Sacramento - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Southwest Region is realigning three of its Ecological Services offices - Palm Springs, Ventura, and Nevada - effective June 2014.
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the availability of a draft economic analysis on the proposal to designate 5,809 acres of critical habitat for Vandenberg monkeyflower in Santa Barbara County, California.
Ventura, CA - Following a status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined Lane Mountain milk-vetch (Astragalus jaegerianus) remains at risk of extinction and does not warrant downlisting to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to reclassify the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act after determining that the amphibian has expanded its current range in the past 20 years and that conservation efforts have reduced the threats to its survival.
Ventura, CA - According to a proposed rule available today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the tidewater goby is not likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future and should be reclassified from endangered to threatened.
Ventura, CA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the Eureka Valley evening-primrose and Eureka dune grass from the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This proposal is based on successful habitat conservation efforts undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS).
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it has completed a status review of Indian Knob mountainbalm (Eriodictyon altissimum), and concluded it does not warrant reclassification from its current listing as an endangered species to threatened at this time.
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal to remove the Inyo California towhee (Pipilo crissalis eremophilus) from its current listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, based on successful recovery efforts by the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Bureau of Land Management, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Ventura - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Vandenberg monkeyflower as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and proposed to designate approximately 5,785 acres of critical habitat in Santa Barbara County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it has completed a status review of ashy storm-petrel, a seabird that lives off the California coast, and concluded it does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Ventura, Calif.-- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify Santa Cruz cypress from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act.
Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for 120 days for the proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Sacramento: The story of endangered species conservation in the United States over the past 40 years involves many heroes. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recognized 61 of these heroes for their outstanding efforts to conserve and protect endangered and threatened fish, wildlife and plants by designating them 2012 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored for their work from the Service's Pacific Southwest Region were two California residents, Mark Elvin and Brian Woodbridge, and partner-in-mission, Larry Dunsmoor from Oregon.
Tejon Ranch, Calif. -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe joined Tejon Ranch Company President and CEO Robert A. Stine and representatives from other partner agencies and conservation advocates at the company’s headquarters today to formally announce the successful completion and Service approval of a Habitat Conservation Plan that will provide specific protections for 25 species, including the California condor, while permitting limited development and other land use activities on designated ranch lands.
Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing to designate critical habitat for these three amphibian species in California: 1,105,400 acres across 16 counties for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, 221,498 acres across two counties for the mountain yellow-legged frog, and 750,926 acres across seven counties for the Yosemite toad. With overlapping areas, the total proposed critical habitat for the three amphibians is 1,831,820 acres. Most of the proposed critical habitat is on federal lands.
SACRAMENTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 27 plant and animal species in California and Nevada. Of the reviews being announced today, the Service is recommending delisting the island night lizard, and downlisting the San Clemente Island Indian paintbrush and San Clemente Island broom from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). No change in status is recommended for 24 species reviewed.
Yreka, Calif., — The US Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the opening of an information collection period regarding the status of the fisher throughout the range of its West Coast Distinct Population Segment (DPS) in the United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the final revised designation of critical habitat for the federally endangered tidewater goby. In total, approximately 12,156 acres in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, California, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of a Final Rule and Record of Decision to terminate the 25-year old southern sea otter translocation program. The decision means that sea otters will be able to continue to expand their range naturally into southern California waters in accordance with the recommendations of the 2003 revised southern sea otter recovery plan.
SACRAMENTO –The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will accept comments through Dec. 28, 2012 regarding a status review of the ashy storm-petrel throughout its range in the United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the availability of a final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) regarding the translocation and management of southern sea otters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) and Implementing Agreement (IA). The Final EIS and IA were prepared in response to an application from Tejon Ranch Corporation for a permit authorizing the incidental take of 27 plants and animals including four species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on its proposal to issue a permit (Incidental Harrassment Authorization or IHA) that would authorize harrassment of southern sea otters incidental to a 2.5 month seismic survey in the vicinity of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCCP) and known offshore fault zones near the DCCP in San Luis Obispo County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a Draft Recovery Plan for Four Subspecies of Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) for public review and comment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of a draft economic analysis on the 2011 revised proposal of critical habitat for the federally endangered tidewater goby.
The Service was petitioned by the Pacific Legal Foundation to delist the Inyo California towhee and to reclassify the arroyo toad, Modoc sucker, Indian Knob mountain balm, Lane Mountain milk-vetch, and Santa Cruz cypress from endangered to threatened under the ESA. The Service finds that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the change in status of these six species may be warranted.
A draft stock assessment report for the federally threatened southern sea otter off the California coast will be available tomorrow, May 9, 2012.
More than 20 years ago, the owner of Swallow Creek Ranch in San Luis Obispo County began to replace nonnative grasses with native plants and bring back riparian vegetation along Swallow Creek. Today, cliff swallows breed and nest on the property and a large colony of Monarch butterflies winter in the ranch’s eucalyptus grove.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District to benefit four federally listed species at the 4,300-acre Palo Corona Regional Park in Monterey County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing an opportunity for public input on two draft documents that evaluate and would limit the environmental impacts to threatened and endangered species of planned residential development and ranch activities on Tejon Ranch in southern Kern County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the availability of a draft Economic Analysis of the March 22, 2011, proposed revision of critical habitat for the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has approved an interim programmatic habitat conservation plan for small development projects in dense residential areas of Santa Cruz County, California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the public comment period on the Service’s August 2011 proposal to end the 24-year-old southern sea otter translocation program in California will be reopened on November 4, 2011 for 15 days.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is proposing to designate 12,157 acres of revised critical habitat for the federally endangered tidewater goby, a small fish that inhabits brackish waters along the west coast of California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has completed a status review of the Tehachapi slender salamander (Batrachoseps stebbinsi) and has determined it does not warrant listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has completed a status review of the Mohave ground squirrel (Spermophilus mohavensis) and has determined it does not warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has completed a status review of the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) and concluded based on genetic evidence that the population is not a distinct and separate population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard and as such cannot be considered for listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold the first of three public hearings on September 27, 2011, regarding the Service’s proposal to end the 24-year-old southern sea otter translocation program in California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting information as part of the status reviews of 53 protected species in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin of Oregon.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 14,069 acres of revised critical habitat for the endangered Lane Mountain milk-vetch in the west Mojave Desert, Calif. The final critical habitat acreage is the same amount of acres proposed as critical habitat by the Service in April 2010. 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to revise the critical habitat designation for the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover, a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal includes 68 critical habitat units totaling 28,261, acres along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. Public comments will be accepted for the next 60 days.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reviewed a petition to list the unsilvered fritillary—a butterfly native to California’s central coast—and has concluded the petition does not contain substantial scientific data that listing the species is warranted.
A small, buff-colored toad whose soft, high whistled trill is often mistaken for an insect’s call is the subject of a final revised critical habitat designation announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will conduct in-depth status reviews for 6 California species currently protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A notice announcing the reviews and the opening of a 60-day comment period will publish in the Federal Register on January 19, 2011.
Lane Mountain milk-vetch, a perennial herb in the pea family that grows only in the west Mojave Desert north of the city of Barstow, California, is the subject of a draft economic analysis that is available for public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.
The reward is now up to $9,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a southern sea otter in June of this year.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released an economic impact analysis on a 2009 revised proposal of critical habitat for the federally-endangered arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus). Release of the analysis opens a new 30-day comment period on the revised critical habitat proposal and the economic assessment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that a petition to protect the Mohave ground squirrel under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) contains substantial information indicating that listing the species may be warranted.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing 14,069 acres as critical habitat in a revised designation for the endangered Lane Mountain milk-vetch in the west Mojave Desert, Calif.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today designated 1,636,609 acres as critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), based on the most recent relevant research.
Citing continued declines in the population of marbled murrelets in Washington, Oregon and California, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today the small seabird continues to need the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and will retain its status as a threatened species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Safe Harbor Agreement aimed at assisting the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in enhancing habitat for the California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii), least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), and southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) in the Ventura River watershed, near Ojai, Calif.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton today announced that the brown pelican, a species once decimated by the pesticide DDT, has recovered and is being removed from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it has designated 24,103 acres of critical habitat for La Graciosa thistle (Cirsium loncholepis) in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The federally-endangered native California plant grows in coastal dunes and wetland areas.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 51 species in California, Nevada, and southern Oregon. Of the reviews being announced today, the Service has recommended uplisting the Bay checkerspot butterfly from threatened to endangered. The Service has recommended downlisting the arroyo toad, Modoc sucker, and Santa Cruz cypress from endangered to threatened. The Service has recommended no change in status for the 47 other species reviewed.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is re-proposing 109,110 acres of critical habitat for the endangered arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego counties, and opening a 60-day public comment period, which ends on December 14, 2009.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today revised an economic impact analysis of its 2008 proposal to designate 1.8 million acres of critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii). Release of the analysis opens a new 30-day comment period on the entire critical habitat proposal and the economic assessment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting public comment on the draft post-delisting monitoring plan of the brown pelican. The agency first proposed removing the remaining protected populations of brown pelicans from the list of threatened and endangered species in February 2008. If the brown pelican is removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), it will be monitored for a decade, from 2010 to 2020, under a draft post-delisting monitoring plan released today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced that the ashy storm-petrel, a seabird that lives off the California coast, does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service made this determination in what is known as a 12-month finding. The Service based its conclusion for the not warranted finding after a thorough review of the potential threats, and all available scientific and commercial information. The finding will be published in the Federal Register Wednesday, August 19.
The western population of the northern leopard frog may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today. The announcement is the result of an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the northern leopard frog throughout its 19 western states range under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the completion of a 5-year status review of the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), a rare seabird native to the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
To give members of the public further opportunity for review and comment on a draft habitat conservation plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a planned residential and commercial development and ranch activities on Tejon Ranch in Kern County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has extended the public comment period for 60 days until July 7, 2009.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reviewed a petition to add the Tehachapi slender salamander (Batrachoseps stebbinsi)to the federal list of threatened and endangered species and concluded the petition contains substantial information to indicate that listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) may be warranted. The Tehachapi slender salamander occurs in Kern County in the Tehachapi mountain range and in a canyon in the southern foothills of the Sierra.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting information as part of the status reviews of 58 protected species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. A list of 42 status reviews completed in mid to late 2008 is also included in today’s Federal Register notice.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) for the August 6, 2008, proposal to revise critical habitat for the endangered La Graciosa thistle, which grows in coastal dunes and wetland areas in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
The U.S. Fish and Wildife Service (Service) is announcing an opportunity for further public input on a draft plan that would limit the environmental impacts to threatened and endangered species of planned residential development and ranch activities on Tejon Ranch in southern Kern County, California.
A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Tehachapi Uplands Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) is available for public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the availability of the final stock assessment report for the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), which shows that the population has grown slowly, on average, over the past five years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 16 species in California. Of the reviews being announced today, the Service has recommended downlisting the Lane Mountain milk-vetch from endangered to threatened. The Service has recommended no change in status for the 15 other species reviewed.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today opened a 60-day comment period on a new plan to designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii), an area that is 300 per cent larger than a 2006 designation for the species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it has proposed 38,447 acres of critical habitat for La Graciosa thistle in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The federally-endangered native California plant grows in coastal dunes and wetland areas.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will publish a final rule designating approximately 417,577 acres of land in portions of Tuolumne, Mono, Fresno, Inyo, and Tulare counties in California, for the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana), a federally listed endangered species in the Federal Register on August 5, 2008. The Service will also announce the final revision of taxonomy for the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep from a distinct population segment of California bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) to a subspecies, (Ovis canadensis sierrae), based on recent published information.
Strategies for recovering the threatened desert tortoise are the subject of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Mojave population of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Notice of availability of the Draft Recovery Plan will publish in the August 4, 2008, Federal Register and opens a 90-day public comment period that will end on November 3, 2008.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a stock assessment report for the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis)off the California coast. The report was developed in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced its determination that a petition has presented sufficient information indicating that listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) may be warranted for the ashy storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa), a California seabird. The Service is initiating a status review to determine if listing the species is warranted.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 14 species in California. Of the reviews being announced today, the Service has recommended downlisting for the San Clemente Island larkspur from endangered to threatened. The Service has recommended no change in status for the 13 other species reviewed.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will conduct a status review of the Mono Basin area population of greater sage-grouse to determine if it warrants federal protection as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 
Following extensive public review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has decided on the most effective lethal and non lethal methods to remove or deter common ravens that prey on the desert tortoise—a federal and state-listed threatened species—throughout the southern California desert in parts of Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial counties.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting information as part of the status reviews of 58 protected species in California and Nevada. A list of 39 status reviews completed in 2007 and early 2008 is also included in this Federal Register notice.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a cooperative plan to recover the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep to a sustainable level where it can be removed from the federally protected category.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today celebrated the brown pelican’s remarkable recovery from the brink of extinction by formally proposing to remove the remaining protected populations of the bird along the Gulf and Pacific coasts, and in the Caribbean, and Central and South America from protection under the Endangered Species Act. Kempthorne announced the proposal at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge during a joint appearance with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the availability of the draft economic analysis for a proposed rule to designate critical habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana), a federally threatened species. Areas proposed as critical habitat include portions of Tuolumne, Mono, Fresno, Inyo, and Tulare counties in California. The draft economic analysis estimates potential costs for conservation activities to be approximately $26.7 million and costs associated solely with the designation of critical habitat to be approximately $135,000 over a 20-year period in areas proposed as critical habitat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has designated approximately 10,003 acres of critical habitat for the federally endangered tidewater goby, a small fish that inhabits brackish waters along the west coast of California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it has reviewed a petition to list the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) and concluded the petition contains substantial information to indicate that listing may be warranted. This particular population of Mojave fringe-toed lizard occurs in the Amargosa River area of San Bernardino County.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has designated 11,055 acres as critical habitat for Monterey spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. pungens) in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. The plant is currently listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 2,117 acres as critical habitat for Yadon’s piperia (Piperia yadonii), a perennial orchid found in Monterey County, California. The plant is currently listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final rule was published in today’s Federal Register.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in today's Federal Register announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis for the December 2006 proposed rule to designate critical habitat for Monterey spineflower. The draft analysis estimates potential costs associated with conservation activities on approximately 11,032 acres proposed for critical habitat designation to be $17 million over the next 20 years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 20 species in California. Of the reviews being announced today, two are recommended for delisting, four for downlisting from endangered to threatened and 14 for no change in status.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in today's Federal Register announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis for the November 2006 proposed rule to designate critical habitat for tidewater goby. The draft analysis estimates potential costs associated with conservation activities on approximately 10,003 acres proposed for the critical habitat designation to be $25 million over the next 20 years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed a cooperative plan to recover the Pacific Coast population of the Western Snowy plover, a tiny shore bird, to a sustainable level where it can be removed from the federally protected category.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft economic analysis that estimates costs associated with the conservation of Yadon’s piperia (Piperia yadonii), an endangered perennial orchid found in Monterey County.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, today, published a proposed rule to designate approximately 417,577 acres as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana). Areas proposed include portions of Tuolumne, Mono, Fresno, Inyo and Tulare counties in California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft analysis estimating the potential costs related to the conservation of areas proposed for marbled murrelet critical habitat at $69.4 million to $1.4 billion over the next 20 years.
In compliance with federal court orders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a clarification of the economic and non-economic exclusions in the 2005 final rule designating critical habitat for 15 vernal pool species.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today announced more than $68 million in grants to 21 states and one territory to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, will benefit species ranging from butterflies to bull trout.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today announced grants totaling more than $7.2 million will go to private landowners and groups in 36 states for conservation projects to benefit endangered, threatened and other at-risk species through the Private Stewardship Grants Program. This year's grants will benefit native species ranging from the Santa Catalina Island fox in California to the Nashville crayfish in Tennessee.
A draft environmental assessment (EA) proposing methods to reduce raven predation on the desert tortoise and other reptiles and mammals throughout the deserts of southern California has been released for public review and comment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today opened a 60-day public comment period as part of the status reviews of 52 protected species in California and 6 in Nevada.

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