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March 14, 2018
Thanks to a recent conservation agreement and other proactive measures, the San Fernando Valley spineflower, a plant endemic to southern California, is no longer at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future. Consequently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has withdrawn a proposal to list the spineflower as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
March 12, 2018
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 lifelong commitment to their recovery. As we celebrate inspirational women in science during Women’s History Month this March, we delve into the inspirational life and career of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service botanist Connie Rutherford, and the plants she helped save from the brink of extinction.
March 06, 2018
In March 2018, Rick Farris, wildlife biologist and section 7 coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ventura, California will retire after two decades with the agency.  We asked Rick to share a few memories of his time with the Service and his advice for future generations of conservationists.
March 05, 2018
On December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire ignited in Ventura County and spread rapidly, becoming the largest wildfire in state history. The fire burned for 40 days, and covered more than 440 square miles, destroying more than 1,000 homes and structures. More than 8,500 firefighters worked to contain the blaze, the largest mobilization of firefighters in California history.
March 01, 2018
The Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Site Management Plan for Lighthouse Field State Beach, presented earlier this month at the Monarch Overwintering Site Management Workshop in Oceano, California, was developed for the overwintering site at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Although the plan focuses on a specific site, it is adaptable to other western monarch overwintering sites along the California coast.
February 15, 2018
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. Some, like the pygmy mammoth, disappeared thousands of years ago, while others, like the island fox, are now thriving after narrowly escaping extinction at the turn of the 21st century. Considered by many to be the Galapagos of North America, these islands, designated a national park in 1980, have been used by humans for millennia.
January 12, 2018
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.
January 10, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Parks invite public input in the preparation of an environmental analysis for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), which would be a collaborative and comprehensive strategy to balance recreational opportunities with the conservation of rare wildlife, plants, and their habitats at three state park units in the Oceano Dunes District: Pismo State Beach, Ocean Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, and Pismo Lake.
January 02, 2018
Following an extensive review of the southwestern willow flycatcher’s status, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the subspecies is a valid, unique taxon, and therefore it will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
December 20, 2017
We’ve received a few questions about how the Thomas Fire is impacting rare wildlife in our local area. While it’s still too early to understand long-term impacts to wildlife, the primary short-term impact is loss of their habitat. Unfortunately, some wildlife will not be able to find refuge from the fire and will be injured or killed. But many will escape and find unburned areas for shelter and food, while others may withstand the fire underground.
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