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Aug 22, 2016
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!
Aug 11, 2016
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.
Jul 28, 2016
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.
Jul 13, 2016
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.
Jun 09, 2016
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.
Jun 06, 2016
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.
Jun 01, 2016
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.
May 23, 2016
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.
May 20, 2016
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.
May 11, 2016
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.
Apr 18, 2016
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.
Apr 07, 2016
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.
Apr 04, 2016
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.
Mar 23, 2016
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.
Mar 21, 2016
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.
Mar 07, 2016
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.
Mar 07, 2016
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.
Mar 03, 2016
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.
Feb 18, 2016
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.
Feb 12, 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 today announced a proposal to delist three subspecies of island fox native to California’s Channel Islands.

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