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Nov 22, 2016
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.
Nov 22, 2016
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.
Nov 18, 2016
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.
Nov 14, 2016
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.
Oct 31, 2016
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.
Oct 24, 2016
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.
Oct 18, 2016
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.
Oct 12, 2016
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.
Sep 20, 2016
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.
Sep 19, 2016
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.
Sep 14, 2016
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).
Sep 08, 2016
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.
Aug 30, 2016
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).
Aug 29, 2016
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.
Aug 26, 2016
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.
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.

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