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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 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.
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.

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