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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Publishes Birds of Conservation Concern 2021

In continuing proactive efforts to protect migratory birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its Birds of Conservation Concern 2021 report. The publication identifies 269 species of birds that represent high conservation priorities for the Service and deserve proactive attention. This science will be used for cooperative research, monitoring and management actions that can directly […]

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Collaborative partnership results in first ever release of 115 zoo-reared Foothill yellow-legged frogs

July 1, 2020 – Recently, 115 Foothill yellow-legged frogs, hailing from the Oakland Zoo, called the Plumas National Forest their new home. Little did these frogs know they were the part of a historical conservation moment – the first ever population of captive-reared Foothill yellow-legged frogs released into the wild. This colossal effort was the […]

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Population of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox proposed for endangered species status

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 10, 2020 – Based on the best available scientific information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS) of the Sierra Nevada red fox is at risk of extinction due to a variety of factors, including the effects of small population size and continued hybridization with […]

Posted inCalifornia

Northern Sacramento Valley Hatchery fish released in second year of species reintroduction

ANDERSON, California April 8, 2019 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 185,000 marked juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon into the north fork of Battle Creek for the second year in a row in a continuing effort to jump-start the population. “Last year, approximately 200,000 hatchery-reared winter-run Chinook salmon were released into Battle Creek,” said […]

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Public Review of Final South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 15, 2018 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the south Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP).  The SSHCP balances the need for new urban growth with the need to conserve natural landscapes, aquatic resources, and native wildlife and plant species […]

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‘Whittling down’ non-natives crucial to save a beautiful and rare species, the Oregon silverspot butterfly

May 2, 2018 – The Oregon silverspot butterfly is beautiful and rare. Unfortunately, that beauty and rarity is at risk due to habitat degradation. And while the danger is real, there is a plan to address it led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners. The butterfly, listed federally as threatened since […]

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Sparling Ranch Conservation Bank a win-win for ranchers, developers, wildlife

November 20, 2017 – Amidst the rolling grasslands and oak woodlands of Santa Clara and San Benito counties lies Sparling Ranch, just outside the small town of Hollister, California. On warm summer days, herds of cattle graze and rest on the sloping hillsides. During nighttime winter rains, small, brightly-colored amphibians called California tiger salamanders leave […]

Posted inRegional

Public Comment Sought Ahead of Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Timber Company’s Spotted Owl Take Permit Application

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 22, 2017 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting public input following its receipt of an incidental take permit application from Sierra Pacific Industries for the federally threatened northern spotted owl and California spotted owl. This public engagement precedes the Service’s preparation of a draft environmental impact statement that will analyze […]

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Path to Safety: Man-made wildlife crossings cut animal-vehicle collisions nearly 80 percent

April 20, 2017 – Each year, thousands of animals are killed by motorists on interstate highways and roads that intersect critical wildlife habitats, greatly increasing the risk to human safety. Looking to address this issue, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and in collaboration […]

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Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders

March 31, 2017 – You can’t blame Diane Kodama, manager of the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, south of San Francisco, for having a strong connection to Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders, given how much effort she and her colleagues have put into helping the endangered amphibians survive the historic drought that plagued California the last […]

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Rain or Shine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologists Work Through Some Tough Weather Conditions

January 19, 2017 – The rains came, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service got to work. Whether it was to release more than a half-million steelhead, making sure rotary screw collection traps on the upper Sacramento River were preserved, or monitoring for Delta smelt, a little inclement weather wasn’t stopping the Service from crucial […]

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New Ocelot Den Found

December 27, 2016 – 2016 was an encouraging year for the endangered ocelots of south Texas! Several females with kittens were documented using remote cameras placed in strategic locations where ocelots live and reproduce. This along with the substantial efforts made by TXDOT to provide wildlife crossings made this recent discovery even more exciting. What […]