It was great to be on the banks of Butte Creek last week celebrating the success of a collaborative effort to create a working landscape for fish, birds and people. There are many lessons to draw from the success of Butte Creek restoration efforts; the galvanizing the power of diverse partnerships is definitely a big one.
A marine wildlife expert put California fish and game commissioners on notice Thursday that significant new restrictions in the abalone fishery — including more closures — may be necessary next year because of continued starvation and die-off among the sought-after mollusks.
For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear’s population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal’s status to the state level.
At a mere 8 square miles (21 square km), the South Pacific island nation of Nauru – population 10,000 – ranks as the smallest member of the United Nations by land area. Yet Nauru controls 119,000 square miles (308,480 square km) of the surrounding ocean designated as its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), including some of the Pacific’s richest tuna fishing grounds.
Like great white sharks and grizzly bears, mountain lions are one of the most fearsome wild animals for many Americans. But new research shows that the lions may be more afraid of us than we are of them.
It’s a warm, blue-sky Friday and I’m [Erica Cirino] standing knee-deep in the clear, cold Fall Kill creek off the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. More than a dozen local high school and college students outfitted in rubber waders surround me.
The Central California tiger salamander, currently federally listed as threatened, will get a boost toward its recovery with the release of a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service including guidelines to combat the introduction of a non-native Texas salamander threatening the local population.
The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the number of endangered whales and sea turtles caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, saying existing protections were already working.
The prototypes are set to be built on federal land near the Otay Mountain Wilderness to depict examples of a solid concrete border wall, as well as other designs, reaching at least 30 feet tall and dropping at least 6 feet below ground. … The lawsuit argues the Otay Mountain area includes vernal pools and is habitat to several listed threatened and endangered species…
From hundreds of fish annually to nearly 9,000 per year, Butte Creek salmon are thriving, thanks to a project begun 20 years ago. That project was celebrated Thursday at Gorrill Ranch on the Midway. … Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior for the Clinton administration, helped bring the players to the negotiating table to get the Butte Creek Salmon Recovery Project, completed in the late 1990s.
Today [June 15], partners in a two decade-old effort to benefit spring-run Chinook salmon gathered on the banks of Butte Creek to celebrate the program’s enduring success. Headlining the event this morning was Bruce Babbitt, who was Department of Interior Secretary in the late 1990s and participated in a similar ceremony twenty years ago to initiate the program with the removal of the McPherrin diversion dam.
The Bureau of Reclamation will hold two public scoping meetings to gather information from other agencies, interested parties, and the public on the scope of alternatives for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE) project.
The following is a press release issued by the office of 2nd District state Senator Mike McGuire: Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood continue to push to make the recovery of California’s salmon population an urgent priority throughout the state and at the federal level.
Working to preserve key corridors for deer, mountain lions and other wildlife so they can roam and expand as Silicon Valley’s population continues to grow, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and the Peninsula Open Space Trust on Thursday will unveil a long-range blueprint to link 1.1 million acres of open space in the Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
A retired general contractor from Arnold stepped forward on Wednesday to say that he is the rightful owner of six pigs seized from a small Delta island by East Coast animal welfare advocates earlier this week.
A man who says he owns the pigs “rescued” from a tiny Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta island Tuesday is demanding them back. … [Susie] Coston [Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director] said more will be known soon about how drinking brackish Delta water may have affected the pigs’ health.
The National Park Service has plans to replace aging sewer and water lines in the Muir Woods National Monument that could cause “significant damage” to the environment if they rupture, including to Redwood Creek, home to delicate fish populations.