“Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.”
“Yesterday [May 27], Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program will competitively award funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region.
“Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate. … The study, published today [May 25] in Nature Climate Change, was based on 30 years of research by scientists with the U.S.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by Brendan Jones:
“As a resident of Sitka, in southeast Alaska, I’ve worked in the local commercial fishing industry on and off for the past 17 years. … This year, though, the fishing fleet in southeast Alaska will work under the shadow of an announcement by the United States Forest Service that it intends to approve the Big Thorne timber sale …”
“California’s Central Valley hosts millions of migrating shorebirds. It’s a critical stopping point on migration route that runs thousands of miles. But the drought could make it difficult for birds to find a haven.”
“A decade ago, Riverside County and 14 cities set up a regional conservation agency to acquire and protect wildlife habitat and remove red tape for developers who want to build in the western part of the county.”
“On a recent sweltering weekday morning, environmental scientist Rosi Dagit waded into the murky water at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. Leaning hard against the current and trying not to slip on the rocks, she began pulling a seine net across a chest-deep pool, hoping to catch a Southern California steelhead trout.”
From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) notes Endangered Species Day with both optimism and concern. This is the ninth year this special day has been recognized around the world with related workshops, restoration projects, exhibits and even a festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden in our nation’s capitol.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“At its regular meeting on May 20 the State Water Board will consider a proposed emergency rulemaking on curtailment of water diversions for three Sacramento River tributaries in order to protect minimum flow requirements for threatened and endangered fish.”
From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries:
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today [May 14] designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.”
“While this year’s local commercial salmon season is expected to be decent, the fish has been scarce in recent years, and its future is precarious. Thanks to the drought and statewide water struggles between farmers and fishing advocates, spring has gotten to be a bit like salmon roulette.”