The California Department of Water Resources is testing a non-physical fish barrier to help keep young Chinook salmon and steelhead in a more direct path to the ocean. And it uses a bubble curtain and strobe lights!
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
Red foxes in the Sacramento Valley were long thought to be non-native. However, in 2005 genetic analyses performed in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's (SVM), Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) revealed these foxes to be native to the region and potentially in decline. These discoveries set off a joint effort by UC Davis and the California Department of Fish and Game to characterize the fox's range extent, and potential interbreeding with non-native red fox populations to the south. Led by Dr. Ben Sacks, Assistant Adjunct Professor in the SVM and director of the Canid Diversity and Conservation Unit of the VGL, this project relied on citizen science, the centerpiece of which was an online reporting system for the public to communicate red fox sightings. During 2007-2009, over 400 reports were submitted by the public, which were instrumental in locating a total of 51 fox dens mapped throughout the Sacramento Valley and, ultimately, in advancing their conservation priority, currently under consideration as a California Mammal Species of Special Concern.
The presence of the New Zealand mudsnail is a threat to the Malibu Creek watershed's biological health. Learn what steps to take to reduce the risk of the snail's spreading. This Public Service Announcement video was produced with assistance from Heal the Bay.
Antelope High School
These photos were taken at the American River at Ancil Hoffman Park on Wed. March 16, 2016 showing the release of these steelhead fry by the instructor (Skimra Rodriguez) and some of her students from Antelope High School near Sacramento, CA (Photos by Bill Templin, SSTU Conservation Chair)