fish and wildlife

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Sibling embryos of the bird species Stilt collected from a single nest on the same day from a Tulare Basin evaporation pond in the Southern San Joaquin Valley in 2001. The overtly teratogenic embryo on the left, exhibiting stunted growth, no eyes, deformed bones (in right foot) contained 72 parts per million selenium(dry weight, whole egg), while the overtly normal sibling, on the right, contained 16 parts per million selenium. (photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Selenium triggered massive wildlife deformities in birds at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County in the early 1980s. The deformities were caused by selenium in drainage water from the Westlands Water District moving up the food chain into the birds nesting at Kesterson. The federal government has never enforced international and federal bird protection laws in the Tulare Basin to halt the selenium poisoning.

Federal investigators look into bird kill in Tulare County

By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 05/14/2008 06:20:28 PM PDT

FRESNO, Calif.—Federal investigators said Wednesday they were looking into claims that up to 3,000 eggs and hatchlings of a protected migratory bird were crushed under harvesting machines in one of the largest bird kills in recent California history.
A scientist with the California Native Plant Society who was surveying rushes on a nearby plot of land in Tulare County first reported the deaths to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.  READ MORE »

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Written by Staff Report
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

(AP) - Federal authorities will consider whether to designate another delta fish for protection under the Endangered Species Act after a sharp population decline last year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will review the status of the longfin smelt to determine whether it is a threatened or endangered species.  READ MORE »

Glaser named BOR Mid-Pacific regional director

Donald R. Glaser has been named the new Mid-Pacific regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  READ MORE »

Coleman Hatchery to Release 1.4 Million Salmon Smolts into Bay Acclimation Pens.

Coleman Hatchery to Release 1.4 Million Salmon Smolts into Bay Acclimation Pens.
by Dan Bacher

For the first time in over a decade, the Coleman National Fish Hatchery, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will truck 1.4 million of its 12.6 million Chinook salmon smolts to be released this spring to San Pablo Bay to assess the effect of the release site on salmon harvest and returns to the hatchery.  READ MORE »

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