Posts Categorized: California

Chinook Salmon, © Dave Bickford

Reaching out for wildlife in California »

The Lower Calaveras River, near Sacramento, is one of the most dramatically altered rivers in California, yet provides critical habitat to threatened fish and wildlife, including Fall Run Chinook Salmon and steelhead. Our California team works to teach the local community about the value of this river running through their neighborhood.

Desert Tortoise, © Beth Jackson USFWS

It’s all adding up in Ivanpah »

Within the Mojave, the Ivanpah Valley has been identified as a critical link between conservation areas for one of the region’s most endangered inhabitants, the desert tortoise. At the same time, the Ivanpah Valley is also under mounting pressure from development of many kinds, including such land use impacts as multiple high-acreage renewable energy projects, electricity and gas transmission lines, a wastewater treatment project, airport and a high-speed rail line.

Sea Otter, © Roy Toft / National Geographic Stock

Southern Sea Otters – A Bumpy Road to Recovery »

This week marks the 11th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week, organized to highlight the crucial role sea otters play in our coastal marine environments. In this month’s “Road to Recovery,” you’ll learn about the threatened sea otter and what Defenders of Wildlife is doing in California to help their populations rebound.