Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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Fall Midwater Trawl Index finds record low numbers of Delta smelt

The annual survey conducted each fall since 1967 shows record low number for Delta smelt; longfin smelt is second lowest The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed the Fall Midwater Trawl Survey, a survey conducted each fall to determine the abundance of the Delta’s pelagic fishes. Pelagic fishes are those that live in the water column, rather than […]

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Director Chuck Bonham on the response of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the exceptional drought conditions

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Chuck Bonham, Director of the Calfiornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, updated Commission members on the activities of his Department.  In his presentation, he spoke candidly about the difficult choices that the exceptional drought has demanded he and the Department make. “My name is Chuck Bonham, and I have the greatest […]

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Drought: An insidious stress on wildlife

The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  In this webinar, Greg Giusti, a Cooperative Extension Advisor in Forest and Wildland Ecology in Mendocino County discusses the impact of the drought […]

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Wildlife organizations send letter to State Water Board: Don’t leave the refuges out to dry

The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, Audubon, Defenders of Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association have send a letter to Felicia Marcus outlining concerns over potential impacts of this extreme drought on refuges and Central Valley wetlands, and recommending actions that need to be taken to protect waterfowl and migrating birds along the Pacific Flyway. This […]

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