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Bureau of Reclamation needs to do more for spawning Chinook salmon

Fishing experts in California are urging the Bureau of Reclamation to ensure a strong spawning season for Chinook Salmon. We don’t want to see a repeat of the 67% mortality that occurred in 2001, a record year for returning American River Chinook salmon, due to low, warm water releases by Reclamation from Nimbus Dam. By […]

April 4th

There are only a handful of steelhead left in Alameda Creek, California

Alameda Creek, the largest local watershed in Alameda County and the Bay Area, once hosted big runs of steelhead and Chinook steelhead. However, dams, other barriers and water diversions decimated these runs. By Dan Bacher Here is the latest press release on the great work by the Alameda Creek Alliance and Jeff Miller to restore these magnificent […]

February 12th

For the first time ever, ZERO delta smelt found in CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl

For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018. By Dan Bacher The smelt, a 2 to 3 inch fish listed under both federal and […]

January 10th

Endangered Species: Lame ducks and gray wolves

What was the first order of business for congressional Republicans after their party was trounced in the midterm elections? Did they take a moment to reflect on why they lost so badly? Not a chance. Instead they took aim at a target that can’t fight back. The House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 6784, […]

December 29th

James Hansen: A monarch butterfly resurgence?

In Quest of a Broken-Wing Butterfly I speculated in 2014 that the Monarch population may have fallen below a critical level.  We did not see more than a single Monarch on any day on our property.  The number of butterflies reaching the mountainous area in Mexico where they hibernate had fallen in the winter of 2013-14 to a […]

September 4th

Climate change could wipe out songbirds

University of Missouri researchers have found that a common songbird, the Acadian flycatcher, could decline greatlyin numbers within this century if the climate continues to increase in temperature. In fact, it is possible it could be driven into near extinction in just 90 years. Dr. Thomas Bonnot and research wildlife biologist Frank Thompson collaborated on the […]

August 19th

National Parks: Driving bears to extinction

When you visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as my family and I did a couple weeks ago, you see something spectacular everywhere you look, whether it’s towering peaks wreathed in cloud or carpets of wildflowers. One thing you probably won’t see is a grizzly bear, even though both parks and the surrounding wilderness are prime bear […]

August 13th

Idaho ends wolf extermination program (for now)

Good news, bad news. Idaho has halted a plan to eradicate two of the few remaining wolf packs in the US. But 9 animals have already been killed. Normally wolves are targeted by ranchers whose cattle are attacked (even though the government has compensation programs). But Golden Creek and Monumental Creek wolf packs live in the […]

January 27th