National Park Service researchers surveying a stream in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.
In one of the year's feel good stories, two ailing loggerhead sea turtles have been nursed back to health by the Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation and released back into the Atlantic at Canaveral National Seashore.
Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.
The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in partnership with Skagway Traditional Council and Taiya Watershed Council, will begin a project to study eulachon fish in the Taiya River. Eulachon, or hooligan, have been important to area residents for generations. Oil rendered from the eulachon has long been used as an important medicine, food, and trade item.
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have extended the public comment period regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem by 45 days, through April 28.
Though cold weather is threatening the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park are getting up and out to enjoy the spring season and pack on some pounds. Though bear tracks have been spotted in the park since late February, on Wednesday visual sightings of some of the bruins were made by park employees.
Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park in Utah have been temporarily closed to protect these birds, which are in recovery from “endangered species” status.
A pair of bald eagles has once again returned to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and is actively tending to its nest within the Pinery Narrows area of the park. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31.
The latest issue of Yellowstone Science focuses on the efforts to restore native fish to Yellowstone National Park waterways. The articles provide opportunities to anyone who wants to learn more about the critical role native fish play in this dynamic ecosystem.