California’s Channel Islands make up an archipelago of eight islands off the coast of Southern California. Often referred to as "The Galapagos of North America," their isolation coupled with unique climate, soils, and topography support a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many rare and endemic plant species found nowhere else on Earth.
Take a visual journey through the history of plant conservation on these majestic islands in this interactive ArcGIS Story Map created by Daniel Cisneros, 2021 Kendra Chan Directorate Fellow. Check out the storymap.
Based in Ventura, California, our team works across the southern and central California coast in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties; portions of Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties; and the northern Channel Islands. The area is home to around 100 federally endangered and threatened species. We work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.
What We Do
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a critical safety net for America’s at-risk native fish, wildlife and plants. With species conservation as our ultimate goal, we work with a wide variety of partners to guide research, develop conservation actions, restore habitat and recover species. We use the best available science in our decision making, foster relationships that result in tangible conservation outcomes, and develop a workforce of conservation leaders. Our office works on a variety of projects in partnership with federal and state agencies, Tribes, local governments and private landowners. Together, our work results in conservation gains that support the recovery of imperiled and at-risk species.
We monitor the status and support the recovery of around 100 rare fish, wildlife, and plants, from furry mammals like the Southern sea otter, soaring birds like the California condor, water-loving amphibians like the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, graceful insects like the Smith's blue butterfly and colorful plants like the Nipomo mesa lupine. We work with landowners and leading scientists to gather the best available science on each species and their habitat, and we work with partners to implement on-the-ground conservation that supports their recovery.
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