Final Rules Published on Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Series 1: Interagency Cooperation (Section 7) By Patricia Valcarcel, Senior Biologist and ESA Specialist On July 25, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Services) published three proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. On August 27, 2019, the Services published the final rules on … Continue Reading »

New research: a case study with lead and waterfowl on the Texas coast

Brian Kearns, a biologist with WRA, Inc., is first author of a recently published study resulting from his doctoral work focused on the magnitude and distribution of lead contamination on the Texas coast, and how it impacts endemic avian wildlife. The study,  “Distribution of contaminants in the environment and wildlife habitat use: a case study … Continue Reading »

WRA’s SMHM Expert Katie Smith in “The Edge of Extinction”

WRA’s Katie Smith is featured in a new series highlighting endangered species in the Berkeley area. The second of a five-part Edge Of Extinction video series focuses on salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris), endemic to the San Francisco Bay Area salt marsh habitat. Katie is regarded as one of the leading authorities on the … Continue Reading »