Archive for the 'Conservation News' Category

Provide your input on Arizona’s State Wildlife Action Plan

Public meeting dates set for seven locations
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a series of public meetings and accept public comment as part of an effort to update and revise Arizona’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
This document, previously known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, was accepted by the U.S. [...]

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Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center open house this weekend

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Departments Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will hold a free open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see eagles, hawks, reptiles and other animals, view educational displays, and meet wildlife experts.
The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center [...]

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Mount Graham red squirrel fall 2009 count announced

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the USDA Forest Service announced on Oct. 26 the results of the fall 2009 Mount Graham red squirrel survey. Biologists estimate that a range of 250 (plus or minus 11) Mount Graham red squirrels currently occupy the Pinaleño Mountain range, also known as Mount Graham. These results are [...]

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Agencies partner to protect Tres Rios area

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the Goodyear and Avondale Police Departments are instituting a collaborative protocol for enforcement of state and local laws to better protect the Tres Rios Project Area in the southwest Valley.
Under the agreement, announced Oct. 15, the agencies will collaborate on law enforcement patrols, signage, [...]

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Comment period on Kofa NWR draft environmental assessment ends Friday, Oct. 2

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds constituents that the deadline to comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft environment assessment, Limiting Mountain Lion Predation on Desert Bighorn Sheep on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, is Friday, Oct. 2.
For comments to be entered into the record, they must be submitted in writing by [...]

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Second group of black-tailed prairie dogs released in S.E. Arizona

Multi-partner reintroduction effort aims for species comeback
Nearly 50 years ago, they vanished from Arizona’s landscape, but thanks to a multi-partner reintroduction effort, black-tailed prairie dogs are making a comeback.

Biologists prepare to remove a black-tailed prairie dog from its holding container for placement in an acclimation cage at the release site.

Twenty-seven black-tailed prairie dogs captured in [...]

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The dos and don’ts of reporting Arizona wildlife law violations

Arizona Game and Fish Department law enforcement officers want the public to report wildlife violations, but there are things a person should and shouldn’t do at a potential crime scene.
“The desire of the public to help us catch violators is great. However, there are instances when those desires can actually hinder law enforcement efforts,” [...]

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Road map for Arizona Apache Trout recovery unveiled

There is now a new road map for the recovery of Arizona’s state fish, the Apache Trout, which had been on the brink of extinction three decades ago.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of a revised Apache Trout Recovery Plan, which was a collaborative planning effort amongst federal, state [...]

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Free Online Webcast: Learn About Mountain Lions & Bighorn Sheep – September 23

Seminar with panel of wildlife experts to be webcast online

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites the public to a free educational presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to learn about the natural history, management efforts, and biological and social issues related to mountain lions and bighorn sheep in Arizona.
The [...]

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New mine closure in Peoria protects both the public and threatened bats

First bat cupola to be constructed within city limits
It’s a win-win for the public and Arizona’s wildlife. In a cooperative effort led by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the abandoned Sunrise Relief Mine in Peoria was secured on Aug. 19 to protect the public and [...]

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Federal stimulus dollars to help Arizona wildlife

Funds to employ rural contractors and purchase Arizona products
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Landowner Relations Program (LRP) will use $110,000 in economic stimulus funds to actively support private land improvements that will benefit both wildlife and the people of Arizona. These dollars came to the department from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Grassland [...]

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Concerns over historic Kofa bighorn sheep herd elevated

PHOENIX — Biologists recently presented the Arizona Game and Fish Commission with compelling data indicating that recovering the critically important Kofa desert bighorn sheep herd from near record-low population levels will be challenging due to additive mountain lion predation.
Game and Fish Department biologists informed the commission at its Aug. 7 [...]

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Bald eagles in Arizona continue to flourish

With the last bald eagle nestling finally out of the nest, the numbers are in for the 2009 breeding season, and the species continues to flourish in the state under the careful watch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a coalition of 22 other partners.

This year, two new records [...]

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Join Game and Fish on a Ferret Finding Mission

Volunteers critical in recovery effort

While the elusive, nocturnal black-footed ferret has established a foothold in Aubrey Valley, the Arizona Game and Fish Department needs volunteers to continue monitoring efforts of the endangered animal’s uphill climb.
Game and Fish will be conducting a spotlighting effort from Oct. 1-5 and is seeking wildlife [...]

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Escape the heat, improve antelope habitat and enjoy a free steak dinner

On Aug. 8-9, the Arizona Antelope Foundation (AAF) and the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) are hosting a restoration project improving antelope habitat near Lower Lake Mary southeast of Flagstaff.
If you are looking to get outdoors and out of the air-conditioning, bring the family to this great event. The temperatures in the Flagstaff [...]

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Arizona waterfowl stamp program breaks new ground with two stamps

Artwork selected from award winning artist and elementary school student
There are three great reasons to pick up a 2009-2010 Arizona Waterfowl Stamp from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The reasons start with the beautifully detailed and life-like rendition of a pair of hooded mergansers by the 2006-07 Federal Duck Stamp [...]

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Recently released black-tailed prairie dogs welcome first pups

Recovery program aims to prevent inclusion as an endangered species
Biologists were cautious in their predictions for the success of a black-tailed prairie dog colony established late last year in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area near Sonoita. After all, the 74 animals released in October faced some foreseen and many unforeseen challenges.
However, early [...]

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Recovery program aims to make endangered leopard frogs common in Arizona

It’s been a plan long in the making, but recently, the first Chiricahua leopard frogs were released in northern Arizona waters as part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s new program aimed at enlisting the help of non-federal landowners to conserve this threatened species.
More than 30 frogs, including adults and tadpoles, were released into [...]

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10 Most UNWanted Arizona Invasive Species: Plants & Animals

View the PDF Version: 10 Most Unwanted Arizona’s Invasive Animals and Plants

1. Quagga Mussel
Origin – Eastern Europe and Ukraine
Prolific populator; Removes food/nutrients from water column, clogs pipes and water conveyance infrastructure, damages boat motors and marinas; Management/eradication costs can be enormous for power and water supply agencies. Dispersal by boats and equipment, pipes, canals, live [...]

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Tortoise adoption days provide wealth of information

Desert tortoises offer a unique alternative to more traditional family pets, and can teach many of the same life lessons to children, including responsibility, compassion and commitment.
For approved applicants that are ready to adopt a desert tortoise, the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) will be holding workshops to provide future custodians with a wealth of information [...]

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