News Roundup – Burl Poaching, Creek Restoration and More

Humboldt County’s burl poaching saga seems to be coming to a close. Shortly after a coalition of organizations offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of poachers, an anonymous tip lead to the arrest of an Orick resident after burls matching the sizes and shapes of stolen ones were found in a Del Norte County shop.

Good news has landed for creeks on Humboldt’s coast. The National Park Service is scheduled to begin work on restoring salmon and trout habitat in Strawberry Creek this July. In Arcata, Coho Salmon have been spotted in Janes Creek for the first time in half a century, only months after the restoration of tidal flow to McDaniel Slough on the Northern end of Humboldt Bay. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife takes a look at the new development in a video featuring Arcata’s director of environmental services:

On June 3rd, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a workshop on the implementation of California’s lead bullet ban in Eureka. Details are here.

Writing under a pseudonym, a veteran of the Emerald Triangle’s marijuana cultivation industry has offered a sober reflection of his life’s work and the damage the industry did to the paradise he treasured.

Researchers are using genetic analysis to track and monitor Northern California’s salt marsh harvest mice, which have been on the endangered species list since 1971. When combined with traditional research, genetic information from the mice may help guide the restoration of their species to rebuilt habitats.

Conflicting reports have arisen about an incident at a downtown Oakland post office where Black-crowned Night Herons had nested in trees on the building’s grounds. Witnesses described a bird massacre when a tree trimming service was called in to deal with the multitude of herons defecating on service vehicles, including accounts of nests and hatchlings being fed through branch chippers. While investigation from federal authorities is still underway, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has concluded that no birds were killed. Fines for injuring birds in violation of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act are being evaluated.

One of Oakland’s resident Black-crowned Night Herons

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